Based on the South Douglas Road, CrossFit Return is a strength and conditioning facility that takes a unique approach to exercise. The dedicated and experienced coaches create programmes to meet everyone’s needs, for all ages, levels of fitness and ability. CrossFit Return prides themselves on having the most experienced coaches who work with each member to make their gym time effective and fun. At the helm of this success is Lucy Kenefick who opened the gym almost seven years ago after a stark change in career.
Coach Lucy Kenefick
Tell us about yourself:
I am the owner and manager of the gym, which we opened seven years ago this July! Before my life in fitness, I worked as a professional investment banker and worked around the world for nearly eight years. Over these years I realised I wasn’t personally driven by the banking world and made a big life decision to leave my “pensionable, reliable” job to follow my passion for health, fitness and helping people. Hence the evolution of our gym, CrossFit Return. I have many qualifications and courses completed, including Level 2 certified fitness instructor, CrossFit Level 2 trainer and weightlifting and sport-specific courses. I also have a BSc. in Finance and an MSc. in Investment & Treasury and recently completed a Business Management diploma in Griffith College. To say I like to study and improve my knowledge and experiences is an understatement!!
Who has inspired you in your life and why?
I have had many inspiring figures throughout my life, for different reasons at different stages of personal and professional development. Right now my husband inspires me no end. He has such a positive and energetic outlook on life, he doesn’t let life’s daily challenges get him down and he is forever encouraging me to be myself and live life today, not yesterday or tomorrow!
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?
Spotify for music and podcasts, a sun hat and Greek yoghurt with peanut butter and berries (my current food obsession)
What three things do you need to be successful in your job?
Without happiness, you’ll never be successful, no matter how qualified, ambitious or rich you are so you definitely need to be happy in your job. You also need to be organised and surround yourself with like-minded, positive and driven people.
How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition?
Success is happiness! This will be my next tattoo I believe in it so much. Over my life, I have pegged myself against other “successful” people, worked really hard in areas I thought I should be in, tried too hard to impress the wrong people and pushed myself to look and be a certain way. In the end, I realised I was drained and not happy…something had to change. Working on my mindset and changing my goals, actions and reactions has brought me a freeness and amazing sense of personal success. It didn’t happen overnight though!
What do you love that is not typically “fitfam”?
Listening to live music, enjoying a few drinks with friends and getting a good night’s sleep!
Unit C2A, Dosco Industrial Estate,
South Douglas Road,
Phone: 083 349 8824