Who is The Challenge Chic?  That would be me.  Broni McSweeney.

After working as a lawyer in outback Australia, I shifted gears, moved to New Zealand and embarked on a career in recreation and fitness.  I now live between the two countries working on a whole wad of health and fitness resources for schools, workplaces and our fab industry.

Fitness Trainer

Like many of you no doubt, I’ve worked as a gym instructor, personal trainer and a group fitness instructor.  I’ve worked with high performance athletes, CEOs and home detention prisoners, with people training for the police force, army and fire service, with special needs groups, athletes, dancers, circus performers, factory workers, farmers, seniors and school students.  Most of you probably have a very similar list. Lucky us.


My business, Catch Fitness, was established to support people working in the fitness industry. One of the ways it did this was through workshops.  Catch Fitness has now run over 300 educational workshops to date, utilising some 200 presenters.

Educator roles I’ve been lucky enough to hold include:-  Lecturer at AUT (Auckland University of Technology) on the personal training course; Tutor at ARA (The Ara Institute of Technology) on their fitness course; Exercise Science Tutor and Body Trainer with the ARA performing arts department.

I was also fortunate to present at several conferences, including: GetActiveNZ, FitEx, Tonic, YMCA and the Exercise Association Roadshow.

Challenge creator

Pretty much from day one as a fit pro, I was organizing challenges for the gym members at the club I was working at.  In no time I was branching out to non-members.  One of these, The LoveNZ Challenge ended up with about 600 entrants and it gave away a few grand in prizes.   The largest however was the Catch Fitness 20 Week Challenge and I ran it 14 times, mostly during winter, so as to support both trainers and entrants at a time when I believe they most needed each other. It was rolled out by almost 200 Personal Trainers and it gave away more than $100,000 in prizes.  It was so successful that as a result some PTs set up their whole business around the event.  You can read over 100 PT reviews here.

Other opportunities

Working with the NZ Qualification Authority – TRoQ (Targeted Review of Qualifications) board was a great opportunity as was being a member of the Active Canterbury Network, a course reviewer with REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals) and a Judge at the New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards.

Nowadays, in addition to compiling information for people working in the fitness industry, I develop fitness programmes for schools and workplaces.

Testimonials, reviews and accolades

I have been honored to receive the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award at the NZ Exercise Industry Awards as well as Educator of the Year and a Finalist of the Mentor Award.

If you would like some reassurances about the workshops, challenges, lectures etc., that I have organised and delivered you can check out over 1000 testimonials and reviews here, on the testimonial page.

That’s it

I really hope you find the information on this site useful.  Please drop me an email if you have any questions or ideas.  I’ll always respond timely and appreciatively.  You will find my contact details here.

Broni McSweeney

P.S. For the grammar Nazi’s. Sorry-ish. I like ‘Chic’ more than ‘Chick’ and hope it conjures up thoughts around a style of dress – in my case, functional kit that lets me say “yes” to whatever adventures the day holds.  One of my fav ‘Chic’ clothing lines is my mate’s Alchemy Equipment. Their tagline is ‘Performance Driven Style’.  I also suk at spelling.