Getting to know the mastermind behind Inspire Fitness community

We caught up with the passionate woman behind Inspire Fitness, Olivia Del Borrello about her vision behind creating a vibrant outdoor workout space (no bench press required), built around the philosophy of encouraging, motivating and empowering one another.

 

ON STARTING A BUSINESS

Inspire Fitness began four-and-a-half years ago, and what a ride it has been! There have been a few tears and a hell of a lot of laughs – all worth it when I look at the incredible community of women we’ve created and how we are changing lives for the better.

With a background in health science, I began studying a physiotherapy degree in 2013. I wanted to create not just a ‘place’ but a community for women to come together to exercise and support each other; where they could achieve their health and fitness goals and also create a lifestyle.

I was adamant it wasn’t going to be your regular bootcamp; I wanted to make it more personal. It started with one or two people (most of the time just my mum and her friend Linda, and getting them to stop chatting was a challenge in itself!).

Starting a business definitely isn’t easy – it takes a lot of determination and self-belief. I remember my first ‘big’ session, which was all of four people. I left the workout on a massive high. To see those girls, who I had just met, come together and encourage, support and empower each other throughout the entire session was something really special.

Inspire Fitness has now grown to six locations in Perth and three in Adelaide.  We are a women’s health and fitness brand on a mission to empower women to live an active and healthy lifestyle – and to actually enjoy doing it.

ON KEEPING MOTIVATED

Even though I’m a health and fitness professional myself, I struggle with the day-to-day motions of going to the gym. There are some days I can be really motivated but there are others I struggle to get myself out the door to go for a run. It’s tough staying committed when there is no one waiting for you to arrive; when you have to think about and you’re your own workout routine and then push yourself in-session. Sometimes I think about everything I have to do when I get home, which then becomes my justification for finishing a session early or skipping the gym altogether.

This is why I created Inspire Fitness. It’s a place where you are held accountable through a booking system; where the trainers have conveniently mapped out your workout according to your lifestyle and goals, and where you are going to be encouraged and pushed to work hard and get results. I wanted to be surrounded by a group of ladies who make it fun. That is what Inspire Fitness is about.

For us, being active is a way of life. We focus on creating an active lifestyle where you work out consistently because you love it, not because it’s a chore. You become addicted to the full experience of working out with inspiring coaches and being surrounded by an incredible community of like-minded women.

ON HELPING OTHERS

I’ve lived an active lifestyle from a young age, whether it be playing netball, doing athletics or even a daily walk. It’s something my parents instilled in me from a young age.

When I exercise regularly, I eat better, sleep better, have more energy, have better focus, making me more efficient, and I don’t get sick as often. I feel more confident in myself and in the way I look, and I’m in a better mood, making me a happier person overall. It’s a way of life that extends further than aesthetic goals and I want to help to create this positive cycle in other women’s lives.

By offering a comfortable space, we help to transform our clients into strong, confident and empowered women that are the best versions of themselves.

 

WOMEN BE ACTIVE EVENTS

The Women Be Active event brings women from Perth and Adelaide together to support, motivate and empower an active and healthy lifestyle – and to have a blast doing it! 

WBA comprises a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) style workout, and a circuit and boxing session run by our Inspire Fitness coaches, with live backing tracks from a DJ, followed by active recovery yoga flow. The event is free and attendees can follow up their workout with a delicious breakfast and coffee available for purchase. A great way to start the morning with your girlfriends!

The aim is to bring women together to get active – no matter your fitness level.

In such an exciting atmosphere, it’s easy to forget you’re there to work out. There’s no need to worry if you’ve never done boxing or high-intensity exercise before: you can go at your own pace and our team will be there every step of the way.

I am so excited for Women Be Active – it is by far our favourite and biggest event for the year. In just two years WBA has seen registrations in excess of 2000 women and 2017 is going to be our biggest and best one yet!

