Whose Body Is It Anyway? The Sporty One: My Life as a Spice Girl: Melanie Chisholm


The Sporty One: My Life as a Spice Girl: Melanie Chisholm

It's your body.  It's your life.  It's nobody else's.

We all need to own who we are.  We need to step up, take responsibility, and breathe into the being that we radiate to the world.  When you set your goals, make sure they are really your goals.  Many people think they are driving their own destiny, but really just struggling to fulfill the fantasies of others.  Their goal is to change how they are perceived - not how they are.  Unless you set your own goals, you'll never really take responsibility for your own workouts. Fitness goals are an essential part of your wellness journey. By setting goals, you are better able to hold yourself accountable, show yourself what you are capable of, and can also help you push through the more difficult moments to make a longer-lasting change.

Gregory Joujn-Roche : "I insist that my clients set their own goals and take personal responsibility for their training.   I step back and let my clients figure out the process by themselves.  In the end, they don't even need a trainer.  They get themselves in shape.  That's the magic". 

Our friend and former client, Melanie C: the Spice Girls, got this message and she continues to be in great shape.  We will all get to read about her in her book ; The Sporty One: My Life as a Spice Girl: Melanie Chishom - An intimate memoir from international pop star Melanie Chisholm--better known as Mel C. or Sporty Spice--chronicling her trajectory from small-town girl to overnight icon as part of the Spice Girls. "I never told my story before because I wasn't ready. Now, finally, I am".

She writes in her memoir a beautiful piece on the work we did together on Exercise and Diet and how our friendship started.


I casually mentioned to my assistant, Ying, about hiring a personal trainer during the duration of my stay. She told me about someone who came highly recommended via somebody she used to work with, a pop star from the nineties called Kavana.

I knew that I needed help, and something instinctively told me that this might be the first step towards accepting it. I was exhausted with internalising this conflict within myself, my body, and my mind.

Gregory Joujon-Roche was my very first trainer and I owe such a lot to this man. I liked him as soon as we met. In fact, I absolutely adored him. He was the first person who helped take away from my fear of food. Carefully and gently, Greg got me to open up about my eating habits.

“ Melanie, tell me about your typical diet pre-and post training,” he asked me. I umm’ed and ahh’ed before admitting all meals consisted basically of fruit and vegetables. “ So, no protein, no carbs, no healthy fats,” he said. “Would you put water in your car and try to drive it?” That has stayed with me until this day. It’s simple, but exactly what I needed to hear. If my body was a “ machine” then I needed to care for it properly. 

Greg took the time to explain about calories in and calories out, and that the way I was supporting my exercise with my current nutrition was, of course, not only not useful, but incredibly harmful. If I really wanted to be fit and healthy, then I needed to give my body the fuel it needed to train in the way that I wanted. It was also important to allow my body to rest and recuperate.

Contrary to what I believed, you can achieve more with a short, well executed workout then one that’s hours long. Especially when you support your body properly. You don’t need to exercise excessively, or every single day. I felt comfortable and safe with Greg. Like makeup artists and hairstylists, when you get the right person, a personal trainer can quickly become a confidant, a therapist.


Melanie C


It's your body.  And it's your life.  So it's got to be your goal.  If it's not, it will never be your victory - Gregory Joujon-Roche


Mel C Gregory Joujon-Roche Helena Joujon-Roche





 Malibu 2015

 Gregory Joujon-Roche, Mel C, Helena Joujon-Roche


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