After locating the most perfect Tapas Bar, we may have spent a little too much time there. Thus running out of day light! Not to worry, we thoroughly enjoyed the food and wine and got… More
What better way to warm up a chilly winter day than with some red Boots! Enjoying King street wharf, Sydney, Australia.
Looking for a workout out of studio hours? Go to www.kerriefitness.com.au to download #kezfit Kerrie Core 1. You can train in the comfort of your own home; in the hotel room whilst away on business; anytime, anywhere. Enjoy your workout!
“I stopped exercising altogether saying that it was an unnecessary expense and I was too busy.”
Today we’d like to share with you Trevor’s personal fitness story with you all. As of right now, this story was first posted (exactly!) two years ago. Enjoy!
[First posted July 4, 2014]
My story started in my dad’s garage. He had a set of old weights, a squat rack, and a bench. I still have his dumbells. I would work out as a sixteen year old on these, not really knowing what I was doing, just copying what I saw him do. I played a lot of sport so I never worried about cardio training.
Fast forward ten years and I met my future wife Kerrie. Pretty sure you all know her!
I still wasn’t interested in cardio training, and to make things worse I had taken up smoking, now weighing 110kg.
In my eyes I looked a big unit. Looking back at photos I can safely say I was on a fast track to a heart attack, and with my father having blood pressure problems it was probably a certainty.
I remember the day I stopped smoking as clear as yesterday. I was sitting on the back step of the garage and a very pregnant Kerrie walked out to hang some washing on the line. I thought it’s only a couple of weeks and I will be a Dad. My next thought looking at the cigarette in my hand was… I don’t want my daughter to ever see me smoke. I stood up, butted out the cigarette, picked up the packet, the lighter and threw them all in the bin. That was over thirteen years ago and I have never smoked a puff since.
I started to get more involved in work and would occasionally go to gym with Kerrie. When Healthland was sold to Fitness First I stopped exercising altogether saying that it was an unnecessary expense and I was too busy.
My weight stayed around 110-115kg, more good luck than good management. Kerrie came to me and told me she was having heaps of fun at the gym and I should join her. I signed up to Fitness First Campbelltown.
I worked out with weights on the gym floor with Kerrie on the days that I went. Although, she seemed much more interested in the classes than me and what I was trying to get her to do, so I said, “Why don’t you become an instructor? If you do I’ll come and do your classes.”
Well about a year after I said that my son was born and Kerrie was an instructor. Being a man of my word I went and stood down the back of the class and did my first group fitness class instructed by my wife. I am also a faithful old dog, in over ten years I have never done anyone else’s class unless my wife was next to me!!
As Kerrie’s popularity grew I said to her one day, “If you want, I’ll build you your own studio, and I’ll go and become an instructor for you.”
Well again those words came back to haunt me. I really need to keep my mouth shut!!!
I currently work at a mine site as a project manager, and I was a policeman before that, so I never thought I would start a third career – as a group fitness instructor and studio owner!!
Having said that, I am now 45 and the fittest I have ever been, the strongest I have ever been, and the happiest I can remember!!
To be in a room with like minded people; nothing beats the group fitness atmosphere. It truly is a wonderful experience.
It just goes to show it’s never too late to make good choices. Oh and I’m 25 kilos lighter too!!
‘Till next time, Trevor 🙂
There are so many things to do in Sydney, and so so many places to explore. Sometimes we get a little caught up in getting to the next best thing that we can miss the journey. Fitness is like that. We so desperately want to get to our “end result” that sometimes we are prepared to cut corners.
Lasting fitness and health, truely lasting fitness and health, is a journey and one we should make part of our everyday lives. It is a process, one to prepare for and undertake regularly.
You don’t just wake up one day and decide to drive to Perth from Sydney. You prepare, you service your car, save money, factor in rest stops, judge how far you can travel each day to get to your destination safely. Fitness is exactly the same. We prepare, get dressed, sleep adequately, service our body (i.e eat well… fuel), save money… don’t pay for the add ons that will never be used (the upsell), train and rest. Not train ten times the first week and then skip a month. Or even worse, let the years go by without taking care of the one and only body you have for life.
Listen to your body. Don’t be afraid of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. A good instructor will help you with this and before you know it, you are on the path to your destination with almost zero chance of not making it.
Kerrie is that kind of instructor and KERRIE FITNESS is that kind of gym. So what are you waiting for? Want to keep spinning your wheels or drive with purpose to a happier and healthier you?
