Heidi Groess

Hi! My name is Heidi Groess and I am the founder of Vitalistic Vixen Fitness.

You might think that since I run a successful fitness, wellness and lifestyle

training program that this has always come easy for me. Nothing could be

further from the truth.

I grew up a bit of a tomboy on a 4-acre plot near Alberton in South Africa, and

found myself living an active lifestyle from an early age.

I played hockey at school and really enjoyed horse riding, receiving numerous

awards for show jumping. I studied Multimedia and earned a degree majoring in

Video Editing.

But I soon found being cooped up in a room and staring at a screen

all day was not for me. I needed to do something creative, and be active at the

same time.

Yoga became an important part of my life. I decided to gear it up to another level

and took up pole dancing classes. And that’s when I received heartbreaking

news.

I was told I have a problem with my back.

After body stress release, a visit to the chiropractor, and 3 physiotherapists down the line,

I was diagnosed with Scoliosis.

In other words my spine has a curve in it (a large 36 degrees curve in it!), which twists and rotates with a good

dose of discomfort and pain. My hips were misaligned causing one leg to be shorter on one side. To

compensate, my lower body shifted, creating a lopsided effect and a lot of stiffness.

Shattered with the news, I was told I could never live the life I wanted to live.

Out of literally thousands of exercises out there, I was told I was allowed to do

only ten. And for the rest of my life, I would have to do specifically designed

exercises recommended by my physiotherapist to help improve my condition.

I was used to running thousands of miles a minute. And now it felt like I had run

head first into a brick wall.

Life as I knew it, was over. My planned life was gone!

I became depressed, lost all motivation, and got into a real bad place filled with

hate and anger to the world.

I started binge eating. This, together with the lack of exercise, started showing up

real quick. I underwent therapy and was put on anti-depressants.

I broke down.

I knew I could not continue down this path. This wasn’t the go getter that was

  1. I had to do something. I had to break the vicious cycle before it would take

me on a path I could not return from.

Above all, I knew deep inside I could prove them all wrong.

One step at a time, I started getting back on track. I focused on doing those ten

exercises. I ate a little less. And you know what? It started to work. I could see

small improvements as the days went by.

At first they came slow. It seemed like an impossible goal. But slowly,

convincingly, my situation started to improve. I learned that the human body can

do a lot to heal itself, if you give it a helping hand. Putting in the hours, along with

knowing what to do, has improved the quality of my life to levels I had never

even dreamt were possible.

I can honestly say I am now at the point where I DID IT!

I PROVED THEM WRONG!

And what’s more, I realized that if I can achieve such a rewarding lifestyle and

level of fitness, then I am sure you can too!

I became a certified fitness trainer. With my 9 years of knowledge in yoga, I

became a certified kids yoga therapist too.

I started teaching yoga. But it wasn’t until I started incorporating other wellness

elements into the lessons, that I knew I had hit it off.

Now I spend many hours a day, training and looking for new ways to improve

overall fitness and wellness. Constantly  going for new training to improve the richness of quality that I provide to my clients Over the past few years I have developed specific

programs to focus on key target areas.

My classes have grown in size and I continue to improve on them every day.

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Heidi Groess

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One thought on “Heidi Groess

  1. You are amazing Heidi, you really are inspiring and strong, you care so much about others and our health. I had a great experience with you, and if it wasn’t for me moving so far away I would still be in your care reaching my goals. You go girl!!! You’re the best!

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