Kayla: It’s enough. The programs are 28 minutes, three times a week, but I always say do whatever you feel comfortable with. Once a week is fantastic when you’re just starting out. There is no right or wrong when it comes to exercise. That’s what we all say, just train at your own pace. For me, three times a week is enough, as well as walking, and that’s what I recommend for my clients…
Kayla There is no should when it comes to exercise.
Kelsey: Celebrate the little accomplishments. Starting out, it can be very daunting to think “I’m going to be more active” or “I’m going to do a 12-week program.” So take it one day, one workout at a time, and take a second to be proud of yourself. You did that. You did that circuit, you did that workout. And that is something that needs to be celebrated.
Kelsey: No! I grew up active, but before I got married – I got married at 21 – and until I had my son at 24, I really wasn’t that active. I thought of exercise as like an ultimate chore; I did NOT want to do it. I did not enjoy it, I never exercised regularly. And then after having [my son] Anderson, I kind of fell in love with fitness - and really, it’s because I committed to doing it consistently, and again, it was only for 28 minutes a day when I started, three times a week.
Kayla: I’ve always been into fitness, since I was a kid - I don’t have a story! My mum says, ‘You were just go go go.’ I was CRAZY! Then I started playing basketball and my love of fitness came through playing team sport - that discipline and having trust in your team. So I played basketball until I left school, and then I became a basketball coach, and personal training came naturally after coaching kids and coaching people. I’ve always loved sport and training especially team sport and that’s why I built the [Bikini Body Guide] community, because I couldn’t do it by myself. I was always part of a team, so for me, it’s always about showcasing the success of others, showcasing my team.
Kayla: It’s about finding what you love. But everybody can struggle with motivation sometimes.
Kayla Do you restrict until you get to the point where you’re like, “OK, I NEED chocolate”? Or when you feel like eating something in particular, you just have it?
Sjana: If you’re having a craving, say, for something deep fried, you might not necessarily be craving that food in particular but a nutrient within it. So let’s say you’re craving something like popcorn chicken – you could actually just be craving the protein in it, or the oils within it - it’s just your body telling you that there’s some kind of imbalance.