Four years ago, I landed in Sydney, Australia to study abroad. I had reservations about going because I had so many great gigs at the time and I didn’t want to risk losing them if I left. Okay, and I was totally in love with my best friend and I thought we would never have a chance once I got back. Spoiler alert: Everything totally worked out and we got together when I returned. April will be our 3-year anniversary and I couldn’t be happier!

Anyway, I really didn’t make my mind up until about 6 weeks before I was supposed to leave and even then, I only committed to a 6-month program. My advisor told me I needed to apply for a year because she knew that I would change my mind. I scoffed at the idea of being gone for that long but at the end of it all, she knew me better than I knew myself.

Sydney is everything to me. It’s where I finally found myself after submitting to two years at a college that was my last choice. I became a kid on the playground and made new friends everywhere I went and found bliss in everything I did. I became curious, adventurous, and happy. Most importantly, I joined one of the coolest families around: New Evolution Ventures. This is the parent company that owns Crunch Fitness, Hard Candy Fitness, and UFC Gym. I remember stumbling upon Hard Candy Fitness (which was actually called V Club at the time) and falling in love with the whole place. I started teaching for them and was so taken aback by how welcoming the team was.

They are the reason I stayed for a year and they are the reason I am finally coming back! Can you believe it? After so many years!

I’ll be teaching a handful of classes and I would love if you could come out and play with me. Whether it’s to experience my sister’s new Pop Pilates® format, try out my infamous Cardio Kickboxing, or take part in an American Ninja Warrior inspired class, next week is your chance!

If you’re not a member, drop-in rates apply, but it’ll be totally worth it. I promise! If you’re attending a Crunch class, you can grab a free pass here if it’s your first time.

I can’t wait to finally meet some of you in person and sweat it out in my favorite city in the whole world. If you can’t make it to a class, then let’s meet on the beach. That’s where you’ll find me the rest of the time trying to get back my sunkissed shoulders.

Jackelyn Ho at Hard Candy Fitness Sydney Australia

Jackelyn Ho at UFC Gym Sydney Australia

Jackelyn Ho at Crunch Fitness Sydney Australia

*Cardio Kick is on SAT 27th – Chatswood – 11am. Not Friday.