"Live Strong, with Purpose to Train."
A Word From Leanne Smith
I always knew my passion was in health and fitness. After working in Real Estate for 7 years, I made the decision to proceed with a career change and completed my cert III and IV in personal training. I knew immediately that a personal trainer was a perfect combination of my interests, history, skills and experience.
Growing up in New Zealand I was usually found outdoors playing with my siblings, climbing a tree or riding a bike. During high school I played netball and volleyball at a national secondary school level; travelling around the country to play and compete is how my background in fitness started and how I developed my competitive nature. During my school exchange to Tucson, Arizona, United States, I continued to compete in sports, but this time in track in field, where I was able to develop new skills and fitness.
While in America I developed an eating disorder, dropping 16kg from my already small frame. I became obsessed with weight and slowly ate less and less. Although my battle with anorexia was short lived, I began the slow recovery process by developing bulimia (which, believe it or not, is part of the slow recovery). I struggled with the binge and purging of this terrible disease for many years.
Slowly, I managed to overcome this disease by fuelling my body with good foods, going to the gym and realising that my body was better strong than skinny, it was better to be fit and healthy than focusing on food and weight. I learned how to fuel and train my body. I can say that today I am completely clear of eating disorders. One day I hope to work with other people with eating disorders others to help them to recover like I did. I feel that this experience will help me have a better understanding with people and their relationship with food and exercise and the struggles they face.
After leaving school, I found it difficult to find time and motivation to play team sports. I dabbled in a few different sports and exercises but I never felt satisfied.
When I moved to Perth in 2012 I continued to train and try new activities but nothing seemed to stick. I discovered trail running and I competed in the Summer Series, I was surprised when I started placing in a few races. I enjoyed the social aspect, the adventure, freedom and challenge of running outdoors. I especially liked the thrill of night races.
Training and nutrition has become such an important part of my life and I finally understand the importance of being organised and looking after my body. I am currently training for my first Body Building competition in October and I look forward to sharing my journey with you all. I hope that you will join me on my journey to a fitter, healthier self. For more information on how I can help you, contact me.
"Live Strong with Purpose to Train."