Vive Active Pilates Studio Warringah Mall

October 6, 2017

Vive Active Pilates Studio Warringah Mall Guy Leech


Newsflash: self care is important BUT it doesn’t have to mean candles and a bubble bath.

For me, self care is moving my body, going somwhere different, getting a million tattoos and dyeing my hair green.

Turns out I found all of this (OK, minus the tattoos and green hair) at a brand new local pilates studio, Vive Active at Warringah Mall.

Done pilates before? You’ll love that Vive Active specialises in group reformer classes — yep, we’re talking those torture-device looking machines that INSANELY tone your body but don’t wipe you out (unlike heavy-duty cardio).


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New to pilates? Well, imagine stretching each little muscle in your body and challenging it with tiny weights while hanging out in Studio 54. Vivie Active offers a crazy ride that improves posture, lengthens muscles but also keeps you entertained with killer music (Frank Ocean, Drake) and wicked lighting.

The studio was founded by Guy Leech, iconic Iron Man, who was struggling with wear and tear on his body after decades of competitive sport.


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“I thought I’d seen everything in the world of fitness. But I was legitimately amazed by what Pilates was doing for me,” said Leech.

Vive Active is a labour of love two years in the making for Leech, who sees the opportunity in the age-old quest to make fitness fun.

“We learned a lot from Soul Cycle in the States, a workout isn’t just about boosting your body, it’s needs to be entertaining and offer a lifestyle that sustains you beyond the class.”


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With a killer Instagram account @viveactiveau and connections with health and wellbeing chefs and gurus, I can see Vive Active becoming a new source of self-care.

Besides it’s already worked one magic trick that makes me feel young: it’s brought me back to the Mall 😆



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How Many Things Can Kids Ask for in A Minute?

September 2, 2017


Don’t you just love the feeling of a utterly relaxing, truly indulgent bath?

Nope. Me neither.

Because that never happens.

Like the rest of my life, bath time is a hectic mess of multi-tasking and yelling through closed doors.


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Why My Breakdown Was the Best Thing to Happen to Me

August 31, 2017

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Hello, my name is Jade, and I’m a workaholic 👋


I have always loved to work.


Whether building magnificently complex Lego spaceships, or draping my dolls in paper towel gowns, there has never been a time in my life where I haven’t loved tinkering, crafting, making, building.


I’m sure this comes from my beautiful mum. I will never forget seeing her when I was little: head bowed over her sewing machine, honey-coloured light reflecting off the red bricks of our garage-turned-workroom illuminating the pins and threads on her pattern table. The vision was exactly the same whether I walked in after school, 11pm at night or 4am in the morning. Calico and pins on the floor.


Work is my happy place.


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It is a place where I have confidence and stability. And without it, like some other people I suspect, confidence and stability have been in short supply in my life. For me, work has always been more than a job: it’s the Kim to my Kanye; the Estee to my Lauder; the cookies to my cream. It’s my lifeline. I’ve used that lifeline to great effect, earning money, absorbing my anxiety and furiously tunnelling out of my own darkness.


It would have been fine. I would have worked myself to the grave — and been happy for it! — except for one tiny thing: my daughter.


Nine years ago she came into my life and I found myself unable to access my lifeline as I always have done. Of course I kept on working — the juggle is gnarly AF, but that was the easy part. It was listening to her, soothing her, being with her that has always been the challenge for me.


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They say children are exhausting. They say they’re unpredictable. But NOTHING prepares you for it. Other mums always mention the challenges and finish with a glib smile “I wouldn’t have it any other way”. Well, I agree now, but it has not always been the case.


My little one is not a girl who likes soothing or cuddling or playing quietly. She is a firecracker who will literally smash doors, bite skin and scream in your face.


She is a little girl with big emotions — just like her mum.


The more she screamed at me, the more I buried myself in my work. The quality of what I do has always been brilliant because I use Every. Single. Drop of my energy to make it so. Since I started my own business 3 years ago there has never been a shortage of clients. So I prioritised that and started working to the exclusion of other things — like being there for my family and partner.


I figured no matter what life throws at me, I can work my way out of the mess. But when a dear friend lost her own daughter in an accident this year, the grief and the exhaustion and the fragility of everything I have ever known slammed into me like a tsunami. I realised my life was held together by sticky tape; I could not physically hold it together any more. So for the FIRST time, I pressed pause on a client.


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As my hero Brene Brown says, I had zero desire to work on any “childhood crap”. But I HAD to improve my relationship with my daughter. So I booked in for the Conscious Mother Parenting Retreat with Kirstin Bouse.


That Retreat — 3 days from work and family — were some of the hardest days of my life. I broke down. And I emerged stronger.


Now, when I think about work, I’m able to do the basic stuff like:


  • Start at 9am, rather than 4am
  • Respond to emails when I’m ready
  • Stop working when I know I’m exhausted & inefficient
  • See days when the kids are sick as opportunities
  • Think about things other than work
  • Lose a client and not take it personally
  • Prioritise my family above my work
  • R E S T

I’d heard about this stuff; about self-care, about saying “no” a ZILLION TIMES BEFORE but had literally never been able to do it.


You know what? I lost that client I pushed back on. But I’m OK with that. My work is still the best in the biz 😜 My relationship with my daughter has MASSIVELY improved even in the few weeks I’ve been back from the retreat! But even more importantly, my relationship with myself has changed too.


Work is not something I need to give me confidence. Because after 36 years of life, and 3 days of intense therapy with a circle of women who had my back, I found my confidence for real, buried deep inside myself.


And you can too 💪




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