I always thought I was in shape and was quickly humbled when I did my first circuit training class. I didn’t start lifting weights or do the type of training that I do now until I was 21. The changes I saw and the feeling of accomplishment I gained within myself was something I wanted to help others achieve. I want people to know that just because they can’t do something now, doesn’t mean they never will be able to. I could barely hang from a pull up bar 4 years ago, and now I can rock out 14 in a row without thinking twice about it….but it took hard work, and I want to help people achieve their fitness goals, even if it’s simply to “be healthy” or keep up your children.
BB: We all want to know, what type of cardio burns the most fat?
If you want to burn more fat, you should lift weights or do high intensity interval training. Steady state cardio will just have you burning calories only during the time you are doing it, but weight lifting and HIIT will keep you burning calories the rest of the day.
BB: If you had to pick only 3 exercises, what would they be, and why?
Burpees, squats, and pull ups because they are all body weight exercises that you can do anywhere, add variations to, and the combination of all three will give you a total body work out!
BB: How many hours should we exercise in a week if we want to lose weight?
Longer workouts aren’t necessarily better, efficient work outs are the best 🙂 Every person is different: depending on their diet, efficiency in their work outs, their sleeping patterns, genetics, and more!
BB: Any suggestions on pre and post workout food?
Depending on the type of work out you are doing, you want to have a balanced meal with enough carbohydrates and protein before your work out. Post weight lifting work outs, you DEFINITELY need protein, but NOT too much…your body can only digest so much protein at one time.
BB: Now we want to know more about you, what does your daily schedule look like?
I typically wake up at least an hour or an hour and a half before my first class/client(some days, I teach class at 5AM!)… I don’t like to be rushed, I like to take my time eating breakfast and walking my dog, so that I set the tone for the rest of the day. I teach about 15 classes and have about 10 personal training clients a week, and as the fitness director, I have a lot of other responsibilities I take care of between classes/clients. I also make sure I schedule time to practice what I preach – working out and eating healthy! In the evening, I am usually cruising around on my moped, playing recreational sports with the gym team or jamming out with my band!
BB: What are your favorite snacks when you’re constantly on the go?
I LOVE banana chia pods from Whole Foods, they are an addiction for me. I also love hummus with veggies and crackers and Chobani Flips – the key lime and peach ones! yummy!
BB: How do you maintain the Balanced Babe lifestyle?