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INTERVIEW: Kayla Itsines


INTERVIEW: Kayla Itsines

Emilie La Pietra


With 1.9 million followers on Instagram and almost 1.25 million likes on Facebook, it's safe to say that Kayla Itsines is becoming a well-known household name within Australia. Actually no, scrap that, this twenty-three year old Radeladian is vastly becoming a household name around the globe. Since starting out as a PT in 2008, Kayla has now developed her very own army of active-living troops, and is transforming bodies for the better all around the world, one box jump at a time. We sat down with this Bikini Body guru to discuss all things "Kayla".

1. Hi Kayla! So lovely to have you on This is Radelaide. Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and your fitness philosophy?

Hey! My name is Kayla and I am a twenty-three year old personal trainer from Adelaide, Australia. I specialise in training women and helping them achieve their goals whether they are appearance, health or confidence based. I love summer, my two Siberian Huskies (TJ & Ace), the beach, and travelling with my partner, Tobi. I hope to continue to grow as a person and be able to work towards my mission of ending confusion within the health and fitness industry. I want all people to understand their body and my website and social media platforms to be the ‘go-to’ place for health and fitness for women. 


2. At what point in your life did you decide that this is what you wanted to do?

Once I graduated high school, I actually began studying beauty therapy. However, my love of sport and basketball lead to me to personal training, and that's when I discovered how much I loved helping people to become healthier and happier. I have never looked back since! For me, this would be the point in my life where I decided that this was what I wanted to do. It was a great life changing decision, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.


3. If you weren't pursuing Personal Training what would you be doing with your life?

I think I’d be extremely bored and unhappy! As I mentioned above, I wouldn’t trade the job I have for the world. I can’t really provide an alternative but if personal training didn’t exist, it would be an occupation such as teaching because I would still be able to help, teach and watch individuals grow as they learn - which is my passion. 


4. What does a typical day of eating look like for Kayla Itsines?

Breakfast: Poached eggs on toast with ‘lemony’ avocado and cherry tomatoes 

Snack: A piece of fruit (mango if I’m lucky – it’s my favourite!)

Lunch: Chicken yiros (wrap) with home made tzatziki, cucumber, tomato and lettuce. 

Snack: Piece of fruit

Dinner: Avgolemono, which is a fluffy lemon and rice soup. Tobi and I love making this together for dinner.

5. We hear you have some super exciting news for the end of the year!

I do! I’m so excited to announce that I have opened my very own online retail store, with personalized branded Kayla Itsines fitness equipment. I’ve listened to the demand of my followers and am providing my beautiful clients with more tools to a healthy, fit and more importantly CONFIDENT lifestyle. Currently the products are available for purchase in both Australia and America. I believe that this will allow women to train with me, without me, from the comfort of their own home! 


6. Lastly, what's the best advice you've ever been given? And do you have any advice for people just beginning their own healthy, active journey? 

“Worry about the future, don’t worry about the now. You will get there, but something that will always come in between your now and your later is time.” My boyfriend, Tobi, actually said this to me after an operation I had for endometriosis. I was so ill and fatigued I couldn’t even sit up out of bed. I was so upset after going from working out almost every day of the week to barely being able to roll over in bed. Not long after, I was well and truly back into it. I think sometimes people just want to rush everything in today’s society - whether it’s weight loss, growing up, or driving from A to B. Perhaps we all need to slow down and learn to experience change as it comes. It’s the change that happens over time that changes you as a person, not the difference between your before and after. The process and experience for me is greater than finishing first. So I guess my best piece of advice to people beginning their journey is dedication, find something that works for YOU and stick to it. It’s about maintaining your lifestyle change for the long run so that you feel confident 100% of the time. Be smart about it, don’t get fed up straight away. Continue to dedicate yourself and be patient as change isn’t going to come instantly. By dedicating yourself to a consistent, maintainable routine, your body will soon develop a habit, stick to it and you WILL get there! 


Check out Kayla's website and purchase her BB Guide here!


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