She says she’s a professional star jumper who lives out of her suitcase … but is that really the case? Find out some of the lesser-known facts about the woman behind Les Mills’ BODYCOMBAT and SH’BAM.

If you could choose one person to work out with, who would it be and why?

Chris Hemsworth – surely that explains itself?

What’s your favorite workout routine?

I love both my children equally – which means BODYCOMBAT and SH’BAM are forced to share favorite workout status.

What does a cheat day look like for you?

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

If you had to choose your last meal, what would it be?

Mince and Pasta, and Central Otago Pinot Noir.

How do you relax, de-stress and chill out?

For me, relaxing means reading books, or going for a walk with some good music playing.

If you could change one thing about your appearance, what would it be?

Nothing – I love it all.

What characteristic do you most admire in other people?


Name the last book you read, and the track you currently have on high rotate.

The last book I read was The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani. The song I love at the moment is by Sia, it’s called “Free Me”.

What social media can’t you live without?

Actually, I am pretty sure I could live without social media altogether.

If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?

Star jumping.

What’s the best non-physical thing about staying in shape?

For me it’s emotional strength training. Staying in shape is great for your self-esteem.

Who should play you in the movie based on your life?

Good question … Jennifer Lawrence?

Rachael Newsham is a UK-born, Auckland-based fitness professional who travels the world mentoring fitness instructors and inspiring exercisers. When she’s not abroad Rach is busy shaping the development of Les Mills’ BODYCOMBAT™ and SH’BAM™ programs.

Follow Rach at instagram.com/rachael_newsham

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