Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Freedom to Feel Good; This Fitness Buff Is Setting People Free from Stress and Poor Health

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Freedom to Feel Good; This Fitness Buff Is Setting People Free from Stress and Poor Health

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Byline: Seanna Cronin

LIBBY Babet radiates energy.

The fitness entrepreneur and former journalist isn't a household name yet, but she will be when The Biggest Loser: Transformed debuts on our screens.

Ten has given the weight-loss show a total makeover. There will be just two trainers, Libby and series original Shannan Ponton, a more mobile group of contestants who are overweight or obese rather than morbidly obese, and a wider focus on mental health and nutrition as well as exercise.

Some have dubbed Libby the new Michelle Bridges, but I don't think the comparison is fair. Her personality and training style are miles away from Bridges and she comes from a very different background.

Raised on the Sunshine Coast, Libby started work as a journalist at the Sunshine Coast Daily before moving to Brisbane with The Courier-Mail and eventually Sydney to work in magazines as a health journalist.

She then carved out her own space in the highly competitive fitness world by founding two businesses. One is Australia's first "entertrainment'' group the BUF Girls and athletic performance studio AGOGA.

Libby is also the co-founder of Chief Bar, a natural whole food protein bar, and has a strong social media presence including more than 16,000 Instagram followers.

Taking a break from her busy schedule filming for The Biggest Loser: Transformed in Sydney, Libby shares her new year fitness trends with Weekend.

What are you expecting to be the big fitness trends of 2017?

What I'm really loving about fitness at the moment is the swing towards working out and eating well not just because you want a better physical body, but as a wellbeing tool. Exercise gives you an emotional pick-me-up, helps with mental sharpness and busting stress, gets you outside connecting with nature and increases fun social interactions, giving you an incredible way to connect with family and friends. Other trends on the cards for 2017 are an increased focus on functional small group training, as well as a swing back towards smart and effective full-body circuits that have your body moving through multiple movement patterns and planes/degrees of motion, rather than isolated body part training. Of course there's also the big upswing in super smart, wearable tech which is such a simple way to track your improvement, set up new habits and make sure you're moving enough every day, as well as being a whole lot of fun and giving you that little hit of instant gratification when you tick off your movement goal for the day. I've tried them all and find them so motivating. I'm currently obsessed with the Apple Watch 2.

What's the first step for people who want to start on their fitness resolutions?

Get a fitness tracker or pedometer and make sure you're getting 10k steps a day. …

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