“If everything you do is from a place of kindness, whether it be related to yourself or related to others, you can never go wrong, and great things will always come back to you!”
For various reasons, weight and issues surrounding fitness have plagued women for years. We all know that there is immense pressure to look good at all times, and sometimes it only takes one snide comment for a person to stumble. Sarah Do Rozario, GirlCrewCrew Brisbane, knows firsthand the impact hurtful words can have. “I have always struggled with how I looked since I was about 8 years old, after a nasty, offhand remark from someone I thought was a friend! I have always been about a size 12-14, but have never been consistently active or healthy, and sadly, have never liked the way I looked.” This struggle became even tougher when she moved to New Zealand in early 2008, when a party lifestyle combined with jobs in McDonalds and a bakery meant her weight slowly crept up.
After a routine health-check, a doctor advised Sarah that she should begin to look at her weight so like any good GirlCrewer she decided to get up and kick ass!
“I started exercising and eating better with a good friend of mine, who was also sick of being overweight and unhappy.” Excited at seeing their hard work and determination paid off, after moving back to Brisbane Sarah took her healthy lifestyle one step further by becoming a personal trainer. “What made me choose this as a career was because the way I looked and felt was something that I never ever thought was an option for me. I am now moving into more athletic goals, with a 50km trail run through the Blue Mountains coming up in May 2016.” Knowing how much of a struggle this transformation has been has become a source of motivation for Sarah – “I want to help people see that just because they have never been healthy or fit or liked how they looked, doesn’t mean it can’t be done.” With a mindset like that it’s clear that Sarah has nothing to lose and neither do you when it comes to changing your lifestyle, as she says herself – I am living proof that [you] can!” Sarah has plenty of things in the pipeline so if you are in Brisbane and looking to get fit make sure you keep an eye on the upcoming events.
1. What is the best thing about your job?
Seeing the dramatic changes in the lives of our clients as a result of dedication to and consistency with their health and fitness. The changes apart from the physical ones, such as more confidence, better self esteem, improved sleeping habits, no sickness throughout winter (if ever!), improved relationships with friends and family, are incredibly rewarding to witness in an industry that is often portrayed as shallow and “looks-focused”.
2. What do you find most challenging about it?
The most challenging thing would be being self-motivated day in and day out. You have to be very connected to your goals and driven to keep going as a self-employed person (regardless of industry), and also dedicated to seeking out opportunities, not wait for things to happen! Industry specific, hands down it would be the myriad of misinformation and confusion thrown at people from friends, family, social media, magazines painting the health and fitness industry in a less than desireable light, and complicating what is relatively simple!
3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?
What I am most proud of isn’t a specific achievement. It is more along the lines of seeing my ability to constantly seek new opportunities and build awesome relationships with people. I find it exciting how much I have learnt, especially because being a small business owner you have to wear all the hats – marketing, social media, finance etc. I am proud of myself for making a decision to start a new career and following through with it, it is cool to see that we hold the powerful to turn our own lives (as well as others) in a completely new direction.
4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?
My biggest tip would be to get involved in the health and fitness industry BEFORE studying to be a trainer. Experience commercial gyms, private studios, outdoor bootcamps for yourself and your own training. Talk to people who are in all different sectors of the industry particularly those who have achieved longevity in their career. One of the biggest mistakes I see people making is going into the health and fitness industry simply because they are sporty/fit/like the gym. When it comes down to it you must have a true passion for people and a desire to see people change to have a long and fruitful career. Another massive factor in success (again, not industry specific), is a commitment to continual learning and self development. Something that has really stood out to me is the more I learn, the more I realise I don’t know – hence the need for a constant commitment to learning.
5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?
It is a pretty simple one – Do all things with great love. When it comes down to it, if everything you do is from a place of kindness, whether it be related to yourself or related to others, you can never go wrong, and great things will always come back to you!