Meet Emma, one your Athliv trainers.

Emma is every bit the world class athlete having completed in the Women’s Skeleton at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. She produced four clean runs to finish in 10th place. She also won bronze at the 2004 Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships in the under 19 beach sprint.

We asked Emma to tell us a little about herself….

What’s the highest point of your athletic career?
Competing at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games

What’s the lowest point of your athletic career?
Having to retire due to injury. I’d battled so many injuries and doing my ACL after just coming back from a broken collar bone in 5 places and before that a ruptured foot I’d had enough.

Favourite saying?
Follow me, guide me or get out of my way.

Favourite food?
Fresh caught fish (by me) either cooked in a pan of served as ceviche.

Favourite exercise?
Surfing or spearfishing but love going for runs and smashing it out in the gym too.

What motivates you to train?
Knowing how good I feel after. Plus I love pushing myself and just get into this zone when I’m training where I just want to keep going.

What exercise and fitness myth winds you up?
That women shouldn’t do weights because they will get bulky. As a strong women myself who loves lifting weights firstly, weight training does not make you bulky and secondly every women should know the feeling of being strong. It’s very empowering to be able to do things for yourself and not need a man or someone stronger to do them. I love being able to carry heavy things, do manual labour work or hold my own like anyone else and I wouldn’t change it to be petite for anything.

If you knew then what you know now, what would you change?
I wouldn’t change anything. I’ve been so lucky to have the experiences I have and walk in an opening ceremony for my country, stand on the podium in World Cup events, travel the world doing something I love. Not many people do something that they are just so passionate about and I just fee like I could experience that. And I’m at a point now where I get to pass down the things I’ve learnt to the athletes that I train and now my ability to be calm under pressure and stay focused on my job will help me as a fire fighter.

What’s your advice to someone wanting to reach their own peak fitness?
Just do something each day. Consistency is the key when it comes to fitness and even if your having a busy day or don’t feel like it, a 15-20 minute walk is better than nothing so just do something and over time you will achieve your fitness goals.

Ready to train with Emma? Then check out the Beaches workout. But …. watch this space for her new program coming soon.