With no small amount of excitement, the launching of #kezfit is almost upon us. Just to keep you entertained, here is a picture diary of the last five years. Enjoy, and WATCH this space. Soon anyone, anywhere can train with Kerrie.
“I needed more than being a mum.”
Today we’d like to share with you Kerrie’s personal fitness story with you all. As of right now, this story was first posted two years ago, and so many great things have happened since then. Enjoy!
[First posted June 27, 2014]
I thought it would a nice idea to share my story of where I began my fitness path with all of you who like my page.
I went to high school in the Campbelltown area and I always had a love for tennis. I played in Adelaide and continued for a short period in Sydney. The more I got involved with school work and friends, the more I let tennis go by the wayside.
I started my career as an administrative assistant at a law firm in the city. After 9 years it was time for Trevor and I to start our family.
I was lucky enough to be a stay at home Mum. I had always loved babies, it was my dream come true. I couldn’t have been more excited that my time had arrived. I could give up work and do what I had always wanted; take care of my little family. I was only young, 24, so parenthood was a humongous shock to my system. I wasn’t coping with the sleepless nights, dealing with mastitis from breast feeding, the endless crying (both myself and bubs!) and being responsible for this little being. Work, I thought I had given up, yet this was more work that I could have ever imagined!
I took myself off to the gym and started exercising, using the treadmills and other equipment in front of the mass of televisions. One hour and I was done, feeling happier than when I entered.
It didn’t take long for me to become completely and utterly bored with the hamster wheel equipment! I would always peek in the group fitness studio doors and think, Gee they look like they’re having so much fun. I was so shy. If anyone would speak to me I would go bright red in the face!
One day I thought, enough is enough, and I went in for a BodyStep class. Well I tell you, I never looked back. Group fitness was the bomb. Music pumping, everyone having fun together. It was just what I needed.
It wasn’t long and I was pregnant again. Our 5 year plan wait for our second was not going to be the case. It was already written in the stars. Our two gorgeous babies were going to be close in age! (I wouldn’t have it any other way now. It was meant to be!)
I was very blessed with another wonderful pregnancy and continued group fitness right up until the week I gave birth! My obstetrician was always up to speed on where I was at, and I never pushed myself to the extreme (like I do on a daily basis today!!).
It didn’t take long after being at home with two children under two to find myself back in a fog, a haze, feelings I couldn’t explain. I mean, this was what I always wanted. Why was I feeling like this? It was hard trying to appreciate my gorgeous family when I was in a constant state of sadness.
I would get up, do what I had to do, but go back to bed in the middle of the day. Trying to hide from the world. Through family support and recommendation from my doctor, I started medication for depression. I could now finally see clearly. Appreciate everything and everyone around me. The haze lifted. If only I’d sought help earlier instead of suffering.
It was apparent I needed more than being a mum. I needed to get out in the world and make people feel good about themselves. Give them purpose to get out of bed in the morning. Take their health and fitness on like a job. You get up, you do it, and you can have fun all at the same time.
My constant talk at the dinner table to Trevor, then at family gatherings to my Mum, Dad and sisters about group fitness, music and new exercises I had learnt lead to my family banding together for me to go and get myself trained.
I’d found my calling! With my youngest only 9 months old, I took my passion for group fitness and became an instructor! Thanks to my family I was able to go and complete my Certificate 3 in Group Fitness, followed by training in my Les Mills programs.
I was hired at the gym I trained at, Fitness First Campbelltown, and couldn’t have been more thrilled! It wasn’t much longer and I was also teaching at Fitness First Bankstown and Wollongong.
I was living the life. Loving everything Les Mills. Loving the joy I brought to those who attended my classes.
For ten years I taught non stop, except for Christmas holidays, never missing a class. I was recognised by Les Mills and awarded Australia Asia Pacific Instructor of the year in 2008.
I was loving it.
Then the news came that Fitness First was selling numerous clubs. I was devastated Campbelltown was on the list.
As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. Nothing ever stays the same forever.
Christmas 2012 were my last classes with Fitness First Campbelltown. I continue to work with Fitness First Bankstown and love every moment.
Trevor’s words, “I should open you your own studio,” came back to bite him! We spent December 2012 to July 2013 trying to find the perfect place to open our own studio for my loyal and faithful members from Campbelltown. It was no easy task. There was blood, sweat and tears put into building our dream studio!
Every waking moment when I’m not learning Les Mills and Zumba choreography, I’m trying to come up with new ways to torture- oops, I mean train, my wonderful members with KERRIE CORE and KHIIT!! Motivating you through Facebook is a daily occurrence to keep you all coming. As you will be well aware, fitness isn’t a quick fix. Once you achieve what you set out to achieve, you need to maintain it!
I couldn’t be more proud to have my gorgeous little fam all involved. Trevor is now an instructor. Not to mention builder, handyman, cleaner, supporter for all I do and sounding board before it hits you guys! Our beautiful kids, Keely and Tyler, help out in Junior Care.
Life is sweet.
In just one week KERRIE FITNESS will have been open for 1 whole year. O.M.G. Time flies. I have met the most beautiful people who have become not just members, but friends. There are genuine connections. I feel a part of their lives and couldn’t be happier. Each class is like hosting a party and the excitement comes with seeing who shows up to join in on the fun!
