We spoke to BSI panelist, Tony De Leede, to find out how he keeps motivated, the best advice he’s been given and why he loves the aesthetics and wellness industry!
We are super excited to welcome you all on Monday 26 October at the Ovolo Woolloomooloo for the second BEAUTY & SPA Insiders. In the lead up to the event, we are profiling our speakers, so you get to know them better before the big day.
Our next speaker needs no introduction; Tony De Leede. He has been at the forefront of the fitnesses and wellness industry for over 35 years. Tony’s achievements include turning Fitness First into one of the biggest health club groups in the world, designing and staffing the first-ever Olympic Village Health Club, launching an international multi-award-winning lifestyle retreat, and most recently, creating Wellness Solution. We could go on as this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Tony will be speaking on the panel Technology To Simply Multiple or Raise Profits with Dr Nora.
Take it away Tony!
What does a typical day look like for you?
It’s always an early start for me, but it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m up and out. My wife and I like to ease into the day. Sometimes it is the only downtime, so the day starts anywhere from 5.30-6. I get up, make my wife a coffee, take our toy cavoodle Tiger out for his morning ritual, and then we all get back into bed with drink coffee. We take our supplements, watch the local news, then switch over to watch the world news, we chat about the day ahead, and about an hour later I’m up to do my workout for the day.
I have a personal trainer two mornings a week and then mix it up between meeting walks – usually doing the Bondi to Bronte walk or F45. The rest of the day is made up of meetings, phone calls (both business and personal), and a daily catch up with my assistant Kay. With various companies, it never gets boring. I can’t believe when I look at the time, and it’s dinner time! The days are busy, but I like it that way.
The best advice anyone has ever given you?
I can’t remember who gave me this advice, but it was “you only have to work half days… you just have to figure out which 12 hours they are.” It’s advice I give my kids and people I mentor.
What keeps you motivated?
Sounds cliche but I like the chase of a deal, also helping those around and seeing them succeed alongside me.
When do you feel happiest?
I like the simple things, doing the Bondi coastal walk and lately, a good old fashion road trip. It’s good to see your own country and stopping at some great places along the way. Feels great to support our regional areas.
How do you like to keep fit?
I have to admit, I don’t “like” to keep fit, but the things I do enjoy are my PT sessions, F45 and the occasional yoga class.
What do you love most about the aesthetics industry?
The change I see in people. Not so much from the outside, but what it does for their confidence and mood. It’s not often you see someone post-treatment not feeling somewhat elated. Anything that makes people look and feel better is a wonderful thing. And of course, the people you meet along the way that sometimes become lifelong friends.