Where did you grow up? Melbourne, Australia
Is there a message you learned at a young age that has stuck with you?
At my all-girls high school back in Melbourne, our motto was the latin saying Non nobis solum, which means “not for ourselves alone.” This motto was drilled in us every single day and we were always encouraged to go out into the community and help others. Without realizing it at the time, this became core to who I am today. Part of the reason I love what I do at Body By Simone (BBS), is that I get to work with others in achieving their goals. In my personal relationships, I am also always thinking about what I can do to make them stronger or make other’s lives easier. I also love volunteering around the city and am constantly looking for new ways to get involved. I’m always looking out for other people, my friends, family and the community in general - it’s just something that is really important to me!
Having gotten to know you, we know this to absolutely be true! Do you have specific things you get involved in regularly to help you feel a part of the community?
Obviously personal training at BBS, I love working with clients one-on-one to help them achieve their goals. I also volunteer as a coach for Girls on The Run every Spring and Fall season. I love the GOTR program, I get to help build self-confidence in young girls, while encouraging them to lead healthy and joyful lives!
Do you have a morning ritual?
Yes! I spend everyday listening to loud music for hours on end and talking to people non-stop. So, I like to spend the first hour of my day in silence and taking some time for myself. I wake up, cook the same breakfast every day, because I am a creature of habit - scrambled eggs with spinach and tomato and I make a pot of coffee. I sit, eat my breakfast and drink my coffee in complete silence. I take this moment for myself to think about my day before turning on my phone and checking emails. This ritual is really important for me to center myself before launching into everyone else’s life!
What about a seasonal ritual?
I am really big into goal setting, it is a huge part of my life! On the 2nd of January each year, I take the time to sit down and set personal, health and career goals for the one, five and ten years out. Six month later, on the 2nd of July, I review the goals to see where I’m at - “Are these goals still important to me?” “Am I making progress toward my goals?” Sometimes I do a little re-write, other times it’s just a great check in. That is a ritual I have done and loved for the last five years!
What is your favorite way to relieve stress?
Working out. Depending on the type of stress, that will guide me into a different type of workout. If I am feeling a lot of frustration, I’ll go into a HIIT class or Barry’s Bootcamp - something with really high intensity. If I am feeling anxious, I go to a yoga class. Regardless of the type of stress, I love to sweat it out!
You travel a lot back and forth to LA since BBS is bi-coastal, do you have any favorite healthy travel tips?
I always work out before getting on a long haul flight. It helps me relax (and sleep!) as soon as I board the plane. I also always make sure I eat a good meal before I arrive at the airport. I’m easily tempted by Shake Shack at JFK, so arriving on a full stomach helps me avoid bad choices while waiting at the gate! I also pack snacks, my current favorites are RX bars. This helps me avoid purchasing the food on board, all of which is usually filled with sodium, which leaves me bloated and dehydrated.
Do you have a go-to travel outfit?
At the moment it’s a jumpsuit from ALALA, which is a workout brand. It’s super soft, looks really cute, but feels like pajamas! If I am going on the long haul, it’s really important for me to be comfortable. I also have a bunch of wraps that I’ll wear in case the plane is cool - and of course, slip on shoes so I can easily get through security.
Is there anything you always pack when you travel?
I always travel with my CLX continuous loop Theraband. It is a flat resistance band so it’s small, lightweight and super easy to pack. You can use it to work your entire body making it a great, versatile piece of equipment to travel with!
Being an Aussie, I have been a fan of Aesop products for many, many years. My favorite product, especially when it comes to travel, is their Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Hydrating Cream. It really keeps my skin from drying out on flights. They also do great Travel Sized Essential Packs which I’m obsessed with and also makes a great gift for jet-setting friends! My favorite is the “London” travel kit as it contains their Parsley Seed products.
Favorite summer healthy go-to NYC restaurant?
I have always been a big fan of Hu Kitchen. All their food is organic and gluten + dairy free, which is generally how I try to eat most of the time. I also have a huge sweet tooth, so I think their chocolate is especially amazing, as it’s free of refined sugars, dairy and gluten but still delicious!
Favorite place to relax and unwind in the city?
If I am feeling particularly stressed and anxious, I take myself to one of the MNDFL meditation studios in the city. I’ll go before class, use their lounge and have myself a cup of tea. After class, I’ll sit and relax for another 30-40, read and take some time out. Their studios are tech-free zones, so it forces me to actually disconnect.
What makes you love Body By Simone?
I was originally drawn to BBS for the workout. It’s dance based and I am a former professional dancer, so being able to move my body that way really resonated with me and felt great. Each class is a fusion of dance, pilates and yoga techniques. What made me love it even more is the supportive nature of the studio and the message we try to spread. We really believe exercise should be fun and something you enjoy, otherwise you won't stick to it! We are also very passionate about women supporting other women and uplifting each other. Our team of trainers call ourselves the "BBS Girl Squad" and the NYT named us the "girlfriend workout." Women come to our classes and immediately connect. This sense of community is really important to BBS and what makes me love going to work every day!
That warm community BBS represents really does start from the top down. Having met Simone and knowing you, you’re both so sweet and welcoming to everyone who walks through the door.
It is so important to us! When we audition new instructors we’ll tell them “I can teach you how to do a dance, or the bicep curl, but I can’t teach you how to be a loving, warm and caring person.” For us, that is what it’s all about, a supportive environment.
What does wellness mean to you?
It’s making sure I am taking the best care of myself, so that I can then take care of others. My self-care routine includes a mixture of working out, good nutrition, weekly or bi-weekly massages and meditation. I think a wellness routine is personal for each individual, but whatever it is, it should allow us to operate at it our optimum.
Favorite non BBS wellness obsession?
Favorite go-to workout outfit?
I love everything from Carbon 38, they carry the best athletic apparel. One of my favorite designers on their site is Alo Yoga, the quality is great and their stuff makes me feel cute! Footwear is super important for what I do. I love Newton running shoes and BBS has a custom shoe with them. Every day I wear my custom shoes and one of my fav outfits from Carbon.
Favorite go-to outfit for the summer?
I have a lightweight black maxi dress from Reformation that I’ve had for years and always get a million compliments on it. I can dress it up or down - it’s definitely my go-to! I also just love the Reformation brand. If it came down to choosing a dress from there or somewhere else, I’d choose them because I love supporting their mission.
What’s next for BBS?
Well, I am currently in LA, where we are filming our next two dvd’s which are being released later this year. We are also working on our next NY studio space which is super exciting!