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Personal trainer Vix Erber shares the ONE type of exercise all women should do

A personal trainer with 30 years of experience working with women’s bodies has revealed how it sculpts them perfectly—and you don’t need to lift heavy weights at the gym.

Vix Erber, or Bondi Vixen, as she is known in the Bondi Beach community, first started in the fitness industry in 1991 and was one of the first in Australia to complete personal training certifications.

Now owned and running Vixletix Method StudioA boutique strength, group and personal training environment infused with HIIT, Pilates and yoga, it is steadily growing its client base after the disruptions and lockdowns caused by Covid.

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

“Also I think it’s a much safer approach and no matter your body type, this style will curve you outward and tone you without the tendency to lift heavy,” she told FEMAIL.

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

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

One of Vix's specialty exercise classes, called SWEAT, involves using light weights and cardio exercises set at short intervals.

One of Vix’s specialty exercise classes, called SWEAT, involves using light weights and cardio exercises set at short intervals.

One of Vix’s specialty exercise classes, called SWEAT, involves using light weights and cardio exercises set at short intervals.

‘The ultimate in fat burning, strengthening and toning. “This is an all-inclusive triple threat,” he said.

The dedicated personal trainer for ladies on a weight loss journey recommends keeping structure as the most important piece of the puzzle.

Keeping it simple by understanding how many calories you are consuming compared to the calories you consume during the day is the only way to see the scales move in a positive way.

“Strength training is important first and foremost to stay lean and strong, and if you’re training with weights, you’ll get your cardio done in one hit,” Vix said.

‘If you’re not adding a cardio element to your weight training then I always recommend doing a gentle sand run or walk. You get more bang for your buck on soft sand.’

Vix, who is in her late 40s, teaches up to 16 lessons a week on her own and completes all of her personal training appointments at the gym.

“After graduating from school, I got a job at the Healthland Gym in Bondi Junction and have been working ever since,” Vix said.

In the early 2000s, Bondi would bring a few girlfriends together for ‘moms and bubs’ classes before embarking on her training in the form of boot camps on the beach where Vixen was born.

After testing the waters with a pop-up studio ‘going through the roof’ on recordings, Vix finally landed somewhere in North Bondi, barely a minute’s walk from the sand.

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

Vixletix Method Studio brought to you by Bondi Vixen

Vixletix Method Studio brought to you by Bondi Vixen

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

To shape: Join us barefoot on the mat and prepare to lift, squeeze and squash for a strong core and a strong booty using firm and targeted Pilates-inspired moves against diminishing intervals.

Sweat: HIIT, but not as you know it. Thanks to bursts of high-intensity activity, our training becomes more and more challenging. This dynamic circuit style workout results in full-body cardio-conditioning.

Restore: We offer recovery classes in two styles, Yin and Flow Yoga, that help you feel relaxed, elongated and centered. These slow paced sessions are a time to reflect and listen to your body as we progress through the poses and feel our edges.

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

After testing the waters with a pop-up studio ‘going through the roof’ on recordings, Vix finally landed in North Bondi, barely a minute’s walk from the sand.

While there are many fitness offerings targeting men and women in their 20s in the surrounding area, Vix hoped her workout method would appeal to the 35+ age group.

“The Vixletix Method is based on four pillars that I believe are crucial to a more consistent routine,” he said.

The first pillar, Empower, focuses on increasing lean muscle through strength training, which is important for bone density and preventing osteoporosis as we age.

‘Youngsters come in thinking they’ll recover with the weights, but that’s not the case. You will achieve the results that only women need and desire, in an environment exclusively for women.

The next column is Sculpt, Vix’s version of ‘progressive’ Pilates training that uses booty bands, sliders and interval training.

Targets hips and core equally for a targeted workout.

“The Vixletix Method is based on four pillars that I believe are crucial to a more consistent routine,” he said.

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

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

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

There are classes associated with each of these columns to make it easy to choose a wide variety each week.

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

‘You don’t need to go anywhere else. The best results are achieved when you go to one place, it’s safer and more motivating,” Vix said.

Vix recommends four fitness sessions a week, at least three to see results, and make it a part of your lifestyle rather than a daily chore.

You can find out more about Vix and her studio at Instagram and her Web site.

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