Sun, 24 March 2019
This week, I'm excited to welcome Justine Switalla. She is passionate and is on a mission to impact and empower women around the globe. Having landed in Melbourne in 2005, Justine hit the ground running within the fitness industry and she hasn’t looked back.
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This week I'm excited to welcome Justine Switalla. Justine is a woman's health, fitness and wellness coach who's on a mission to impact and empower females around the globe. She believes that with the right support, attitude and tools anyone can overcome their personal road blocks and, ultimately, achieve their goals. In this episode we discuss the mindset, nutritional and physical strategies that have consistently produced results for her clients. Over to Justine.
01:14 Hey guys, this is Stu from 180 nutrition and I am delighted to welcome Justine Switalla to the podcast. Justine, how are you?
01:21 I'm good thank you, how are you?
01:24 Very well thank you, very well. We haven't had a good chat in a long time, so really, really keen to dig in to a little bit more about what you do and how you help people. And specifically in health and fitness and mindset and motivation today. But before I delve into all of the questions that I've got in my mind right now, I'd just love it if you could tell our listeners a little bit about who you are.
01:50 Sure. I mean I guess I'll just start with my fitness journey. I started about 15 years ago. I used to be a dental nurse and I didn't like the nine to five grind, didn't really enjoy the job and decided to find my passion which was in the fitness industry, so I began in a gym selling memberships, so I really didn't have any sort of direction as to where I wanted to go with it, but I just knew I wanted to be working in a gym. So I literally started at the bottom. And then from there I became a personal trainer, a group fitness instructor. I got into all the Les Mills classes and teaching Body Attack and RPM and then I did my first sort of fitness modeling show back in 2007 I think, like forever ago. And did that for a couple of years which sort of grew my name in a different sort of field in the industry and got me in with Oxygen Magazine. And yeah, so it sort of just snowballed from there and I loved what I did and I always sort of went out to do things I guess, and do things well.
02:49 I'm a bit of a perfectionist for myself, I like to set goals and achieve them and I felt like I really found my purpose. So I guess, throughout the years it sort of evolved onto the online sort of scene, so now I'm an online coach, I don't do any personal training in the gym as such anymore because I had a little boy five years ago, so once I got pregnant I was like, well I need to come up with a way to be able to stay at home with him and then still create an income. So I created Fit Healthy Mums and then my Mind Body Overhaul program, which is sort of the crux of what I do now. And my passion now really is, sort of throughout the years I guess I've learned a lot the hard way, I've done everything wrong, learned from my mistakes and now I'm really passionate about sort of steering women in the right direction, focusing on mindset, healthy relationships with food, with themselves, training, putting it all under the same umbrella, not focusing so much on aesthetics, but more so what's going on for women internally.
03:45 And the more I've worked with these women essentially over the last five years, the more I've realized how important it is that this sort of work is done for women because I think there's so much emphasis on the exterior, on the training and these days women just live such high-stressed lives, they're doing the work to sort of get ahead. So that's just become my absolute passion and emotional and mental transformations are just as exciting to me as physical ones. Yeah.
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