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Renee Hunt describes herself as a "jock in heels." Her passion lies in fitness and health, and it started at a young age.
"I played every sport I could. I had a wonderful mentor in high school who was my phys-ed teacher, so fitness just became a part of my life. I was very fortunate that this was something that I fell in love with," Hunt said.
She has a bachelor of education from the University of Regina, but even when she was in a regular classroom, she taught fitness classes on the side.
Hunt was first certified in 1998 and has taught a variety of classes — everything from step aerobics to Latin dance to sports conditioning.
She and her family moved to Brandon from Moosomin, Sask., in 2014.
With her husband working away from home and two teenagers in the house, Hunt said work-life balance has been a priority for them and that’s one of the reasons why they chose Brandon as a place to call home.
In doing so, she eventually had to say goodbye to clients in Moosomin, as she had a similar business venture there as to what she now has in Brandon.
Her business is Lustre Fitness and Lifestyle. She currently teaches group classes at Outperforme Athletics at 345 10th St.
Hunt is now offering youth and adult kick-boxing and a core boot camp. While exercise and fitness has and always will be an important part of her business, she also focuses a lot of her time on nutrition counselling.
"Many of my clients would have lots of questions about nutrition. They had questions before class and after class and they would ask what should they be eating, what do you eat, how much protein should I have, what about carbs and how bad are they for you? That little bit of time just wasn’t adequate to meet the needs of my clients," Hunt said.
As a result, she branched off and became a Healthy Eating and Weight Loss Coach through Canadian Fitness Professionals (Can-Fit Pro).
In working with her clients, one-on-one nutrition counselling appeals to Hunt because there is always so much information for people to digest (pun intended!).
"The industry has definitely changed and I’m trying to evolve with it. At one time, there was very little on the nutrition end. Of course, that should have always been an important component, but dealing with nutrition was not the focus, it was more about fitness of any type," Hunt said.
"I do personally feel, from my experience, that nutrition is king. I have many people that work out really hard, but when nutrition isn’t quite in line, they don’t see the results that they would like. Although it’s super healthy for your heart and lungs and your mental well-being to exercise, a lot of people want to see results."
I asked Hunt if she could share with our readers a few key nutrition tips; however, with all her in-depth knowledge and experience in nutrition, it was difficult to keep the list short!
"Three things I see as most important that I regularly tell my clients would be: start your day with a nice glass of lemon water, ensure that you’re getting adequate healthy fats and always pair your fruit with a protein or a fat," she said.
Hunt offers nutrition counselling in her home office and also has a home gym for one-on-one training.
Now that we’re sliding into the third week in January, this is a make-or-break period for maintaining those New Year’s resolutions if you had made a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. I asked Hunt for some motivation for us to stick with our goals.
"Consistency is key. Many times our resolutions are too grand in our busy and hectic lifestyle and we become overwhelmed. Research, as of late, shows us that in our highly stressed environment that anything that lasts over 30 minutes adds another stress to our body. We don’t need that. It would be detrimental to our results to push ourselves beyond that 30 minutes.
"It would be wise to decrease the amount of time that you spend in your workout, but to make it very intense. Find consistency in that, rather than thinking that you need to live at the gym. You don’t have to."
For more information on Lustre Fitness and Lifestyle, visit reneehunt.com.