For the latest in our Fitspo series, Kayla Itsines talks about her journey and the lasting effect of her humble, transformative approach to fitness.
If you’re not already aware of this inspirational woman, meet Kayla Itsines, a 25-year-old from Adelaide, South Australia, who is the creator of Bikini Body Training Guide (BBG) and the Bikini Body Training Guide 2.0.
Starting up in 2014, her fitness journey has gone from strength to strength. In 2015 she created the popular app, Sweat with Kayla, which provides a lifetime of training and education for women, and globally, women have caught on. The app instructs a 28-minute high-intensity resistance training session that any women at any age, shape or size can maintain. Her regime is catered around it not being a quick fix, but that of a transformative lifestyle change.
When TBS took on the task of seeking out inspirational people for our Fitspo series, Kayla Itsines and her training were at the forefront of our mind. Primarily for the routines, which ensure an amazing outcome, and for her honest approach in social media. Her passion and genuine love for her craft, and her personal joy she shares with the women who have changed their bodies and lives using her guide, is something truly beautiful to see. We feel the difference between Kayla and a lot of other mainstream fitness people is that she genuinely wants to help guide women to a happier version of themselves.
Has weight loss, fitness, and health always been a part of your life, and was it always something you wanted to help others with professionally?
Yes! I was always active as a kid and played a lot of sport, particularly basketball. My dad would always encourage my sister and I to play sports and spend time being outside and I am really thankful for this! It was definitely my passion for sport and love for helping people that lead me to study personal training and I wouldn’t change this decision for the world!
How much has life changed personally since the beginning of your journey ’til now?
My life has changed dramatically in terms of my day to day schedule, however, I don’t believe that I have changed as a person. I don’t believe the number of followers you have defines who you are as a person or makes you a celebrity. I believe that it’s what you can do to make a positive impact in the lives of your followers that is important. I still see my family almost every single day and also am lucky enough to train my clients in Adelaide when I’m not travelling for work. I have to pinch myself sometimes when I think about the experiences that I have had over the past two years since releasing my guide. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to train and meet girls from my BBG Community all over the world. The biggest difference would definitely be the travel for work.
Why do you think your Instagram has been so impactful in a sea of fitness-focused accounts?
I love that my social account is not solely focussed on me. It really is a page for the BBG Community, which highlights the inspirational transformations of women all around the world. I think that it’s rare to have an account where women are actually encouraging other women to do well. I feel so blessed that the BBG Community continues to provide positivity and encouragement to women all around the globe every day. I have always been 100% honest with my followers from the beginning and I think that’s also really important.
Which foods should we avoid and what should we add to our daily diet?
The nutrition guidelines outlined in my app focus on eating a healthy balanced diet consisting of foods from all the five food groups. All bodies are different and I personally believe it’s really important to listen to your own body when it comes to the foods you eat. This could be allergies or quite simply, personal preference, which is why I offer gluten-free vegetarian and vegan meals as well as simple ingredient substitutions throughout my app. I don’t recommend skipping meals or cutting certain food groups. A personal mission of mine is to show women that a healthy diet does not mean you need to restrict your eating and cut out entire food groups. The great thing about healthy eating is that there is so much variety, and it still tastes delicious.
What are your recommendations for anyone wanting to begin their health and fitness journey but are not sure where to start?
- Take a progress photo and be your own motivation! Progress photos are amazing so that you can see your own personal progress from all of your hard work, dedication and sweat.
- Set yourself realistic goals and a realistic timeframe. Developing new habits can take time so be realistic and kind to yourself.
- Team up with a workout buddy. Find a friend so you can motivate and push each other on your health and fitness journeys.