“I believe we are all capable of so much more than we think. We limit ourselves by giving ourselves titles. ‘I am a mum’, ‘I am a single mum’ etc… we can achieve much more we just need to do it!” – Jacinta McDonnell, Anytime Fitness
I’m so excited to have Jacinta McDonnell be a guest contributor to our blog today. Jacinta is the co-founder of Anytime Fitness, a mum of three and all-round inspiring woman!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a mum of three; Co-Founder of Anytime Fitness and Founder of The Human Kind Project (a not-for-profit foundation). I love to travel and I also love yoga and meditation. This is my staple practice to stay happy and at my best.
Can you tell us more about Anytime Fitness (for those who have been living under a rock)?
We have over 400 franchised clubs now open in Australia. We started in 2008 and now have over 50 staff in our support office. We are the No 1 fitness brand in Australia which we are very proud of.
Where or how did it begin and what is your vision?
My brother and I have always been in the fitness industry and saw this concept in an international fitness business magazine in 2007. We knew straight away that this was what we needed to do. Many people in the industry didn’t see the potential, but luckily that didn’t deter us. After many visits to the USA in a 12-month period we became the first international franchisor for Anytime Fitness. We had a very clear vision of what we wanted to bring to Australia at the time and we felt very strongly that the consumer was not being offered what they desired. Most clubs were big, had limited opening hours and were charging a lot. We offered a convenient and affordable option and now have over 400 000 members nationally.
You have 3 children, how does Anytime Fitness filter through to them, if at all?
I have a 15-year-old, 5-year-old and 2-year-old. My 15-year-old daughter attends our conferences and recently came to Malawi with me on our Human Kind Project trip with The Hunger Project. She is very much aware of what we do in both Anytime Fitness and our Foundation. My 5-yea-old also knows what I do and says she is very proud I help kids in Africa. I am committed to showing them the biggest version of myself and showing them all the things that you can achieve if you do the things you love.
How does exercise fit into your busy life?
I have a great personal trainer that I see once a week and also do three yoga classes per week.
If you are having a great day, how does it look?
It starts with breakfast with my kids and then my nanny arrives to take over. I then leave for a morning yoga class and catch up with another inspiring soul to talk all things amazing, either work or personal.
If you are not having such a great day, what steps do you take to take care of you?
I give myself some space to breathe and take some time to do whatever I feel I need to shift some energy and get back into the flow.
Do you have anything you’d like to share with fellow mums?
I believe we are all capable of so much more than we think. We limit ourselves by giving ourselves titles: ‘I am a mum’, ‘I am a single mum’ etc. We can achieve much more then we think we can, we just need to do it.