Say hello to the wonderful Coach Jo!

Jo

Jo

I run 3 sessions every week in the Sutherland Shire and Illawarra. Monday morning in the Shire from 9:30 to 11:30, Wed evening in the Shire from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Friday morning in the Illawarra from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

We hear so much positive feedback regarding Trek Training and the fabulous communities the wonderful coaches and coastal trails have created. We would love to hear from you! Please tell us a bit of your own story – how did you become a Wild Women coach?

From an early age, I have had the wilderness bug and have been fortunate enough to travel to many parts of the world exploring more of the natural beauty that surrounds us including the Swiss Alps, The French Alps, the Spanish Pyrenees, the Rockies in Canada, Japan and NZ. I loved to hike and explore with friends. After returning home to raise a family in Sydney and establish my own business, my travels took a back seat. In 2012, I was ready to feed my passion again and by luck or fate, I stumbled on the fantastic Wild Women on Top Community. 

Where and when is your Trek Training session located?

I run 3 sessions every week in the Sutherland Shire and Illawarra. Monday morning in the Shire from 9:30 to 11:30, Wed evening in the Shire from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Friday morning in the Illawarra from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. We train in the bush, along rivers, on the beaches, finding new trails, secret rock pools and heavenly summits as well as lots and lots of stairs. 

Tell us about your session – is it an endurance walk, HIIT (high-intensity interval training) or a combination? Why do you choose to structure your sessions in this manner? 

Every session is an adventure - carefully designed to make the most of the location, address the needs of the women attending and support women to achieve their adventure and fitness goals. I want girls to learn something new about trekking in the wild at every session. I love to make sessions a whole body workout that includes building strength, flexibility, endurance, agility, mental toughness and core control. Most importantly I aim to make working out together a fun experience with magic moments to surprise you along the way.

We speak of Trek Training as more than just fitness sessions but rather an activity that transforms people from the inside out. Do you have a favourite story you could share regarding how Trek Training has transformed or changed someone’s life? 

Before there was Trek Training, there was a Kayaking coach who sat on the sidelines of rivers knowing she could never keep up like she used to. She looked for ways to contribute and did a fine job but always felt that her physical self was left wanting. Her focus shifted elsewhere as she watched her former National Softball Representative mother waste away with cancer. She drank more wine, worked long hours sitting at a desk and watched the weight creep too close to the ‘overweight’ category on the WII Fit machine she bought her kids for Christmas. Then she decided to find her former self because she still remembered how good it felt to be fit, strong and lean. She set a weight goal, took up Soccer and started to run so that she could keep up. Things were looking up but there was still something missing. It was people, and not just any people, like-minded people doing fun, physical stuff with a real purpose. That was when she discovered WWOT. It took some doing, becoming a coach – a commitment of time, of money and of energy. But it felt right and it felt like I was home. My life has transformed in the last 3 ½ years. I have re-discovered the energy and exhilaration of taking on big physical challenges like climbing Mt Gower, Cradle Mt and Rabbit Pass. I have a reason to train hard to get myself ready for events like Coastrek, Wild Endurance and Altitude treks. My body is no longer a source of disappointment. It is strong and lean and I feel great every day and look forward to working with strong, determined women in my 3 Trek Training sessions every week. My family and friends are inspired by what I do and I have a new purpose in my life.

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