I want to formally introduce myself. My name is Heather Bond, and I am an international adventure guide, personal trainer, author, and mother. For the past three decades I have traveled the globe, immersing myself in various cultures to better understand the human mind and body.
I am the creator and owner of Bond Fitness and Adventures, and the lead adventure and body guide. Athena Rising Journeys was birthed from years of guiding and training others in a wide variety of life experiences and adventures. In September of 2019 I was one of six people selected to be on an international logistics team for The Toughest Race; The Eco-Challenge, held in Fiji. The ten part series aired in Amazon Prime in 2020, and if you watch closely you may spot me in an episode or two!
My first experience with service work and non-profit organizations was when I was thirteen, and was issued a special work permit to begin training as a counselor for the Goleta Girls Club, for whom I later worked as an assistant gymnastics coach. My career path lead me to work as a type 1 Hot Shot with the U.S. Forest Service and later a fire fighter with the Los Angeles City Fire Department.
In the early 2000’s I launched the Adventure Odyssey Quest. These two to three day journeys were designed as a women’s only fitness retreat (hiking, rappelling, and the like.)
For over two decades I have been a multi-certified fitness trainer and nutrition coach for private clients and for young athletes at the local Santa Barbara high schools.
My passion for guiding women to live with purpose and fearlessly has only grown stronger, and I see a need to inspire individuals to reconnect with nature and reach their full potential.