Saturday, July 2 2022

A personal trainer with 30 years of experience with women’s bodies has revealed how she sculpts them to perfection – and you don’t have to lift heavy weights in the gym.

Vix Erber, or Bondi Vixen as she is known in her community of Bondi Beach, got her start in the fitness industry in 1991, becoming one of the first people in Australia to earn her personal training certificate.

Now she owns and runs The Vixletix Method Studio, a boutique strength, HIIT, Pilates, and yoga-infused personal and group training environment, which is steadily increasing its client base following the disruptions and lockdowns caused by Covid.

While every woman’s body is different and responds to different training styles, Vix takes the approach of infusing high reps with light weights because it means her clients are less prone to injury and heavy loads on joints.

“It’s also a much safer approach in my opinion and whatever your body type, this style will slim and tone you without the bulk that tends to come with heavy lifting,” she told FEMAIL.

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Vix Erber (pictured), or Bondi Vixen as she is known in her community of Bondi Beach, got her start in the fitness industry in 1991

One of Vix's signature workout classes, called SWEAT, involves using light weights and cardio exercises set to short intervals.

One of Vix’s signature workout classes, called SWEAT, involves using light weights and cardio exercises set to short intervals.

One of Vix’s signature workout classes, called SWEAT, involves using light weights and short interval cardio exercises.

‘It’s the ultimate in fat burning, strengthening and toning. It’s an all-inclusive triple threat,” she said.

For women seeking weight loss, the dedicated personal trainer recommends maintaining structure as the most important part of the puzzle.

Keeping it simple by understanding how many calories you eat versus what you use during the day is the only way to see the scale move in a positive direction.

“Strength training is essential above all else to staying lean and strong and if you’re training with weights, you’ve also tackled your cardio in one fell swoop,” Vix said.

“If you’re not adding a cardio element to your weight training, I always recommend either a gentle sand jog or a walk.” You’ll get more for your money on the soft sand.

Vix, who is in her late 40s, teaches up to 16 classes a week herself and completes all personal training appointments at her gym.

“I got a job at Healthland Gym in Bondi Junction after I finished school and have been working ever since,” Vix previously said.

In the early 2000s, she gathered a few girlfriends for “moms and kids” classes before training at the beach in the form of bootcamps, where Bondi Vixen was born.

After testing the waters with a pop-up studio – which “went through the roof” in listings – Vix finally landed a space in North Bondi, just a minute’s walk from the sand

What are Vix’s four pillars of health and fitness?

The Vixletix Method Studio presented by Bondi Vixen

The Vixletix Method Studio presented by Bondi Vixen

Empower: We slow down the reps to focus on lifting heavier weights. With two classes, one suitable for the upper body and the other for the lower body, we prioritize defining and shaping lean muscle exactly where you want it.

Sculpt: Join us barefoot on the mat and prepare to lift, press and smash your way to a strong core and powerful booty using tight, focused Pilates-inspired movements against decreasing intervals.

Sweat: HIIT, but not as you know. Through bursts of high-intensity activity, our training gets progressively harder. This dynamic circuit style workout results in total body cardio conditioning.

Restore: In two styles, Yin and Flow Yoga, we offer recovery classes that help you feel relaxed, lengthened and centered. These slow-paced sessions are a time to reflect and listen to your body as we move through the postures and feel our limits.

“I had 30 strong women in my groups. We trained rain or shine or shine. It was only five years ago that boutique fitness was just getting started and I knew that was the direction I wanted to go,” she said.

After testing the waters with a pop-up studio – which “blew the roof off” in listings – Vix finally landed a space in North Bondi, just a minute’s walk from the sand.

While there are plenty of fitness offerings around that cater to men and women in their 20s, Vix hoped her workout method would appeal to the 35+ age bracket.

“The Vixletix method is based on four pillars that I believe are crucial for a more consistent routine,” she said.

The first pillar, Empower, focuses on increasing lean muscle mass with strength training, which is important for bone density and the prevention of osteoporosis as we age.

“Young people come in thinking they’re going to put on weight, but that’s just not the case. In a female-only environment, you will only get the results that women need and want,” she said.

The next mainstay is Sculpt, which is Vix’s take on “progressive” Pilates training using booty bands, sliders, and interval training.

It targets the glutes and core in equal measure for a targeted workout.

“The Vixletix method is based on four pillars that I believe are crucial for a more consistent routine,” she said.

The studio also has massage therapists, nutritionists, and dietitians on site to ensure clients have a balanced approach to their health.

The studio also has massage therapists, nutritionists, and dietitians on site to ensure clients have a balanced approach to their health.

The latter two are Sweat – which is cardio and multifunctional conditioning – and Restore, which is a chance to meditate and relax with yoga.

Courses are associated with each of these pillars to facilitate the choice of a wide variety each week.

The studio also has massage therapists, nutritionists, and dietitians on site to ensure clients have a balanced approach to their health.

‘You don’t need to go anywhere else. The best results come from when you go to the same place, it’s safer and more motivating,” said Vix.

Vix recommends four fitness sessions per week to see results, with three the absolute minimum, and to make it part of your lifestyle, rather than a chore that needs to be done every day.

You can find out more about Vix and his studio at instagram and she website.

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