Canberra Personal Trainer puts the focus on women’s health and fitness

Canberra Personal Trainer puts the focus on women’s health and fitness

Jocelyn is a busy mum of 3 who currently runs her PT business out of Canberra. Focusing primarily on women’s health, it was Jocelyn’s own postnatal recovery that first inspired her to move into the fitness industry. Somehow she manages to run a business, while also studying and being a wife and mum. We caught up with her to ask her how she does it, and what advice she has to share with new mums.

Hi Jocelyn! First of all, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a Mum, wife, daughter, sister and friend. I have been an Army spouse for 15 years and in that time have lived in 3 states and 1 territory. We had had so many adventures along the way and met some wonderful people and made lifelong friends.

You own and operate a Personal Training business, Combat Women. When did you first become interested in pursuing a career as a PT?

I was always pretty active as a child and then it sort of fell by the wayside once I hit my teens. When I met my husband I started going to the gym and running again. But it wasn’t until after I had my first daughter in 2010 that I decided to head down the path of Personal Training. I had had a hernia repair when my daughter was 10 months old. Recovery is about 6 weeks. It is very similar to the recovery for a c-section. I was already interested in the health and fitness and I wanted to help women return to exercise in a safe and effective manner.

You specialise with women’s fitness, particularly their journey through postpartum recovery. What is the one thing you wish all new mums knew when it comes to their fitness or bodies?

That it is ok to take their time. Childbirth, no matter how you deliver, is a trauma to the body. We will see a physio for knee, ankle and shoulder injuries but we don’t see them for our pelvic floor. We should be seeing them then too.

Rest and recover and safely return to exercise.

Also, you will be forever postnatal. Your body is different after having a baby. Nurture it and work towards building a strong foundation that is right for you going forward.

You’re a mum of 3 young daughters. What suggestions do you have for other mums who want to show their kids a positive message when it comes to health, fitness, and the dreaded word ‘diet’?

Practice what you preach. Be active with them, teach them about food. Don’t let them see you count calories or put yourself down. Look after yourself, give yourself time for “self care”.

As for ‘diet’, it is important to teach them the difference in meaning around the word. Our diet is what we eat, regardless of what it is. Dieting, on the other hand, often suggests a yo-yo pattern and an unhealthy relationship with food.

Pick nutritionally dense foods and enjoy it. Learn how to cook and teach your kids.

You run regular outdoor group fitness classes for women. What made you decide to follow that path with your business as opposed to working 1:1 within a gym environment?

At the time I started I was craving connection with other women. I went out with the intent to make friends. And if I felt like that, there was a good chance that other women felt the same way. So not only was it about getting people out and exercising it was the social connection too.

What is your favourite exercise? And why?

The Squat. I love the power and movement of the exercise. I love the strength of my legs and being able to run, play with my kids and the ‘shape’ of my legs.

I’m sure that we’ve all fallen off the fitness wagon during our lives. What things do you tell your clients when they are struggling with motivation or aren’t reaching their fitness goals?

Move forward. You can’t change what has already happened. You can only make it better. Motivation requires action and action requires motivation. You’re not always going to be motivated, so you will need to take action on days when you don’t want to. Don’t be too hard on yourself either, fitness and health is a journey. Enjoy it, make mistakes, learn and move forward.

Your family moves around every few years due to your husband’s career. What is your number 1 piece of advice for women wanting to meet new people in a new town?

You have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Put yourself out there and start talking to people. Join groups that interest you.

When you aren’t training with Combat Women, what other things do you enjoy doing?

Reading. I love a good book. Being with my family. I enjoy doing my own exercise too.

As a business owner and mum, what have you found to be the biggest obstacle in the way of women finding success as entrepreneurs?

Ourselves. As women we tend to put others first and there is always something we could be doing. Mum guilt gets in the way and we ‘should’ be spending more time with our kids and we ‘should’ be working.

And finally, where can our readers find out more about Combat Women?

On Facebook @combatwomenpt and Instagram @jocelynsharppt.


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