Lindsey Black has over 25 years of experience in the fitness industry and juggles running her own business, with being a mother of three. Lindsey takes a uniquely personal approach by getting to know her clients, to find out what makes them tick in order to help unlock their full potential. Lindsey believes self-care is the most important thing and lives by the philosophy that we just love: Change nothing, nothing changes.
Tell us a little about yourself and your journey
I am originally from the UK and have had a passion for health and fitness since I was a teenager. I decided early on that I wanted to have a career in the fitness industry and started my own health and fitness business in the late-80s. I was mainly training one-on-one, taking small group personal training sessions and at the same time, I was also developing my love of Pilates. In 2003, after I met my now-husband at the gym where I ran my Personal Training business, I immigrated to Australia.
After many years as a Personal Trainer, I wanted to mix it up a little and focus more on group fitness. I had always wanted to start my own outdoor group fitness business but having my second child at 39 and my third at 40, I put this dream on hold.
However, in 2016 I decided to extend my health and fitness business and branch out into group exercise. I had one goal in mind – to create an inclusive fitness community! I wanted to inspire and empower women in their 30s, 40s, 50s (and beyond) to go from feeling unfit and having low energy levels, to feeling confident in their own skin with unlimited amounts of energy. I passionately believe (and I am living proof) that you can be fitter, stronger and have more energy than in your 20s and 30s by making some changes to your diet and lifestyle.
I am also a qualified nutrition coach, and provide clients with nutritional advice to help them achieve their goals but more than that – so that they can create a holistic, balanced and healthy lifestyle.
What programs do you offer?
At Lindsey Black Fitness and Wellbeing, I offer a range of group fitness classes suitable for all fitness levels. I also offer two programs – Reboot & Recharge 8-Week Challenge and a 2-week program called Lose 2 kilos in 2 weeks. The next Reboot & Recharge program starts on 20 July, which is available in person or online.
With all options, you will not only get a really thorough workout, you’ll get personal support and access to a private Facebook group that is filled with exercise videos, tips and information that will support you in creating a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
My group classes currently include Pilates, bootybarre, HIIT (high intensity interval training) including strength, core and cardio. Since COVID, I now offer these classes via Zoom as well. I also offer personal training one-on-one or two-on-one.
If you take part in one of my classes via zoom, I always focus on your technique and correct you as you go, so you receive the same benefit that you would as one of my face-to-face outdoor classes.
What is the most inspiring experience you have had with a client?
It’s hard to pick one, as there have been so many. One client that I’m particularly proud of had been struggling to lose weight and get her motivation to do anything for herself. She had been in a high-pressured corporate job and the kilos had piled on. I mentioned my 8-week reboot program and to be honest, she was a bit reluctant at first because she had tried so many programs before, but she was prepared to give it a go. After doing her initial assessment and buying-in to the program, she went on to lose an incredible ten kilos in ten weeks! Not only did she surprise herself by enjoying outdoor fitness so much, but she also made some new friends! Even more inspiring, is that this client continues to dedicate herself to her wellbeing and now trains with me four times a week.
Being a busy mother of three yourself, what tips can you offer others to stay fit and healthy?
Being a busy mother of three and running my own business is challenging but if I can share one tip it’s that self-care isn’t selfish.
Know your worth. Self-care is important to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself, as it produces positive feelings, boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Also, self-care is necessary to remind others that your needs are important too.
Consistency is also key. Be gentle with yourself. If you can do one uplifting, nourishing thing that supports your well-being it will give you something to build on. This could be a walk in nature, a soak in the bath, eating a nourishing meal, ten minutes of meditation or even an inspiring podcast.
Favourite places in the Inner West?
One of my favourite places to be at the moment, is lying on the couch in front of the fireplace after a day at work!
I do love the poke bowl at The Lab in Five Dock, the porridge at The Cove in Abbotsford and the Butter Bullet coffee at Egg of the Universe.
There are so many beautiful spots in the Inner West but I love the walk I do with one of my clients around Ballast Point Park with beautiful views of the Harbour Bridge.
What was the last book you read?
The last book I read was The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, which is an inspiring self-help book that is a really simple read and so interesting!
Visit the Lindsey Black Fitness and Wellbeing website to find out more.