Going on a holiday is certainly a lot of fun, you’re exploring new places, eating lots of exotic food and having the time of your life. However, it’s easy to add some extra baggage not only to your luggage, but yourself. Katie, owner of KSFitness, is here to show you how you can change your life and lose that extra weight that you may have gained during a holiday or trip abroad. Her inspiring story is sure to motivate you to get off the couch and hit the gym.
Still not convinced? Find out about her yourself; read all about her amazing story, and find out exactly why she’s one of Australia’s up and coming fitness influencers. We’re sure you’ll be motivated sooner than you think!
What is your name?
My real name is actually Catherine but I’ve been called Katie from birth.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I grew up in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and absolutely love it, the food, beaches and culture around my area always inspire me to find new things to do and get outdoors as much as I can. I have always had a passion for health and fitness and always participated in any kind of sport while growing up but loved hockey and was captain of my high school softball team. But only realised the true power behind training and leading a healthy lifestyle when I started training and then decided to become a personal trainer. I like to think of myself as reliable, respectable, confident and sometimes a little crazy!
What is the name of your blog?
http://www.ksfitness.com.au/blog/ and my personal Instagram handle is @katieguyatt
What inspired you to start up your Instagram and share your fitness journey?
At first my Instagram was for personal use and I just wanted to share travel photos with friends and family. But as soon as I started getting more followers that I didn’t know, I realised I could use it to influence the way people viewed health and fitness and help others make their health and fitness a number one priority, whether it was posting a healthy recipe or showing them how to do an exercise properly. I realised I could not only help my clients but also reach out to others using my social media
Are there any things in the future coming up for you that we can look forward to?
On my Instagram In the future you’ll definitely be seeing a few more healthy recipes from me. As well as some tips on how to perform exercises properly in the gym or at home and a mixture of indoor and outdoor workouts. My boss and I are also working on a few more blogs to put on our website and are pretty excited to post them up for everybody
What inspired you to become a personal trainer and when did you realise that you had a passion for this?
When I finished school I decided to move to England and do a gap year. It’s there that I lost all motivation to exercise in the cooler climates and became a bigger, tired and very unhappy version of myself. After coming back home I decided to do something about it and joined the gym I now work at, snap fitness Kensington and get myself a trainer. It took a long time and a lot of hard work but I finally got back to myself again. The empowerment and self confidence that I gained from my strength training was amazing and had changed not only my physical appearance but the way I viewed myself and the way I embraced each day. I am now passionate about helping others find the best possible version of themselves through health and fitness.
Tell us a bit more about what your social media/ blogs include...
I like to give everyone a bit of a view into my daily life. What I eat in a day, how I train and sometimes whats going on in my head and facts and knowledge that I want to share. The blog gets into everything a little bit more and shows off a less personal but more in depth version of that.
What is your go to healthy, fast and affordable meal to make on busy days?
I absolutely love cooking and am lucky enough to live very close to my work so am usually able to run home during my lunch breaks to whip something up, but if I’m being lazy or don’t have time I usually pull a Mitch’s meal out of my work fridge. I buy them at the beginning of the week and keep them in there for whenever I can’t make it back home! http://www.mitchsmeals.com/
What are the most common misconceptions that you hear from your clients about exercise and diet?
Lots of my clients like to think that they can out train a bad diet, or that healthy eating is just for during the week. Which is definitely not true! Doing 45 minutes of exercise is not going to work off the chemicals and calories from the 2 pizzas, 3 maccas meals and 2 bottles of wine you put into your body on the weekend.
If we gave you a budget of $20 for the week – what are the top 5 items you would consider purchasing?
What is your favourite workout at the gym/ equipment to use and why?
I love all my workouts but my favourite is leg day! I absolutely love squatting and lifting heavy and there’s definitely something empowering about being able to lift something more than your body weight on your shoulders. Leg day for me also means high carb day, and who doesn’t love being able to eat a bit of pasta and not feel guilty about it!
You can follow Katie at her website KS Fitness and on Instagram.