Our first That Girl for 2015 is the delightful little pocket rocket and CrossFit babe with the larger than life personality,Revie Jane. No doubt you’ve seen her and her pink babes in all their glory on Instagram, as both Revie, and her business CrossFit Babes Miami have a total following of 80,000. She’s an ambassador for Lululemon, has launchedTriBabes with her fellow fit babe Courtney McCarty (we have a fab giveaway this month with these babes) and her latest, The Babe Project is about to go live in February. Is there anything this 24-year-old entrepreneur can’t do?
I spent some time with Revie in her natural habitat (studio) where I got to know more about her interests outside of work. Captivating and 100% present, her infectiously bubbly personality rubbed off on me and before I knew it, I was doing chin ups as I just couldn’t resist her charm. Revie is famous for creating an environment that’s totally dedicated to women – building up their confidence and transforming their lifestyles. Adored by many, I can see what the fuss is about with Revie Jane and CrossFit Babes, and I’m totally hooked.
Fill us in on your background and where you grew up. Did you grow up on the Gold Coast?
I was born and raised in Brisbane, with two brothers and a sister. Since I can remember, I’ve always been active, outdoors and playing sports.
I moved to the Gold Coast when I was 19 and I don’t know how I could ever live anywhere else now. I love how much the GC has to offer for someone who lives an active lifestyle… the ocean, hiking tracks, bike lanes, healthy cafes and dog friendly beaches. It’s just bliss!
I am married to the most wonderful man in the world! We’re currently renovating our home and each of us own our own fitness businesses CrossFit Babes Miami and Chase Conditioning. Wow, even saying that out loud, it just sounds ridiculous. We work super hard but are so rewarded by it, from each class we coach and our members. I guess you could say we like to challenge ourselves. We are the owners of some very cute fur babies and I’m totally one of those crazy people who’ll whip my phone out to show you photos if you ask about them.
I’m a creator through and through; my brain just doesn’t stop creating stuff. From business ventures, websites and graphic design, to how to make a workout more challenging, I just love creating stuff, which is how I’ve come to be an entrepreneur and owner of multiple businesses. If you have a passion and want to make it your full time job, I would probably have you convinced on a business name, mission and action plan in less than a couple of hours. Perhaps that’s another business venture I should take on… hmm…
How would you describe your personal style?
Prior to being a full time coach, I worked in the corporate world as a receptionist. My personal style was influenced by Blair Waldorf, with cute little head bands, skirts and tailored blazers. Since going full time in the fitness world and being my own boss, I’ve joined the sports luxe territory, and am slightly obsessed with the whole ‘To & From’ line from Lululemon Athletica.
I guess you could say I’m a lot more practical with the way I dress now, as I’m often doing something physical in my job, from office work to demonstrating swinging off the pull up rig, I love being able to put on something that’s both practical and fashionable!
When I do get the opportunity to dress up, I love being bold and feminine, by pairing a classic dress with a pair of bright shoes. When that opportunity arises, there’s no holding back the inner Blair Waldorf.
Where are good places to get nice (but not crazy expensive) workout gear on the Gold Coast?
As an ambassador for Lululemon, I am blessed enough to have lots of options available to me. I (as well as all of ‘the Babes’) love visiting the Lululemon store at Harbour Town for some last chance sale items too!
What do you love most about the Gold Coast?
I love all of the different environments and weather we can have in one place. We have the luxury of having (what I rate) the best beaches in the world, and if you decide to drive 20 minutes in another direction you’re in the gorgeous hinterlands where you have amazing waterfalls and rock pools. Being so close to the ocean, but also having access to amazing rainforests and trails, the Gold Coast is where we get the best of both worlds – it’s a piece of heaven and I am grateful every day for living in this amazing city.
You’re a fit babe; do you spend much time outdoors? If so, favourite spots?
