Nerida founded Lissome in August 2014 after becoming hooked on fitness and realising there was a gap in the market for an all-female offering. Ironically it was her first, dispiriting experience at a gym that prompted her to start Lissome. “I’d returned from a few years overseas, I was 20 kilograms overweight and depressed and couldn’t shake it, I was in a relationship that wasn’t working and I was restless at work.”
“CrossFit is not about elite athletes, it’s all about people of all ages and abilities working towards a common goal,” she says, adding that Lissome drills are based on everyday movements, just at a heightened intensity.
Nerida worked in many retail and management roles before she decided spontaneously to quit her job and start her new business. Her baby steps into fitness had come about a year earlier when a friend suggested she try Cross Fit, which she harnessed to lose 21 kilograms in 12 weeks. When she ran a boot camp for women in conjunction with Erin Maddison, from Darby Street fitness shop Pink Muscle, the participants urged her to run more cross-fit style training in a female-only environment. Gaining a Level 1 in fitness and a Certificate 3 and 4 in fitness, she opened Lissome and has not looked back.