May 6, 2020

Crusaders bring in familiar face as first female fitness coach | 1 NEWS


Lockdown’s provided one Canterbury woman with the opportunity to build on her online fitness coaching career.

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Hannah Romano, wife of All Black Luke, is a familiar face to the Crusaders.
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“It’s amazing, I have clients in NZ and all around the world, and it’s easy. You just need a device, you push play and I am there,” Romano told 1 NEWS.

During lockdown, she was called upon by the Crusaders to put the team through their paces.

Already having a longstanding fitness background, with degrees, diplomas and certificates to prove it, Romano jumped at the opportunity.

“It’s really no different to what I do, just a lot of men moving faster and a lot quicker than my usual clientele, but it pushes them and me to work a little harder too,” she said.

It also means coaching her husband, Crusaders veteran and former All Black Luke Romano. He admits the workouts aren’t easy.

“Those sort of workouts have never been my forte,” he tells 1 NEWS.

“I’m a big kid who’s lifted a lot of weights in my career due to my position.”

The Crusaders have had females assisting with pre-season training’s before, although Hannah Romano’s the first in this role.

Supportive husband Luke said, “If you’re the right person for the job, you should get the job.”

Whilst it’s an achievement to be proud of, Hannah Romano hopes it can inspire and motivate change in everyday New Zealanders to be the fittest version of themselves.

“I think a lot of people underestimate home work outs. Before lockdown people said, ‘Oh, they’re too easy,’ but if they’re good enough for the Crusaders they’re good enough for New Zealanders, too,” she said.



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