Renegade fitness experts Sharny and Julius shot to stardom when their first book, Never Diet Again was released to the public in June 2011. The book was an adaptation of a step by step ‘escape the diet trap’ program that they had created for their private clients. So successful was the program in changing people’s lives that the clients literally begged Sharny and Julius to make it into a book, which would be more accessible to friends and relatives overseas.
After the release of Never Diet Again, the couple realised that while very successful, it was just another solution, and looking around saw that there were thousands, if not millions of solutions for losing weight and getting healthy, but people were still getting “fatter and sicker”.
After much soul searching, they concluded that losing weight wasn’t the problem. The motivation for losing weight was the problem. Fat and unhealthy was the norm; athletic and healthy was the minority. To say someone was fat had become offensive. To exercise was a chore.
That’s when they decided to write the book FITlosophy 1. In their words, it is “a collection of parables for athletes”. But it is more than that. It is a profound set of philosophical viewpoints that cut right to the heart of the human condition. Brutally honest, courageous, confronting, and often humorous, the stories told in this book reveal a part of the human psyche readers didn’t even know was there. This book will sit with the reader for a long time after the words have actually been read.
In January 2012, they collaborated with renowned artist Ayesha Henderson to create a children’s book that had “beautiful bright pictures and an easy to read, but important message that they could share with their kids”. Where Have All The Pixies Gone? was released in October 2012.
January 2013 saw the release of their free ebook FAT kids: help your child to escape the obesity epidemic. FAT kids became an instant bestseller on Amazon (Amazon now charges for it, but only $1).
After the birth of their 4th baby, Sharny lost 24kilos in the first 8 weeks and shared her honest, harrowing story in the book FITmum (released June 2013).
Their online training program 8 week athlete, first released in April 2013 saw the couple take their now world famous training style to the obstacle racing program. A unanimous success, 8 week athletes can be seen all over the world, training in playgrounds, stairwells and urban gyms. The purpose of 8 week athlete from the outset was clear: create the greatest athletic version of someone in under 8 weeks. The program transforms over 2,000 people every 8 weeks to become stronger, faster and fitter than they ever have in their lives. Many athletes (and non-athletes) are reporting remarkable decreases in runnings time as well as rapid increase in strength, VO2 max and endurance.
Sharny and Julius are currently writing 3 books. PregFIT, Beefdup and the sequel to FITlosophy 1, which promises to be their magnum opus, their “greatest gift to health and fitness yet”. They are regulars on TV, radio and newspapers around the world.
The couple have four children and plan on having one more.
Sharny is the high energy super mum personality in the couple. Julius’ often deep, philosophical nature is contrasted by his wicked sense of humour.