Move Your Body is passionate about educating and inspiring women to move their body and lead an active lifestyle for themselves and their family.
They strongly believe that a healthy body comes in many different shapes and sizes, which is why they are dedicated to providing a large range of activewear to suit every body, no matter where you are at on your fitness journey or what stage of life you may be in.
This month Move Your Body is holding an awesome event to inspire and educate women on their fitness journey. Keep reading below to learn more about this exciting event and to purchase your ticket before they run out.
YOU’RE A BUSINESS SAVVY LADY ABOUT TO HOST YOUR FIRST EVENT, BUT FIRST TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CAREER.
Hello! I’m Carol – Wife to Nick and Mum to Kooper and Lincoln. I am a qualified Personal Trainer, and the Founder of Move Your Body! I’m also a very enthusiastic netball player and beach lover.
I am a total fitness fanatic, I love everything about the health and fitness lifestyle from the movement side to good nutrition and even recovery. I love to spend time in the gym although I have to admit my workouts lately are a little less weights and a lot more of chasing children.
My career highlight I would have to say is where I am right now, I’m pretty proud of the direction the business has taken and how many lives we have been able to impact. My aspirations are for this to continue to grow and hopefully make a difference in the way women think about themselves and their body. For them to realise that healthy isn’t defined by a size.
There are a couple issues that I’m very passionate about – Autism, as this something very close to our heart and very prominent in our day to day lives. And also how important it is to live a healthier, more balanced lifestyle, and how to implement those changes into your everyday routine.
WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS – MOVE YOUR BODY?
Women’s Health and Fitness has always been a passion of mine. When I was 15 I did work experience in one of the gyms in Perth and I noticed that it was very male dominated. Back then it was a bit of a theme that the gyms were for the guys that liked to lift a lot of weights and a lot of women felt uncomfortable going to the gym or being there at the same time as them.
My goal has always been to change this, to give women a place where they could feel comfortable working out to achieve their goals but as well as overcome their insecurities. And then my mum studied to become a Personal Trainer and we spoke about what we would like to do ‘one day’ and the idea started to become a bit more real. We wanted to create an environment where all women – no matter their shape, size or fitness level could attend and receive the encouragement and knowledge they needed to improve their health. The way the business started though was an accident. We started running bootcamps on the weekend for the ladies down at the footy club – which then quickly took off and before we knew we were running classes almost every day of the week.
A relocation to Karratha made running the business a bit more challenging but we were then able to expand into a different market, activewear to suit every shape, every size and every body, motivating women further to live an active lifestyle.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
In our house its definatley a life of organised chaos, so everything is generally well planned out the day before. My Children and I are early risers so our days are usually in full force before most people are even awake. I like to spend the first bit of the mornings packaging up orders from overnight, answering emails, and going over my to do list for the day.
My children have quite a few appointments throughout the week so our days are usually spent bouncing between them, the park and home. On the Weekends you will be generally find me at the Local markets with a ‘Pop Up’ shop or enjoying downtime with my family.
I like to do majority of my behind the scene business work at night time once the kids are in bed but like most who run a business from home, I always find myself saying throughout the day ‘I’ll just send a quick email’ or ‘I’m just going to quickly do this’ . Luckily my children are pretty on to this now and as soon as I’ve disappeared into the study they are quick to pull me back out.
Between my children’s appointments, running a business, wifely duties, mum duties, workouts, netball etc. it does becomes a bit of a juggling act. But well worth it!
WORKING IN YOUR OWN BUSINESS IS NEVER AS EASY AS PEOPLE FIRST THINK – WHAT’S BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
The hardest part for me, was being patient.
When you first start your own business it generally takes a while for your business to take off and to build a name for yourself which can sometimes make you feel like you’re just not getting anywhere.
I regularly refer back to my business plan and make a list of short term goals that are going to help me achieve our long term goal. Persist and try to remember that nothing happens overnight.
SO WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST REWARDING PART?
The most rewarding part for me is the connections I’ve been able to make with our clients and our customers. To be a part of someone’s health and fitness journey, big or small, is special. I love to hear about their achievements and how far they’ve come, and if I can help in any way at all, even in the form of motivating them with beautiful activewear, I feel pretty lucky.
We have a lot happening at Move Your Body at the moment, it is exciting times. Look out for some new brands, new products and new sizes! You may even find us “popping up” in a new location!
IT TAKES A LOT OF GUTS TO LAUNCH YOUR OWN BUSINESS, DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS?
My advice to anyone that is starting their own business, especially in the health and fitness industry is to find your ‘Why’ . What is it that sets you apart from the rest and what motivates you to do what you do.
My business course mentor said to me once, don’t go too big too soon. And make sure you stick to your business plan. This is something I have had to remind myself constantly.
But most of all, keep going! There will be times that it will seem all too hard, you will be exhausted and feel like you can’t possibly put anymore of yourself into the business, my advice is to remember why you started, shake yourself off and start again tomorrow.
YOU’RE HOSTING A VERY EXCITING EVENT SOON, THE MOVE YOUR BODY WELLNESS DAY. WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKERS, FITNESS CLASSES AND COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS – IT SOUNDS LIKE AN ACTION PACKED DAY! WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT FROM THIS WELLNESS DAY?
It defiantly is going to be an action packed day.
September 17th, 9am-3pm at the Leisureplex. $79 per ticket – lunch included!
The Wellness day is for anyone that is lacking self-confidence, self-love or maybe just needs some guidance. It is for women that are just starting out on their fitness journey, it is for mums – new and experienced, it is even for the ‘super fit’ ladies looking to switch things up a bit. With so many inspiring health professionals and valuable information to take away with them, it will be a day you won’t want to miss.
WE ALSO HEARD THERE WILL BE POP STORES AND A GIFT BAG FOR ALL ATTENDEES… CAN YOU GIVE AWAY ANY MORE DETAILS?
Move Your Body, Pegy, Kyani, Mamatree, Red Rock Fitness, Yogetit – just to name a few.
The gift bags are a bit of an exciting bonus! You will find gift vouchers, free samples to take away with you, contact details for your local health and fitness experts & more.
We will also have some exciting prize packs to be won on the day too!
JUST FOR FUN…
FAVOURITE COFFEE SHOP? Empire 6714
FAVOURITE RESTAURANT? Yo-Get-It
FAVOURITE LOCAL EVENT? Fenaclng
FAVOURITE HOMEWARES/GIFT STORES? House proud living
BEST KEEP SECRET IN THE PILBARA? TV Hill – my go to for some quiet time!