Hi Wendy, I’d like to thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. Considering how busy you are, it’s awesome that you’re able to share with us your personal story with fitness and how you fit it, and your career as a boxing trainer, into your lifestyle.
On a personal note:
I’ve personally known Wendy for nearly 20 years – wow, time does go fast!
Wendy probably doesn’t know this but when I was younger I always looked up to and admired her “go-getter” attitude. It seemed that pretty much everything Wendy got involved with work / business, personal goals and fitness she absolutely kicked arse with! And even when obstacles or difficult times came her way, no matter how complex, she did an awesome job of overcoming them.
Even Wendy’s personality and fashion oozed: confident / down to earth / friendly / professional. I worked with Wendy for a while in fashion on the east coast, what a hoot, it was loads of fun. Not to mention the streams of hot guys (eye candy) coming into work just to “check out” Wendy. They would be devastated when they’d come in and Wendy would be out on lunch break. 🙂 Too funny…
Over the years in between marriage and children Wendy still continues to be open to new opportunities and adventures – and is still kickin butt… Onya Wendy!… As a children’s and women’s boxing trainer.
I asked Wendy if she’d mind doing an interview to help inspire others – both women and men – in their fitness ventures and / or goals.
First up tell us a bit about yourself…
Wendy Grant, I am 46 year old, Married, 2 Girls, I live at Roleystone lovely little community in the hills of Perth, Western Australia.
Wendy, have you always been into keeping fit? And what type of exercise / fitness regimes / sports have you been involved with over the years?
Yes from a young age my mother always encouraged sport. I have been involved in all sorts of sports, Swimming has been a big part of my life, I had to do 50 laps of the pool after school everyday. I have been involved in Running, Judo , Gym Weights, and now boxing.
What sport / fitness regime are you currently involved with?
I am involved in Coaching Boxing for Children and a Women’s only Classes at PCYC Gosnells (Cnr Lower Park Road & Alloa St, Maddington WA 6019) Phone 94591168
What do you enjoy the most about keeping fit?
Everything, love muscle tone, love watching other people develop muscle , JUST BEING FIT.
What motivates you to keep in shape:
My family, my eldest girl 13 Gymnatics won a state title this year, my youngest 12 loves ROCKY, this is what started Boxing, she wants to be a Boxer.
With more women and children participating in boxing now, of what used to be considered more of a “males” sport, what would you like to say to help encourage women, men or kids to get involved in boxing?
Boxing training provides one of the most demanding full body workouts of any sport. Boxing will increase muscle tone, lower body fat, improve reflexes and upper Body strength. If you want to get fit quick Boxing is great. You can start boxing at any age I have children as young as 9 years old, to women boxing for fitness as old as 70 years of age and we are all very proud of her.
What are some boxing training hints and tips that you’d like to offer VFT readers who are keen to try boxing? Who may have limited equipment, or are worried about the costs, or just not feeling confident about getting out there and learning how to box?
Boxing is usually pay as you go. Most boxing gyms have what you need, just take a bottle of water and a towel. I suggest that you invest in a pair of boxing gloves between $20-$40 for a good pair. If working out from home boxing gloves, a heavy bag and a good skipping rope. Or go to your local PCYC most trainers are volunteers making lessons cheaper. If working out from home I am sure most trainers will give some tips, or I am sure I can do a workout a plan for you.
As a Mum, how do you find the time to keep up with your family, work and fitness commitments? And how do you stay organized?
My husband works away, I work from home this way I can spend all the time I need with my family, and their fitness demands.
Wendy, do you have a specific eating plan you follow, do you have to plan ahead with your meals to keep in the great shape you’re in?
Yes I do have to plan ahead, some meals have to be prepared in the middle of the day as we don’t get home till after 7.30pm, most classes are at night.
Is there anything that you find helpful personally to help you keep on track with your eating plan?
We have been for 4 years now a NON FAST FOOD FAMILY – No fast food at all.
We have a well established Veggie Garden, we eat what is in season, I make sure everything is fresh, a lot of fat burning foods (ie., your greens). And never buy anything that my Grandmother would not recognize in the Supermarkets.
Outside of fitness: what other achievements in life are you most proud of either personally or professionally?
I have done so much in my life been a Model, had my own Restaurant, been successful in Fashion. But right now I am so proud of my family my Husband and my two girls
Do you have a favourite motivational quote, personal mantra or specific goals that keep you motivated in life?
I really like the NIKE quote “JUST DO IT”
Mandy… Thanks again, Wendy, for catching up with me today.