After a stint working for a fun and creative outdoor workout company in London, which combined my skills as a personal trainer and my love of the outdoors, I haven’t looked back. I now run Wild Workouts, which is my own outdoor workout business.
I have a great work-life balance as I realised years ago that the demands of my job requires efficient use of time and more importantly great nutrition. Exercise has kept me happy and healthy and I think everyone should find the time to do exercise everyday in some shape or form.
“…everything you need to get fit and look great is all around, get outdoors and transform yourself!”
Owner, Personal Trainer, Group Trainer and JogSquad Trainer
Karen van Rensburg (KVR)
I realised that I want to motivate and inspire others as much as I have been over the many years I have been training. Exercise is about having fun, it’s achieving goals while enjoying it. When your mind is happy your body is happy and the rest all falls into place. I believe everyone should exercise and it is never to late to start, no matter your age or fitness level.
My interests range across a number of modalities, paddle boarding, mountain biking, running and road cycling, but if I can be outside and be active no matter the weather the day is just awesome.
“Your are the driver of your destiny, so stop being a passenger!”
Personal Trainer, Group Trainer, JogSquad Trainer and Business Manager
Recently, I’ve been applying my passion for running to compete in ultra-marathons. A major draw card is the opportunity to explore locations that are typically off-limits i.e. government or privately owned land. My adventures have taken me from 60km of undulating gravel on the Waikato River Trail, to 250km through Asia’s largest desert, the Gobi in northwestern China over a period of seven days.
One of the most valuable lessons I have taken from endurance events is that a lack of natural ability can be compensated with dedication and discipline. Training counts; so, come rain or shine, I encourage you to spend time on your feet. Leave only your footprints and you’ll experience the world from a totally different angle to most.
I’m a huge fan of exercising, especially in nature, and know the fun of Wild Workouts first hand. I’ve also practiced yoga for 10 years, so I know how connected the mind and body are, and how important our mind is in maintaining a balanced and healthy life. I particularly enjoy the challenges of working with people to turn around habitual patterns that do not serve their health.
In my spare time I love to read, explore Wellington’s trails, practice yoga and attempt to grow food in my back garden.
Naturopath & Medical Herbalist, based at 104 The Terrace, Wellington
As an exercise enthusiast and trained instructor, I know the importance of having a goal or challenge to keep you on track. Cycling is a fun way to get fit. It’s low impact (and therefore friendly on your joints), which means it’s perfect for all ages. Cycling is great for weight management and we all know the benefits of exercise, which include increased energy, better fitness, a healthier state of mind and hopefully better legs!
Through this I started my own cycling squad called GearShifters which offers great guidance through squad training, for men and women, beginner to intermediate cyclists. Training alongside others makes it enjoyable and challenging, and is an excellent way to receive support from the trainers – as well as the rest of the group – to keep you on track and progressing.
As a trainer I encourage positive lifestyle changes to optimise quality of life and work with my clients to bring out the motivation and drive required to achieve the goals they set. While hard work and determination are key to getting results I also place huge value on the enjoyment factor and work with my clients to find a training regime that they enjoy.
Through my own experiences in training, nutrition and general life I have learnt that health and fitness require a holistic approach in that several factors influence how we feel and perform every day both mentally and physically. I am genuinely interested in the human body, health, fitness and general well-being and actively seek opportunities to up-skill and am continuously expanding my knowledge-base.
Mobile Personal Trainer