Inspire Fitness are partnering with Women’s Health and Fitness to bring Women Be Active, the ultimate event in women’s fitness.

Event details

Adelaide: Saturday 14th October, 2017

Perth: Sunday 15th October, 2017

8:30am: sign in

9:am: workout commences (1 hour followed by a 30 minute yoga flow cool down)

Tickets are free but you do need to register (registrations open from 4th September) – click here for more details. 

 

Instagram: @inspirefitness.au

Facebook: facebook.com/inspirewomenshealth

 

Website: inspirefitness.net.au

 

 

 

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Glowing smoothie bowl recipe

 

Start your day with this delicious glowing bowl courtesy of personal trainer Danielle Bazergy.

 

Ingredients

 

  • 1 scoop BSC Organic Plant Protein (vanilla)
  • 1 cup spinach 
  • 1 cup kale
  • 5-10 ml chlorophyll 
  • 100 ml coconut water 
  • 1 large frozen banana 
  • ½ cup ice 

Method

Blend all ingredients, either adding more coconut water or ice depending on desired consistency

Toppings:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries 
  • Buckwheat 
  • Shaved coconut 

NUTRITION (per serve for the base ingredients)

Protein = 23.5g // Fat = 2.2g // Carbs = 39.4g // Calories = 270

 

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Positive body image with the AnyBODY girls Georgia Gibbs & Kate Wasley

 

We talk positive body image and its relationship to good health with cover models and founders of AnyBODY, Georgia Gibbs, and Kate Wasley.

 

Far from a biological predisposition, our modern tendency to criticise parts of our own body is instead an ugly by-product of a media-saturated world. Something that this month’s cover models and founders of body-love movement, AnyBODY, are on a mission to change.

Our exclusive 6-page cover model interview talks about their personal experiences, how AnyBODY came about and the impact positive body image has on your health. 

While we don’t want to give too much away, here’s a little sneak peek of their approach to exercise, healthy eating and inspiration. 

ON EXERCISE

Wasley: I love to get out and go for long coast walks and jogs when I’m home in Perth. Honestly, it’s beautiful. But when I travel I hit the gym. I love boxing and lifting weights, but it depends on how I feel and where I am. Some weeks I need a group cardio class to help motivate me, other times I like to zone out listening to music and lift as heavy as I can.

Gibbs: I train every day as part of my wellness routine. KX Pilates and boxing are regular favourites, along with daily walks outside or on the treadmill.

ON DIET

Wasley: My everyday nutrition is generally good. I’m not going to lie: I have days where I eat poorly because I feel down or hormonal. But, overall, it’s good – I used to study nutrition so I know the science and what works for me! I love my carbs, lots of leafy greens and fish.

Gibbs: I absolutely love food. I drink lots of green smoothies, and some of my daily favourites include avo on spelt bread, and quinoa and spinach salads with feta and salmon. I love to have blueberries and apples as a snack. I also enjoy a glass of red wine and some dark chocolate now and again!

ON A DAY-IN-THE-LIFE-OF

Wasley: A typical work day would find me up at 6am. I shower and eat my oats, throw on whatever clothes I find and head to the studio, where hair and make-up artists turn me from zombie to model! A day off consists of catching up on my social media accounts and replying to messages, seeing my friends and going to the gym in the evening.

Gibbs: An average day for me would be shooting for 10 to 12 hours, usually flying interstate, and trying to squeeze in a healthy balance of exercise and sleep – so life can get a little hectic! But I love what I do because it has so much variety. On my off days, I like to nurture my physical and mental health, take myself to the beach and have some alone time, and exercise as much as possible.

ON PERSONALITY

Wasley: I’m a very caring and compassionate person regardless of who I’m around. If I’m meeting new people, I tend to be very introverted and not say much unless I have to stand up for something I’m passionate about. If I’m around my close friends, I can be loud and opinionated, and I love telling stories and making people laugh.

