Emma’s Story

My Crabtree Fitness journey is all about consistency….

Physical and mental wellbeing has always been an important part of my life but a few years ago “life” got in the way! As a working mother, my priorities were focused on work and family rather than myself. 

In 2017, I decided to make my own health and wellbeing a priority and to juggle the balance to fit it “ALL” in. 1 session a week with Crabtree Fitness was where I began, barely being able to complete the ‘warm up’, struggling with a set of the dreaded burpees or the punishing shuttles runs.  I consistently pushed myself to the motto ‘one step at a time’ and continued to remind myself that these sessions were all about MY wellbeing. 

In 2018, I continued to ensure I had the balance of life and increased my commitment to Crabtree Fitness to 2 sessions per week and also included the nutritional advice and healthy eating plans. I saw an increase in my fitness and also my mental wellbeing. I remember a session where Jackie explained that we were to attempt to run up to 400metres in between the strength training… Secretly I thought “could I do this”? Running is not my strength and I was never going to finish in the top 10…..but I surprised myself and consistently pushed myself to complete the session without stopping or decreasing my pace.

The nutritional support has assisted in my goal of becoming a better me. Crabtree Simply Healthy recipes were and still are part of our weekly meal planning. Family favourites zucchini slice, chilli beef with lentils, sweet potato cottage pie, goji fudge and protein balls.

My mental wellbeing has benefited by the consistency of my sessions with Crabtree Fitness. My work is a stressful environment, which is complex and difficult some days. The ongoing consistent approach to my wellbeing has improved my mental strength and resilience, which has allowed me to cope and think clearly.

In 2019, I increased my commitment to prioritise my health and wellbeing and I have seen huge growth in my strength and cardio fitness. I increased my commitment to 3 sessions per week and continued with the simply healthy recipes. I am now able to increase my pace when running, can complete most reps of the dreaded burpees (they might be ugly though!) and now look at the next level of weights when using the kettlebells.  

Early in 2019, my Nana passed away. She was a huge part of my life. During the last few days of her life and the days after her passing, I continued with the routine of my fitness. I even went to boot camp on the morning of her funeral, as I knew the benefit of me smashing out a session would help me with the difficult day ahead. The increase in my mental wellbeing allowed me to process my grief and have the strength to support my family. 

Today, I thank Jackie and Paul for a friendly and supportive approach to my fitness goals and allowed me to increase my personal best goals. I am thankful to have been able to compete in a couple of bike races, fun runs and the MCG Stadium Stomp. I have lost weight, improved my body shape, increased my strength and improved my mental wellbeing. 

Overall, I am thankful to Crabtree Fitness for helping me be a better version of me.

Visit https://crabtreefitness.com/ to follow Emma’s footsteps

The Secret to a Healthy Family

If you asked 10 random people to fill a shopping basket with healthy food from a supermarket, we believe nearly all of them could do it. So why then, do we find ourselves with an increasing obesity epidemic in Australia?

If we were to fast forward 20 or 30 years to our future self, we would know that that person would want us to eat a well-balanced healthy diet and enjoy regular exercise. Why then, are so many of us sedentary or not able to achieve the bare minimum of recommended exercise each week?

Our current self, it would appear, finds it difficult to make choices to help our long term desires. We would all like to be healthy and fit. But we have many, often very valid, excuses for not achieving this: must work to pay the mortgage, need to drive the kids around after work to all their activities, too tired, too stressed, so many issues to deal with! That is one of the driving reasons why we have developed our Simply Food and Fitness program.

Simply Food and Fitness is our approach to making food and fitness just that – simple. If we can find ways to simply incorporate healthy food and exercise into our lives, so simple in fact that we barely notice it, then we will get to that future self as a fit and healthy person, just as we want.

As part of our simply food and fitness program we have developed over 50 delicious, family friendly recipes and packaged them up into a beautiful book. Unlike a diet that helps you achieve a short term goal and then stop, our recipes help you incorporate healthy food for life. Our recipes can be incorporated into your life simply and easily. Simply Food and Fitness is a common sense strategy which helps you achieve permanent and lasting good health, without depriving yourself. Our recipes are really tasty and show that you don’t need to fill meals with loads of sugar and fat to be delicious.

Here is what some of our clients are saying about our recipes:

I love this book. Great recipes! I can finally eat delicious meals and snacks without that lingering feeling of guilt.

I have slowly introduced simply food and fitness recipes into my family’s mealtimes and I have been blown away by how popular they’ve been.

My five year old can’t get enough of the chicken burgers, they have become a staple in our weekly routine, and he doesn’t even realise they are packed with so many veggies – good result all round!

The Simply Food and Fitness recipe book is available for purchase and would make a lovely Christmas present. If you would like a copy please click here to purchase.

Why We’re So Passionate

26 years ago my father had a heart attack. We lived on a farm 50kms from Ballarat and by the time the Mica ambulance arrived it was too late. He was just 48 years old when he died. He left behind my mum, who he loved dearly, myself and my 6 siblings (Kimba, the youngest at 9 years of age).

This had really big impact on my life and it was these circumstances that ultimately led me to a career in health and fitness. My dad was overweight and in my view, if I could take people under my wing and support them to be the healthiest version of themselves then maybe, just maybe, I could prevent this happening to someone else and save their family the trauma we endured.

And so it began, my vision was to change the world and to help people see that being healthy could, in fact, save their life.

A family history of heart disease also inspired Paul to follow a career path in health and fitness with his father having heart bypass surgery in his early 50’s

It seems that we were both destined to help others. We’ve been sharing our passion for seven years now and in that time we have educated and guided families to the healthy way of life, and we continue to do so.

Being healthy reduces the risk of all sorts of diseases, especially cardiovascular disease. BUT. It does not make us invincible! There is no guarantee that makes us completely immune to any of theses health problems.

Each year as part of our first aid training Paul and I do a CPR update. It’s part of our duty of care as personal trainers, so that we can keep everyone safe and look after them in case of an emergency.

In these training sessions the paramedics are very clear about the importance of a Defibrillator (AED) when someone is in cardiac arrest. The chance of a full recovery is 70% when one is used as opposed to 28% when CPR alone is used. And each year we have thought about purchasing a defibrillator, but they’re expensive and we put it off.

Having been close to a few people lately in the healthy weight range that have suffered serious health problems. Paul and I decided that rather than take our family on a winter holiday, we would invest in a defibrillator.

You see, defibrillators save lives.

We will have it with us at all fitness sessions and in our car on weekends. We hope that it’s the most expensive piece of equipment we own that we will never use. But it gives us peace of mind that if something serious happens (whether at work or out in the public), we are well equipped to deal with it.

I often wonder what would have happened if there was a defibrillator in our town or if we lived we closer to emergency care, would dad still be here spending time with his grandchildren, none of whom he ever met?

Crabtree Fitness Memories 2017


It brought a few tears to my eyes watching this! To say that we are proud of what has been achieved this year is an understatement! Each and every person in this video has worked hard and deserve their personal achievements! Achievements big and small!
Thanks for supporting our local small business, without you there would be no Team Crabfit! You’re special people to us and we’ll always have your back! We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a relaxing New Year! Kick back and enjoy…..