Yes! I absolutely LOVE the outdoors. We should all spend less time inside and more time out! My favourite spots include Burleigh Hill; there’s the most lovely running track around Burleigh Headlands and it’s also great for hill sprints (and puppy watching)! Lake Hugh Muntz is the best place to practice some open water swimming and defeat that fear of swimming outside of a pool. Miami Stairs is the perfect spot to spend a sweaty morning. 10 sets of stair sprints and the reward? You get to view a spectacular sunrise over the ocean. Ahhh…
What are your favourite restaurants and bars on the Gold Coast?
My favourite cafe would have to be Caffe Republic in Benowa. Not only do they have the most creative and delicious salads, but they make my favourite comfort food Paleo friendly! I often go there of a weekend and indulge in my favourite foods knowing they’re sugar and gluten free!
Followed closely by BSKT – it’s always such a treat going there. The food is crazy tasty and I have to say they do the best scrambled eggs on the GC.
I recently went to Double Zero in Broachbeach where they whipped up, from scratch I might add, the most delicious, authentic, freshest pizza I’ve ever had. I would definitely recommend you pay them a visit next time you have a pizza craving.
What five easy tips would you give to girls who want to stay fit?
1. Find a training partner
Sometimes you just need a buddy to help stop you from hitting snooze and sleeping in for the second day in a row. Ask one of your friends to take on a challenge with you. You could make a pact to each other like, ‘we’re going to attend three sessions of… per week, for six weeks!’ Try it and don’t give up! You could even have a little celebration night out at the end of it!
2. Celebrate every milestone
No matter how big or how small your achievement for a workout is, CELEBRATE it! Acknowledging your progress is vital, without it you’re likely to give up or become unsatisfied with where you’re at. Whether it’s running your first 5km, doing a yoga pose you’ve never done before or squatting 30kg, ensure you are grateful that you and your body have worked together to make that happen.
3. Set your goals
What is it that you’re chasing? Why did you sign up to this activity in the first place? Defining your goals is a key factor to success. Without goals, you’re likely to eventually stop attending sessions because you feel you have nothing to strive for.
4. Find something that you LOVE and can have fun with
If you don’t enjoy something and you don’t get a thrill out of doing it, chances are, you won’t stick to it! You’ll find every excuse not to go and you’ll end up where you started. Find something you love and get a kick out of; by the end of a session you’ll want to go back for more. Try new sports, there is really something out there for everyone.
5. Be patient
I personally can be impatient with results; you’ve put in the hard work and you want the proof yesterday. By giving your body the time and space it needs to get back into it, or to even start is really important. You cannot demand something of your body it’s not used to immediately. Be kind and patient with your body.
How did you get introduced to Crossfit? What do you love most about it?
Originally, I was your typical gym junkie, but I was always a team player. Being at the gym on my own, I felt like something was missing. My sister told me to try this ‘CrossFit’ stuff and from the first session, I was hooked. I loved the community feel that came with it. People cheering you on to finish all your reps, the people you train with aren’t your competitors – they encourage and support you! Some days we get to do partner workouts or team workouts, but for the most part (even when we are working out individually) we are all on the same team, striving for a healthy, fun and fit lifestyle.
How did CrossFit Babes come to life?
In 2012, I wanted to share my passion for CrossFit. I noticed there were a lot of women who were intimidated to even enter a CrossFit gym and that’s where I discovered I could accommodate this gap in the market. I created the idea of training just women, providing a supportive community that chooses to encourage and empower each other instead of belittling one another. When I saw the transformations in women’s confidence and self-pride, something in my gut told me this was my purpose – my way to help women see and prove to themselves that they’re capable of more than they ever could imagine. Every day since has been confirmation that this is my purpose. I feel so blessed to be the owner of CrossFit Babes Miami and proud of the lives it has influenced in two short years.
My good friend and fellow coach, Courtney, asked me to do a triathlon with her in August 2013. At the time I could barely swim 50m so I immediately jumped on the ‘no friggen way’ bandwagon. After some convincing, she had me signed up to a mini triathlon series that welcomed beginners. I had the determination and courage to do something I’d never done before and Courtney was just this energy of positivity and would say ‘you’ll be right’ to just about anything – even open water swimming with eels! After a week of chatting about it to the CrossFit Babes, we had five or so of them signed up as well!
