Rhythm Fitness > Fitness Tips  > I AM JACQUI – THIS IS MY STORY


5 years ago, I had a boyfriend named Colin.

5 years ago, I was an engineer.

5 years ago, I was 170 pounds.

Today, I have a husband named Colin 😉

Today, I am a fitness enthusiast.

Today, I am 130 pounds.

This is my story.

I was born in Tanzania and raised Gaborone, Botswana, my hometown.

After four gruesome, yet fun-filled, pulling-all-nighters-in-the-lab years, I graduated with a degree in Applied Science, Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Fast forward to 2015 when Colin encouraged me to take a course in fitness. I was borderline timid, I was unsure of myself, I lacked confidence, I felt like I didn’t have a voice and for the life of me I couldn’t stand in front of a room of two people without feeling like the ground was going to swallow me whole.

I remember thinking: “Fitness courses are for ‘fitness people’”. Who knows what that even meant? 🤔

Needless to say, I had convinced myself it wasn’t a good idea and that I would make a terrible fitness instructor and motivator.

But I took a chance anyway. What did I have to lose?

My plan was to take a cycling course because if it led to teaching, all I would have to do is stay on my bike and never have to interact with anyone directly besides yelling out commands. Genius, right? 😂

I put myself in the capable hands of Lana Asuchak and Brenda Stroud for the AFLCA group fitness course with the cycling designation. We were doing the group exercise portion on the floor when Lana turned to me and said:

“You would be such a great group exercise instructor; you should consider it.”

Stunned, I looked around the room and replied: “Who, ME?!” 😳

The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, fitness is my life!

It has transformed me physically, mentally and emotionally. Simply put, it has changed my life.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that

⚡️ I would be a leader

⚡️ Operate my own fitness business @rhythmfitnessinc

⚡️ Motivate and inspire people

⚡️ Be athletic (I never was growing up)

⚡️ Be so passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and continue to want to learn more

⚡️ Be the best version of myself

We often have this ideal vision of how we want our lives to turn out. Sometimes it works out. Other times, the universe has a different plan (and path) for us.

I allowed myself to be open-minded, to explore and to experiment. I got out of my comfort zone and I encourage you to do the same; who knows where it could lead? Look at me, I might not have found my passion had I left fitness to the “fitness people.”

Happy Sunday Everyone!




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