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“Our body is the only one we have and we only live once,”said Monique Rouxel owner of Figure Fitness Ashburton. Amanda Wright caught up with Monique to see what has driven her to become the fit mum of five who is helping others achieve their fitness dreams. With five daughters under the age of nine, Monique Rouxel developed a reputation for being a fit mum. As a lot of mothers will empathise with, it can be hard to fit a shower into a daily routine with young children to look after, but as Monique explains, making time for health is the best gift we can give our children. “During all five pregnancies it was crucial to me to keep fit and active. I was determined not to let ‘having kids’ change my attitude toward living a

healthy lifestyle, so I continued to swim, run and go to the gym throughout my pregnancies. “I was sensible and listened to my body. I wanted to be an inspiration for other mums to show that health and fitness can be sustained during pregnancy. I became aware of how uneducated people were on how to train during pregnancy, so this became a focus for me, to be able to help women in all stages of their life,” Monique said. Monique grew up in Kakanui, North

Otago, and enjoyed an active lifestyle, playing rugby and surfing. She joined the New Zealand Army as a chef, and while in the Army, Monique completed a course which allowed her to train other soldiers in fitness. “This is where I learned the skills to be able to train people to reach their optimum physique, and where I gained the confidence to take fitness classes,” she said. Monique and her partner Matiu left the Army, and moved to Ashburton in

2009, for Matiu to begin a plumbing apprenticeship. Monique was a stay at home mother of two girls, and had gone through a unique experience with the birth of her youngest daughter at the time. “My second daughter’s arrival was extremely poorly timed, I ended up giving birth in the back of my truck at my parents house,” she said. Two more daughters later, Monique began taking classes at a local gym. She became pregnant with number five and

Rates from $45-50 for 6 classes. • Group classes – teach techniques • Food Plans for a healthy lifestyle and results • Females only with exception of some evening circuits • Kids are welcome to all circuit classes - lots for the kids to play with while you work out 91 Alford Forest Road, Ashburton, New Zealand | Phone 027 558 9500

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You magazine, saturday, march 14, 2015  

Ashburton Guardian, YOU Magazine, Saturday, March 14, 2015

You magazine, saturday, march 14, 2015  

Ashburton Guardian, YOU Magazine, Saturday, March 14, 2015