FOUNDER AND HEAD TRAINER
‘Fitness..make it a habit’ and ‘You never regret a workout.’
As soon as I got off the plane from England I looked around this beautiful country with amazing weather and so many beaches and parks around me and I realised my lifestyle needed to change. I wasn’t happy with some bad habits I’d developed at University and wanted to get back into sport and create some healthy habits instead.
I had always loved exercise and sport and remembered how good it made me feel. I heard that it took only six weeks to form a habit and two weeks to break it. I set myself the 6 week goal and never looked back. It was time to start a healthy habit, a habit of fitness and I wanted to share this with others.
This is why I started Healthy Habit Fitness. I wanted to create a community of liked minded people all working together to achieve a common health and fitness goal.
With a life-long love of sports including swimming, running, cycling, netball and horse riding I then committed 10 years of women’s AFL. I was Vice Captain for two years and Captain for three. I have also Captained the NSW team and the NSW Masters Team.
I find that training in a group has enormous benefits. We support each other, push each other and have a laugh a long the way.
Bachelor of Arts, Manchester University
Certificate 3 Group Fitness Instructor
Certificate 4 Personal Training
Certificate 3 Pre and Post Natal Training
Health and Fitness Writer for ACON
Founder of Mardi Gras Fun Run 'Rainbow Run'.
Captain of Sydney Uni AFL Womens team 2013, 2014, 2015.
Finalist in Small Business Awards 2016.
Bronze Life Saving.
"Nobody is born a warrior in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man. We make ourselves into one or the other"
My Training Style: Precise and Challenging.
Before my clients begin to use heavier weights, or generally start exploring more complex movements, I focus on whether they are moving in a safe manner. It is essential you build a strong foundation in order to move on to more advanced exercises without causing any injury. My style of coaching is precise and stimulating. I always ensure my clients’ form is correct and that the right muscles are being challenged. I specialise in weight loss, muscle gain and strength training.
My Fitness Philosophy: Build a stronger body for a longer life.
I believe fitness serves only to enhance your life. It doesn’t matter what type of training you enjoy, as long as it gets you moving, you are improving your fitness. I don’t believe in strict dieting, I know many of us struggle with being told what to eat and what not to eat and so I implement flexible dieting regimes with my clients. No food is forbidden and your diets will still fit your daily macronutrient intake (fat, carbs and protein). My goal as a coach for each and every one of my clients is to make fitness, in of itself, a routine in my clients’ lives. It is so important that you enjoy training and to be able to see the positive growth and changes in your everyday life. Be it that you find you are more energetic, more confident or just more educated about eating smarter, your fitness routines should serve to enhance your life.
My favourite class to teach: HIIT - Bootcamp
I like to challenge my clients and prove they are stronger than they think.
Cert III Gym Instructor
Cert IV Personal Training
Diploma in Fitness
“You just need to turn up!”
My experience as a trainer for Healthy Habit is a little bit different as I originally joined up as a member of one of the Mum’s and Bub’s sessions when my youngest daughter was about 9 months. Since making that decision to join, I am now the fittest I have ever been, have taken up surfing, team sports such as touch rugby, basketball and netball, and have completed the City2Surf, Harbour Run and a half- marathon (contemplating a full marathon!).
I think that outdoor group fitness is a fantastic way to train and get fit. Working in a group setting increases motivation so much, there is a social aspect which is awesome and being outside is good for the soul (in my opinion). I know 100% that if I had tried to get fit by myself in a gym for example, I would not have got the results I did.
I have always had an interest in the body and exercise, and completed a diploma of massage therapy after leaving University. However, it was not until I had been training with Healthy Habit for about 4 years that I decided to study and obtain my certificate so I could help others achieve their fitness goals too. I feel passionate about providing motivating, safe and effective sessions that will make members push themselves and feel a sense achievement once they have finished. It feels amazing to see people reach their fitness goals and know that you helped them get there.
I also have a special interest in encouraging mums to get back into exercise after having kids. Exercise is great way to take some time for yourself, regain some energy and feel great. Some of our fittest members are mums!
Bachelor of Arts – Victoria University of Wellington
Diploma of Massage Therapy – New Zealand College of Massage
Certificate III in Fitness - FIA
'If fitness is fun then fun becomes fitness!'
I come from a team and individual sport background. I loved athletics and basketball. Gaelic football and rugby has also been a huge part of my life. Since moving to Australia I took up AFL, which I played for 5 years. Now I’m an avid surfer and I love my triathlons, tail runs and fun fitness events like tough mudder.
Bachelor of Education: Physical Education and Special needs; Primary and Secondary teacher
Masters: Sports Management, UCD
Coaching Certificates for Soccer, Gaelic Games, Athletics and Disability
Wins in life: National AFL Masters X 2, AFL Club flag with Syd Uni, National AFL title 2011 with NSW (Back in Irish days National Gaelic Football title with club and county, athletics and soccer rep for Northern Ireland)
I have over 20 years of voluntary and professional experience in the sporting sector and a life long passion for sport and fitness. My personal approach is guiding you to a holistic experience of health and wellness for life.
Cynthia started running cross country races when in high school in the United States. Soon after, she discovered her love for long distance running and began competing in half marathons and marathons.
After school, Cynthia moved onto triathlons and has since competed in 2 full Ironmans and 6 Half Ironmans.
In 2011, hungry for yet another challenge, she trained for and competed in the Comrades Marathon, racing the 90km South African ultra marathon in 10 hours and 54 mins.
In 2012, Cynthia switched to competitive road cycling racing for an Elite women's cycling team in New York City.
After moving to Australia in 2014, Cynthia joined Healthy Habit Fitness and returned to her first love of running combined with functional strength training. Some of her most recent race highlights include:
1st Place Age Group, Manly Dam 21 km Trail Race, Sydney (2018)
5th Place Overall Female, HYSAN Island 19 km Trail Race, Hong Kong (2017)
Stromlo Running Festival 30 km Trail Race, Canberra (2016, 8 months postpartum)
Locally, Cynthia has also competed in the Blackmores Half Marathon (2015, 2016, 2017), Sydney Running Festival 10k (2016, 2017), Sydney Half Marathon (2015, 2017), and City to Surf (2017).
‘Live with a relentless pursuit of better’
My main mission in life is to get better day by day. I enjoy putting myself in new situations and trying to enjoy the process of learning. By doing this, I know that I am constantly improving on my life and finding ways to get better.
In today's social media age, we are always bombarded with (mostly incorrect) information and we are tasked to sift through and try and work out what is actually true. I made it my personal mission to help sift through all the nonsense and give back the correct and evidence-based research in fitness.
I am obsessed with exercise science in particular biomechanics and nutrition. You will always find me reading and researching new and innovative ways to increase performance and get better. I plan to complete honors research and eventually PhD in a combat sport related field.
I love all combat sports; boxing, mixed martial arts and in particular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I compete regularly in BJJ and submission only competitions.
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
Certificate 3 Group Fitness Instructor
Certificate 4 Personal Training