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
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.
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 - www.alyssaazar.com.au
Instagram - @alyssaazar
Book - The Girl Who Climbed Everest
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_
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 - https://tamarameyerfitness.com
YouTube - Tamara Meyer
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.
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!
In this episode we chat with superwoman Stacey Fulton - 32 year old mother of 3, wife, director and full time fitness enthusiast. Ten years ago, Stacey decided to take advantage of her Events and Marketing experience and take a leap alongside her good friend to create EDGE Model Management.
Stacey describes herself as someone who is lucky enough to wake up every day for work and love what she does. Stacey and her business partner Gary Holmes built EDGE Models with a common drive to provide an elite service above all others within the industry. EDGE Model Management provides Professional, Outgoing and Reliable Models, Brand Ambassadors and Social Media Influencers to National and International brands across Australia.
Stacey is such a real, down to earth woman and an incredible role model for her 3 beautiful girls, we really enjoyed chatting with her in this episode.
Follow her below:
Instagram - @stace_edgemodels / @edge_models / @edge_socials
Website - http://edgemodels.com.au
In this episode we chat with Sales Gangster, Chris Morrison.
Chris has 15 years experience in Sports Nutrition, has managed some of the largest athletes in the world & country across UFC, NRL & bodybuilding and has been responsible for more than 50M in revenue generated in business across 5 continents.
We chat with Chris about creating business growth in network marketing, strategies for selling in the current situation that is COVID-19, changing and adapting your mindset along with creating and maintaining a daily routine to achieve your goals.
How To Book A Meeting With Absolutely Anyone Even In The Strangest Economic Times:
Website - thecoldemailmastery.com
Instagram - @thechrisem
Today we welcome Hayley Stockbridge on the podcast, Hayley is a qualified naturopath working from Manly, Sydney. She has over 12 years of experience working in the field.
Hayley is a mother of 2 young boys and understands the juggle of a busy life. Hayley has a passion for helping people and takes a total holistic approach to your health. Hayley helps you understand how your lifestyle and diet affects your body, and providing you with practical naturopathic services so you can manage your day-to-day-routine to achieve your health and wellbeing goals.
In this episode, we discuss all things health from stress management, gut health, sleep, boosting your immune system, the impacts of covid 19 AND what are the best vitamins and supplements to assist in these areas.
It is a great episode with lots of knowledge and we can't wait for you to listen, we think you will gain lots from it.
Don't forget to like & subscribe if you enjoyed it.
Linn Sandstrom lives by a code 'I don't want to be mediocre or middle of the range. I train for me, so that I am as good as I can be'. Former table tennis player turned boxer, Linn spends every day chasing her dreams.
She was born in Brasil, grew up in Sweden and moved to Australia at the age of 23, where she soon discovered her love for boxing.
Linn trains 15 times a week with one of the best coaches in Australia Tony Del Vecchio at Bondi Boxing Club, Lin describes training as a way of life. After boxing for just 3 years and after competing in 25 fights as an amateur boxer she is now on her journey to turning Professional and becoming a World Champion.
She is fearless, focused and such an inspiration to young women out there who are chasing their dreams everyday.
This episode is so inspiring and we learnt so much about the life of an athlete, we cannot wait for you to listen!
Follow her on the below platforms.
Instagram - @sandstromboxer
Website - sandstromboxer.com
In this episode we chat with the young, determined and talented Sarah Cooper. Sarah is a qualified pilates instructor and teaches at Lean Bean Fitness Sydney and Bodylove pilates. She also studies nutrition and is working towards her passion for health and fitness to become a nutritionist.
Sarah also makes the most delicious recipes and documents this on her food blog 'Scoopitup'. She was inspired at a young age to start creating her own recipes and she now inspires others to enjoy healthy food.
You can purchase her e-book at linktr.ee/scoopitup_
We loved chatting with Sarah, she is such a hard working girl who describes herself as a high achiever and someone who can't sit still for long.
We hope you enjoy it just as much as we did!!
Follow Sarah on Instagram - @scoopitup_ & @sarahcooper97
Amber Kitchen is a 21 year old who is determined and passionate in all areas of her life, with a particularly strong focus on Muay Thai. Amber began her training at the age of 3, today she is a contracted pro fighter with ONE Championship as well as a National WBC Champion and International Champion.
In this episode, we chat about what it's like to be a fighter, from the training to mindset and everything in-between. She is a young woman who has suffered from anxiety and felt endless amounts of pressure BUT she has always been determined to keep pushing and keep successfully reaching her goals.
Listeners..even if you are not interested in martial arts you will love this conversation, we promise! Amber is so down to earth and you get a real sense of what its like to be an athlete and a fighter! We hear what Amber has been up to in iso whilst living in her hometown Cornwall, England and how she is staying motivated during this time.
Follow Amber on Instagram to keep up with her fight news and her life @amberkitchen
Welcome back to Season 2.
In this episode we sit down and chat to bubbly Bec Chambers, we chat with bubbly Bec Chambers, a positive role model for women who loves to lift heavy things, dance badly and is a donut lover.
She describes herself as a lady who trains the house down and wins everyday. As someone who previously thrived off restriction she is now enlightened by balance and a better relationship with food and herself.
Bec is part owner of Paragon Strength and Performance gym in Artarmon NSW, working alongside her other half and fiance Nick Cheadle.
We speak to to Bec about challenges faced when starting up a new business and how
important it is to be real in the social media world these days. She is the definition of real, raw and rad
Follow her on the below platforms:
Welcome back to Season 2.
In this episode we sit down and chat to girl boss Nikki Briscoe, Sydney based yoga & pilates instructor and entrepreneur. Nikki is the founder of The Happy Living Project along with Moonshine marketing and recently mother to a beautiful baby girl.
The Happy Living Project started with the simple conviction that breath and movement eases stress and creates a happier, healthier you. She believes that It isn't about stock standard yoga classes, wellness is about total mind, body and soul wellness, that's where our focus lies.
Nikki is passionate about women's health, healing and fertility and focuses her time on corporate yoga, fertility workshops and women's wellness retreats.
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In episode 4, we sit down and chat with Dr Katherine Iscoe, speaker, author and shoe addict. With over 10 years of experience studying the way the body works, Dr Katherine is a body confidence expert with a bachelor, master and doctorate degree in Health Sciences and over 20 clinical papers and abstracts to her name. She is an exercise physiologist and is the recipient of multiple awards in recognition of her academic excellence. Having gone through mental and physical demons herself, she is now striving to change peoples lives for the better through effective evidence-based solutions. Dr Katherine was an absolute delight to talk to, her energy is infectious and she is such a strong, positive influence. We can't wait for you to listen!
Welcome back to episode 3, I sit down and chat to Mitchell Orval an inspirational man that uses his social media platform in a positive way to influence people. Mitch doesn't take life too serious and is all about having fun and a laugh. In this episode, we hear about his health journey and how gut health issues forced him to make a change for his health.
Welcome back, in episode 2 we chat to the incredible Sarah Kneebone. Who began her holistic journey when she was diagnosed with Hashimoto thyroiditis.
In this episode, Sarah dives deep into her story highlighting her struggles and her tips for forming healthy long lasting habits. Sarah has recently become qualified as a health and wellness coach, aiming to help other women their struggles with chronic illnesses. Follow Sarah on instagram at @mojohealthspace
Welcome to our first episode!!!
In episode 1 we sit down with Jack Parker and James Asensi, two passionate trainers from Code 5 Balgowlah. We discuss the importance of strength and conditioning training primarily for women. The boys have a wealth of knowledge in the fitness industry and we are very excited to share this episode with you!