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Meet Beckie: A Sage Institute of Fitness student with a powerful message

Becki - Sage Institute of FitnessSometimes things have to get worse before they get better. Sometimes, we find the drive for positive change through negative, horrible circumstances. Circumstances that no one should have to endure. For 38-year-old mother of four Beckie, circumstances were clearly telling her it was time for change.

Two years ago, Beckie wasn’t feeling like she was winning at life. Twelve years of marriage to a violent and abusive alcoholic was starting to take its toll, and things had started to spiral out of control. Life was becoming increasingly unstable, unsafe, and worse, her young children were witnessing events she wouldn’t wish on anyone.

Beckie realised she was at rock-bottom when her children could see that her broken wrist and arm were the result of their father’s violent behaviour. She also realised that unless she wanted to be reduced to a domestic violence statistic, things had to change. For the well-being of herself and her children, it was time to move on.

Beckie took the kids, moved house and pulled herself through a gruelling, exasperating twelve-month court process to keep her family safe. It was a harrowing time. Amongst all the drama, it also began to dawn on her that there was another burden to carry – she was now the sole provider for her small family and she had no idea how she was going to support them.

“I became a fitness coach so I can be the best version of me. I want to be a role model to my children and I want to be part of an industry that heightens the quality of life for any person, at any age, no matter what their past.”

But good things had already started to happen. Throughout this ordeal, Beckie had started going to the gym. It felt good to work out. In fact, it felt kind of awesome. Exercise made her feel strong and confident, giving her the exact type of physical and mental strength she needed to cope with her reality – and her past.

The exercise was liking her, too. Within twelve months she’d lost 23 kg, inches were slipping away, and new, buff muscles were appearing. Best of all, exercise was transforming her emotionally and mentally. She discovered traits she didn’t know that she had:  she was calm, capable and resilient.

A new woman was emerging – stronger, fitter and more confident.

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Beckie, top left, with her fitness friends

Soon, Beckie started to think that she’d like to do more with this exercise thing than just work out. She wanted to make it a part of her life – and her career. To make this happen, Beckie enrolled in the Sage Fitness Coaching Program.

Beckie says starting the course wasn’t so easy. She admits she was nervous and shy when she turned up at the Oakleigh campus, especially when most of the students were much younger.

“Without hesitation, the Sage trainers have supported, encouraged and challenged me to define my new path. Their belief in me has become my power, my voice…”

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Beckie, centre, with Sage Institute of Fitness colleagues

Talking about these early days, Beckie is very appreciative of the warmth and support she received from her trainers at Sage. Juggling family life and study is hard for any single mum, but head trainers Liana and Craig were told that Beckie had something else on her plate, something a little unusual: a violence protection order.

Said Beckie, “Without hesitation, the Sage trainers have supported, encouraged and challenged me to define my new path. Their belief in me has become my power, my voice…”.

After listening to a lecture on motivation given by Sage ambassador, Commando Steve one morning, Beckie asked herself about her own motivation – why am I doing this and what can I offer?

Beckie with Commando Steve - Sage Institute of Fitness

Beckie with Sage ambassador, Commando Steve

In response to her own question Beckie says: “It struck a chord with me. I became a fitness coach so I can be the best version of me. I want to be a role model to my children and I want to be part of an industry that heightens the quality of life for any person, at any age, no matter what their past.”

Sage Institute of Fitness – it’s more than a job, it’s a rewarding career.

Vicki Richardson

Vicki Richardson

Vicki Richardson is both the Director of Human Resources and the Director of Advertising and Marketing at Sage. She oversees and directs a large team of employees, plans and devises all advertising and marketing campaigns, manages brand ambassadors, and develops and manages B2B relationships with industry partners. Vicki lists helping Sage Institute become the number one educator in the fitness, massage, child-care and aged-care fields as her biggest achievement. She is passionate about work-life balance and is thrilled to see Sage graduates go on to be successful in their chosen careers.
Vicki Richardson

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