Ngaire Lynch Personal Trainer for 26 years. She also had 25 years boxing and kickboxing experience, and in October 1996 competed in the National Bodybuilding Competition. 2000 Winner of Body-for-life Challenge Category 8 for her age group for New Zealand and put her in the Top 2 per cent Worldwide. Body-for-life Challenge winner also in 2002. She is committed to achieving each clients goals focusing on Motivation and results.
When Ngaire Lynch was 25, she made a promise to herself. It was her dream to celebrate her 45th birthday in New York. This year she turned that dream into a reality, despite recent tumultuous years that had her dealing with serious health issues. But in the spirit of her favourite television programme, Survivor, a vibrant and energetic Ngaire is looking positively toward the future knowing that she too can survive whatever curve ball life may throw her way.
“When I was walking around New York and seeing everything I’d seen in magazines, I thought, ‘dreams do come true’,” she says. “If I hadn’t had the circumstances I did, I don’t know if I would have ever done all the things I have. I’m quite clear now that life is never going to be difficult again.”
It was an international fitness competition that Ngaire first completed in August 2000 that gave her the strength to come to that understanding about her life.
Working out became a way of life for Gisborne-born and bred Ngaire after she severely injured her neck and back, a direct result of years spent in the fashion industry. She had been production manager for an Australian swimwear company in Auckland, plus making clothes for her own business partnership, Impeccable Fitz, and entering the former Benson and Hedges Fashion Awards, when her problem arose. In fact, her physical difficulties were so severe, her doctor told her to give up her career. “I dislocated my back in three places and my neck in five,” she explains. “I had physiotherapy for three months and could walk although my only options were standing up or lying down. I was taped from my neck to the bottom of my spine.”
During her recovery, Ngaire’s weight ballooned by 15kgs so she took up aqua aerobics to combat the weight and also assist her body to heal. As she improved, the gym was the next step, and she teamed up with an inspirational personal trainer, Sandy Remiens-Tongalahi, who had made her own remarkable recovery from a spinal compression fracture. By the time Ngaire had reached her own physical improvement goal, she had become so passionate about fitness that she wanted to become a personal trainer herself. Never one to turn down an opportunity, she was soon training for the 1996 National Bodybuilding Champs. And it was around that time, a germ of an idea began forming and she decided there was an opportunity to open her own Private Health club, specialising in one-on-one personal training, She embraced this new direction with gusto. The Ponsonby Private Health Club opened on College Hill with clients joining from all over the neighbourhood. Later she moved to Herne Bay where is established herself for 9 years and a database of clients who achieved their goals and become a part of the furniture that is The Ponsonby Private Health Club.
“ While operating her Club in Herne Bay Ngaire was given a video about the Body for Life Challenge and became intrigued. At the Ponsonby Private Health Club Ngaire already offered a 12 week membership. The BFL Challenge is a 12-week fitness and nutritional supplement programme that has the additional benefit of empowering the mind toward a positive attitude. For those who compete in the Challenge fully, there is financial incentive, but many people embark on the US concept for their own health and wellbeing.
For Ngaire, who started her first competition in June 2000, it became a new focus. “The first challenge was to get back the old me on the inside and outside and inspire other people to do the same.
Building on the strength she had gained, Ngaire was soon competing in her second Challenge. Such was her physical and mental transformation, that she won her category in her age group for New Zealand. The win put her in the top 2% of the 700,000 people worldwide who competed. “Body for Life gave me my life back,” she believes. Such is her passion for the programme that she has begun her third Challenge and has incorporated a personalised version into what she offers her clients. “You strengthen your body and you strengthen your mind,” she believes. “Years ago I used to feel cheerful and people couldn’t handle it, but I’ve learnt it’s okay to be the way you are.”
Something Ngaire has had reinforced to her throughout her struggles is the value of people. “It taught me that people are more important than money.
About Ngaire Lynch (Personal Trainer)
Ngaire - 2000 Body-for-Life Challenge Champion
Ngaire - 2002 Body-for-Life Challenge Winner
Ngaire with Porter Freeman (Director of the Judges for the Body-for-Life challenge)