Sue Galluzzo wears a lot of hats. She’s the owner of three Hourglass Workout studio locations, a certified personal trainer and transformation specialist, a nutrition expert, the official corporate trainer for Reebok Canada and an ambassador for Reebok’s Be More Human campaign, which celebrates real women and their inspiring achievements. And surprisingly enough, all of those roles began after she had children. Rather than letting her own health and passions fall by the wayside, Sue realized she wanted to be the best version of herself and live a long, healthy life for her kids. Those goals have fueled every moment of her days and created a fitness journey that’s an inspiration for all the mamas out there. Here’s how she got to where she is today, and the biggest lessons she’s learned along the way.
Giving birth to her first child changed Sue’s life in an unexpected way
After having her first child, Sue was on mat leave from her job in accounting and found herself dealing with post-partum depression and negative body image. She knew that she had to do something to help herself, so she began training for her first bikini show. It gave her a goal to focus on, and the fitness and nutrition aspects became an important form of self-care.
Next, she started sharing her knowledge with other moms in similar situations
Many of Sue’s friends were also new mothers, and they wanted to learn more about Sue’s amazing transformation—and how they could get the same results. Sue began visiting her friends’ homes and teaching them how to meal prep so they could lose the baby weight. From there, she decided to get her personal training certifications. “I knew I could help people transform their mind, body and spirit and had to take my hobby to the next level,” she says.
Being a mom changed her perspective on “looking good”
Before Sue had children, she never worried too much about her future health or how the foods she was putting in her body could affect her as she aged. She simply wanted to look good. “Was I worried about aspartame before I had children? Not really,” she says. “But now I am. You start to think about what’s causing different cancers, early-onset dementia. Forget about fitness or looking good. How are we going to eat to live 10, 20 or 30 years longer? I want to be healthy for my kids, and I don’t want them to have to take care of me because I didn’t take care of myself.”
Passion and practicality fed into her next career move
Sue fell in love with helping women achieve their health and fitness goals, which inspired her to open her first Hourglass Workout franchise. But taking the leap to open a business was also triggered by a more practical reason: her children. Sue had a son and was pregnant with her daughter and she wanted to be present for their childhoods. “In accounting, I had to commute an hour and a half, come home late,” she says. “I didn’t want to do that for my life.” She realized that opening a business and having a newborn, plus a toddler, would be a lot of work, but she also knew that it would clear the way for the family life she wanted—all the while letting her do the work she loved.
Juggling business and kids, Sue had to learn to prioritize
With limited time in the day, Sue chooses to make self-care, nutrition and time with her kids her main priorities. She knows that she can only take care of everyone else if she’s healthy, so she books her workouts into her schedule and makes sure that her own physical and mental health come first. She also spends a lot of money on high quality food and leaves plenty of time to cook for her family. “Every stage of your life requires you to have your nutrition intact, so eating healthy should be a necessity from the moment you’re born into this world,” she says.
More than ever, she believes fitness is for everyone
Good nutrition is important for every single person, but so is fitness. “I think there are women who still don’t think fitness is for them,” she says, but she believes Reebok’s Be More Human campaign can help change that. “Reebok shows different types of women working out—all shapes, all colours, all sizes. You don’t have to be jumping over hurdles. Sometimes fitness is putting on your workout gear and walking the dog. I work with real, live women and none of them are typical athletes. They’re just people who learned a better way and are sticking to it.”