Liv Jones, a wife, a mum, a business owner of Result Based Training, and self confessed die-hard fan of Nigella. (Rumour has it she even has the nickname, “Nigella of the Gym”)
Liv, tell us a it about you and what you do!
Being in the fitness industry I am nearly always in active wear, since becoming a Mum I have replaced Manicures with food smudges, Blow waves with the ever-present high pony tail. My handbag is a black leather nappy bag, because I am a no-nonsense kind of girl. It’s full of baby stuff, baby wipes, toddler snacks and water bottles, a laptop, phone and chargers.
I am pretty sure I am one of the most competitive people I know, I will do almost anything to prove you wrong, my husband also has this trademark streak of determination, so together we push each other, and our companies to new heights. I love cooking, it’s my love language, I am a chronic over caterer, and no matter what our home is open to family, friends, and there is always food on the table.
How did you start out in the health industry?
I walked into RBT in 2011, and I fell in love with the man cooking breakfast in reception. The rest is history!
Who inspired you to get into the health and wellness industry?
My husband is not only the best trainer I have ever had the pleasure of working with, he is inspiring in everything he puts his mind to. In him I found someone who challenged, me inspired me, and since the day I walked into RBT, my life changed in every possible way.
How long have you been in the health and wellness industry now?
Probably officially, since I returned from London in 2013.
What is your favourite thing about working in the industry?
I love how this industry can empower people, to understand that food is not the enemy, that exercise, strength training can be fun, that you are the sum of the 5 people closest to you, and that the gym, the people, the trainers, they become your family, and before you know it, the best part of your day.
What is the one thing you dislike about the industry?
All the fads, the lies, the BS to sell teas, shakes, detoxes, juices, cleanses, the 7-day abs, the 5-minute booty, that weights make you bulky, and of course – the starve yourself to the body of your dreams rubbish.
If you weren’t doing what you are doing, what would be your alternate career and why?
I have never been very good at following the traditional career rules, so a career as such, I am not sure. I love travel, I love food, so I would have a cook book, be on Great British Bake Off (because the Aussie version just doesn’t compare) and be travelling Europe.
Finish this sentence, when I’m not being healthy, I am…
Eating nutella pizza
What is your biggest motivation to keep you striving for success?
My 2 kids, and my husband, there is nothing that keeps you going like the love of your family. Nothing is too hard when it means we build a legacy for our boys.
How do you combine fun and fitness?
RBT Gyms, I loved it then and I love it more now. RBT is a family. Some of my closest friends I met at the gym.
What words of wisdom do you have for people struggling to start a healthy lifestyle?
Just start, it’s simple, you only have today, there is no such thing as tomorrow. The only way forward is one foot in front of the other, so take the first step. Find a gym or trainer that works for you and COMMIT.
The reason most people give up is they only see how far they have to go, they rarely look at how far they have come. Grit and eternal optimism are the secrets to success, so keep showing up and the results will come, don’t give up at the first obstacle, the first challenge, the first bad weigh in, even after a bad day at work.
And remember life is short, eat the cookie, that doesn’t mean the whole plate of cookies, that would be like blowing one tyre then slashing the other 3…. Enjoy life, find balance, have a great group that surround you and support you, if your friends are not healthy, you will struggle to be healthy, you are the sum of the 5 people, so find 5 people who lift you up, and don’t accept anything less. You can achieve anything you want to. In the gym, anywhere.