Rachael and michael

Women's Health Australia - - FITNESS -

Rachael Finch, 29, dis­cov­ered two great loves when she was on Danc­ing With The

Stars back in 2010: one, her now-hus­band Michael Miziner, 33, a Ukrainian-born ball­room dancer; and two, dance it­self. Rachael had no dance ex­pe­ri­ence un­til she met Michael (aka Misha) – a three-time Aus­tralian champion – on the TV show, but she fell com­pletely in love with the ac­tiv­ity. So much so, that she and Michael re­cently cre­ated their own dance­based fit­ness pro­gram, Body of Dance by Rachael Finch.

So what is it about dance that sparked her passion? “I think be­cause it’s mind, body and soul; it’s not just trash­ing your­self at the gym,” she says. “It’s not just about build­ing mus­cle or im­prov­ing my butt; it’s the whole essence of dance that I love. The co­or­di­na­tion, the mu­si­cal­ity, the con­nec­tion, the tim­ing, as well as the phys­i­cal side of it. You be­come so aware of your body that you re­ally come to re­spect it more.”

Michael adds that dance is great for fit­ness be­cause it isn’t mo­not­o­nous.

“So you don’t ac­tu­ally no­tice how much you’ve done un­til you stop.”

The pair dance to­gether, par­ent to­gether (they have two young kids) and even work to­gether – and that’s a great thing, they agree. “We pretty much do ev­ery­thing to­gether,” says Rachael. “We work out to­gether, we dance to­gether, we do the pro­grams to­gether. So all our busi­ness and life is shared. We love it. If any­thing, work­ing to­gether has strength­ened our re­la­tion­ship. I’ve learnt a lot about Misha and he’s learnt a lot about me that we wouldn’t have oth­er­wise known.”

One thing Michael’s learnt from Rachael is pa­tience, he says. “When we first met I wasn’t so pa­tient. I like to jump into things some­times a bit too fast, but she likes to take things slower.”

What she’s picked up from him? “Stick­ing at some­thing and work­ing hard. He’s em­pow­ered me to know that when I think it’s enough, it’s nowhere near enough. So when I think

I’ve reached my lim­its – I think ‘I’m tired’ or ‘That’s a good­e­nough re­sult’ – no, that’s just the start­ing line. It’s en­abled me to phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally thrive in life.”

RACHAEL: Vaara crop, $135 @ mod­e­sportif.com; Nike leg­gings, $105 @ Stylerun­ner; Fos­sil watch, $249 @ the­iconic.com.au

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