Well done to Katie who is our instructor of the month. Katie is an inspiring yoga teacher who invites her students to have a personal and authentic experience on the mat. She teaches at All Sorts every Tuesday at 9.30am and Wednesdays at 6.30pm.
1. What led you to get into becoming a fitness trainer?
I have been practicing yoga for the last 17 years, delving into various styles while always enjoying the mental and physical benefits of each practice. Over the years yoga was a constant tool to act as a pressure valve to release the stresses of work life. A way to find a balance and focus during periods of upheaval. I had constantly toyed with the idea of getting my qualification and setting a new path for myself that focused more on promoting a healthy mind body relationship, rather than putting on events that promoted business and no doubt lead to a hang over for most attendees! It was on a trip to India in 2012 that I finally took the plunge and completed my training in Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, India. It was truly a life changing experience! Teaching yoga is incredibly rewarding, helping students move through their physical and mental barriers, watching them develop in their practice and being able to connect with such a board group of people makes me so blessed to be able to call this my job.
2. Outside of the gym, what do you like to do for fun?
Travel is one of my passions. Huge fan of cooking tasty healthy treats, checking out new restaurants and bars (love a cheeky cocktail) and hanging out with the people I love.
3. What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?
Prior to teaching yoga I was an event producer, working on high profile gigs such a VIP Sponsorship program for London Olympics 2012, Handa Opera on the Harbour and the John Eales Medal for the ARU. To say there has been a bit of a shift in my life is a bit of an understatement!
Andrew and Dani from Kidsize Living recently attended an Urban Jungle Bootcamp class and utilised the All Sorts Child-Minding facility at the same time. Read their blog to hear more about their experience first hand… https://sydneycity.kidsizeliving.com.au/blog/urban-jungle
Congratulations to Alex Bransdon who is our member of the month for December winning a $50 All Sorts voucher!
1. What was your turning point that made you realise that joining a gym was what you needed to do?
When I had lost the majority the weight that I wanted to lose through my diet I was a bit sad that I had also lost my curves. I joined a gym solely to put on muscle, not to lose weight.
2. What motivates you to come to the gym?
I feel more energetic when I’ve trained and knowing that I am strong gives me more confidence than any physical trait that I could have.
3. Why did you choose all sorts fitness as your place to train?
I was first attracted by the location of the gym. I did a tour with Carlie and when I looked around the people that I saw were just as the name suggested- ‘all sorts’ of people. All ages and sizes. Feeling comfortable in a gym setting for me has a lot to do with the atmosphere that the people create.
4. How many times a week do you come in to train?
4 weight sessions and 1 cardio session
5. What advice would you give someone starting out for the first time in the gym?
Get a trainer! I trained with Clea Mahon for 6 months when I first joined all sorts. She taught me more than I could have ever learned through my own research. She helped me to get on and stay on a diet that helps me to stay lean and build muscle. Now I train on my own armed with all the knowledge that Clea gave me. I would never have had the confidence to use half of the machines and weights without having been shown properly. The Other advice that I would give someone wanting to start out in a gym is to work out what your goals are. If it’s to lose weight then you are not going to achieve that through the gym alone, you can never balance out a bad diet through exercise.