Trainer, athlete, mother, foodie
A big part of my life has been dedicated to sport and fitness. Whether it was lacrosse, athletics, rock climbing or triathlons, as a kid I wanted to be part of it, preferably working in a team. Just as much, I wanted to be outdoors, close to nature - though growing up in Ireland ensured that being outdoors was often a soggy experience (but it didn’t put me off!).
My career started full throttle in motor racing, with a job in the World Rally Championship, and for a time the F1 circuit too. For 10 incredible years, I worked with top sport scientists, together with nutritionists, physiotherapists and sports doctors, to create “human performance” programmes for elite drivers. The aim: to give our guys the competitive edge in races.
Travelling to events and races around the world, I learned a huge amount about motivation and fitness. Sometimes I was required to apply this knowledge to our world-class drivers, sometimes to the outstanding team of people supporting them. Our crews needed to perform at their best always -in the freezing snow of Sweden and under the scorching sun in Kenya; after longhaul flights and in the final hours of long, gruelling days on the job.
As a fitness trainer, I find myself drawing on this legacy constantly. Training has to be fun, exciting and ever-changing to keep people committed. And of course the bottom line is that it needs to yield worthwhile results. Training is successful when you feel better, move better and look better because of it.
Between Wild Health training sessions, I enjoy exploring Bali with my husband Tony (a Kiwi, and proper petrol head), and our two children, Joshua (10) and Cora (7). Apart from adventurous travels around Asia and taking part in the occasional triathlon, we love hanging out in the garden, having friends over, swimming, slack-lining and taking our dog for long, rambling walks.
And sometimes, when we've had our fill of outdoor splendour, you'll find us blobbing in front of the telly with a tub of popcorn, adding absolutely nothing to the betterment of mankind...
Trainer, designer, nutrition geek
Growing up, I have always been an active child. I would often skive off ballet classes to run outside chasing my pet chick around. My love for outdoors is rooted from my childhood joy of spending every weekend hiking with my parents and brother back in my lovely homeland North Sumatra, Indonesia. Naturally, I joined few sports clubs during my school years with my favourites being track & field and basketball. Besides running and jumping around, I also have a geeky side towards science and arts.
I eventually chose to pursue design studies in Singapore. After 4 sweet years of one too many studio sleepovers, finger cuts from model making and 322 packs of ramen noodles later, I finally graduated with First Class Honours and landed myself in many terrific opportunities working with coolest people in the industry. Just when I thought life was looking great...I felt something was missing.
In desperate need for a change, I quit the job and started freelancing. I returned to running in my free time and soon enough I took the challenge upon myself to race my very first ultramarathon. I would wake up in the wee morning hour to train, only to run again in the evening to cover training distance, 5 to 6 days a week for a year and a half- I was fully committed (I ended up missing the last cut-off time and concluded the event with a torn hamstring and feet full of blisters. Not a single regret!)
Since then, I have found my ground back in fitness. With my geeky side no less, I have also found new obsession in nutritional science. I had been subjecting myself to experiment with various dietary concepts from low to high carb, paleo, vegan, raw, semi raw, gluten free, CKD, PSMF, IIFYM, IF and more...- all for the love of science.
Today, I would claim myself as nutritional agnostic and likewise in training, I don't believe in singular modality but instead, I believe in being adaptable and in tune holistically- doing what feels right and good for the body with a clear purpose.
I currently enjoy lifting heavy, swinging from bar to bar, perfecting my 'urap' (Balinese green salad) recipe and scooter-ing around in Ubud.