It’s been a big first year. I was privileged to again be awarded Les Mills Australia Asia Pacific Instructor of the year 2014. We were also awarded a finalist in the Campbelltown Local Business awards. What an achievement!
Everyone has their own struggles in life. Whether it’s with weight issues, family issues, mental issues. What ever it may be. The best thing about group fitness; it’s your escape. You take yourself away from your worries, you de-stress at the same time as having fun, you make new friends. The bonus: You become fit, strong and lean machines in the process!
The most exciting thing about my whole story, which I would never have thought would have been possible, is I haven’t been on anti-depressants for 9 years now. I’m pretty sure it’s been that long since I’ve seen a doctor too!
Exercising releases happy endorphins. There is so much more to exercise than just the way you look. It’s the way it makes you feel too. I’ve found my calling and I just hope others get to experience this high I have to offer at KERRIE FITNESS 🙂
By the way, I no longer go red in the face when someone talks to me!!!!
You may be reading wondering why I’ve decided to get so personal. I asked my members this week if they would like to share their fitness stories so I can post them on my page on a weekly basis. I believe in leading by example. If I’m going to tell my story, it needs to be my whole story, the truth.
Even if there is only one person reading this now thinking there is no hope out there for them, I tell you THERE IS; turn to exercise. It will be your saviour. One day at a time. The fog will lift. Lean on those around you. We’re all on this earth together. Kindness is in everyone. Once you show you’re vulnerable side, you will see it 🙂
Thank you for reading about “ME”. I couldn’t finish without a WHOOP WHOOP!!
Side note: After asking Keely (13) and Tyler (11) to read my story before I post and ask me any questions afterwards, here were their responses:
Tyler: “Good girl Mummy. You spelt every word right!!!”
Awww melt my heart, too sweet 🙂
‘Till next time, Kerrie <3
“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 🙂
Today was a little overcast, causing a dash to shelter. This chance coincidence led to the series of photos attached as we began to explore the King Street Wharf area. A newly refurbished historical site in Old Sydney town. Steeped in history with many artifacts lovingly restored and displayed for the public.
We can’t all be good 24/7… where would that fun be in that?! Sometimes occasions call for something a little naughty but oh so nice. I created this double baked caramel cheesecake 17 years ago after having my daughter. With a little more time on my hands whilst on maternity leave I would thoroughly enjoy creating recipes after finding a new passion for baking. There’s nothing more enjoyable than seeing joy on the faces of those around you when they bite into something you’ve created from baking. Well okay, there might be something else that is as equally enjoyable to me.. seeing the expressions on my peeps faces when I train them… but that’s another story entirely! Back to baking…
My grandmother would make the most delicious caramel slice. To this day I love using her recipe to make caramel slice for birthdays or basically just whenever asked! It was 17 years ago that I decided to get creative and use the base and filling from Mardi’s caramel slice in a cheesecake.
Viola.. cue my double baked caramel cheesecake creation, which I can easily say I get asked to make at least twice a year! Now that’s saying something. Either it’s that good or whenever asked.. ‘what birthday cake do you want?’ That’s the first thing my loved ones think of!!
As with everything, I am more than happy to share with you all. Go, enjoy baking and see the joy you bring to those around you as they taste all the deliciousness!
Bon appetit 👩🏼🍳
KERRIE’S DOUBLE BAKED CARAMEL CHEESECAKE
Ingredients – BASE
• 1/4 cup brown sugar
• 1/2 cup self raising flour
• 1/2 cup coconut
• 2 oz (56.7 grams) butter
- Preheat oven to 150 Degrees Celsius
- Line 20cm spring-form cheesecake tin with baking paper
- Melt butter in microwave
- Place brown sugar, self raising flour and coconut in bowl and stir together
- Add melted butter and stir to combine
- Press into lined tin and bake in the oven for approximately 10 minutes
Remove from oven and set aside
Ingredients – FILLING
• 2 blocks of cream cheese (500 grams)
• 1 cup of castor sugar
• 3 eggs
• 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
- Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature (approximately 1 hour out of the fridge) Alternatively, carefully soften in microwave without cooking it
- Beat cream cheese
- Add sugar gradually
- Be sure to scrape down the bowl in between
- Beat in eggs, one at a time
- Add vanilla extract until mixed thoroughly
- Pour mixture carefully on top of the base
- Place back in oven for 30 minutes
Ingredients – TOPPING
• 1 tin of condensed milk
• 2 Tablespoons of golden syrup
• 1 Dessert spoon of butter
- Put ingredients in a small saucepan
- Using a wooden spoon, melt over hot plate on low-medium heat until butter is dissolved
- Stir well
- Be sure to get into the corners of the saucepan and to not burn the caramel
- Nb. Don’t go and answer the front door or the telephone!!!
- Carefully pour the caramel on top of the cheesecake (once the 30 minutes cooking time is up) Cheesecake comes straight out of the oven.. then once the caramel is poured on top, goes straight back in to the oven
- Nb. When pouring the caramel on top, start on the outsides and carefully work in a circular motion towards the centre (otherwise your cheesecake will completely drop in the centre)
- Place back in the over for a further 10 minutes
- Turn oven off, leave cheesecake in the oven with the door ajar so it can cool
- Later cover and place in fridge
• Packet of Maltesers
• Packet of Peanut M&M’s
Simply place Maltesers around the outside of the cake, then followed by Peanut M&M’s, alternating each time
Serve and enjoy!!
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.