Meet Div, sports physio and outdoors lover. She found out about FAT on Instagram first, and joined us after lockdown to get back to exercising with the community! Read her story below...
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Another yo-pro living in the big smoke! I work as a sports physiotherapist and have so for the past four years. I love all things ocean and outdoors, you’ll often catch me heading out to the nearest wave, chasing a sunset or sharing a wine with my lovely friends.
How did you hear about FAT, do you remember your first session?
After Auckland’s long lockdown I was looking for a new form of fitness and also quite honestly a bit more human interaction! I discovered FAT on Instagram and soon booked my first class. I distinctively remember being told we were running up and along the viewing platform in Silo park – How could I forget the feeling of wobbly knees and burning lungs!
We have shared a few workouts together, what makes you keep coming back?
There’s something about working out in a unique space. Whether that be the Warehouse or at Silo Park. It provides that grit and determination that you don’t quite get in a conventional gym setting. After each session you are definitely hungry for more. There’s nothing quite like getting up before the sunrises or even working out as it sets!
What would you say to someone hesitating to come to FAT?
The hardest part of starting any work out is simply arriving! Once you rock up to your first FAT session the people, the atmosphere, the music will put any hesitations you have to bed. It’s like hanging out with 15 or so of your mates… except you’re all being put through your paces!
Do you have a most memorable moment with us?
FAT Fridays for sure! It’s awesome to get together and to complete a massive workout together. The energy is incredible and everyone thrives off it - a real sense of community for sure. It’s so lovely to chat and mingle with everyone afterwards too.
Outside of our weekly session, what is your relationship with exercise/movement?
As a physiotherapist I have a strong relationship with this in my day to day. However when I consider a personal relationship with these two things I try and keep it both formal and informal. Whether this be a hike with friends, a Pilates class, a swim in the ocean or even a walk to the local coffee shop for a brew. It’s nice to integrate movement into the day to day.
What are your health, life goals in 2022?
I’ve forever told myself I’ll complete a marathon and the only person that’s stopping me from doing it is me! I’m definitely an on the go all the time person so even slowing down and being present with myself is a big goal for this year.
Could you tell us 3 pieces of advice you would give to someone on their mental and/or physical health?
1. Work on your strengths. I believe that doing something you are good at gives you confidence to tackle those harder challenges.
2. Treat yourself with kindness. It’s easy to be so hard on yourself with any of life’s little hiccups.
3. Try everything once! Get out there and do something out of your comfort zone – who knows you might just thrive off it!