The Fitness Zone
“My own fitness transformation was such a positive and life-changing experience that I wanted to inspire others embarking on a similar journey,” reveals twenty-seven-year-old Australian Institute of Fitness graduate, Instagram star, Personal Trainer and INBA Bikini Athlete Lacey Blackman.
In her late teens and early twenties, Lacey noticed the “party-girl lifestyle” she was leading had become toxic for her health, confidence and wellbeing. “Being in that situation is so scary” conceded Lacey “because once you realise you want to change, it is so hard to know where to start your journey!”
Tenacity and hard work have proved key in Lacey’s lifestyle overhaul, and “since the day I decided to be fitter, healthier and happier, I have not looked back!”
Gaining new confidence from strength training and a nourishing diet, Lacey’s experience inspired her to start a career in fitness and study her Master Trainer Level 1 with the Institute.
“This job is just so incredibly rewarding,” says Lacey who can’t believe she gets to empower people for a living. “Not many people get to say that about their job, if you can even call it that, so I feel incredibly lucky to have found my niche in life.”
Lacey draws strength from her clients and is in awe of the obstacles they have overcome. This includes one 42-year-old mother who overcame Osteoarthritis in her knees to regain the ability to squat and lunge and went on to become a top INBA Bikini competitor.
“They prove everyday that ANYTHING is possible,” Lacey says, as she regularly shares her expertise as an INBA Bikini Athlete with clients. “Competing really does allow you to learn a lot about yourself, particularly determination and mental strength.”
Lacey advocates a practical and realistic approach to fitness, and this includes nutrition. Rather than a repetitive salad and vegetable regime, Lacey is a firm believer in getting creative in the kitchen to prepare nutritious snacks and meals and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. “My philosophy is about balance and long-term sustainability” says Lacey “which is why I will make sure to treat myself with my favourite burger regularly!”
Lacey will be a guest this year at the Australian Institute of Fitness stand at the Australian Fitness Expo Brisbane on the 24-25th of October, so don’t forget to drop by if you’re in Queensland!
Image credit: @leanlikelacey on Instagram