About Belinda

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You might wonder how I stay in great shape and how I got here. People are always asking me, “Were you always athletic? Were you always so fit?” Some people assume I must have been into sports as a kid or that I’m just genetically programmed to be lean and muscular.

For just a few minutes, set aside any assumptions you might have already made, and let me tell you my story.

I was just like so many other people in their 30s.

I thought I had it all: a high-paying executive career. International travel. A husband and a large network of friends and colleagues. Active membership in my church. A beautiful home in a fabulous city with all the material possessions.  It was what I expected and what others expected of me.

While growing up in Adelaide, Australia, my struggle with asthma and frequent hospitalizations had me believing I couldn’t be physical or exercise in any way. In fact, I detested exercise. I spent my time instead on more sedate pursuits like music, and I became a professional bassist when I was only 15.

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As much as I loved music and still do, it didn’t feel like my purpose in life, though I wasn’t questioning things at the time. I continued to study, and I went on to a university conservatorium. I eventually dropped out. At 23 I got married, and I launched a career on the ground floor of the cosmetic industry. I poured my heart and soul into my marriage, my church, and my work, always believing I was doing the “right thing” that a young woman was expected to do.

But somehow, something wasn’t quite right.

By the time I was in my 30s, my hard work paid off and I held a prestigious title: National Training Manager, Shiseido Australia. I had worked hard for it, and I traveled internationally helping people create beautiful skin. I loved my job, but the uneasiness that had always bubbled under the surface got louder. I knew somewhere deep inside that I had to make some changes, but how? Why wasn’t I truly happy? I was doing everything I was supposed to do, wasn’t I?

 Me at 37 years, smiling on the outside, sad on the inside…

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A series of events hit me hard.

I was invited to a pool party, and while shopping for a bathing suit, I felt like the world had shifted on its axis. Seeing my body covered in cellulite and flab—in triplicate—in the dressing room’s three-sided, full-length mirrors and hideous ultraviolet lighting was more than I could bear. I realized I had never owned a bikini—or any kind of sexy outfit—and I sure wasn’t going to start now. I went home in tears and to the party without a bathing suit.

That image of myself in those mirrors was burned into my brain.

It seemed like the first time in years that I had truly looked at myself, and I hadn’t just seen my outer self—I knew I was looking at my inner self, too.

I had worked hard in the cosmetic industry helping other people become beautiful, but I was too stressed to stop and think about me: my body, my health, and my well-being. I had never exercised at all, even the slightest bit, and I was living on a diet loaded with sugar and fat.

On the outside, I might have looked happy, but that ever-present uneasiness was a secret: I was discouraged and disappointed with my life. I felt trapped in a role that I hadn’t truly chosen for myself. I was trying to please others, and I had lost sight of the dreams and desires I once had.

My body paid the price.

Though I wasn’t seriously overweight, my perfectly proper executive suit hid a body covered with flabby fat and cellulite, and I couldn’t bear to look at myself naked in the mirror.

I felt trapped, powerless. I wanted to change, but I had no idea how. Wasn’t I too old to start making major changes in my life?

I had worked hard at everything in my life, everything except what really mattered: me. I was afraid. I was getting older, and what did my career really mean? Who were my real friends? Where did my family fit in? Why didn’t I have the children I had longed for?

How I looked on the outside was a reflection of every thing wrong on the inside.

At 40, it all came crashing down. Suddenly, I was divorced.  Suddenly,  my dream of having babies and growing old together with the man I loved was crushed. Suddenly, I was starting all over again. Suddenly, I had to do some healing. But I had to start feeling OK about myself and realize that life can and does go on, and it can be even better.

My first realization was that the expression “over the hill” doesn’t mean a hill of beans. Anyone, at any age, can be who and whatever we want to be. I found the courage to let go of the past and discover a new life.

After some thinking, that restlessness that had been simmering all my life just exploded.

