Each month on the Active Living Program we feature amazing Cardio, Strength and Stretch Trainers.
Here on MNB’s ‘Meet Your Trainer’ series, we’ll introduce your trainers each month so you can get to know a little more about them.
Introducing your Strength Trainer for April… Odette Blacklock x
How long have you been a trainer?
I have been a personal trainer and Pilates instructor for over 10 years now.
Recently after finishing my Bachelors of Health Science and Masters in Podiatric Medicine, I now specialise in running.
Today I am the program director and head Coach of Calibration which is Virgin Active gyms first outdoor running program.
What inspired you to become a trainer?
It originates from my own personal experience with depression. After having my son I fell into unhealthy habits.
The only thing that felt most accessible to me was running. This gave me the momentum to fix other areas of my life including my diet. I then endeavoured to learn more about health and fitness by doing my personal training certificate, which lead me to doing my Bachelors of Health Science and later my Masters in Podiatrist Medicine.
I am always constantly learning and growing in this area, and my passion lies in being able to educate and teach people how to improve their health and love their bodies.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love what I do so much, because my job isn’t separate from who I am.
I am a big geek when It comes to health and medical science. So it gives me great pleasure when I can empower my clients with knowledge, showing them how to access their full potential. It’s life changing and the bonds I have formed whilst watching my clients transform is extremely special.
What excites you the most about the Active Living Program?
What excites me the most is the opportunity to access more people with a positive message.
Different messages resonate with different people. I hope my story can encourage and motivate someone to start, and gather momentum for a healthier life.
I have worked so long in this space and know what many women need. I understand there is an almost overwhelming amount of information in the health and fitness space. So, I endeavor to share what I know, and make it simple and effective enough for people to love it and stick with healthy living for life, with a craving to learn more.
At the 2014 Eminem Concert at Homebush, my friend and I made like we were part of the crew and ended up standing on stage watching Kendrick Lamar light up the audience.
It was a spectacular moment, but a little stressful at the same time. Eventually they kicked us out, but I got to see my favorite artist in his element which was really cool.
Favourite post workout snack:
A green juice is always a winner as it hydrates you whilst replenishing nutrients.
Favourite workout tunes:
Loving Migos, and Kendrick at the moment.
I always take my UE boom every where and provide my favourite workout tunes with my clients.
I love, hiphop and trap for my sprints, boxing and weights workouts and RnB for recovery stretch/ Pilates.
Go to motivation: (how do you stay motivated when times are tough).
I listen to a lot of podcasts, especially interviews with successful people. This helps me to set personal goals, and to stay consistent. I also listen to those motivational mash-ups on YouTube quite regularly.
How do you Move?
Sprinting, weight lifting and boxing are on my weekly schedule.
Personally I feel its critical to get out in nature, I hit the beach for sand sprints, a trail or a local park and set up a circuit.
My workouts are about having fun being creative and burning up a calorie storm.
I also swear by lifting heavy weights at least once per week, and stretching regularly.
How do you Nourish?
I never diet. I aim to be balanced, I eat a wide variety of food, my main rule is fresh is best.
I aim to always seek out good preferably organic produce. Because of being a bit of a nerd, I do incorporate certain health hacks with my food for optimal functioning and to keep me going.
How do you Believe?
I believe in a personal growth and development. I believe in being selfish enough to give the time it takes to work on oneself.
Particularly as a women we tend to put others needs ahead of our own and unwittingly sacrifice our health and happiness.
I believe its important to value ones time and dedicate time to set personal goals, working on them daily without disruption,
Because the healthier you are, the more energy and clarity you have to give back and benefit others, from a state of abundance rather than lacking.