Gibbs: For people who know me, I think they would say I’m a big ball of love, to anyone and everyone. At the same time, I’m very ambitious and extremely driven, while simultaneously a homebody; I love nothing more than being surrounded by family and my partner.

ON ROLE MODELS

Wasley: My biggest role models in my day-to-day life are my parents. Not once have I heard my mum put herself down or my dad ever speak badly about somebody’s weight; they’re extremely hardworking and the most generous people I know. My celebrity role model would have to be Ashley Graham for her work on body positivity, or Ellen DeGeneres for her work and advocacy for LGBT rights.

Gibbs: My role model would have to be Emma Watson. She’s inspired me for many years, and seeing her evolution from actress to ambassador and spokeswomen is enough to kick my butt into gear whenever I doubt or have a bad day! She’s my absolute idol.

Grab the October 2017 edition of WH&F for their full cover model story!

Photography by: Cotton On Body.

 

 

 

Success, career and lifestyle with Sophie Guidolin

 

To celebrate our #bosslady awards featured in the magazine, we caught up with boss babe Sophie Guidolin to chat about her success, career and life secrets.

 

ON CAREER

After discovering my passion for health and fitness, and realising how amazing my body could feel given the right tools, I wanted to help as many women feel this way as possible.

After having my two boys, I was left really unhealthy and overweight: my mission was to get my energy and health back for them. I started with exercise, which was something incredibly foreign to me. In school, I would sit out of PE class – I didn’t enjoy working out and had never stepped foot in a gym! With my nutrition, I experimented in the kitchen with different recipes and started a scrapbook. When my friends started begging me for them, I created a digital book and, fast forward a year, my first release hard copy book has sold over 15,000 copies. I have since released numerous other recipe book titles, all with as much passion as the first!

 I started competing in bikini competitions and fell in love with the stage: I have competed over 15 times, walking away with numerous national and state titles. In early 2017 (one year after giving birth to the twins) I went on to win my IFBB Bikini title at the Arnold Classic Australia. Going on to create an online community, THE BOD, has allowed me to connect with women all over the globe and see them progress in their own health and fitness journeys.

In 2014 my husband and I opened our own training facility on the Gold Coast. We now have six coaches who work under the Hold Your Own banner assisting thousands of men and women to be the best versions of themselves. Being a mum of four children has meant learning to juggle business, parenthood and my own personal goals all at once.

ON MY DEFINITION OF SUCCESS

Success isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ achievement. For my life, success is spending every day living my dream, loving my job, working with incredible, inspiring people and having happy, healthy children and a healthy relationship. I don’t believe success should be measured with assets or wealth – I know a lot of people who are very well off and are incredibly unhappy, and vice versa.

ON MY TOP THREE SUCCESS TIPS

  1. Decision making: success starts with you, and every decision that you make. It could be as simple as what you’re going to eat for breakfast or how you will react to a situation. Remember you are always in charge of your life and where you want to be.
  2. Organisation: we have a ‘family’ diary where we write everyone’s day-to-day tasks, activities, work hours, kids sport, meals for the week and more. It allows us to plan out the day ahead. 
  3. Mantras: I am a huge believer in the fact that we subconsciously create our own success with our thoughts. Every night before bed, I read mantras. It allows me to clear my mind and really allow my mind to be at peace before I go to bed.

ON MY MENTOR

I kind of fly solo. I live life to the beat of my own drum and believe that everyone will have a different path and a different perspective for every situation.  

 

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7 tips to create the perfect home office for productivity

 

Your workspace plays a huge role in your productivity and concentration. Transform your desk space with co-founder and head of interior design at Designbx, Kerena Berry’s tips for creating your ultimate home office space.

 

1. Choose the right interior design style: find a style that complements your personality. Pinterest is great for collecting images that resonate with you. Or you can create a mood board by cutting out images of colours, textures, furniture and layouts from magazines and arranging them on a flat surface.

2. De-clutter: try the ‘office in a box’ approach. The digital era allows us to have less physical items to work with, so try to fit all of your business necessities into one box or basket – making your office portable too!

