Laurinda's Story

Founder of Funfit

I’ve lived a lot of life, so it’s hard to know where to start my story.

I grew up like many Kiwi women do – a bit of a tomboy in a sports-mad family. I loved playing sports (especially netball). I was carefree, and it felt good just being me. But somewhere along the way, I lost my way. I first started struggling with body image in my teens, and by the time I was in my 20s I felt like I was always pretending. I wanted to be someone else, because I never felt good enough. I thought that people would love me if I was different. Cooler, smarter, prettier, skinnier. Definitely skinnier.

I wore a lot of masks, and underneath them I was pretty miserable.

The turning point came when I started listening to myself again (or, perhaps, when I couldn’t ignore myself any longer). I wanted to do something different, and I was naturally drawn to helping other women because I knew all too well the pressure we can put on ourselves. I trained in coaching, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), and hypnosis, then studied to become a personal trainer so I could offer all-round wellbeing – body and mind.

I loved my work.

And Then Everything Changed

Then, in 2017 my world was turned upside down. I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma (a form of blood cancer) and underwent

six months of chemotherapy before being given the all-clear. I was a survivor, and I had to learn what my ‘new normal’ was going to look like. 

In 2018, I got a job working at Harbour Sport – my dream job, which gave me the ability to once again inspire communities of people to look after themselves and make health a priority.

Then it happened again.

In September 2019, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (another form of blood cancer). I had to start my healing journey over, with more chemotherapy and a stem-cell transplant. 

Today, I’m a “survivor” once again – and while I’m still healing, inspiring communities of people to be and do better at their own pace remains my passion. Now more than ever, I want to do what I love every day.

 I look forward to meeting you, listening to your journey, and helping you work out “where to next”. 

Charlotte Ewing-Boyd

Head Coach

Personal Trainer Lover of all things fun! Experienced Personal Trainer to you the Cherries! Thump Boxing Instructor, Metafit Coach. A history in Bodybuilding, X-Fit, Triathlon, Netball, Cycling and a keen Golfer! Looking forward to meeting each and every one of you, guiding you through your exciting fitness journey in a safe FUN and supportive manner! Just turn up and we’ll get this party started!

Bess Kilpatrick Mason

Foodie & Nutritionist

I’m a mum of 3, wife, foodie and Nutritionist. I love being a part of wide scale health change + food education. I love to encourage people towards health that is achievable, enjoyable and delicious. I have worked as a nutrition consultant for the past 6 years in New Zealand and been involved in food education + cooking classes prior to this in Australia (Sorry, but I am an Aussie!) I have also done speaking at multiple fitness clubs, health retreats, womens business groups + for The Wellness Room. I have been writing for both a health blog + also for Bauer Media Magazines (Good Health Magazine and Food Magazine) before the sad closure of the media group early 2020 due to Covid19. I am also trained in fitness + barre instructing, I hope to get some challenging Barre workouts going to the Funfit crew! Beyond this my passion extends to women and children in poor + abusive circumstances. I worked in Thailand for a few years with an NGO that rescued children out of sex trafficking. I was in a role providing aftercare to these precious young kids- I started a café and trained these young women in a respectful trade, hospitality. It was a great pleasure to work alongside these young ladies and be a part of their newfound joy- learning to cook well in both Thai + Western cuisine. I love working with women and hope to always be a part of the growth in health, confidence + education. Healthy living shouldn’t be confusing or terrifying! I believe it can be empowering, easy + totally fun too. Can’t wait to meet you all

Feel Alive with Funfit

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I’m a little obsessed with the power of conversations. I’ve been interested in women and well-being for a long time now, and in my experience, it’s talking together that really makes the magic happen.

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The 7 Key Foundations

Since surviving cancer, I’ve noticed something pretty serious.

It’s not like I wasn’t aware of it before, since I’ve always been passionate about women and wellbeing. But here’s the thing: When I got sick, it was like a truck running over me. Me, my life, and everything that mattered.

Even with all my knowledge and experience and good intentions, I realised that what mattered to me wasn’t necessarily the stuff I was putting first.

It shouldn’t take a truck to make you prioritise what’s important in life.

Look, I get it. I’m a loving partner, mum and stepmother juggling a fulltime job. I understand how hard it is to balance life’s responsibilities, and feeling like you never have time for “me” – let alone exercise, prepping nutritious food, and mindfulness. It can feel like you just can’t afford to spare the time.

But I also know you can’t afford NOT to spare the time. So I developed the 7 Key Foundations programme to help women find happiness, fulfilment, purpose and a positive relationship with their bodies. It’s a straight-up, BS-free approach to an all-round better life. There’s a number of ways you can participate, from online learning to small groups to one-on-one sessions.

Is The 7 Key Foundations right for you?

 If you’d like to enjoy:

  • Greater balance in your life
  • More confidence and self-esteem
  • Strong, positive connections and friendships
  • Doing something positive for YOU for a change

Get in touch with me today and ask about the 7 Key Foundations.

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