Kayla Itsines is a fitness trainer and business entrepreneur who has increased in popularity due to social sites Facebook and Instagram.
Birthday: May 21st,
Born: Adelaide, Australia
Famous for: Fitness, Sport
Kayla’s family originates from Greece. Growing up, her mother worked in a fish shop and volunteered helping children who struggled to read. Her father taught English as a foreign language. She decided early on she wanted to work in sports or fitness but her traditional grandparents thought it was an unsuitable job for a woman.
After getting her personal training certificate from the Australian Institute of Fitness in 2008, Kayla Itsines began to work at a women’s only gym.
While she was there, she realised that often the women she trained were just after one thing: a bikini body. So, she developed a system of targeted exercises to help them achieve that.
In 2013 her boyfriend Tobi Pearce persuaded to her to make a PDF e-book training guide which sold in the hundred.
Kayla started ‘The Bikini Body Training Company’ in 2014 aimed at helping women achieve a bikini body in the most efficient and effective way possible. She decided to build a presence on Instagram and Facebook, in order to share her training and nutrition methods. By uploading client transformations, healthy eating ideas, and some training tips she has been able to inspire thousands of women to move towards a healthier lifestyle and nothing makes me happier.
Her Bikini Body Guide is a 12-week program, which contains a clean eating meal plan and workout plan. The guide’s meal plan recommends that women eat 1600 calories a day with a focus on reducing sugar intake and eating clean. Its workout plan is a range of 30-minute daily exercises.
Itsines has also held public bootcamps, and is beginning to try her hand at the overseas market: she held an “international virtual workout” earlier in January 2015, and has plans to tour the United States and Europe later this year.
Kayla Itsines and partner Toby Pearce won the Entrepreneur of the Year award in October 2015 at the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards in Sydney.
*Photo credits provided in references section where possible
|| Tell us all about your fitness/clean eating program ||:
I have been a trainer for nearly six years and have spent the majority of this time doing one-on-one sessions. I recently took my work to the online world and it has flourished greater than I could have ever imagined. So many people enjoyed the training style in my videos and kept requesting that I release a book of workouts. January 2014 I released a training program & nutritional guidelines that are for women only. Girls of all ages, all over the world have been enjoying my programs ever since & there will definitely be more coming soon. Shh…: )
|| Why is your program geared more towards women? ||:
First and foremost, I am a woman; I understand the problems we all have. Early with my experience in the health and fitness industry I quickly realized that no one properly addressed typical female problems or truly cared the way I care. So many girls were scared of getting bulky from certain training styles or not looking the way they want and most personal trainers cared more about the paycheck then their client. As a result of this unfilled demand and my passion for the industry I wanted to bring something unique to all of the women who had “tried everything.”
I wanted to help them get the change they had been seeking for so long and show them that someone really does care. You can find my programs here.
|| Why is your program different than other fitness programs? ||
My training concept is about getting the most out of a limited amount of time. In today’s society most people are time poor so I wanted to help them burn as much fat as fast as possible in as little time as possible without sacrificing quality of training. By applying science-based concepts to my particular style of training I was able to get the outcomes that girls wanted. These included flat stomachs, toned thighs, & strong, slim arms. With the customer’s goal in focus, the knowledge that I had learnt over the years and a passion to create something unique, I came up with my eBook concept, The Bikini Body Guide.
The three weekly resistance workouts go for twenty eight minutes, require minimal equipment and can be used by almost all fitness levels. Outside of these resistance sessions there is a comprehensive week-by-week cardio guide that breaks down different types of cardio, how they all work together and why they work. I thought that the science behind my guide was almost more important than the program so I made sure I incorporated it inside the books with a quite extensive education section.
I believe in helping my clients grow through exercise but also respect that education is an important factor when committing to any new lifestyle. If you do not understand something, you will not place trust in it. If you do not trust it, you will not dedicate to it.
You’ve built your brand around the concept of achieving a bikini body. How do you respond to people who say there’s no such thing as a bikini body?
If there’s one thing I regret, it’s naming my guides “Bikini Body.” I wish I’d made it more clear that any body can wear a bikini and that a “bikini body” isn’t my body, it’s feeling comfortable and strong and fit and great about yourself when you wear the least amount of clothing you can wear in public. “Bra and underwear body” or “naked body” didn’t seem to work. Of course any body can wear a bikini. Just put it on.
Have you always had amazing abs, or is there a before photo of you that we’re not seeing?
There is a before photo, but I’ll never post it because I don’t want to make my account about me and my journey. My body isn’t relatable and I’m not relatable: I live in Australia. If all I post is photos of myself eating dragon fruit acai bowls in Glenelg, South Australia, women from New York or another place where dragon fruit isn’t readily available will be like, “I can’t get that here, I can’t relate, and I don’t want to follow her.”
How often do you work out to achieve the body we see on Instagram?
I only do real workouts three or four days a week, when I use my Bikini Body Guides workouts. Otherwise, I’m active on most days, even if that means taking my dogs on a walk for 40 minutes or sprint training for 15 minutes on treadmill. One day a week, I completely rest, and one day a week, I’ll spend an hour stretching with a foam roller and stretch bands because I’m very inflexible.
Do you mostly credit diet or exercise for your figure?
I credit both, 100 percent. Except I never say “diet” because it makes you think of cutting out fat or carbs. I don’t think you should ever cut out a food unless it’s for an ethical or health reason. Everyone has been in that situation where they go out for dinner and order something really healthy like salmon and salad. But then they get home and they just want chocolate. I think that’s the result of not eating enough carbs. If you eat just a little rice with that fish and salad, you’ll feel much more satisfied and realize that your cravings aren’t about hunger, but boredom.
I eat normal food from all five food groups including carbs — a lot of pasta, rice, bread, chicken, and meat. I love all desserts — especially tiramisu, which is my go-to treat— but I never really crave bad food. When I get bored or feel like I need sweets, I drink raspberry tea. I always choose healthy food because I prefer it.
 Womans Health UK Magazine January 2016 [Photos by Carlotto Moye]