We meet Hayley from Les Mills Britomart, who’s passionate about getting her clients to feel good inside and out. Read her words.

What’s your name and what do you do at Les Mills Britomart?
I’m Hayley Rapson. I am a Group Fitness Instructor in our Cycle Studio teaching RPM & SPRINT and a Personal Trainer.

What’s the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is the people.  I meet, encourage, motivate & support people of all age groups to become more active and improve their overall health & wellbeing.

What’s the hardest thing about your job?
The hardest thing about my job is time constraint.  Clock watching to make sure you start & finish in a timely manner to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules.

What’s your definition of wellness?
My definition of wellness is feeling good about yourself from the inside out.  With social media platforms providing a multitude of ‘look good’ opportunities, how we feel on the inside, radiates our true selves in the real world.

Can you share a piece of advice for someone who wants to make positive change to their health/ lifestyle but doesn’t know where to start…what are the first steps?
The first step is deciding you want to make positive change.  The next step is identifying how you want to do it.  Every little thing counts & sometimes it’s hard to break it down into simple, realistic & achievable goals.  It might be taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or having a salad for lunch instead of a sweet treat on the run.  Sometimes enlisting the help or support of your family/friends/colleagues to encourage you on your journey, can make all the difference.

Best workout music/song?
I don’t have a best workout music/song.  I like a variety of genres so long as it has a good beat & a rhythm I can move to then I’m happy.  Solid bassy beats are good when you’re wanting to work strength, and haunting, trancy beats are good when you want to work on speed.  Because I teach in the Cycle Studio then I’d have to say the best workout is on ya bike!

Can you share a podcast, app, book etc. that you have found motivating?
I can’t think of a particular podcast, app or book that I have found motivating but what I do find inspiring is the women in fitness who are leading the way & affecting change in managerial roles.  They are successful role models & I sincerely believe success has a trickledown effect on all who work in the business. There is a new non-profit organisation called WIFA Women in Fitness Association http://womeninfitness.org/ that supports professional women in the fitness industry.  WIFA offers mentoring & resources from a global network which I find very motivating.

If you weren’t in this job, what else might you be doing?
If I wasn’t in this job, then I’d be doing my other job which also works with people & focuses on health & wellness – I’m a Nurse in a family medical centre.  I have balanced my working life on a passion I share in both the health & fitness industries.

What are your summer plans?
My summer plans always involve a fortnight at Mt Maunganui in the motor camp. Simple living where you cook on the BBQ, spend most of your time outdoors & enjoy the sun, surf, sand & salt air.  You can park the car up & walk almost everywhere.  It’s refreshing & good for the soul.  Four generations of our family have & are still enjoying the same camping ground.


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