I had to do something drastic. I resigned from my job and sold everything. I went backpacking solo in Central America and Spain. I learned to surf and, in a complete turnaround from my previous soft, comfy life, I stayed at little Spanish schools on the beach so I could study Spanish and surf all day.

It was drastic, yes. Much like my return to uni, I had a lot to learn, and I wanted to do it fast.

I had so much catching up to do.

As I started feeling better about myself—even happy—I realized that looking and feeling great was a gateway to building my self-confidence and strength on the inside so I could make other changes to the outside of my life.

Although I had never surfed before—I couldn’t even walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded—I learned. I could barely paddle at first, and it was six months before I caught a real wave and rode it, but I refused to give up.

Surfing somehow represented a gift to myself—something I was doing for me and only for me—for the first time in my life. I had to overcome old fears and see what I could do before I could move onward.  It was a steep learning curve, but after a few years of surfing around the world—and a few near death experiences—I became quite an expert.

As I became fitter, my body changed. But I still wasn’t eating right.

With encouragement from my sister—she knew I had the power to inspire others—I set a new challenge for myself. At 44, I decided to enter a bikini contest just for fun. I joined a gym and threw myself into full-time fitness and nutrition research. In only two months, I dramatically transformed my body and had professional photos taken.

I didn’t win the competition (pretty tough with all those 20-somethings) but the media snapped up my transformation story. Before I knew it, one of my photos was selected by bodybuilding.com and used for advertising in major US magazines like ShapeOxygen, and Muscle and Fitness.

Some of the magazines my story has been featured in.

Suddenly, I was in my brand new life. There were magazine features, interviews, and emails every day from people all over the world asking for help. I wanted to share everything I had learned about what it takes to change from the inside out and transform your body later in life. How feeling and looking amazing can empower you for success in other areas.

I had a new dream now: to help other people who need to make changes. I knew first-hand how lonely it can get and not having anyone to turn to. I wanted to help other people change, transform, and experience the deep fulfillment of being the best you can be—not just in a physical sense, but on a deeper level of inner peace and feeling good about where you’re going in life.

Belinda Benn, the Aussie Transformation Coach was born.

It’s been both a long, hard road and an amazingly short journey at the same time. I’m finally doing exactly what I want to do, and I’m doing it with a passion. These days, I’m published internationally in a wide variety of fitness and health magazines. I’m a transformation coach, author and inventor.

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I’ve had a lot to learn, but the most important lesson is this: I can be anybody I want to be.

How about you?

Your Aussie Transformation Coach,

Belinda

Your 90 Day Ultimate Body Transformation Program

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Theresa January 29, 2017 at 3:41 pm

I wanted to know, what fitness ewuipment is needed for this program?

Due to health & financial reasons I rent a room, is this enough space to do the workout?

Thank you in advance

Theresa

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Belinda January 29, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Hi Theresa! Yes most of the workouts can be done in a very small space like a hotel room or bedroom. I’ve often done this!! I’d love to have you on Get Lean!! Bel XO

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Dawn March 24, 2016 at 1:14 am

I don’t do well with at home programs. I’m a kinetic learner and really am impacted by face to face, or seminar/lecture style programs. Do you have any wellness seminars or get aways where you can kick start your program?
Dawn

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Belinda March 24, 2016 at 1:17 am

Hi Dawn, I understand! No but I love this idea. Where are you based? This is something I’d like to look at doing in the future. I have done on seminar in New Zealand which was awesome. It’s just making time :)

If you have some suggestions or similar seminars you’ve done please feel free to message me via my Help Desk, I’d love to hear from you!

Bel xo

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pascale September 22, 2015 at 8:12 am

Hello Belinda,
Is a person who does not speak English can follow your program?
thanks for your answer

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Belinda September 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Hi Pascale, all the videos and resources are in English. I speak some Spanish and could help with that but I think it would be difficult if you are not fluent in English. I’m sorry about that!

Bel xo

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Amine August 12, 2015 at 4:32 pm

Hello Belinda !

