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I have been in the health and wellness industry for over 18 years, and a fitness nut my entire life. Since completing my Science degree, I have enjoyed a career as a personal trainer, nutritionist, health club owner and corporate speaker.

I am one of the four directors and co-founders of the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation, and the Health and Fitness Expert on Channel 9 Today Extra, as well as appearing on A Current Affair and The Today Show.

As for my personal health and fitness, I am a marathon runner, love boxing, weights, spin classes, Pump, and skiing. I am terrible at ball sports and a chicken when it comes to cold water! My secret weapon for health is a balanced approach; where nothing is off limits, extreme or gimmicky. Real food, correct portion sizes, occasional treats, and the 80/20 rule.

I live in Sydney with my husband Tim, three toddlers, and our dog Diesel. When we’re not working you’ll catch us at the beach, on family walks through Centennial Park, at our favourite restaurants with friends, or at the gym.

My philosophy

I see fitness and nutrition as a training platform that can improve all areas of life. Confidence grows when achievements are made. Fitness allows people to develop themselves in areas other than work, or home life. The fun, physical outlet adds a third dimension which can drastically change a person’s enjoyment of life. What excites me the most is witnessing the mental transformation when clients reach new physical levels. Self discipline, commitment, determination, ability to cope with challenges and pressure are just some of the skills that clients develop, not to mention all the physical improvements.

My training philosophy: Feel the burn, love the burn!

I am opinionated and abrupt, but I know my stuff; so let’s get cracking and talk health and fitness.

 

Media appearances

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Managing Editor: Shitika AnandShitika-Anand-bio-AP

Shitika is a London-based freelance journalist who is addicted to tea, toasted muesli, tricep dips and pink shoes. If she had one day to live, she’d probably be working on her triceps, in a shoe shop, whilst eating all the granola in her vicinity.

Researching and writing about health and fitness gives her immense content, as she believes there is no better education in this world than learning about your body and the food you put in it. She’s obsessed with kickboxing, circuit training, Pump sessions, outdoor runs and Pilates. She lives by a philosophy of not treating your stomach like it’s a dustbin; be kind to your body and it will be kind to you. She makes it a point to laugh out loud, every single day, as it’s the most inexpensive medicine ever existed.

 

Contributor: Steph Lowe, The Natural Nutritionist

1407020585199Steph Lowe is a Melbourne-based nutritionist with degrees in Sport and Exercise Science and Human Nutrition. Steph specialises in sports nutrition, high performance weight loss, and teaching you how easy natural nutrition can be.

When not teaching people about food and its goodness, you will find Steph swimming, riding or running; she also competes in age-group triathlete. In 2013, she completed two half Ironman: Honu 70.3 in Hawaii and Shepparton 70.3 in Victoria. For more information on Steph and delicious gluten-free and sugar-free recipes, visit Steph’s website here.

 

 

Contributor: Amanda Clout tn_1393159779646

Amanda is a Sydney-based Personal Trainer and Group Fitness instructor who thrives on motivating clients by giving them the tools and technique to find their passion for long-term fitness. And that’s through Body Attack classes, weight training programs or running events. She is a great believer of the fact that every single person has incredible fitness potential and they just need a little encouragement and support to believe in it.

She believes in consistently setting and refreshing personal goals – anything from running your first 5k to completing a full marathon, which Amanda did in Gold Coast in 2013. Amanda has also competed in an Australian fitness modelling competition in 2012. When not caught up in the real world, Amanda can be caught reading CSI-type novels while enjoying cheese and crackers, her guilty pleasure! For more information on Amanda, visit her website here.