We discovered there wasn’t a lot out there for women who wanted to enter at the beginner level of a triathlon. Again, this field of sport can be really intimidating and I wanted to make all sports accessible and approachable to women, no matter what level they’re at. I already had so many different roles within the community of CrossFit Babes and Courtney is extremely passionate about helping women support their dreams. So, after brainstorming and crunching the numbers, Courtney left her full time job in sales and TriBabes was born. Courtney is an impeccable coach, who gets the best of the best out of her TriBabes! It has been incredible to watch the growth and strength of the TriBabes community in the last six months. I’m certain TriBabes is going to explode this year, with Pink lycra taking over the Gold Coast!
Tell us about The Babe Project?
The Babe Project is something that I’m just so excited about. We are launching The Babe Project’s first 30-day Challenge on 2 February. It’s an online challenge where anyone in the world can participate and join in the workouts and be a part of the Babes Community. The best part is, I’ve programmed five workouts a week that you don’t need any equipment for, so you can literally take part in it, no matter what you’ve got for a home gym.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for The Babe Project and I find myself bouncing in my chair when I think about it. You can still sign up now and be a Babe at www.thebabeproject.com.
Do you have any advice for keeping motivated in the New Year?
My best advice for staying motivated is to set your goals! Define what it is that you’re chasing – what do you want? Whether it’s to lose body fat, run a marathon or simply to have a healthier lifestyle, without defining what it is that you want, you really don’t know why you should turn up in the first place. Once you’ve defined your goals, set a time frame – six weeks, three months, six months, whatever it is, put the tools in place to make it happen. And if you really need some help being motivated, tell a friend your goals… perhaps he or she wants to achieve something similar, then BOOM! All of a sudden you have yourself a training partner and you can motivate each other!
What are the greatest setbacks you’ve faced and how did you overcome them?
There have been many set backs that have come in the last 24 months. I had zero experience or knowledge as to what it takes to be your own boss and run your own business. You wear all the hats (well you create the hats in the first place). You’re constantly trying to juggle life, marriage, health, fitness, friendships, and of course work. At the end of the day, when it is all too much, sometimes the best thing to do is to be still and grateful. There is always something to be grateful for and a heart full of gratitude is capable of overcoming anything.
What advice would you give to girls wanting to start their own business?
Focus on the positives and remember what your purpose is. There is never a ‘right time’ where every thing will be ready and fall right into your lap. You HAVE to take chances, you have to believe in the possibilities. Opportunity lies within every waking moment. Don’t worry about what other people are doing; worry about what you’re doing. So many times people are too busy and consumed about what others are doing, they drop the ball while their competition is working hard. Stop comparing, start doing. Be brave, be bold, be AUTHENTIC. Make your passion, your purpose and you’ll love your life. Your dream CAN be real, but you’re responsible for making it a reality.
What’s been your career pinch-yourself moment?
When Lululemon Athletica headquarters called me from Melbourne and asked me to shoot with them for their clothing, I almost fell out of my chair. Of course I tried to keep my cool, professional voice on and pretended as if this was just like all the other calls I was taking. I don’t think I actually understood what they were saying because surely they weren’t flying up a crew of people to shoot… me? I always believed I could be a coach, an inspiration to others but never in a million years did I think I’d be one of the girls you see on their website catalogues for an international brand. It was just unbelievable, exciting and rewarding. My awesome public relations team Pineapple PR have seen to it that I’ve been in the Gold Coast Bulletin a few times for my business achievements and even on the Nine News.
To be honest, I consider myself so incredibly blessed on a weekly basis so I have a lot of pinch marks!
Your favourite affirmations?
- Choose love, not fear and be grateful.
- Dream big, chase hard.
- I am not what has happened to me, I am who I choose to become.
- Choose to see the good stuff and hustle hard.
- Live each day to its potential.
A big thanks to the babes at Miami Marketta for the use of their awesome backdrop.