Stay fit while dancing

Rachel Newsham is known as a global fitness superstar. We spoke to Rachael who is the co-programme director for Bodycombat and Sh’bam. This inspiring educator who is known for up-skilling instructors is based in Auckland, New Zealand. She has attended a Wing Chun Kung Fu school, gone through Muay Thai training in Thailand, and has been tutored in other martial arts. She has an honours degree in sports management as well as qualifications in drama and classical and contemporary dance. It is rare to find a fitness instructor who has studied to be an instructor. Here are the excerpts from our conversation with Rachael.

What makes Les Mills Live such a popular fitness event?
It takes something as simple as a workout and turns it into a day full of fitness love, where the ‘work’ side of a workout, disappears, and people have the best time, and time fly’s so fast, people can’t wait for the next one!

What inspired you to direct/create Body Combat and Sh’bm. Can you explain Body Combat and Sha’bm to our readers.
I love my job so it doesn’t feel always like work, so that’s inspiring in itself. Bodycombat is a mixed martial arts workout, with driven music, and Sh’bam is a blend of music from now and nostalgia with dance styles and vibes to create a 45 minute, anyone and everyone will love, dance workout. They each feed various parts of me. Sh’bam makes me feel free and light with no cares or worries. Bodycombat deals to the darker side of me which is strong and driven and I get to expel my energy in a fiercely empowering way.

What inspired you to take up fitness as a career?
I enjoyed sports at school so I pursued opportunities for myself that I knew I would enjoy spending every day doing.

What is your typical daily diet like?
I have breaky /lunch/dinner, snacks of nuts and fruit in between, flat white coffee, chocolate (laughs), and I don’t deny myself much because that’s not fun.

How do you keep your diet varied. Do you ever get bored with eating?
I’m not strict so I don’t get bored, and I always eat meals that I enjoy. I don’t see the point in spending my life eating things I don’t like because that makes us miserable. Food to me is an experience and it should be an enjoyable one! ?

What’s your trusted snack for an energy boost?
Mixed raw nuts.

Aside from your specialty, what is your favourite sport/exercise?
I love to watch rugby.

What’s your favourite meal?
Either breakfast or dinner – because it’s the end of the day and I can relax and enjoy it!

This interview first appeared on Khaleej Times

Arti Dani
Arti Dani is a journalist by trade, a traveling runner with 5 international marathons, one ultra marathon under her belt. 100 push-ups a day is a simple job for her, even though she's still working to perfect her headstand skills.
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