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
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
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
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
- 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.