Alex & Leah
Hello and welcome to Finding Our Balance, a series of healthy holistic conversations with fitness enthusiasts, health professionals & athletes. We are your hosts, Leah & Alex, two regular working women trying to live our best lives whilst learning the dos & don’ts along the way. Through this series, we dive deep into the frequently asked questions surrounding all things health, exercise, wellness and food. Through our conversations we aim to build the foundation for a healthy balanced life suited to you! If you’re searching for guidance or to obtain more knowledge or whether you’re needing motivation to kick your health and wellness goals….tune in to Finding Our Balance. Keep up to date with us on Instagram @FindingOurBalance
Rach Roberts is a 23-year-old social work graduate and a recently trained Yoga teacher, she is also a lover of music, dance, art and books. Rach has been through a pretty big lifestyle shift over the past 6 months which all started when she packed up to go to India and spend 6 months travelling and learning. Rach started off with her Yoga Teacher Training in the foothills of the Himalaya's, the source of where Yoga began, and then... COVID hit. It was a blessing in disguise as it meant she extended her teacher training and did 500 hours rather than the usual 200 and picked up some amazing skills.Rach is now growing an emerging business, and digging deep into who she is and what she wants from this life. She has truly been on a journey into finding her balance as she becomes real with what she needs that is important to her and how to sustainably grow from that. Rach has now been sober for nearly 5 months which is a big shift from how she was living before to illustrate this. Rach has her business, Yoga Mirror which is all about using the ancient practice of Yoga as a technique to look deeply into ourselves and work on, develop, enhance or define what it is about ourselves we want to reflect in life off the mat. It is also about giving people in need of the body therapy that comes with a Yoga practice the opportunity to have one, despite financial or other circumstances. This is achieved through the mirror events that Rach ran last week and will continue to run. We absolutely loved chatting to Rach and hearing how she transformed her life and is now helping to the same for so many other people. @yoga_mirror
Sep 13, 2020
54 min
Courtney Hancock - Champion Ironwoman, passionate coach &  mentor
In this episode we chat with Australian champion Ironwoman, passionate coach and mentor Courtney Hancock. Courtney is Australia's greatest all-round ocean female athlete. She has achieved all there is to achieve in surf sports as a champion ironwoman, three-time Coolangatta Gold winner and first person in Australian Surf Sports history to win the triple crown of elite events in the same year. We chat to Courtney about her intense training regime, her approach to nutrition and how she maintains her strong mindset when pushing herself to such extremes. Courtney has recently launched a program tailored by her first-hand experience, years of training and knowledge from a professional trainer that will get you across the finish, whether that be the 2020 Coolangatta Gold or your own personal fitness goals. We absolutely loved chatting to Courtney, she is such a hardworking human but also a laid back aussie who doesn't take life too seriously. She is such an amazing role model to young women who are striving to be the best versions of themselves as she helps others unlock their potential to live a better balance and happy life, defined by their own strength. Follow her journey @courtney_hancock_ &
Aug 30, 2020
34 min
Sophie Grace Holmes Endurance Athlete Living With Cystic Fibrosis
Welcome back to Finding Our Balance, this week we chat to Sophie Grace Holmes who is a dedicated fitness fanatic, health and nutrition enthusiast, speaker and blogger. Sophie is an endurance athlete, Iron woman, she works as a personal trainer, fitness model and sports massage therapist, and loves to help others fulfil their fitness goals and personal aspirations whilst fulfilling her own. Sophie's was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at four months old. At the time, her parents were told that she might not make it to 30, let alone her teens.Sophie is now 28, and has dedicated her life to proving that prediction wrong. Every day, she continues to fight CF through maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Sophie has completed numerous challenges including in 2017 successfully completing a 100km ultra marathon, paddled board 80miles and many more all revealed in this episode. In this episode we chat to her about her story and how she got to where she is today, she talks about how the excuses you make today will be the regrets you have at the end of your life. Sophie tells us what its like day to day living with CF and the ways in which she achieves what she does living with this life threatening disease. She is determined to beat the odds and live her life to the fullest, smashing all expectations and negative views. Sophie is one of the strongest people we have chatted too and she is honestly someone who everyone should know. @sophiegraceholmes Don't forget to like, subscribe and review please!
Aug 16, 2020
46 min
Richard Maltby - Brain Cancer Survivor Pending...
