What is the one thing you’re most excited about, being on Team Fitness Gurls Australia?
I love writing, so I’m really excited to have a platform to share my passion and knowledge of fitness through articles and features for the magazine with other girls (and guys)!
How did you get started in fitness?
I’ve been into sport my whole life, particularly cross country /long distance running, though after high school there became less of that and more partying and drinking my way around the world. That, in combination with a lack of knowledge when it came to nutrition, led me return home from Europe (in 2008) nearly 10kg heavier (not muscle haha), and a sequence of unhealthy, desperate attempts to get rid of it. Around that time I thankfully met my husband Mark, who had been in the industry for around 15 years by then, working with elite sportspeople, celebrities and in some of the top gyms around the world. He took me under his wing and educated me on fitness and nutrition. How the body can completely change with different types of training, food, etc just completely amazed me (even still to this day), so I began to study it, and I guess I’m still studying it! You can never stop learning in this industry! I was so passionate about this new way of healthy living and wanted to help other clueless people like my former self, so Mark helped me make it my career. Today we own together the biggest and most exclusive gym in Surfers Paradise, WickedBodz Fitness Centre.
How do you stay motivated in your career?
I go traveling every 3 months to get away from it all. Haha, just kidding, but I guess it does help me to stay fresh and up to date with what’s going on around the world. I always train at other gyms and studios when traveling because you can always learn something from someone else and it’s good to meet other like-minded people.
How do I stay motivated though?
Motivation is about having goals, but not just any goals, goals that really mean something to you for reasons that really resonate in you. (I talk a lot about this in BodyBAM – my online fitness program due for release soon). Whether it’s with my fitness, the gym, boxing, BodyBAM, modeling, or anything I do in life, every daily decision is part of the plan to reach my goals. I stick to the plan, because my goals are really important to me. Seeing the results of my hard work keeps my motivated.
Sometimes progress can be slow, especially if you’re relying on other people for things and so it does get hard. But this is when you just have to just every now and again take a step back and look at how far you’ve come, remind yourself of the plan and why, and its easy to push on.
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You’re a world traveler, what’s your favourite place you’ve visited this year?
So far this year I’ve been to Rio De Janeiro, Bali, Japan, LA, Vegas, and am actually just on my way back from Hawaii right now. I absolutely LOVE all of those places for different reasons; the food in Japan is hard to beat, Vegas is always so much fun, and Hawaii has everything to ensure a great holiday (weather, food, hiking, surfing, beaches)… But I’d have to say Rio takes the cake for me. It was my first time, I went during and after Carnival and stayed with a friend and her family who grew up there, so it was just an amazing experience. The Brazilian culture is just so much fun, the people I met were so friendly and welcoming even though I spoke no Portuguese, the landscape is breathtakingly beautiful and like something I had never seen before, and even though I didn’t really love the food (this is usually a determining factor on whether I like a place or not haha), it’s actually on the top of my list of places to get back to next year… along with the rest of South America!
What was your biggest challenge in your fitness journey?
Every time I jump in the ring and I’ve got some girl staring me down and wanting to punch my head off? Haha, but to be honest I cant really think of too many… if I face an obstacle, I just work out how to fix it and go do it. Breaking my toe in training a few years ago when I was doing Muay Thai, and ongoing knee issues have slowed me down at times, but it also helped my to learn a lot about the body, different training and recovery techniques/methods, that I’ve used to help help clients and in my career. So as long as I stick to the regime and don’t do anything stupid, I am virtually pain-free now, and like I said, if something pops up, I just work out how to fix it and what I was doing wrong to prevent it for next time.
We’re going to be doing a ton of featured and articles with you, what are some of the things you want to cover?
Training techniques and diet to achieve different body compositions is a big thing I get asked about all the time; whether about mine or others’, and there are so many topics and factors to discuss within this! Motivation is another topic I have been studying a fair bit lately! And just anything and everything else anyone wants to know about; nutrition, injuries, gym clothing, supplements, career advice… I’m all about sharing the love. 😉
What’s your favourite music to work out to?
It depends what kind of training I’m doing… When I run, I prefer to run in silence. When I box, I need something with a bit of a beat to help me move, and with weights and plyo training I love a bit of house music and party anthems.
What’s your favourite cheat meal?
