Interviews & Faces

Q & A with Simone McKenna (@simonemckennablog)

MyDeal Team 8/11/2016

There’s no better feeling than finding something you’re truly passionate about and putting your entire life into it. This can be said for Simone McKenna, who was working as a classroom teacher, only to find herself following her passions and becoming a personal trainer.

Simone kicks butt in and out of the gym; when she’s not sharing motivational fitness tips and tricks, she’s spending her time reviewing the tastiest foods and offering her own recipes. There’s nothing she can’t do!

If you’re ready to get back into fitness or just need some fitspiration, get up and moving with Simone’s kick-ass advice!

What is your name?
Simone McKenna

Tell us a bit about yourself…
My name is Simone, I am 28 years. I was born and raised in Perth, Australia although I have recently moved to Ohio in the USA.

Until the beginning of 2015, I hadn’t studied anything “fitness related” as such, and held a Bachelor of Education degree where I worked as a classroom teacher and sports co-ordinator at a Primary School. However, over the past few years I have been busy pursuing my passion for fitness, nutrition and wellbeing by studying and networking with professionals in the fitness field to broaden my knowledge. I have completed my certificate in Nutrition and Weight Management through The Fitness Training Company. I have also completed my Wellness and Lifestyle Coaching certificate through Universal Class Inc and my certificates in PT and am now a certified Personal Trainer through ACE, the American Council of Exercise.

Over the past year or so I have done a lot of growing, changing, learning and soul searching. I have created the life that I have always wanted and I am a firm believer in creating your own happiness. Yes, a lot of my happiness can be credited to the beautiful and inspiring people that I am surrounded by, but I try my hardest everyday to view all of life’s challenges and curveballs with positivity, optimism and enthusiasm.

What is the name of your blog?

How did you get into blogging and what inspired you to start up your website/ instagram Simone Mckenna?
I was inspired to create this blog due to the number of friends, family and colleagues who often asked for my advice or tips in regards to eating right, training hard and living positively and enthusiastically. I have a serious passion and slight addiction (some would say) for living a healthy and well balanced lifestyle.

Tell us a bit more about what your social media/ blogs include...
I share with my followers everything food, health and fitness related. I share recipes and brand names of what I eat, I upload videos of how I train and what works for me. I openly and honestly share my own success stories and the success stories of my clients. I give my personal point of view of what may work for you or challenges you can try. I can do my best to motivate and inspire you to eat well, train hard and to live your life with energy and positivity.

I am dedicated to making healthy food choices and share my love of food through the pages “Recipes” and “Restaurant Reviews.” Recipes is the go-to page if you are searching for some home cooking inspiration. I upload my homemade creations and recipes that are mostly simple, satisfyingly delicious and always healthy! Feel free to recreate these at home. I do love eating out, especially breakfast, so I also provide links to cafes and restaurants in Restaurant Reviews if I think they pass the healthy and delicious test!

What is your go to healthy, fast and affordable meal to make on busy days?
Turkey Mince Nachos or a Salmon Omelette!

What are most common misconceptions you hear about when it comes to diet from your clients?
Skipping meals or depriving themselves of certain food groups, CARBS in particular.

For those that don’t go to the gym – what exercises do you recommend?
Body Squats

If we gave you a budget of $20 for the week – what are the top 5 items you would consider purchasing?
eggs - coffee - protein powder - lip balm - water

What motivates you to stay fit and healthy? How do you avoid getting lazy with your diet?
For me personally it is noticing small changes, whether it be in muscle definition, weight loss, increase of energy, improved sleep etc in myself but also in my clients. I also surround myself with a lot of like-minded people (both online and in my friendship groups) to allow myself to be influenced by health and fitness all around the clock.


Do you exercise at home? If so, what is your go to work out that our readers could do?
I usually get my fasted cardio done in the morning by either walking outside/ running stairs or I go to the gym, as I enjoy that environment. But a good go to circuit is:
burps - squats - lunges - push ups - tricep dips - crunches

You can follow Simone at her website Simone McKenna and on Facebook & Instagram.

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