Come on in and join our friendly fitfam. Look forward to seeing you in the studio Monday’s – Thursdays and Saturdays. Unit H10, 5-7 Hepher Road, Campbelltown NSW 2560
☎️ 0410 409 611
Being nominated as a finalist in the fitness industry is one thing we really get a kick out of at KERRIE FITNESS. Ask me why?
It’s quite simple really. It is an affirmation that we are doing the right thing by our members, we are giving them what they want. We are caring about their progress, we are engaging them. We are with them the whole way.
We would like to thank each and every one of you “voters”, of course I won’t be making the classes easier! But Thanks.
In 2004 I started teaching Les Mills at Fitness First. Over the next decade along with the 20 plus classes I taught with Les Mills content, I also began to develop my own class, KERRIE CORE.
With Fitness First closing down I took the leap of faith and opened my own studio, continuing with Les Mills and ZUMBA plus adding more of my own classes to the timetable. And along the way collected 4 x Local Business award finalist nominations and won my second Les Mills Australia Asia Pacific Instructor of the year award (2008) (2014)
Late last year I once again took that leap of faith, and with a heavy heart let Les Mills programs go.
That was to make room for my own style of HIIT training KHIIT! Kerrie High Intensity Interval Training. Along with Kerrie Core and ZUMBA the timetable was completely renewed.
To have been fortunate enough to once again receive a nomination for finalist and this time not relying on a world wide known draw card such as Les Mills, I feel that this is the best nomination yet as it makes me believe I’m on the right path.
Well there is definitely more than enough here for more than 1 person… but when it’s just too good, why not go back for seconds 💚 I know I couldn’t help myself!!
< strong>Ingredients:Dash of olive oil
- 2 fresh garlic cloves
- 1 hot chilli 🌶
- 2 carrots 🥕
- 2 zucchini’s
- 1/2 yellow capsicum
- 5 mushrooms 🍄
- Large handful of spinach
- 4 asparagus spears
- Small handful of goji berries
- 2 tsp basil pesto
Method:Squish garlic with the back of a knife, chop
- Finley chop chili
- Peel and chop mushrooms
- Grate zucchini and carrot
- Remove bottom of stem and trim asparagus
- Boil jug
- Break asparagus in half, place in a mug and fill with boiling water
- Heat oil in pan over medium heat
- Sauté garlic and chilli
- Add mushrooms and yellow capsicum and stir with a wooden spoon
- Add zucchini’s and carrots, continue stirring
- Add spinach and goji berries
- Finish by adding the pesto and stir until you reach the right consistency
- Drain asparagus from mug, place on top of veggies
Nb. You could use this as a side and add grilled chicken 🍗 or your favourite cut of meat 🥩 or your favourite fish 🐟 to complete your meal 🍽
Bon appetit 😋
Never been a better time to join KERRIE FITNESS.
- Most funds require the Studio you go to be registered with Fitness Australia, The Health & Fitness Industry Association.
- Most funds do not recognise personal training or 24 hour fitness memberships.
- You will need to check in with your fund about eligibility.
Private Health Fund Rebates
Find out which Private Health Funds offer rebates for fitness services
Private Health Fund Rebates for Fitness Services
Staying informed about private health fund rebates for fitness services will allow you to provide accurate information to your existing and prospective members about opportunities to claim private health fund rebates for fitness services.
What do I need to do to help my clients/members claim?
Be guided by your clients. Enquire as to whether they have Private Health Insurance and if so, which fund? The following information about specific funds should be taken as a guide only and is not an exhaustive list of funds recognising fitness services.
If your client holds private health insurance, suggest they contact their fund to determine what is required to enable them to gain a rebate and what level of rebate they are eligible to receive.
It’s important to remember that all funds are different! Some funds require you to be registered with Fitness Australia, while others also require you to register with them directly. In some cases a GP referral may be required to indicate that the fitness program is necessary due to an existing health or medical condition. Importantly a number of funds don’t recognise personal training services, or 24 hour fitness centre memberships.
Finally it’s also important to remember that the amount of a potential refund is heavily dependent on the level of cover held by the member and that holding private health insurance does not automatically ensure eligibility for a refund for fitness service.
Fitness Australia is working hard towards aligning the national Business and Professional Registration schemes with all Private Health Funds. Fitness Australia has produced a position statement for Private Health Insurers. These recommendations seek to inform Private Health Insurers about current fitness industry standards and provide an insight into fitness industry operations that will assist in the development or recognition of existing policies.
Tier 1 funds:
Health Funds offering rebates exclusively to Fitness Australia Registered Businesses
Your client will receive a rebate upon presentation of proof of payment documentation from the business containing their Fitness Australia registered business number.
