Personal Trainer: Sarah Houston
Suburb of Residence: Scarborough
- AIF – Master Trainer
- AIF - Certificate III and IV in Fitness
- Group Fitness Instructor
- Senior First Aid
Joined Edge Fitness (Year): 2013
Sports Played or Fitness Activities Involved In: Running, swimming, triathlon, netball, hockey, soccer, skiing, equestrian
Sporting Achievements: Gold Coast Marathon 2012, various Half Marathons
Sporting Ambitions: Sub 3hr30 marathon, and to complete a full ironman!
Favourite Movie(s): Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest; Saturday Night Fever
Favourite Book(s): The Book Thief; The Lord of the Rings; On The Road
Sporting Hero: Kurt Fearnley
Your training Philosophy for Yourself: No Excuses
Your training Philosophy for your Clients: Anything is possible
What do you love about being a Personal Trainer:
Working with people towards achieving their goals, making new friends, being outdoors, focusing on health and fitness and having fun!
Want to know more about Sarah's fitness experiences?
>What is your biggest fitness achievement?
Running the NYC marathon would definitely be my most memorable and "biggest" in size. But probably my first half marathon on the Gold Coast in 2009 was one of the greatest personal achievements for me. I'd only been running for 18 months, and set myself the goal of reaching half marathon distance within that time. When it got close to the event, I realised that it would even be possible to get a decent time with all the hard training I had done, and ended up running 1 hour 45 minutes, which was my goal. I could not have been more stoked!
> What are you aspiring to achieve in your fitness career?
Personally, I aspire to continue to improve and keep finding new challenges to motivate me to stay strong and healthy throughout my life. I'd love to run a sub-3 hour 30 marathon, and even a full iron-man before I am 40!
Professionally, I aspire to help others find the motivation and strength within themselves to do whatever they want to do. They say, if you can dream it, you can do it... I love this, and I have seen so many people do extraordinary things when they put their mind to it.
> Whats the best experience you have had?
Running the NYC marathon in 2014 was sensational. The whole race was mind-blowing so I'm not sure which was the best part. One of my clearest memories was running through a tunnel where there were no spectators, and in the distance I could hear this roar. As it became louder, I realised that it was the roar of the crowd outside, and as I ran outside I could see thousands of people cheering for us!! It was like running into a football stadium. I was waving at everyone and crying and laughing at the same time.
Maybe the other best experience was when I competed in the Sydney International Equestrian event at Olympic park in 2007. Since I was a kid all I ever wanted was to ride at the Olympics. I may never have quite made it, but having the opportunity to ride the same course and alongside some of the best in the world was such a thrill. My horse was an absolute champion and it was our last competition together :)
> Where is your favourite place you have travelled to?
Wow, this is a hard one! I have travelled a lot! I love anywhere you can be active and spend time in nature and with local communities and culture. I love the mountains, and my love of skiing has taken me to some insanely beautiful parts of the world like NZ, Canada, Japan, Europe and the Himalayas. But I also love the warmth of the tropics and anything to do with the ocean! So it is really hard to say! Maybe some favourites would be Lofoten in the north of Norway where I saw the midnight sun, or diving in the Perentian Islands in Malaysia? However, I have to say that my hometown of Hobart, Tasmania and the surrounding area is probably my actual favourite place in all the world.
> What is the most interesting fact about you?
Hmm I'm not sure what would be the most interesting thing, but I sure do talk A LOT so I must feel like I have a lot of interesting things to say! I have a lot of energy and manage to get an enormous amount done every day, which people seem to think is a skill :)
> What is your favourite number of reps to give people?
Haha... I think 12 would be the most common! But I also like to work by time rather than reps where possible - usually 45 seconds, with a 15 second or so rest. This way I can chat with my clients without losing count, or if it is a group they can chatter away until I tell them to stop :) It works pretty well for most of my sessions.
> What type of training do you do yourself?
I obviously run quite a bit, but as a runner it is very important not to ignore strength training. I focus on legs and core mostly, but upper body strength is essential if you want to get faster too!! Most of my training is body-weight, plyometric and functional. Oh and I love to find interesting ways to cross-train.... Cycling, swimming, surfing, climbing, boxing and anything else I feel like trying! The most important thing is that I'm always having fun.