Meet Cherene

Hello! It’s lovely to meet you…

I’m Cherene – founder/owner of Defy Gravity Fitness studio. I’m a wife, mother and grandmother, and my husband, Graham and I live in Valentine (Newcastle) with our fur child, Axel. Our tribe of adult children are all off living their own best lives in various parts of the state.

You could say I was a bit of a “late bloomer” when it comes to my own fitness and health career. It started in 2004 when my eyes were opened to the brand new fitness/sport of Pole Dancing just coming to Australia. I wanted IN, and by 2005 my daughter Bailey and I had opened our first pole studio – Pol-arise Fitness & Dance (which is still operating today under Bailey’s management). It wasn’t long before we also expanded into Aerial Yoga, Barre, Pilates and Aerial Suspension Fitness. I also became qualified in Nutrition, Health and Lifestyle coaching as well as Meditation, Mindfulness and Stress Management.

At the time, most of it was not intended for “career purposes” as such. They were simply activities and subjects that fascinated and inspired me personally, but quickly became part of my DNA….it was what lit me up every day and helped ME become the happiest and healthiest ME I’d ever been at any time in my life! In 2011/12 my own weight loss and fitness journey only served to fuel the fire in my belly to help others create transformational and life long change in their own lives!

Here we are 16 years later, and I have brought all this together in Defy Gravity Fitness!
My Mission is Simple…
  • to have you feeling fitter, stronger, more energised and self confident
  • to provide a space where we can leave our troubles at the door, be ourselves, and enjoy the company of other like-minded people – and get fitter, healthier and happier
  • to equip you with the tools, knowledge and guidance needed to create new healthy, sustainable habits for optimal physical, mental and emotional health and wellness!
Want to know more about my personal story and how I came from where I was to where I am? There’s a real life story behind it >>
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