Jacquie Sharples completed a double degree in engineering and commerce at the University of Melbourne in 2004 and then worked in the water industry in Melbourne. Despite enjoying her work she couldn’t ignore her passion for health and fitness. In 2007 Jacquie co-founded Carpe Diem Wellbeing and focused on providing group fitness to women and corporate personal training. She gained her qualification in Certificate III and IV in fitness and a range of specialist certifications.
While working full-time Jacquie was also an athlete. She has competed at a national level in a range of events, placing in the top eight in the Commonwealth Games trials for the 400m hurdles in 2009.
While juggling multiple enterprises herself, Jacquie couldn’t help but see how hard most corporate workers, especially women, found it to balance their body and their busy work and social lives. She also felt the physical and mental effects of working full-time in a sedentary office environment. Through working with clients and research, Jacquie developed a framework and unique perspective on how to help women get on top of their struggles with their bodies and their lives. In 2012, Jacquie shifted her full attention to her fitness and wellbeing business and created a coaching and education program called “love your body, love your life”. 2013 will also see the launch of a new program, called “the wagon”.
She believes that there is no “right way” to be fit and healthy and she doesn’t subscribe to calorie counting or strict regimes. Her approach is to combine coaching, education and support in an intelligent, positive and balanced way, focusing on coaching clients to create their own way to be healthier and happier.
If your body could talk is Jacquie’s first book. With so much information out there on health and fitness she wanted to write something unique and easy to read and that would inspire readers to want to connect with and learn more about their bodies.
Jacquie is extremely passionate about fitness and wellbeing, but what she really wants is for you and your body to be best friends forever.