Meeting Your Coaches
We understand what its like to lack energy, motivation and to feel downright unhappy with life.
Read our stories below and you’ll see that we have all had our lives transformed by the one thing we love… fitness and the great outdoors! Whether its weight-loss, gaining self confidence, finding friendship, saving a marriage or learning to live life to the fullest.
Your Own it Fit coaches understand what it feels like to want to make a change and live your best life, just like you.
Mel – Founder
I was struggling with being a little over weight and I had a toxic life lifestyle and was extremely stressed. I went to the doctors for a check up and my blood pressure was high for a 20 something year and the doctor suggested putting me on blood pressure medication and I didn’t want to do that, I knew there was a way to bring it down without the use of medication. I wasn’t even 30 and it hit me hard, I was so disappointed with myself.. My blood pressure was elevated because I was living an unhealthy lifestyle and I knew I needed to turn it around and lead a healthier path. It was the wakeup call I needed however and I began to focus on improving my health, partying less and successfully underwent a transformation physically and mentally. I successfully reduced my blood pressure without medication and haven’t since had high blood pressure.
Before I knew it, I was reaching small target after target and one day I just realised I was where I wanted to be. It was a really rewarding and enjoyable journey where I got physically stronger and mentally fitter at the same time. I’m am much happier now then I have ever been and feel more confident as a person and love myself more. I had to ditch a lot of toxic things in my life including some of the people I surrounded myself and surrounded myself with a great circle of people who continually supported me.
For me it was the finding the love of exercise again that made something click. I think when you are faced with such a big task as losing 10 or more kgs, its really hard to see how you are going to do it. Those big numbers can be so overwhelming and big goals can seem like it will take forever to get to. I have known what it’s like in the past to eat for comfort which is emotional eating.
There is nothing better than the feeling of connecting with something and feeling any frustrations from the day being released from your body. There are huge benefits to training outdoors. Don’t take your daily frustrations home to your husband or family, work them out in the beautiful outdoors! I love how I can push myself harder and see the changes in my body when I do. Some days are mental training days and others are physical. But for me there is nothing better than getting a hit of endorphins in fresh air. Makes the everything happier and more positive.
To reach a goal, you should be excited about that goal and the result you are working toward. It should never feel like a task or hard work. You’ll only show up if it’s something you enjoy. I researched those that lost weight and kept it off. The common thread amongst all I interviewed was the finding of something that they enjoyed each day.
Make fitness a lifestyle not a destination. Working out outdoors is that for me. At the end of a session, I always get that deep sense of satisfaction… I feel great and I feel like I’m buzzing on a natural high. I know you’ll love our Own it Fit sessions as much as I do! We have an amazing supportive community and there’s always lots of fun, banter and diverse workouts.
Check out our classes and timetable to see what suits your schedule.
Brian – Operations and husband of Mel
In 2002 I had just finished Uni in Ireland. I was embarking on my first career straight out of uni and was fit and strong and hit the gym regularly. From the outside it looked like i had a promising career as a consultant. Behind the facade, I reached the heaviest I had ever been, with zero energy and dwindling motivation. I was struggling and the weight just PILED on. The structure I had in uni disappeared with life on the road as a consultant.
I changed jobs after a year and slowly dropped some of the weight i had accumulated, about 20kg all up. I’ve managed to keep it off since then. It hit me that only I could shape my future, I wasn’t a victim, I couldn’t blame my work or anyone else for my circumstances and in doing so I took responsibility for becoming the best version of me I could be.
The critical turning point however was in 2014, my wife Mel started Own it Fit 2 years earlier. I had been working for a software company in Sydney for about 5 years at that point of my Australian journey. We had always focused on delivering our clients results to their bottom line through business efficiencies but I felt empty inside. I was not getting the satisfaction I had envisaged from my career and by extension life itself. For an outsider looking in it looked like I was very successful- part owner of a successful software business and leading a relatively fit and active life but i was dying on the inside. However, I saw the results, satisfaction and supportive community that Mel had been creating at Own it Fit and I wanted IN! It may sound dramatic but that moment felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Mel had cultivatedI a community who inspired me then and continue to inspire me every day. As more client transformations started to occur, my motivation soared. I know fitness is not a destination; it is a way of life and for me continues every day (some days are harder than others). It is not just about the scales, it is about that inner confidence to become that version of ourselves we aspire to in our own secret moments.
I am immensely proud to have joined the amazing team at Own it Fit. I am one of the lucky ones to have found a new passion and direction. I love running sessions but more so i love hearing your why and watching you evolve into the fittest, happiest, most confident version of you. Together we can get there! Brian
Amanda is another Irish addition to the team. She hails from Roscommon and is pretty fresh off the boat as they say 😅
She has a BSc. Human Nutrition. She graduated in 2013 and is also a trainer and coach too.
She has an extensive background in GAA having worked with many sports teams including the Roscommon Minor men and Intermediate ladies.
Her background as an athlete means she practices what she preaches. She played at intercounty level with Roscommon for all of her underage career and 10 years at senior level. She has now taken my competitive nature and ventured into the Crossfit game.
In her spare time, she’s been a John West Feile Ambassador and she’s done a few articles with Irish National Newspapers. She enjoys the odd fundraiser and recently raised $10,500 for an Irish Charity. She’s hugely passionate about health and fitness.
At my heaviest I was over 120kg and taking the scenic route to weight loss (constant up and down).
My downfalls were I was an emotional eater and I didn’t have a clue what I needed to do.
When I turned 40 I had enough and decided to look after myself.
I found a bootcamp where I was accepted for where I was at, where they taught me how to move injury free, how to eat properly and how to incorporate health into my lifestyle.
The game changer was the education and community.
The same elements at Own It Fit, education, support, acceptance for where you are at and accountability.
Within 13 months I went from 120kg, unable to do 10 push-ups, the last person to finish every session, to surviving a 24-hour commando event.
The change in my life, the life of my son and those around me was so great I felt it a crime if I didn’t share it with others so I became a trainer.
I love everything about being physically active outdoors in nature.
From bushwalking, to having fun at the beach, to trail running, obstacle racing and pushing myself beyond my physical and mental limits.
I have been a trainer for over 7 years.
I have helped 13 year old soccer players, to woman in their 70’s, helped a lady get accepted into the Air Force after several failed attempts, helped condition a lady so she could pass her NSW Police Force fitness test, helped several woman in their 50’s and 60’s continue to pass their annual Air Force fitness testing, with the most unique training being to condition a man in his 40’s for the Finke Dessert race.
I love seeing other people excel and achieve things they never thought possible.
I have completed courses in kettlebells, power bags, battle ropes, suspension training, boxing, with the most recent course being Movement Restoration.
I am so excited to get to work with you all and help you achieve what you are chasing.
Laura Mc Loone
Hey Laura here. Already felt a massive warm welcome from the OIF crew! So thank you all for welcoming me in. I am an ex footballer from Roscommon, Ireland. I’ve always had a massive interest in sports and I love all things health and fitness (minus burpees). If you don’t see me in the gym or taking classes, I’m either in some form of water, exploring around Sydney or petting any dogs that I can.
When I’m coaching I love to see people step out of their comfort zones, try new movements and encourage each other.
Looking forward to meeting more of the OIF crew 😊 Laura
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