I am 31 years old with a weight of 48 kg and height 162 cm. My problem is that I have cellulite in the thigh area, especially the area precisly under the butt. I eat very healthy, no processed food and drink lots of water. I excersize 3 times/week by doing pilates. Which of your excersize programs would you recomend me since I don’t want to loose weight. If you recomend ‘get lean’ I wonder what the next step is after 12 weeks ? Tankful for an anser

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Belinda August 12, 2015 at 5:12 pm

Hi Amine, great to meet you!

Well done on eating healthy and exercising regularly. You’re certainly in the healthy weight range. Pilates is good but not adequate to build the muscle density to get rid of the cellulite. I have a wide range of body types on my Get Lean Program – from slightly underweight (or skinny fat) to very overweight – as “lean” is about building strong, lean muscles to tone up from the inside out – not necessarily only about reducing body fat – although for many women this is the case. I would coach you personally on your nutrition to make sure you stay in the right zone. After the 12 week program, most women use the Month 2 Eating Plan as a guide. You’ll also have a ton of workouts plus my personalized weekly plans to use and if you choose, ongoing coaching from me. Many of my clients have been with me for years :)

I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any more questions – I would love to work with you!!

Bel xo

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Nana January 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Olá, sou brasileira, estou interessada em comprar seu programa, mas gostaria de saber se tem tradução ou legenda, pois não sou boa no inglês.
Obrigada,

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Belinda January 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Olá, eu entendo, mas desculpe, eu não tenho de legenda ou tradução. Eu falo espanhol, para que eu possa ajudá-lo um pouco, se você tem problemas. Beli

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Tracy October 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Hi Belinda,

I am a 42 year old mother of 2 and would call myself “skinny fat”. I am about 5ft 4in and weigh 51kgs and have been told I have a good figure and that I have a tiny frame and that other women are envious that I can eat what I want and not put on weight easily! I occasionally work out with weights and run on a treadmill, I hate cardio excercise but know it has to be done! My issue is I want to get really lean, sculpted and strong and lose the fat and cellulite that has started to appear on my thighs and butt! My arms are pretty toned just through using weights for a few weeks so I know I can do it and will see good results if I try hard enough. I am getting married for the 2nd time in 8 weeks and want to look my best for the day and for my new life ahead of me. Can you recommend one of your programs where I will see results quickly for my wedding and that I can continue with into the future. You look fabulous and I think if I tried hard enough I could get a beautiful lean toned body like yours (not quite as good!) :-)

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Belinda October 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Hi Tracy! I’m excited to meet you and from what I’ve read, I know you’re going to get outstanding results on my program and workouts.

You hit the nail on the head with “lean, sculpted and strong”. It’s building that muscle density that will get rid of that cellulite on your thighs and butt and lean you out.

Eight weeks is a good time frame, given you don’t need to lose a lot of weight. But you need to start now. I normally find 6 weeks is the minimum period required to guarantee visible change in terms of shape and definition (versus weight loss).

I’d recommend my Get Lean Transformation Program. Once you join, let me know by posting in the forum and I’ll recommend the specific workouts, I have three in mind right now: my Anti-Cellulite Workout, Sexy Butt and Inner-Outer Thigh Toning. Plus, we’ll review your nutrition to make sure you on track.

Take a look here Get Lean Program – and let me know if you have any questions!

Can’t wait to help you get started :)

Bel xo

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Julie June 21, 2013 at 8:47 am

Hi Belinda,
I’m so inspired by ur story! Mine isn’t anywhere near as dramatic ad yours, I’m 38 and halfway healthy lol Ive always wanted to have a fit, lean body, but have always struggled to consistently exercise and I now know its some of my thinking holding me back. Things like, that I’ll be vain for puting so much emphasis on my looks, or that I’ll lose friends or that guys will only be interested in me for my body.

Did you have fears and barriers getting in your way? Scared of not being a ‘good’ person if you focused too much on yourself?? These are hard fears to challenge! Would love to hear your insights.

Thsnks so much x

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Belinda June 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm

Hi Julie!

