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Teisha Lowry – Indah Organics

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Teisha Lowry is a beautiful young lady – both inside and out… (so annoying!)

I have worked with Teish a few times over the years – predominantly in her capacity as a model.

Teisha launched an organic skincare range 5 years ago now which is doing great guns and has also gone on to develop her interest in all things health and beauty in writing a book.

She is also in the middle of producing content for a new online portal covering all things diet and well being.

I just love it when people like Teish are out there just giving it a crack and following their passions and dreams.

There is nothing better when you can turn your dreams into career realties and make a difference at the same time.

Read some of Teisha’s story below and go visit her site at indah.com.au

Q & A:

1) You’ve had a great life so far working as a model and more recently launching your own skincare range of organic products… Can you give us a bit of background on how you got to where you are today? Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

INDAH was launched as a business about five years ago, it has been through many changes, I always try and evolve the brand and keep it modern and fresh. It’s certainly a different brand to what it use to be when I first founded it, but I have never given up, even though people will come along and try and pull you down, I’ve always believed in myself, and because INDAH is a reflection of me, I believe it can be successful. I can see myself in five years living abroad somewhere, most probably the USA as INDAH is finding its way there.

2) Did you always want to start your own skincare line? / where did the idea come from?

No not really, it kind of just happened. At the time I thought my whole world had fallen apart, but I look back and realised all those events leading up to finding INDAH was meant to be. I remember the split second it happened though, I was in Bali searching for a Medicine Man and I crossed paths with a healer instead, and she taught me so much more about using plant oils to heal my broken heart.

3) As an entrepreneurial person – who and what inspires you? / what are you creatively (or ethically) passionate about?

Sounds really cheesy, but Mother Nature inspires me, I feel so blessed to be doing what I’m doing. Right now it’s been a warmish winter day in Melbourne, and my bunch of Jonquils are casting out some amazing aromas in my office, this kind of thing gets me inspired. That’s when its time to pull out my notebook, once I’m on a roll I’ll keep writing or playing with oils, graphics, designing – whatever I can get my hands on.

4) As a young business person, what are some of the challenges that you have, or continue to face? What lessons have you learned on your journey to date, and would you do things differently if you had your time over?

There are many challenges with growing a business, especially from scratch. Unfortunately there are people out there who will do anything in their power to see you fail, even people you thought you could trust! People have always said to me that I take my business too personally, but you kind of do when you’ve put your whole life savings, family money and your actual blood, sweat and tears into it. But it’s so ironic, the people that always say that to me are the ones that take things too far and they will try and hurt you. But I will never give up, I know what my customers want from my brand and I will work three jobs if I have to get my products into as many hands as I can.

5) What motivates and drives you to do better?

My mistakes drive me, when I make them I learn from them and I usually learn from them in a big way.

6) I know that you are an advocate of practicing what you preach and are right into your personal health, fitness and eating well …. How do you keep yourself fit and healthy and what are some secret tips to looking and feeling great? / do you ever have lazy days where you eat chocolate, or grab a burger occasionally?

I believe you are what you eat, so I make sure I put the right nutrients into my body. I treat my body like a temple, it’s a sacred place where my cells go to work every day to make new healthy cells, so I can prevent degenerative disease and live a more enjoyable fulfilling life. My biggest diet secrets are: I try and eat organic, free-range, grass-fed, gluten-free, sugar-free and I try and stay clear of processed foods, I take supplements, super foods particularly my coconut oil. I do admit it is sometimes hard to keep this up, especially when I go out for dinner. I embraced Metabolic Typing about five years ago, when I met my fiancé Darren of Total Reformation and he keeps my diet and fitness regime inline. You won’t see me eating a burger but I do love cacao.

7) You manufacture many of your products out of Bali – how did your relationship with manufacturing in Bali come about?

I use to manufacture my body care range in Bali, I did this for four years. It was really hard to manage production in Bali every month and I couldn’t be there all the time as I was here selling the products. I brought production here to Australia at the end of 2012. However, my coconut oil is still made there as the family and community I’m a part of are amazing, they really understand how to run a farm and business – I’m very lucky to have the best of both worlds.

8) Having spent a lot of time in Bali – what are some of your favorite hangouts in Bali for great food / Spa Treatments or Retreat / yoga / staying? For holiday makers to Bali that are looking for something a bit different and willing to get off the beaten track, is there a hidden gem or secret spot that you’ve stumbled across that you can divulge?

This is a great question! I love Bali, it’s like my home away from home. I do like to stay away from the busy areas. I absolutely love Ubud and the little villages around Mt Agung, there’s something so spiritual about Bali, and this is where I founded INDAH many moons ago. Most restaurants and cafes in Ubud serve raw and organic food and endless virgin coconuts, Sari Organik is one of the most inspiring cafes to visit, it sits in the middle of the rice fields behind Main St Ubud. I see my Avurvedic detox clinic AmrtaSiddhi for some Panchakarma when I’m there too.