3. Bring the outdoors, in: indoor plants can bring life to an office and add natural purification to what might otherwise look like a commercial space. You can also hang ferns on walls and from the ceiling if you like the natural look.

4. Lighting: this can vary depending on your profession but having the right lighting for you is important. For example, programmers require darker spaces to ease strain on the eyes whereas designers prefer natural light to view colours and graphics.

5. Scents: place vaporisers around the office for a fresh and invigorating smell to stimulate productivity and creativity, and to keep spirits high throughout the day.

6. Tap into your creature comforts: design your space to suit your creature habits. If you get inspired in a relaxed environment, try setting oversized beanbags with lap trays in the room to help get your creative juices flowing.

7. Treat yourself: a signature piece such as a vintage rug or a designer chair to use for brainstorming can make the space feel special to you. Williams agrees that adding a comfortable armchair to your office to think and reflect, or a day bed for a power nap, is a great way to take a break from your desk. Studies show that 20-minute power naps when the afternoon slump hits can increase productivity going forward.

 

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Hormone check: why you may not be losing stubborn fat in problem areas

 

How do your hormones affect your ability to move stubborn fat? We turned to head trainer Alexa Towersey for her insight.

 

Why we store fat where we do is a product of our hormones and their interaction with the environment – a combination of nature and nurture. Our hormones either work for us or against us, and when even one is out of balance, it has a domino effect on the rest.  Any kind of hormonal imbalance can make losing weight an uphill struggle.

Hormones are in constant fluctuality and are affected by all our training, nutrition and lifestyle choices: how long and how hard we train, what we put in or on our bodies, when we go to sleep, how much water we drink and how much we stress. Hormones can explain why some women have slender stomachs but thunder thighs, and why getting older often requires different tactics.

The three most common female ‘problem areas’ are the stomach, the hips and the thighs.

1. Belly: cortisol

This is correlated to high levels of the stress hormone cortisol over a prolonged period of time. Cortisol is essentially responsible for our fight or flight response, but is only designed to be secreted over a short period of time. Any excess cortisol circulating in the body is converted to fat. The majority of our cortisol receptors are in the abdomen, hence this becomes the primary storage area. Stressful situations are not just emotional but include food intolerances, digestive issues, malnourishment, poor sleep, dehydration, overtraining and under-recovery. For the stress puppy, a solid plan of attack would be a periodised strength and hypertrophy weights program, HIIT, minimal caffeine and sugar, and a huge emphasis on stress management practices (yoga, meditation and massage).

2. Thighs: oestrogen

Oestrogen balance is essential for achieving and maintaining fat loss, but too much causes toxic fat gain, water retention, bloating and a host of other health issues.  There are two ways to accumulate excess oestrogen in the body: we either produce too much of it on our own (endogenous) or acquire it from our environment (exogenous). We are constantly exposed to oestrogen-like compounds such as plastics, pesticides and parabens. These are toxins and toxins are stored in fat cells, with the majority of female fat cells in the thighs. Women with oestrogen dominance tend to have success with training protocols that involve high volume and low rest with a focus on weight training for the lower body; a nutrition plan high in fibre and green cruciferous vegetables and a heavy emphasis on detoxification strategies (infrared sauna, Epsom salt baths, lymphatic drainage massage and acupuncture).

3. Hips: insulin

An excess of body fat around the hips suggests issues with insulin resistance, carbohydrate tolerance and blood sugar management. When we eat, the sugar in our blood stimulates the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Insulin binds to cell membranes and when there is too much insulin in the blood, the cell body becomes stressed and the insulin receptors are shut off. The excess sugar in the blood is stored as fat. Essentially this is your nutrition site and fixing the problem is all about eating the right foods at the right time in the right amounts.

Ultimately our bodies are very clever, and by learning to listen to what they have to say, we are able to develop personalised long-term strategies for successful fat loss.

