TO BE OR NOT TO BE

WHAT IS YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT AS A
FITNESS EXPERT?

As a fitness expert, people assume you are super-great at anything related to sports or fitness but we’re not. For a Kiwi Living episode, I had to pull off being a boxing trainer (although I had never done this before). I had raced out the day before to an actual boxing trainer to learn how to put boxing wraps on someone—on the day they looked like oven gloves that had been shredded by Edward Scissorhands! To make matters worse, during a boxing punch combo, I realised a little too late I put my pads up for something totally different and instead of catching the punches, took a very good knock in the head.

WHAT IS YOUR WORST MOMENT AS A FITNESS EXPERT?

I was in the supermarket and having an off-day, so needed a few, shall we say, less than- ideal food items—so I had a trolley with frozen pizza, some chocolate and some cookies. It was about the time I was on the cover of a fitness magazine and while standing at the counter waiting to be served, the person next to me recognised me from the magazine cover. I could tell they were horrified with the contents ofmy trolley. I pretended I was stocking up on supplies for a children’s party. I really don’t think they believedme but made me feel a little less guilty formy indulgence.

 

 

 

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE RECEIVED?

My mum says “whatever happens, just smile”—that way nobody knows what you are thinking. That has worked well for me on many occasions. The second piece of advice is that we are all capable, loveable and significant. We all struggle with our own challenges and hurdles in life and I truly believe we can overcome most things if we simply believed in ourselves.

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