9) What do you think are the secrets to being a good business operator or creating a brand (whether it be yourself or your Indah product range)?

Listen, learn and absorb. If you can’t do it on your own seek help, whether that’s a business coach or mentor, you cannot be every hat in the business, so its good to get people in to help you through it. In saying that, find people you can trust, there’s some real sharks out there and trust me! I’ve met a few of them.

10) What’s next for you? Any other interesting projects on the horizon/future goals you are yet to achieve?

Well its funny you’ve mentioned that, over the years I have learnt a lot about eating the right foods for me, detoxing has been paramount as I spent most of 20’s doing the wrong things for my body. I get asked a lot about how I keep fit and healthy, so I’ve teamed up with my fiancé Darren. It’s a translation of my passion for living a healthy lifestyle and we’ve encapsulated this into an online portal called Queen Coco, based on the foundation of Metabolic Typing, organic living and vibrant detox programs which are ideal for correcting all types of digestive problems and therefore can assist with weight loss, increase vitality and energy, a more youthful appearance and natural glow. My first book is in editing stage and I’m planning to launch INDAH and expanding the product categories overseas and online which is a huge milestone for INDAH. I’ve enrolled into a Paul Chek health coaching coarse starting in October. Part of my duties as ambassador for the Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia, Darren and I are off to Borneo to film a mini documentary and somewhere around Asia we’ll hunt around for a place to get married! Finally.

11) What is your favorite Indah product, or the ‘must have’ beauty product that you can’t live without?

My favorite product is my Virgin Coconut Oil. I know there’s so many coconut oils out there, but seriously (I may be a little biased) the best tasting coconut oil out on the market, because its hand pressed and organic! I use it for everything, I put it in my hair as an overnight hair treatment, I take it internally for pure energy and the best thing about it it’s the base of all of my products – it’s the best fifteen bucks you’ll ever spend.

Jim Wibskov – Personal Trainer

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I’ve trained with a few Personal Trainers throughout the years (as well as being one myself many moons ago) – so I am extremely particular with what I need and am looking for in a trainer.

One of the best PT crew that I’ve trained with to date are the guy’s from Trewhealth at Melbourne Sports Aquatic Centre (MSAC). They get results and know what they are talking about. They are also super nice people and a bunch of fun, all of which is quite important when you have to get up at the crack of dawn in readiness to get caned before you’ve even had a coffee and seen the light of day. (Melbourne winters at 6am are not hugely fun!)

Some of Trewhealth’s better known clients are Grant Smillie (DJ/Producer), Olivia Wells (Miss Universe 2013), Ella Keddie (Jobe Watson’s better half), Amanda Briskin (Fashion Executive, Designer), Fiona Scanlan (Designer), Linley Frame (Olympic Swimmer), Michael Klim (Olympic Swimmer), Ben Meikle (Ex-elite Surf Life Saving Competior at the Coolangatta Gold), Lisandra Cavalho (200m Masters Butterfly Long Course Holder), Jules Lund (TV Personality) to name but a few…

I have always left my sessions feeling like I’ve been worked and done something that I probably wouldn’t have done or pushed myself to do had I been doing my own fitness regime.

I was recently introduced to kettle bells and power ropes as part of my training… Man, I left my sessions feeling like I was getting ready for the navy seals… super cool stuff.

Trust me – PT requires creativity. To keep a clients sessions interesting, unpredictable and engaging requires skill and experience. The trainer needs to really understand what motivates the client and be able to connect with them. During my years of training my own clients – one could say there is also a fair bit of psychology that comes into play as well.

I’ve trained with a few of the guy’s at Trewhealth over the years – however, my main man has always been ‘Big Jim’… I’ve asked him a few questions about his fitness career and what it takes to become a PT should anyone out there be wondering what’s involved.

To check out Trewhealth or (GET) Group Exercise Therapy go to:

trewhealth.com.au
groupexercisetherapy.com.au

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Q & A:

1) You studied a Bachelor of Science/Movement Degree… Can you give us a bit of background on how you got to where you are today? Do you gravitate towards the business side of the Personal Training Industry, or do you try and stick to the physical side of the business?

I have always been active and played sports throughout my entire life and being apart of the health and fitness industry was just another extension of this post high school. I interviewed for a pool lifeguard position and subsequently was employed 2 hours after my final VCE exam in 1996 and held several positions via junior and middle management until I enrolled as a mature age student at the University of Ballarat (UB) in 2003 to complete my Bachelor of Applied Science: Human Movement and a further Honours degree (published thesis) in 2006.

During my 2nd year (2004) at UB I sought further work experience as a personal trainer and I was offered a position with trewhealth after meeting with Tory Trewhitt over 2-weeks on a Saturday morning prior to his 8.30am running group.

During my initial 18-month employment with Trewhealth I was only focussed on the training aspect of the business and continuing to grow my client base, whilst my ever-expanding knowledge base grew from the various opportunities within the company.