Great to hear you are inspired. Now let’s channel that inspiration :)

Yes I did struggle with those fears – being scared of not being a “good” person if I focused too much on myself. I felt it was superficial and vain and not worthy of effort or attention. It wasn’t until I saw my body disappearing into a mass of cellulite that I suddenly realized – the outside does matter!

I guess what I discovered was (much to my surprise) that the journey of changing the outside required a lot of (good) changes on the inside. I became more open minded, less judging, willing to try new things, make new friends and more forgiving – of myself and others.

I think having goals that are bigger than just how you want to “look” helps – for me it was the surfing. I wanted to be fit and strong to surf, travel and enjoy my life to the max.

Social pressures like the judgements of friends (good and bad) or even what guys think come into play – but when you have your eyes fixed on your goals they become less of an issue. For the record, guys will always be interested in your body not matter how fit or out of shape you are lol..not just your body of course but it’s always a factor so make it a good one lol!!

At 38 you’re at an ideal age to take on the challenge of not accepting the stereotypes and creating your own unique path in life. The first step is overcoming your fears – you know what they are, now don’t let them hold you back!

Bel xo

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Julie June 25, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Thanks for such a quick response Belinda. I’m taking all of that onboard!

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corina brote March 4, 2013 at 8:04 am

Hi Belinda, i’m a 22 (going on 23). i had some weight problems 3 years ago, but i manged to loose 15 kg till now.. I need to loose 6 more to look as i want.. The problem is that i do not know what to do when my period comes.. :( It’s one week of training that i miss every month. Also, now i’m “stuck” at 60 kg.. i cannot go lower.. :( do not know what to do.. Your body looks awsome, and i hoped that by writting this message, you could somehow help me.

Please help me with some advice :) .

Kind regards for your time.

Corina

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Belinda March 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Hi Corina, there’s no reason you can’t work out during your period, unless you have exceptional issues where your doctor recommends otherwise.

Not only that, my Get Lean Program has a ton of bodyweight workouts that are short and effective, low impact and fat burning – ideal for this time of the month. Of course, combined with the Get Lean Eating Plan – you’ll be able to stay on track and lose that last 6kg’s!!

You can check out my Get Lean Program Here <— I hope this helps, Belinda

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Michelle November 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Hi Belinda, yesterday I bought Joey Atlas’ programme and began this morning with excitement but also fear of it not working as some of the reviews haven’t been that great. I like your programme too and see that they are quite similar.. Do I need to buy yours too? Do I trust that by following his diet and exercise programme it will work for real? I’m desperate, really desperate to do whatever it takes to give me a life back instead of hiding from the world, scared of relationships as that means that while you look good in clothes they’ll see the truth when I’m naked..

I’m 44 and my cellulite is the worst you would have seen I’m sure so while I try to feel optimistic, I can’t help but not want to get my hopes up for yet another big disappointment.

Please help, you look amazing, but I’m sure your legs were no where near like mine..

Kind regards for your time

Michelle

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Belinda November 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Hi Michelle, congratulations and now it’s time to focus on being consistent with the workouts and eating AND relax! Let the program do it’s job.

My Get Lean is different to Joeys, it’s for when you are ready to step it up to the next level with your workouts and with your nutrition. There’s a range of workouts from resistance to bodyweight and monthly updates plus a 90 Day Eating Plan. So Joey’s is a great place to start – and even finish lol. And down the track if you want more of a challenge, mine will always be here :)

We all started somewhere…and I’ve seen many many many women come a long way.

They got there with patience and perseverance, and not giving up. Think about how many years it took to get to where your body is now..a few months, even a year or two, isn’t much in the big picture. The thing you want to be focusing on is seeing improvement, step by step.

And try to enjoy your workouts, be in the moment, enjoy the feeling of moving your body, stretching and deep breathing. And the reward of how good you feel afterwards. Guaranteed within a few weeks you’ll be hooked and there’ll be no looking back!

Please keep me updated on how it is going!

Bel xoxo

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