A former dual-Olympic gymnast, three-time World Championship team member and two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Ash Brennan’s years of dedication to elite sport places her in the vanguard of expert trainers in Australia’s health and fitness scene.
We spoke to Ash about health, wellness, and her journey to joining the team at 101 Collins’ RISE by Studio PP.
How did you find yourself working in the health and wellbeing industry?
I studied a postgraduate degree in Exercise Physiology, focusing on rehabilitation. Movement and exercise play such a significant role in overall wellness – I enjoy educating my clients on the impact this can have on their quality of life, both at work and at home.
What has been your journey to get to where you are now professionally?
My background in elite sport has led to where I am now. I am a two-time Olympic athlete, and thus I have a great understanding on the focus and dedication required to achieve an exercise goal, both physically and mentally.
What is one wellness myth you wish could be explored?
Is dark chocolate really better for you than regular chocolate?!
What is one thing you wish more people knew about health and wellness?
There are so many components to wellness. Small, sustainable adjustments to your movement, nutrition and work-life balance will have long lasting, positive impacts on your wellbeing. Fast, instant results aren’t always the best approach.
Why is workplace wellness so important?
To achieve success in a business sense and in your personal life, individual care and commitment is essential. With RISE, we are lucky to be a part of the very driven and goal-orientated community at 101 Collins.
It’s fitting that some of the brightest business people in Australia also have access to expert trainers with significant knowledge and education in wellness. It’s our job to educate our clients that investing in wellness betters both their personal and professional life.
What is your personal health and wellbeing philosophy?
If you start to use exercise for enjoyment (instead of a ‘chore’), you will begin to reap the benefits and improve your overall wellness.
What is your self-isolation wellness ‘’hack’’?
Enjoy the simpler things – walks, FaceTime, quality time with family, reading a book, baking, puzzles – doing things you don’t generally allocate enough time for. Slow down and reflect, reset and get ready to return to your full capacity.
Ash Brennan is the Director of Personal training and Exercise Physiology at RISE by Studio PP. To secure a session with Ash, contact our Wellness Manager, Carmen, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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