Tier 2 funds:
The following businesses require business registration with Fitness Australia and for the business to complete a registration form with the fund:
- NIB (download their form)
- Note: You must have a referral form from a prescribing physician to be eligible to claim a rebate for fitness services.
Tier 3 funds:
The following funds require a medical referral and completion of appropriate documentation.
Published Feb 1, 2018.
NSW Department of Fair Trading advises people to only sign up to gyms affiliated with Fitness Australia
In a statement released by the NSW Department of Fair Trading on the number of contractual complaints they received by Gym users in 2017, they reminded consumers that signing up to a Fitness Australia affiliated Gym is the way to go.
Bill Moore, CEO of Fitness Australia, the peak national industry association says “This is a great reminder for consumers to be choosing the right gym or fitness facility.”
“We know that the measures in place between Fitness Australia and the State and Territory Departments of Fair Trading to protect both the fitness businesses and their clients are most effective when the business is a member of Fitness Australia.”
“We work closely with our business members who strive for a high standard of customer care, safety and service,” says Moore.
Members of Fitness Australia have made a commitment to industry’s key business principles and standards.
Fitness Australia’s commitment to the fitness industry includes developing guidelines and safety standards through consultation with experts which in turn are delivered as quality education programs for business accreditation, putting client safety first.
“We will continue to work with the State based Departments of Fair Trading to see how we can contribute to reducing complaints about gym contracts,” reassures Moore.
For tips on choosing the right gym for you go to fitness.org.au
With the sudden change in the weather, perhaps this may tempt the family at the dinner table. I find it interesting that I only use 1/2 a cup of wine for this recipe, yet the bottle is always empty? Truly baffled by this phenomenon.
6 fresh cloves of garlic, minced (or substitute with minced garlic)
500g of prawn meat
2 x tbsp butter
1/2 cup white wine
150g sun-dried tomatoes
1 3/4 cups full cream milk
3 x cups spinach
Season with salt and pepper
3/4 cup parmesan cheese
- Heat butter and garlic in a pan, add prawns and cook until just pink and cooked through. Set aside.
2. Pour wine into pan, stir in sun-dried tomatoes, cook for 2 mins.
3. Reduce heat add milk, bring to simmer then add spinach leaves. Season to taste. Stir in parmesan cheese.
4. Allow sauce to simmer and thicken, then add prawns. Stir in and ensure coating of all prawns, cook for approximately One minute.
5. Serve over pasta, rice or noodles.
Chicken pesto roll-ups, super easy to make, extremely yummy to eat and makes you look like a whiz in the kitchen.
First you will need;
1 x kilo chicken breasts (4)
Salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.
500g Shredded mozzarella cheese
2 x large tomatoes
A cup of cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup pesto sauce
Fresh basil leaves (Garnish optional)
- Heat oven to 220 degrees.
- Slice each breast lengthways in half.
- Cover with plastic wrap and flatten with a mallet or rolling-pin.
- Cover with pesto.
- Season to taste.
6. Top with tomato and mozzarella, roll up tight and fix with toothpicks.
7. Heat frying pan, add some butter and oil and cook roll ups approximately 4 minutes each side.
8. Transfer the roll ups into a baking dish, add mozzarella cheese and chopped basil.
9. Place in pre-heated oven and cook for 12-15 minutes.
10. Remove from oven, take out the toothpicks and serve with your favorite sides.
There you have it, easy to make, delicious to eat.
I planted some “Ironman” spinach this year and it grew like wildfire. What to do with all this spinach? I’m glad you asked! I searched up recipes and came up with this gem. And boy are they tasty, so much so that my kids (not vegetable or cheese eaters) finished the lot when I wasn’t looking.
First things first.
2 x tsp extra virgin olive oil
4 x shallots chopped
2 x tsp minced garlic
350g spinach rough chopped
350g ricotta cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 x egg whisked plus another for basting whisked
2 x tblsp dill fresh or dried
1 lemon rind finely grated
Pinch nutmeg (to taste)
2 x sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed
Secondly, what to do…
Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan forced.
Line 2 x baking trays with baking paper.
Heat oil in frying pan and cook the shallots and garlic until soft. (2mins)
Place in a large mixing bowl.
Rough chop the spinach and place into the mixing bowl.
Add the ricotta, parmesan, egg, dill, lemon rind and nutmeg. Season with S&P, mix until well combined.
Cut each pastry sheet in half. Place 1/4 of your mixture in a log shape along one long side of the pastry, brush the other with whisked egg.
Roll up and cut into 3. Place seam down on baking tray.
Score the rolls at 5mm intervals, brush with extra egg.
Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Serve with tomato relish.