Chocolate. And Ice-cream. And Indian food. And carrot cake. Oh, and cheesecake. Oh and cant forget Nutella, but I try not to buy it because then it’s sitting in the house.
How does your typical week in the gym look?
It all depends on what I’m training for at the time. As a general rule I try to do 2 weights/plyo sessions, 2 boxing sessions, 2 runs, a remedial massage and a relaxing yoga session each week with lots of stretching in between sessions. But when I’m in fight mode (I’m taking a break at the moment), it becomes more boxing and if I’m screwed for time, then less weights and running.
Which female fit celebrity’s physique do you admire the most and why?
I admire all fit women, everyone has their own preference on what they want to look like and who am I to say whether they are right or wrong? The effort that goes into pursuing any fit physique is deserving of respect. For myself personally I prefer a softer, leaner, only “lightly” muscular look, because it’s more versatile with my modelling work, and it’s where I feel my best and most energetic. Also being lighter, I am often like a head taller than everyone in my weight category for boxing, which can be a big advantage at times. So I have to say Izabel Goulart… because she is a goddess, haha!
What does your supplement schedule look like?
I actually don’t really take any regular supplements. I’ll have the odd protein shake once in a blue moon, but that’s more to do with feeling like a chocolate milkshake than actually being part of my “schedule”. I drink a lot of Japanese tea though… Does that count?
What’s next for you?
This year I’ve been spending every spare moment working on BodyBAM, my online fitness program. I’m aiming to launch it in September, which I’m so excited about! Once that’s up and running, I want to start doing a lot more blogging. Since I launched my blog (avrilmathie.com) back in 2012 I have had an incredible response, even though I have been very inconsistent with posting as life has got in the way. I regularly receive very positive feedback from girls all around the world who have been inspired by my posts, and that’s what keeps me motivated! My goal at the moment is one a month, but I would like to get to the stage where I can do 1-2 per week. I also plan to jump back in the ring again, hopefully a couple of times before then end of the year!
Sarah E. Evans Valentine’s Day Special
We asked one of the most beautiful women in the world, Sarah E Evans, what is her ideal Valentine’s Day… oh yeah and we took some amazing photos of her in lingerie. Happy Valentine’s Day.
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Since this is a Valentine’s Day special, what is the best Valentine’s gift you’ve ever been given
What’s one of the best gifts you’ve ever given on Valentine’s day
What’s better? Chocolates or lingerie for Valentine’s?
Lingerie. I’m always adding to my collection for photo shoots! LOL
What’s better? Do something romantic at home or beach vacation on Valentine’s day?
Definitely, the beach vacay for me. I’m an “on the go” kind of girl so a getaway to the beach is my favorite anytime!
What’s the best thing about love?
Being able to experience life with your best friend, sharing unforgettable moments, and the adventures together.
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From being a fitness model/ businesswoman to training thousands of clients from the launch of your new app, it’s obvious (and inspiring) you’ve come a long way. How was your experience in hindsight regarding that?
Woah!! Loaded question and Thank you for that incredible recognition!!
The experience has been both incredibly seamless as it has been led through passion every step of the way. Finding how I can scale passion and live every day through a get to mindset. Learning that life doesn’t have to suck. There may be shitty situations, but if decisions are backed with a goal of forwarding movement toward happiness, then really the relativity between horrible and amazing is only known through the experiences we are blessed. With seamlessness comes incredible difficulty as there are obstacles every step of the way in the entrepreneur field I have chosen.
It’s refreshing and humbling every day to know that it is so much yet I am about to learn. Living through leading in my own way has blessed me with experiences I could never have imagined. I do believe the best is continuously yet to come. This may be a harmful way of thinking as I know I never fully realize the accomplishments along the way, but I believe it eludes to my effervescent energy. To know that things can never be judged for what they are. They can only uniquely mean what you create them to mean. And that’s all within my own ability. This is my growth life.
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What’s the one aspect you’d say you enjoy the most about being a fitness model?
I love the ability to showcase the body I continuously build and to navigate myself through the many looks I have gone through. Healthy is beautiful. It’s taken me my whole life to accomplish the look I have and I love the ability to showcase my health t represent like-minded companies and products that help me get there.