In this episode we chat with Richard Maltby, a 31 year old father from the UK, wannabe athlete & fitness enthusiast, living with brain cancer. Rich was living in Sydney, Australia with his partner Louise and beautiful 1 year old son Jackson when his life was turned upside down after being diagnosed with a grade 3 incurable but treatable brain cancer. His diagnosis left him with no other option than to move back to the UK where he could get treatment and be around the support of his friends and family. In this episode, Rich shares with us his life now living with cancer, the stigma around mens mental health and the struggles faced on a day to day basis. He reveals how his biggest motivation is his son, and how he is determined to beat his prognosis. Rich is one of the strongest people that I have met and he hopes that his story will make other people feel more comfortable speaking about their tough times and understand that no one needs to struggle by themselves. He lives by the motto, play the hero, not the victim. We hope you enjoy his story as much as we enjoyed chatting to him. Follow his journey on Instagram @richmaltby
Aug 2, 2020
51 min
Lilian Dikmans Australian Model & Muay Thai Fighter
In episode 15, we chat to Lilian Dikmans who was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Lilian worked as a model after finishing high school while undertaking her university studies. After completing degrees in Law and Commerce, she secured a job at a Melbourne law firm as a corporate lawyer. While working at the firm her interest in health and fitness developed, which led to her departure in 2013 to launch recipe website Real Food Healthy Body. She also returned to the modelling circuit, shooting campaigns for fitness brands and a number of national television commercials. Lilian had her first Muay Thai fight in late 2016 in Melbourne, Victoria. She went on to have her first professional fight in early 2017. Her current record is 3 wins 1 draw. In addition to writing and developing recipes for Real Food Healthy Body, Lilian is on the editorial board of online combat sports publication FIGHTMAG. In this episode we cover all topics and really get a good sense of who Lili is, she has determination, grit and a wealth of knowledge. She is a inspiration for so many young girls and we loved chatting to Lili - we can learn a lot from her. @liliandikmans
Jul 26, 2020
43 min
Alyssa Azar - The Youngest Australian to Summit Mount Everest
On the 21st May 2016, Alyssa Azar at only 19 years of age became the youngest Australian to summit Mount Everest - the world's highest mountain on earth. Alyssa began trekking in 2005 with her first challenge, crossing the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea. She then trekked in Nepal, completed treks such as Everest Base Camp, Mt Kosciuszko in Australia, the Aussie 10 and Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa. After completing Mt Kilimanjaro in 2011, Alyssa began climbing by doing a mountaineering course in NZ. Since then she has climbed in South America, Russia and Nepal on various expeditions to different peaks. Alyssa was on Everest both in 2014 and 2015 when the Avalanche and the Nepal Earthquake occurred and closed the mountain. She returned in 2016 to make her first successful summit of Mt Everest. We were so inspired listening to Alyssa's story, she has such a strong mindset and is such a determined young women. Her bravery, persistence and strength allowed her to achieve a goal that to most people is the unimaginable. Website - Instagram - @alyssaazar Book - The Girl Who Climbed Everest
Jul 19, 2020
46 min
Liz Clay - 100m Hurdler Athlete, Training Smarter Not Harder
In this episode, we sit down with the incredible Liz Clay, a full time athlete with her main event being the 100m hurdles. She has been in the sport for about 10 years and professionally for 5 years. Liz grew up in Sydney and in 2016 decided to move to the Gold Coast to pursue track seriously under coach Sharon Hannan. Liz has been through many highs and some big lows with injuries over the years. For the first few seasons Liz felt like she would take 1 step forward and 5 steps backwards whenever making any progress. However she focused on her goal, worked on her mindset and trained smarter rather than harder. Last year in Melbourne Liz had the best moment of her career to date when she ran her PB of 12.94 seconds in the 100m hurdles. Liz has hopes that next year will be the year to make the olympics, she is working endlessly to achieve this goal. Liz is an inspiration to many young athletes. She is focused, determined and centered, we loved chatting to her about the food she eats for fuel, her training regime, tips and tricks for building endurance and how she maintains her strong mindset even through difficult periods of adversity. We hope you enjoy this episode. Don't forget to like, subscribe and review if you enjoyed it!! Follow her journey on Instagram @lizclay_
Jul 12, 2020
33 min
Tamara Meyer - TMF Slay Online Fitness/Lifestyle Coach and WBFF Pro
In this episode we chat to the lovely Tamara Myer, a WBFF Pro and a successful online fitness/lifestyle coach. Tamara focuses on body transformations and building the booty. She has a huge online presence and community through her TMF SLAY TRIBE programs. Throughout the episode we talk about Tamara's tough upbringing and how it shaped her into who she is today. She reveals how she captured her adversity and transformed her life into one she is proud of. We dive further into her diet, exercise routine and Bali fitness retreat. Overall Tamara is a down to earth soul who loves helping and guiding people into their full potential. We hope you enjoy this episode, don't forget to like, subscribe & review. Follow her at the links below: Instagram - @tamarameyerfitness Website - YouTube - Tamara Meyer
Jul 5, 2020
42 min
Lacure Wellness Owner Tommy Kerr, chatting all things Mindset, Mental Health & Meditation
Leah: In episode 11 we chat to the talented Tommy Kerr, business owner, mental health advocate and fitness enthusiast. Tommy is striving to help people become the best versions of themselves and believes that anyone can overcome battles. As an experienced fitness and exercise specialist, Tommy first started his pathway into the health and fitness industry by studying human movement and exercise with the Fitness Institute of Australia. Tommy is the part owner of La Cure it specialising in Sports recovery and operates Cryotherapy, Spot Treatments and Compression sessions. We speak about the adversity Tommy has faced throughout his life. We discuss how he had to redirect his life and mental state after serving a prison sentence. We dive into meditation techniques, benefits and how to build positive change. This episode definitely inspired us and we hope it has a positive effect on you. Thanks for listening. @tommykerr17 @lacure_wellness @makingmeditationmainstream
Jun 28, 2020
48 min
Building Strong Minds & Bodies with Sami Rose
In episode 10 we chat to Sami - Rose, a personal trainer located in Brisbane, Australia that has over 5 years experience working in the health and fitness industry. Sami's goal is to motivate and inspire women all over the world to live a healthier, happier and more confident life. Through educating her clients on sustainable and realistic approaches to training and nutrition, she has been able to make a HUGE impact on their lifestyle, body composition, and mindset. In this episode we dive into serious topics around body image and mindset, Sami knows what it's like to be lacking in confidence and feel uncomfortable within your body, she spent many years feeling insecure and unworthy but investing in her health and fitness changed her whole perspective. She talks us through her darkest times and shares some incredible insights. This conversation is full of laughter and is so raw. We hope you enjoy this episode and get a lot from it. PLS don't forget to LIKE, SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW it really supports our poddy! Follow her on the below platforms: Instagram - @samirosefitness Website -
Jun 21, 2020
41 min
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