I grew up hating sport and getting sweaty, but I have always loved learning and later teaching.
After earning a degree in education I taught primary school in New Zealand, English as a Foreign Language in Tokyo, and worked as an English as Additional Language advisor in London.
In 2002, I moved to Melbourne, had my second child and suddenly found myself a single parent. With no family living locally and going through an ugly divorce, I was introduced to exercise as a way out of postnatal depression.
Being unable to balance my work, my children’s needs and my own fitness needs, I decided to quit teaching in 2004, and studied Certificate III & IV in fitness. I was particularly interested in pregnant and post-natal fitness as I struggled with my own pelvic floor issues from my second pregnancy due to incorrect exercise.
It was this personal journey that showed how many other women were also battling with issues such as PND, undiagnosed diastasis, poor pelvic floor and resulting degrees of incontinence. These issues were also being ignored in the training of fitness professionals and in the general fitness environment.
I created mishfit mothers and wrote a comprehensive curriculum to educate women and address the ignorance of correct and safe training for pregnant and postnatal women.
To make the program accessible for all women mishfit mothers is performed in a group environment to keep costs down. Children and babies are welcome to attend with their mothers, eliminating childcare fees.
mishfit has a holistic philosophy and uses other trusted professionals, such as women’s health physiotherapists and a dietitian, who share the vision of education and accessibility. These services are sold to mishfit clients through the care package program. This program continues to grow as more health professionals come on board with mishfit.
mishfit personal training has not only become very successful financially but has been recognised as a leader in the fitness industry in this niche area. Early in 2011 I franchised the business and sold my first franchise in early 2012.
It is my goal that mishfit is the mark for quality of care and education for all pregnant and postnatal women. I aim to empower other women to create their own business and personal success and become part of the mishfit team!
I am looking for women who are looking for a new career that allows them to keep fit, make a positive difference in the lives of mothers in their community as well as balancing their own family’s needs. Mishx
Q1: What gives you an involuntary smile when you think about it?
That hundreds of women are now exercising leak free because of my business!
Q2: What has had the most significant impact on you?
Creating a business that allows me to have the flexibility to work around my children and family needs. Balancing time with my family, has kept me grounded in my work
Q3: Which place have you been to that has changed how you see the world?
Centrelink. I was a single mother for a long time and it was difficult, but I knew I didn’t want to be reporting to them each week.
Q4: What’s a question you cannot answer?
When will I have “made it!”
Q5: What irritates you the most?
People who see their glass half empty!
Q6: How has your definition of success evolved?
I set goals and each time I reach them, I move the goal post. I think the definition of success is not so much achieving, but sticking with it!
Q7: Who have you learned the most from?
My clients and other female entrepreneur leaders.
Q8: When you see an aspiring entrepreneur that reminds you of yourself, what are they like?
Realists with dreams. They turn up to work each day and instead of complaining about their lot… just get on… 99% perspiration & 1% inspiration!
Q9: If you had one learning to impart to the world, what would it be?
Keep learning and keep giving to others.
Q10: What does it take for you to say ‘yes’?
If it helps others and if it is achievable.
How to contact Mish:
mish @ mishfit.com.au
1300 mishfit (1300 647 4348)