The choice to establish a career in both businesses, as well as modeling, really was awe-inspiring one. How did the decision to merge both come to you? And in hindsight, what would you say was the most challenging thing about it?
I believe that everything is business. And when we strategically plan our educated path to allow us to explore creative alternate avenues, in this case, fitness modeling, we can thrive and explore careers that will complement each other even though they may contradict at first thought. I am so passionate about business and I am equally passionate about my health and fitness. Everything I ultimately do is a byproduct of each by default.
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Jumping up and down the floor My head is an animal And once there was an animal It had a son that mowed the lawn The son was an OK guy They had a pet dragonfly The dragonfly it ran away But it came back with a story to say . Her dirty paws and furry coat She ran down the forest slope The forest of talking trees They used to sing about the birds and the bees The bees had declared a war The sky wasn’t big enough for them all The birds, they got help from below From dirty paws and the creatures of snow . So for a while things were cold They were scared down in their holes The forest that once was green Was colored black by those killing machines But she and her furry friends Took down the queen bee and her men And that’s how the story goes The story of the beast with those four #dirtypaws . PC @milianeyes Muah @karenpangmua @arsenic . Getting ready for #Bahamas with @arsenic @kowatches 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼♥️ where I will have sandy dirty paws for 5 days!!!!
Having grown up on a farm, being so close to animals and working hard since then, would you say fitness was in some way, shape, or form always part of your life? Or did you happen to discover your passion for it later in life?
I did grow up on a farm with horses and cows and bunnies, chickens, cats, peacocks and a tonne of land to be farmed… but farm work was far from my responsibility. My dad always let girls (me and my sisters) be girls. I played on the farm. But I did find my passion for fitness there as well. My dad always had a universal gym in the basement. I loved it and would do workouts and long distance runs with my cousin. I was involved in every team sport but didn’t truly find a passion for fitness until I found long distance running. The solo push drove me more than the competitive edge of a team opponent. I fell in love with running. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I got my first gym membership. From that moment I knew my play in the fitness game and had found a home in the gym.
As human beings, we all go through ups and downs and have moments of strength and weakness. As a fitness model, what inspires you when you’re down?
Honestly, fitness is always what helps me find my motivation when life seems to be knocking me down. If I’m tired, I take a day off, but if I’m sad, stressed, angry or frustrated, the gym is my saving grace.
On the days where I need a bit of motivation to get started or a push to rock an incredible workout, I search my resources for “yes I cans” – podcasts, music, motivational actors, leaders, influencers
Do you ever draw any inspiration from the fiction of any sorts? What would be your favorite movie/book/TV show etc. that you’ve taken some inspiration from?
Reality is the most make-believe of all. I am proof that you can write your story to have as many chapters as you want. We grow up learning from impossible believers. They are the ones that create our paths. We can choose to lead amongst them. Once you decide that, all fiction you choose to believe can become your reality. Your story.
What kind of music do you, yourself listen to while
Dependent on the training day.
Cardio is typically dance, electronic…
Lifting is new music, hip hop, alternative or show tunes
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Skydiving is up there. However, what I’ve done with my life this past 6 months is, without doubt, the craziest thing I’ve ever done. I’ll be able to elaborate as time passes.
What is your greatest strength?
My mental fortitude. Belief.
How do you measure success?
What’s your most memorable photo shoot or the funniest thing that’s happened on a shoot?
My most memorable photo shoot is my very first one. It was a pivotal moment when opportunity met preparation. I was approached after my first fitness competition by an international photographer. He asked if I wanted to shoot the day after my competition to which I did not win. He saw something in me. This experience opened my eyes to what a great visionary and experienced influence in the industry could teach me. That photoshoot got me published three different times and increased my confidence and belief that in front of the camera was something I needed to pursue. Hundreds of published images later I still attribute who I believe I can become right now greatly to that moment.
If you were trapped on an island, what 3 things would you bring with you?
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Our world requires that decisions be sourced and footnoted, and if we say how we feel, we must also be prepared to elaborate on why we feel that way. I think that approach is a mistake, and if we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of our snap judgements. We need to respect the fact that it is possible to know without knowing why we know and accept that — sometimes — we’re better off that way. ~Malcolm Gladwell . PC @lee_lhgfx Muah @lizziescissorhands Suit @ottilia.and.sugar
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