Who is The Challenge Chic? That would be me. Broni McSweeney, most commonly known for my business Catch Fitness.
After working as a lawyer in outback Australia, I shifted gears, moved to New Zealand for 20+ years where I embarked on a career in recreation and fitness. I have recently returned to Australia and produce health and fitness resources for schools, workplaces and our fabulous industry.
I’ve worked as a gym instructor, personal trainer and a group fitness instructor; with high performance athletes, CEOs and home detention prisoners, 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 reading this 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 for 6 years; Tutor at ARA (The Ara Institute of Technology) on their fitness course for 4 years; Exercise Science Tutor and Body Trainer with the ARA performing arts department for 5 years. In 2010 I won the Lecturer of the Year Award at the Fitness Industry Awards.
(If you are looking for someone to present at your next fitness conference or to your staff, check out my current presentations and give me a hoy if any interest you.)
Pretty much from day one as a fit pro, I was organizing Challenge events at the gym I was working at. The events that lasted anything from an hour to several months. Of note for me however was The LoveNZ Challenge, a rolling Challenge which grew larger each month until it had over 600 people on board and which I had to put down so as to work on my Catch Fitness 20 Week Challenge.
That 20 Week Challenge ran 15 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 REPs registered personal trainers and many more put their hands up to be involved. It gave away more than $100,000 in prizes and generated far more than that in income for the PTs. It was so successful that many PTs did it every year, and a number built their whole business around it. You can read over 100 PT reviews here.
Apart from helping others in the fitness industry develop their own bespoke Challenges, and releasing Challenge resources via this website and my workshops, I am also working on Challenges for schools, mainly the hard to reach teens, as well as workplaces.
- The fitness industry representative of the Active Canterbury Network for 10 years, sitting alongside a dozen or so others including the Heart Foundation, Council and District Health Board.
- Fitness industry course reviewer with REPs (The Register of Exercise Professionals) for several years.
- Regular Judge at the New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards.
The greatest opportunity has been the chance to work with so many inspiring and knowledgeable people, who were crazy patient with my often slow progress and forgiving of my mistakes. They were the door-openers and the cheering squad, the safety net and the gap fillers.
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 my workshops, Challenges, presentations and lectures check out over 1000 testimonials and reviews on this testimonial page.
The site is new, replacing my www.catchfitness.co.nz site. I didn’t automatically include the Catch Fitness members from that site here so if you are one of them and want to stay in the loop please do sign up again. And please drop me an email if you have any questions, stories or ideas. I’ll always respond timely and appreciatively. You will find my contact details here.
P.S. For the grammar Nazi’s. Sorry-ish. I liked ‘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’.