SOPHIE Mead wants to change your life.
When it comes to fitness, she took things to the Max, literally, when she studied at the Brisbane branch of the Max International College of Fitness Professionals.
There she obtained a double diploma in personal training and business.
The 22-year-old personal trainer also runs group sessions and wants to add quality to people's lives - the kind of quality that comes from improved health and vitality.
And that means improved life expectancy as well and much less worry with chronic illness later in life.
Her new business, Sophit Personal Training, is based at 12 Station Rd, the former Pagel Brothers bus depot.
There her clients can undergo a range of fitness training options, including bootcamp sessions, one-on-one physical training sessions and boxing classes.
Things are starting out small for Sophie, and she hopes to maintain the personal element as the business grows.
"I hope to have a larger studio once I have enough clients. That will allow expanded group sessions and boot camps run in nearby areas, including at the Sunshine Coast," she said.
"Health and fitness are things I have always been interested in."
They are also important for her involvement in the other great passion in her life, horses.
"Show horses, show jumpers and race horses have always been in my family and are a huge part of my life," she said.
In fact, health and fitness could be important to just about everything else we did, she said.
"Now I want to help others charge their lives for the better and enhance their quality of life," she told The Gympie Times.
Though born in Bega,
Sophie has been a Gympie girl since her family brought her here at the age of five.
She's also a speedway supporter. Look for the Sophit Personal Training car (no.2), with Chris Pagel behind the wheel.