Being a natural leader I will always gravitate towards the business side and enjoy the various challenges presented in such a role, though my first love will always be training clients and watching their transformation throughout their personal journey toward their next goal(s).

I currently hold a senior role within trewhealth and shared ownership with Group Exercise Therapy (GET) our Corporate Group Training arm of the company and split my time between the administration and training aspects of both businesses.

2) Did you always want to be a Personal Trainer? And if you weren’t a PT, what do you think you’d be doing?

Having always been fit, active and around the health and fitness industry it seemed a natural progression and complimented my university studies perfectly. I honestly couldn’t see myself doing anything outside of the fitness industry. Once my days of waking at 5.15am are over I see myself transitioning into a mentoring/lecturing role for future aspiring personal trainers, so we can continue to educate and prepare our next generation of fitness leaders in the best possible manner.

3) How would you describe your personal training style or point of view on fitness and well being, and do you feel it has changed over the years as you’ve learned and experienced more on your own journey?

High intensity functional training with a strong focus on core recruitment. My style has definitely changed over the years, as I have been exposed to and researched other training methods. I am forever learning, watching, reading and absorbing what other trainers have to offer. Imagination is my only limitation and mine is VERY open to new ideas, concepts and alternative ways to bring fun and challenges into my sessions.

4) You’ve worked with many well known personalities, sports teams and clients over the years with all varying levels of fitness and health goals – do you have any great success stories you’d like to share?

I have been blessed to work with an amazing calibre of client during my involvement in the industry yes. From retired athletes returning to competition and setting masters world records in the pool, to clients losing weight, gaining confidence and completing a half marathon, rehabilitating elite surf lifesavers and having him back on the road running and training for an upcoming iron man event, introducing junior athletes to the rigours of weight training and watching them develop into Olympic standard competitors and representing Australia at the International level are all great joys and pleasures of working within the industry.

I am currently working closely with our newest Miss Universe contestant, Olivia Wells, and preparing her physically for the upcoming Miss Universe pageant later this year. Liv is a past elite swimmer and has a brilliant work ethic in the gym, so she loves to work hard and get the most out her sessions, whilst being challenged and sweating the house down. Perhaps not glamorous in the gym, but certainly when wearing her dresses and various outfits for the judging.

5) What is your idea of great training session (personal and in regards to your clients)?

One where the client is challenged to her or his own level of exertion. We all love to live within our own comfort zones and it’s my job to challenge that level of comfort and show you how hard you can work, whilst being smart and considerate to the actual goals we are striving to achieve.

6) Being a fitness instructor – what does your own weekly graft consist of?

26-30 contact hours with clients, 4-5 hours admin, 4-5 hours of travel between training locations and then my own training of course, which consists of 7 session per week – 3 in the gym and 2 soccer training nights, 1 personal 1 on 1 goalkeeping session and a match on Saturday’s. Sunday is a day of REST…!

7) What do you believe makes a great Personal Trainer?

An ability to safely and intelligently get the most out of your client, whilst educating them on the all things health and wellness. Life is a balance and many of us, have such a poor balance we struggle to fit in the really important things and spend too long on the un-necessary! It is our job to assist in this work: life balance and creating a healthier you in the process, so the better things in life can be enjoyed to the fullest and not compromised by injury and poor health.

8) Who and what inspires you, or motivates you to do better?

Might sound wanky, but life and people inspire me to become a better trainer and mentor to my clients and those within my network of friends and family. My motto is: Life is a journey not a destination; so live, love, laugh, cry, share, scream and enjoy the things you find most valuable to yourself. Happiness is a state of being and one which allows good things to come.

9) I know that you’re into good coffee and food – what are some of your favourite Melbourne food/coffee haunts?

I am massive lover of Mexican cuisine and love nothing more than to sit at the bar at either Mamasita or Touché Hombre enjoying a couple of fish taco’s and sipping on an Anejo tequila.

Baker: Baker D. Chirico on Fitzroy Street for all things bread and also a cheeky brew

Coffee is a Melbourne signature move and there are soooo many to choose from. South of the river I would suggest the following:
• Clement @ South Melbourne Market
• St Ali, South Melbourne

North of the river:
• 7 Grams @ Church Street, Richmond
• 3 Bags Full, Nicholson Street, Abbotsford

10) What next for you and/or the business? Any other interesting projects on the horizon/future goals you are yet to achieve?

I am relocating to LA later in the year to be closer to my actress girlfriend who moved over early this year. I have work lined up in the fabulous and VERY luxe Equinox Health Club and Spa in West Hollywood, as a senior personal trainer, so very much looking forward to the new adventure and opportunities that will present with such a move.

As mentioned previously, I will continue to challenge myself to become a better trainer, whilst adapting my sessions to include new and various routines for my clients, so they too can be challenged and taken to another level they thought not possible.