Anyone who knows me well, knows how much I love my activewear. Australian based label, Slinkii is a firm fave so you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to do a quick Q&A for their "Babe of the month" feature. Here's how it went down...
"How did your fitness and health journey start?"
It all started about 15 years ago, when I met my husband Nick. He was training everyday and it became something I fell in love with too! Previous to that, I had barely stepped foot in a gym (I didn't even own activewear, I literally wore pants to my first gym session!) I had no idea how amazing exercise makes you feel, the energy it gives and the empowering strength it nurtures-physically and otherwise…and so the journey began..
Nick, always with the motivation...
"Describe an average day in the life of Renée"
On a typical day, I’m out of bed at 5am to get ready to teach my first class. A great outfit and a little lippy helps me to feel fresh and motivated! I arrive to the studio at 5:30am where I prepare for the session and class style I have planned for (drinking coffee is an essential step in that process) The class starts at 6am and runs for an hour. I race back home to get my two kids ready for school (they are 10 and 7 and are my everything!) I drive them to school and then I head straight back to Pilates House for the morning block of classes. Everydaysince we met, Nick and I have met for lunch at different cafes around Perth. I often use that time to do some business admin, draft programs and take some snaps for social media. The following few hours are FREE and how I spend them changes..catch ups, shopping, cleaning, coo..(not often..) but cooking, outdoor running, Pilates, gym, relaxing, running errands.. Before I know it its time to collect my kids from school. They both have after school activities everyday but Friday-this is the most hectic part of my day. Im home for a little while to spend time with the fam before leaving to teach the evening sessions at the studio. By 8:30pm, Im home in time to read with the kids and then watch a movie with Nick…ZZZZzzzzz
"When did your passion for Pilates develop and what inspired you to start Pilates House?"
My love for Pilates began in 2010, after the birth of my daughter. I was searching for a new way of exercise and one that would help to restore my body. I became obsessed, it was unlike anything I had done before. Pilates is challenging and fun and makes you feel incredible! I started teacher training not long after, and began working in 2012. Five years on, I felt it was time to start a new chapter. I wanted to offer a truly personalised service, in a place where people felt both at home and pampered all at once. Starting my own studio was both a terrifying and overwhelmingly exciting thought. I want to grow; as a teacher, a business woman and person in general, and so decided to take the leap!
The kids with me at the studio. They are my life! And they lead me to my passion...
"What would you say to those who are new to Pilates and may be scared to start?"
I would say, DON’T BE! Pilates is for every body, any age, all backgrounds and each level of capability. The repertoire is adaptable to suit everyone and everybody would benefit from the method… it strengthens, lengthens, tones, stabilises and balances from the inside out..whats not to love? Go for it!!
Ruth Kobin, who was featured in Pilates Style magazine, practices Pilates once a week.. and is 101 years old.
Need I say more?
"What is your biggest source of motivation?"
Im a firm believer that true motivation comes from within. We can be inspired by external influences- money, pride, power, popularity, competition, success- but in the end, they only serve the ego. Im motivated by the idea of collecting experiences in life to uncover more of who I am, to fell connected to those I love and to create and follow a path that is truly authentic and joyful.
"What is your secret to happiness?"
My secret to happiness is to not take too much too seriously. If we can all tap into the feeling of inner strength, there is not much we couldn't overcome. Sometimes, I think there are two of me; there is the human me and there is another within, a quiet, wise, powerful presence. For me, happiness comes from feeling free to take life as it comes, some times good, others bad..either way, grateful, knowing that the person inside is an unbreakable witness to the experiences we are so lucky to have in life.