About Carolyn Hansen

Hello – my name is Carolyn Hansen, and if you are on this web site there is a good chance that it is because you share the same view about healthcare that I do.

In particular, I have a very low tolerance for the physician mindset that looks to address health problems only AFTER they present themselves.

In my opinion, it is usually too late by then.

Someone made the following remark which has stuck with me, and I could not agree more with it:

Medicine is not healthcare — Food is healthcare. Medicine is sickcare. Let’s get all this straight for a change.

The Things I’m Known For

Although I have a real passion for everything health and fitness related, I’m also driven by the desire to reach out across the global via the internet and try to influence as many lives for the better as I can. In practice what that means is that I am involved in many online marketing activities, some of which include the following:

  • Working with high-energy marketing maven Bill Walsh of Powerteam International and flying around to world to deliver talks at his awesome conferences.
  • Partnering with dozens of active self-improvement marketers to conduct massive online giveaway events that result in list-building promotions that can generate tens of thousands of leads each time.
  • Creating online summits that perform a similar list-building function – the last of which was my Performance Living Summit.
  • Creating several new online products each year so as to keep my finger on the pulse of the health and fitness market – the full catalog of which you can find on the CarolynHansenFitness.com home page.

About Sustainable Fitness Solutions

Sustainable Fitness Solutions, founded in 2008, is the creation of Carolyn Hansen. We offer ebooks designed to serve the needs of the fitness and weight loss oriented community. Our products feature effective at-home or gym-based exercise programs, easy to follow diet guidelines, and online support.

A fitness specialist, Carolyn has published more than 1000 articles on strength training, nutrition, and fat loss, and is the author of several health and fitness books, including 21 Days To Healthy Eating, and Hot Metabolism. Her main fitness site can be found at CarolynHansenFitness.com. She has devoted more than three decades to the fitness industry, both offline and online, teaching people the simple secrets to getting into better shape, losing weight, and improving health.

By providing result-oriented programs, and skilled motivational trainers, Sustainable Fitness Solutions demonstrates its commitment to helping people achieve their fitness/health/weight loss goals, so they can enjoy a healthy, fulfilling life.

We operate Sustainable Fitness Solutions by adhering to four core values:

  1. We commit to, and deliver on our promises
  2. We treat people with respect and consideration
  3. We take initiative to always be tying to improve ourselves
  4. We work with common sense, passion and enthusiasm.

Our products work because:

  1. They have been developed by a highly experienced Certified Fitness Professional and have been thoroughly tested with personal training clients over many years before being sold to the public.
  2. The approach taken by Sustainable Fitness Solutions is realistic: If you adhere to balanced healthy eating and exercise consistently, you will get great results.

A Little Bit Of History – Mine!

Today I live the kind of life that I think everyone should – when I wake up in the morning I know exactly what I need to do to maintain the quality of lifestyle that every one of us deserves to enjoy but so few ever will.

Mind you, I’ve paid my dues to get to this point.

Years of struggling to figure out why my body simply refused to “get in the game” and deliver me the results I’d so longed for it to do.

But once I’d figured that out, boy was my life different from that point on…

I’d like to help you achieve the same kind of mental and physical transformation that helped me get to where I am now.

I’d like you to consider taking a journey with me… when you’re ready.

In the meantime let me tell you just a little more about my path.

Me in my Whangarei gym

whangarei-locationI was born in New Zealand (which, by the way is a beautiful country that you should take the opportunity to visit if you ever get the chance) and I still live there today, in Whangarei, the northern-most city in the country. Don’t worry if you have never heard of it – so many people have no idea even where to look for New Zealand when they pick up a world map. Hint: it lies about a thousand miles to the south east of Australia.

Nearby Poor Knights Islands

Nearby Poor Knights Islands

See that little red dot on the map above? – that is me waving to you!

Basically Whangarei is a little green paradise surrounded by the most gorgeous coastal scenery you can imagine, and so much in the way of ocean that it is almost like living on an island. Whangarei is also famous for the fantastic diving opportunities out at the nearby Poor Knights Islands.

Today I train for fitness

Today I train for fitness

Currently I operate a fitness center located in the heart of Whangarei city, and I spend a great deal of my time consulting with people in my gym, and learning about the problems they face trying to stay in shape and maintain the right kind of diet – which, I will admit, always takes a certain element of willpower. Over the years I have also picked up certifications in the fitness training area, so in addition to dispensing advice to my clients I actually do tend to know what I am talking about!


Back in the day,
competing on stage.

But it was not always this way. In fact, for much of my earlier life I maintained a stunning ignorance about my own body, and this cost me dearly in terms of injuries sustained, and competitions lost, and none of it need have turned out that way. You see, in the 1980’s I launched myself into the exciting but physically-demanding lifestyle of competitive bodybuilding.

My dream was to gain complete mastery over my body, so that I might sculpt it to the point where people would gasp when I hit that stage.But I ran into problems. Lots of them, actually, because I really had no clue about what I was doing.

Back then, the prevailing ideas of the day about how to diet, how to control your metabolism, and how to train while both preparing for competitions, and during the off-season, were quite primitive (and often just plain wrong) compared to what we understand today about how our bodies work, and the optimal conditions and activities required to keep them fit and healthy, right up into our later years.

Honestly, it was not until later in my career, after I had figured out much of my newfound knowledge through plain trial and error, that I started seeing the successes on stage that I had dreamed about years earlier. All the wasted time and effort of those frustrating earlier years! I can barely stand to think about it.

But it is because of those head-shaking memories, and a sense that I need to turn all my previous losses into pluses as I advance into the next stage of my life, that I am so determined others should not repeat the kinds of soul-destroying mistakes that I was prone to making (always unnecessarily). This is really what provides the motivation needed these days to commit myself to spending a good part of my day at my desk, writing about all of those things I learned the hard way that you need not.

Carolyn Hansen Fitness is not the only site into which I have invested my time and energy, and I am sure that there will be more down the road.

You’ll find the complete catalog of my products on the CarolynHansenFitness.com home page.

The simple fact of the matter is that there is a certain degree of satisfaction I get just from knowing that others can grab one of my books and benefit immediately from the hard won successes I experienced only after years of hard work and countless days of writing off techniques that sounded promising, but which bore no fruit. It is the kind of feeling that I used to get simply by stepping onto the stage.

It also doesn’t hurt my customers that I am a firm believer that if someone has tread the difficult path before others, that they should do their best to leave foot steps, and sign posts, so that others can better navigate the journey ahead.

So that is basically what I am about. I try to pass on the information that came to me not over a period of weeks, months, or even years, but over decades. I try to crystallize this knowledge and set it into my books so that others can take up where I left off – which is the place that, had I started out there, at the beginning of my own journey, I would surely have reaped benefits and successes in both health and well-being that go far beyond those I was able to achieve simply by never giving up, no matter how hard the journey seemed at times.

To your sustained quest for Health and Fitness,

Author of Carolyn Hansen Fitness,