Exercising control no problem for this personal trainer

FIGHTING FIT: Former Clunes resident and Personal Trainer of the Year Sally Brouwer has much experience in the health and fitness industry.
FIGHTING FIT: Former Clunes resident and Personal Trainer of the Year Sally Brouwer has much experience in the health and fitness industry. Dallas Olsen

IF BEING a mum of triplets, a part-time police officer, charity worker and business owner weren't enough, former Northern Rivers resident Sally Brouwer has taken out Ultra Fitness magazine's Personal Trainer of the Year Award.

The fitness fanatic grew up on a farm in Clunes and said the outdoor lifestyle and sporting community had a "big influence" on her.

Ms Brouwer's career in fitness began when she started teaching group fitness at her local gym as a way to pay her way through university.

When asked what advice she gave to her fitness clients, Ms Brouwer said making exercise and healthy eating a "routine" and "habit" were key.

"There's certainly days when you don't feel like doing it, but if it's something that you don't consciously have to make a decision about, you just do it because that's what you do. It makes it easier," she said.

"When you've finished doing the session, usually everyone feels good about themselves."

After graduating from a degree in leisure management at Griffith University in Brisbane, Ms Brouwer joined the Queensland Police and worked on the Gold Coast.

With three five-year-olds, she now works part-time as an Operational Skills and Tactics instructor at the Police Academy.

Ms Brouwer is on the board of directors for the Blue Sky foundation, a charity that provides financial assistance for families living with autism.

The busy mum also runs her own personal training business called Sally Brouwer Fitness, providing online health and fitness challenges.

"I think the judges liked that it wasn't all about 'I train x amount of people and I make x amount of money' type of thing," she said.

"It was more about I'm trying to make the community more healthy."

Ms Brouwer said in her 20-year career in health and fitness, she found the biggest challenge for people was diet.

"Training you can focus on an hour of your day but with eating it's the other 23 hours of the day you've got to be switched on," she said.

Diet tips

Sally Brouwer's three guidelines to dieting:

Reduce the amount of packaged food you eat.

Drink plenty of water

Add vegetables to every single meal you eat

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