Queenstown : Queenstown

Ruth Wilkinson


My love for fitness began as a youngster back in Australia. I remember going to fitness classes at the gym with my mum when I was about 12 years old - fit ladies around me clad in lycra thong leotards (yes, it was the 80’s!). I also took the League boys at my primary school through an aerobics class in the school assembly hall. I got my first gym membership when I was 19 years old. My love for movement and music was what made me fall in love with group fitness classes. I had no idea way back then that I would eventually make this industry my career.

It wasn’t until I came to Queenstown years later that I became a Les Mills Instructor and I realised that my passion for fitness combined with instructing had the power to inspire others to change – to love exercise and lead a healthy lifestyle. This was my entry into the fitness industry and I haven’t looked back. After becoming an instructor, I furthered my training by studying to be a Personal Trainer. This took me on my journey of further helping people, not just in the gym, but in the community.

I decided to take exercise to directly to communities through circuit training and boot camps. I wanted to help remove barriers to fitness by making it easier for people to get fit and stay fit. What I discovered was beyond what I expected. A growing number of (mainly) women becoming addicted to exercise, enjoying working out in an environment where they feel comfortable with their friends around them. Let’s face it, not everyone likes the gym like I do, or feels comfortable in a gym environment.

My ambassadorship with lululemon is the perfect complement to what I do. I love what this company stands for. I love their intent – “to elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness” and their mission statement – “creating components for people to live longer, healthier, fun lives”. This is exactly in line with what I help people to do on day to day basis. I believe in my clients, even when they don’t believe in themselves… and the best part of my job is seeing the pure joy that overcomes them when they realise they CAN achieve what I believed of them. It’s what gets me up every morning at 5am…