 

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The key to targeting stubborn fat

 

A lot of people have a misconception about what exactly ‘stubborn fat’ is. Vision PT Master Trainer, Daniel Tramontana sets the record straight with his expert insights. 

The term ‘stubborn’ almost creates an unnecessary mental predisposition when it comes to fat loss. Clients are often too quick to assume they have ‘stubborn fat’, when most people simply have more fat to lose before they can start burning fat in those notorious areas, such as the belly and hips.

The average fat loss dieter should not be thinking they can strategically target specific areas of fat. When losing weight, your body wants to save calories, so areas such as the arms, neck, fingers, face and feet tend to lean out quicker than the belly, butt and thighs, as having fat in these areas will burn more calories. The body is always adapting to be more efficient.

Clients that have already been training and/or dieting for fat loss from anywhere between eight to 16 weeks and are close to their desired body fat percentage can consider some of their fat as ‘stubborn’. In this case, a little more strategy can be employed.

I find that, for women, the upper body often needs to be almost completely depleted of fat stores before the lower body really becomes active. We store excess energy as fat based on two types of cell receptors: alpha receptors and beta receptors. Alpha promotes fat storage, while beta metabolises fat and makes it available to ‘burn’ as energy. Generally, women have much higher densities of alpha sites in the legs, butt and thighs.

If you want to burn fat from stubborn areas, decreasing alphas and increasing betas is the goal. This could perhaps be related back to our external and internal hormonal environment – basically our oestrogen to progesterone ratios. There is a lot of current research on this matter, and protocols that can help with this hormonal balance include: cutting down on non-organic food and coffee, increasing consumption of cruciferous vegies, drinking lemon water, reducing use of plastics and dry brushing. A useful website is ewg.org and their app Skin Deep, which indicates the toxicity level, effect on the body and potential for harmful additives found in your primary cosmetic and cleaning products.

Another specialised practice that can shed some light on potential imbalances and obstacles to fat loss is Applied Muscle Testing (AMT). Muscle testing works in the same arena as kinesiology, by testing your body for feedback to identify deficiencies in nutrients, problematic foods, potential beneficial supplements and even helping provide information on specific training protocols that may suit you personally.

Three easy things you can do today to expedite stubborn fat loss:

1. Exercise two to three hours after your last meal or on an empty stomach. This may reduce alpha receptor activity. It also causes us to increase catecholamine hormone production (adrenaline/noradrenaline), which may increase beta receptor activity.

2. Train intensely: use compound multi-muscle, multi-joint movements. For lower body, try lunges, squats and deadlifts. Include some type of interval training into your cardio workouts and then cool down with a 30 minute walk: this can assist in dipping further into fat for fuel now it has been released into the blood stream during training.

3. Stay positive: what your mind believes, your body achieves. If you tell yourself you can’t get rid of that last little bit of fat over and over, you’ll convince your subconscious mind that it’s true and it will obey you. Keep an open mind, visualise the results you want and don’t settle for ‘almost there’.   

 

 

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Breakfast coconut & protein chia recipe

Channel the healthy Sunday brunch vibes with this delicious chia bowl by the team at 360Health.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 250 ml light coconut milk
  • Chai tea, 4 tea bags
  • 1 scoop 360Health Protein (vanilla protein works well)
  • 500 ml light soy milk or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp honey, plus optional extra to serve
  • ½ cup white chia seeds
  • Fat free natural yoghurt, chopped pistachios and fig or fresh berries to serve

Method

1. Bring the coconut milk and tea bags to the boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer gentle for 2 minutes.

2. Add vanilla protein (shaken with a bit of soy milk).

3. Add the remaining soy milk, honey and chia seeds.

4. Mix thoroughly to combine, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.

5. Stir again and divide the mixture into four small cups or glasses.

6. Refrigerate again until you wish to serve. Top with a dollop of yoghurt, ½ tbsp nuts and a few berries.

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