"You know my name, not my story. You know what I've done, not what I've been through." - Unknown
A lifetime natural athlete, I have been involved in sport as long as I can remember. However, my athletic career really started with cycling: In my first year of competition, I won all but one National title for my age-group, going on to represent New Zealand in international events such as Junior Track Worlds (where I placed in the Top 10 in all my events), continuing to win multiple New Zealand track and road Championship titles throughout my cycling career.
In 2006 I turned my attention from cycling to my Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science. Gradually my objective for study changed from wanting to do everything possible to better my own athletic performance to using my knowledge and wealth of athletic experience to help OTHERS, leading to my involvement in different aspects of the fitness industry, and, after graduating I started my own online training business, Rosie's MuscleRevolution.
My fitness journey has been one not without struggles and trials. Going from being a competitive athlete to not being one, admitting an unusual eating disorder, facing suicide, a heart attack at age 19, recovering from a devastating back injury (that crushed my cervical spine, causing permanent cervical scoliosis, as well as lumbar sclerosis L1 through L5) in 2004, overcoming Chronic Fatigue in 2008-2009, gaining 25 pounds over a period of ~3 months (during another bout of Chronic Fatigue, not training, my diet "normal") when I first arrived in the US (and again end 2012/start 2013 and start 2017), having lengthy forced time out from multiple injuries in 2011 and 2016, and dealing daily with perpetuating pain (knees, back, shoulders, and neck) and a hereditary blood disorder (where my blood can only carry TWO instead of the normal four oxygen molecules), I have learnt to walk that fine line between extreme and progress, having accomplished what many have persistently told me is 'impossible' - albeit everything I have done and will continue to do is not by my strength alone, but as a testament to God's Glory.
I want to be a living, breathing example of what CAN be done if you want it badly enough; to make a difference in others' lives; inspire them, give them faith, hope, courage, and belief in themselves and their ability to succeed; to get them to constantly push themselves to new heights; setting goals and achieving them, aiming HIGHER once those goals are accomplished.
It's about being BETTER than I was yesterday. Having a vision and not being afraid to take the risks required to make it a reality. Knowing what I want and no matter what happens, persevering, never "settling", not making excuses but pushing forward, holding nothing back, forever testing myself, challenging the "impossible", finding a way to MAKE it happen! NEVER stop striving to be the BEST that you can be! Think like a Champion! Train like a Warrior! Live with a Purpose!