Gym Secrets Clothing
Active Wear for Women & Children Designed & Owned by Sara
Stocking Sizes Adults S to XXL
Kids 3-6 years
Gym Secrets – It’s all in the ClothingHow did Gym Secrets start?
I have always dreamed to have my own Clothing Label, I guess I never really knew what kind of clothing I wanted to specialise in. I have always enjoyed designing. In High School I did Textiles & Design for my HSC (I’m from NSW) & I really loved it! When I finished High School I moved to Wagga Wagga and completed my Bachelor’s in Nursing. Becoming a Nurse has always been the career path I wanted to take, as I enjoy learning about our body and how it functions. Being able to help others is what motivates me!
University was defiantly a great time for me! I believe it was where I found myself, my purpose/my drive/my motivation. I was never an active person, I did play group sport (netball) in my younger days, but never did much more than that! Actually, I did go to the pools with my nonna before school (primary school), I enjoyed her company & deep down she knew it will help me with my weight & self respect. You have probably guessed, I was bigger in my younger days, this was something I was aware of, ashamed of at times but, something I knew I could work on! So, when I got to university, I lived with a friend who enjoyed going to the gym & her partner did too! To this day, I believe it was their motivation & self drive that encouraged me to step into the gym and push myself. After a few sessions (my friends partner was a PT who enjoyed punishing us with brutal workouts haha!) I found my new love for working out! And I believe this is where Gym Secrets began.
I completed my University degree, got a full time job here in Melbourne and started working as a Registered Nurse. I think of myself as a motivated/determined person, I always had in the back of my mind ‘will I ever start this clothing label?’ ‘if I did, what clothing would I design?’ ‘am I able to do both career paths to my full potential?’. During my third year of Nursing, I bit the bullet! I had accomplished all the avenues I had wished too, with my nursing degree, as I had found the area that I enjoyed (Surgical Nursing) and gained the opportunity to become an Assistant Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM). During this time, I worked hard with my studies (completed a Graduate Certificate in Management), whilst continuing to work hard at the gym. I started using my gym workouts as a way to unwind whilst pushing myself to my fullest physical potential. I just loved it, it was my sense of mental/physical/emotional release! In 2015, Gym Secrets Clothing was born! I hand drew my logo and slogan, gave it to a friend, to perfect it, as she is a letterer. I wanted my Clothing Label to reflect the person I am, in more ways than one, therefore I believe Active Wear did that for me!
What’s your motivational tip for small business?
Never give up! It’s not always easy & rewarding. Some days are difficult and the motivation does drops! BUT, I believe it is important to know your WHY! WHY did you start this business? Who are you hoping to motivate & WHY? Always remain true to yourself, focus on how far you have come & never compare yourself to other businesses (large or small).
I am someone who enjoys routine. I complete a to-do list each Sunday for my week ahead, with literally everything on it- meal prep, workout schedule, work for the week, brunch dates, date night, what’s next for Gym Secrets- EVERYTHING you can think of, I like to include it. My job list is manageable because I focus on accomplishing small jobs daily to achieve the big job/goal. I know for me, it is important to think ahead of time, new collection ideas for Gym Secrets etc. BUT if I do not take care of myself first (health, sleep, physical activity) I know I get burnt out & exhausted quickly, therefore the things I do during the week impact on how I can accomplish the bigger picture.
What’s your favourite piece in your collection?
We have recently focused on a smaller niche within Active Wear. Our niche now focuses on Mum’s who have kids aged between 3-6 years old. Our first collection of the Matching Mummy & Me Set, is due to drop May 30th at 8pm. This would have to be my favourite collection to date! What’s better than Active Wear for adults? Active Wear for Kids!
Growing a healthy community of young children, on step at a time!
Where can we find you and your pieces?
We are on Facebook (Gym Secrets Clothing) & Instagram (@gym_secretsclothing)
Our Collections are available to view & purchase on our website www.gymsecretsclothing.com. We are currently stocked in a local store in Ballarat- Store 20a Sturt Street
Who’s your inspiration and why?
This is a tricky question because many individuals inspire me for all different reasons. But, to sum it up I suppose, I believe WOMEN inspire me! I find women inspiring because, we are capable of achieving so much in such a short period of time! The women who inspire me, mainly have children, are self motivated & disciplined, have their own business & are capable to continue inspiring others (whilst being 100% real with you!)
What’s your go to work out song to get you motivated to move?
Haha! This is a great question because I actually don’t listen to music when I’m working out. When I’m doing my cardio (treadmill), you will see me watching Snapchat & Instagram videos of Women who inspire me & also just general people. It’s so motivational! I sometimes listen to podcasts, but they can also be a tad to much, haha! so I don’t normally listen to them, as I don’t want to have to think to much when working out. When I am doing my circuit or weights training, I normally don’t listen to anything at all, the gym has music, but I just focus on my exercises & making sure my form is correct and I am pushing myself the hardest I possibly can. I like challenging myself!
How often do you work out?
I personally workout 4-5 times a week. Working out to me is ‘me time’. It allows me to have 60-90mins to myself where I am not actually thinking about much (apart from the next exercise). I find working out is not only mentally rewarding but, the endorphins I get post my workouts, gives me motivation/strength to concur the rest of the day. I truly believe, if you look after your body, your body will look after you!
Why should people choose Gym Secrets Clothing over the next Active Wear brand?
The Active Wear market is extremely saturated! Gym Secrets Clothing is different to other Active Wear Labels, because we believe that not only do women enjoy being able to move their bodies, we also recognise that when reality hits, it’s not that easy to escape every day norms! We here at Gym Secrets Clothing have decided to focus on women who not only enjoy being active but also have a young family. We decided to take this path with our label, because we believe being able to workout with your ‘mini me’ is motivational for both mum & mini, it may have been the journey that once was or the direction mum wants to now accomplish for herself & her family. Plus, what motivates you more than matching workout sets? Home workouts, for the win!
3 words to sum up gym secrets.
Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs with Gym Secrets Clothing?
We hope to see Gym Secrets Clothing in every Mum & Mini’s wardrobe.
Our plans for Gym Secrets Clothing are huge! We aim to be able to release five new Matching Set’s each year (across the different seasons), so that physical activity amongst young families become a way of life/their norm! We hope to be able to empower our next generation to love their own body, gain respect for themselves and erase negative body image!
We also hope to spread our Matching Mummy & Me Set’s to young families all over the world.
Gym Secrets- It’s all in the Clothing!!