By guest blogger Jacqui Feros
Here at Sporteluxe we are all about empowering women and helping you become the best version of yourself. Another woman who shares the same passion and goal is the inspirational Monique Craft, founder and master trainer of BodyCraft Health and Fitness.
We were thrilled to chat to Monique about her body-focused lifestyle, and all things in between
Q: Where did your passion for fitness and health come from?
“I grew up in a very active household; my mum always into healthy eating and exercise, and my dad was a cyclist and BMX racer (he placed 6th in the World Championships), so being an active child engaging in every school sports was definitely encouraged. I’m so very thankful my parents planted this seed in me as it only grew into becoming a stronger love, passion and now career for me. During my HSC I was very stressed, studying like crazy (I wanted to do Medicine at University), the only thing that kept me sane was my gym breaks and my outdoor runs. This is when I truly saw the benefits of exercise; how it not only can enhanced the physical wellbeing of an individual but truly improve the mental. I always wanted a job that would help people and I realised that my happiness was coming from helping people find the same happiness I find in living an active and healthy life!”
Q: Describe a typical day in the life of Monique?
“[It’s a very] busy one! I’m a go getter, and a ‘yes man’! A typical work day is started with my 6am Bootcamp, then off to train clients at Anytime Fitness. From here I go to University, then back to my afternoon clients and my night Bootcamp. My own training gets squeezed in between my clients. Whilst my days can be jam-packed I always ensure I smash out a session, sometimes they’re as quick as 20 minutes. You don’t need hours to train to see results, it’s about training smart! I’m also a freelance model, so I pick up a few jobs here and there around Sydney and the Central Coast.”
Q: Who or what inspires you and keeps you motivated?
“My clients and business inspires me. No one wants a fat personal trainer, no one wants someone who says one thing and does another. I endeavor to be a trainer people look up to, I strive to motivate others to live a healthy and happy life, I push my clients to fight for what they want, to set goals and achieve them. Therefore I must practice what I preach.”
Q: Between university, clients and keeping your social media up to date, how do you find time for you?
“I will admit it does get tough. ‘Me time’ is my workout time; this is my release and my therapy. I’m a social butterfly so when I’m not working, so ‘me time’ also includes coffee dates with my girls. I also often work out with friends so this makes it even more fun and a great way to unwind.”
Q: We all have ‘off’ times where it’s hard to stay motivated. What’s your secret for tackling these days?
“We sure do. I’ll admit I lose motivation too and have days where I just want to eat doughnuts and stay in bed, but I know that the outcome of doing this often leads to feeling sluggish, tired and gross, whilst exercise releases endorphins thus makes you feel great and it energises you to make the most of the rest of the day. My secret for tackling those days is to message my workout buddy and organise a session! It’s locked in then, your accountable to her, you have to turn up as nobody likes a friend who dogs them. Plus it’s easier to get to the gym or go for a run when you know your girlfriend will be there to chat and giggle with whilst your sweating.”
Q: Along with fitness, nutrition is of course a big part of your life. What are some of the must-have foods in your fridge and pantry?
“Must have foods include eggs, nuts (roasted almonds are my fav), milk (I drink full cream, as I try to go everything as natural as possible), meat (chicken is my fav), veggies (eat the rainbow), fish (salmon is my fav), brown rice, fresh fruit and sweet potato fries. I’m addicted!”
Q: Your Instagram account has many wonderful and inspirational quotes. What’s your one inspirational quote or moto that you live by?
“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”
Q: What advice would you give women who are just starting their journey towards a fitter, healthier and happier life?
“Write your goals down and make sure they are achievable! Set out your action plan, be organised, remove any temptations from your life and surround yourself with people who love and support you and your journey. Remember never deprive your body or remove yourself from the things you love, you need this journey to be enjoyable and not one that fails! It’s all about moderation and balance! Find the happy medium, be positive, be ambitious, be focused, be brave, be fighting and be strong! I’m not going to tell you it’s going to be an easy journey, but I will sure tell you it will be worth it!”