What is a Transformational Therapist? Kat defines her occupation as a person that facilitates transformation on all aspects- body, mind, spirit. Superficially she appears to be a Personal Trainer, focused on the transformation of the body, however her intention is to always transform and release a self-limiting mindset. Kat enjoys witnessing clients become self-empowered human beings, accepting and loving the self they choose to create.
Kat aspires to inspire people out of inertia, create new ways of thinking by being, and encourage others to express their authentic selves fearlessly. Her mission is to promote self-love and empowerment, contributing to a more accepting collective consciousness.
Kat is a Katalyst- facilitating change through awareness, compassion and understanding.
HealthGreatness: How did you get started into fitness?
Kat: Since a very young age I was involved in sports. It began with swimming and later continued with Judo. I started going to the gym as a teenager, but used to be a cardio bunny. The elliptical was my best friend and I would do tricep kickbacks with 3 pound dumbbells…. I didn’t want to get “too big”…. Yeah, I was that girl for a while.
After I gave birth to my daughter in 2012 I began training more for aesthetic purposes and I got hooked. I couldn’t learn enough about bodybuilding and the sport. Soon after I signed up for my first bikini competition.
HealthGreatness: How has being healthy and fit shaped your life?
Kat: The biggest difference in my life has been the shift in my energy levels. I used to work at a local resort pool, and I noticed that if I didn’t train before work I had no energy and my day dragged….
Being fit is important to me and is part of my lifestyle. Beyond the health benefits exercise and clean eating provide, lifting makes me feel strong and empowered. I enjoy knowing that I have the ability to change my body to my preference with perseverance, discipline, and consistency.
HealthGreatness: How hard is it to juggle your fitness career and being a full time mommy?
Kat: Being a single mommy makes everything a little more complex, however I am starting to find a balance between my home and work life. I have transitioned from competitor to coach and enjoy teaching others about their bodies and how they have the power to change whatever they desire with a simple shift in mindset.
It all starts in the mind.
“Whether you think you can or you can’t; you’re right.”
That’s one of my favorite quotes and something I say to my clients. The most rewarding thing as a personal trainer and coach is to witness the self-empowerment of others and their realization that they CAN.
HealthGreatness: As a trainer, you want to transform your clients mentally and physically. Why is it important for someone to love themselves?
Kat: My approach to training is unique. I bring into awareness any self-limiting beliefs that my clients have. We all have them.
Trying to identify the “why?” of my clients gives me a blueprint for how to train my client.
Self-love is vital. All the changes in the world will never be enough if there is not enough love of self present. We can all benefit from loving ourselves a little more.
Being conscious of how you talk to yourself in your head is crucial throughout this process of transformation. I joke around with my clients and say that I charge for negative comments about themselves. Maybe I am on to something…lol
HealthGreatness: How often do you work out?
Kat: On average, I train 5 days a week.
HealthGreatness: What is your favorite cheat meal?
Kat: My favorite splurge is definitely all you can eat sushi or Yogurtland! I don’t call them cheat meals, I just take full responsibility when my abs go into hiding.
HealthGreatness: What is in your gym bag?
Kat: Towel, gloves, ankle attachment for cable kickbacks, random change, gum, chapstick, asthma inhaler, and tampons. Hahaha.
HealthGreatness: Do you have any advice/inspirational words for someone who wants to get in shape?
Kat: A lot of people starting their fitness journey are afraid that they will look stupid, that everyone will stare at them and make fun of them.
Most people in the gym are looking at themselves and not other people, but this fear is one of the most common ones. I would suggest hiring a certified professional to teach you how to train and become comfortable and familiar with the exercises and environment.
Loving yourself, means investing in yourself. And you only get on body this lifetime, why not make it the best version of it, one that you feel comfortable being in.
HealthGreatness: Do you have a motto you live by?
Kat: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Get inspired by Kat!