I’m excited to share today’s ATF Expert Advice post with you as she’s one of the biggest names we’ve featured here on the site.
I recently reached out to fitness personality and personal trainer Kim Lyons for today’s advice and she was happy to share her thoughts with all of you. I’ve been a fan of Kim’s for a long time now so I’m thrilled to feature her here on the site!
In addition to having more than 10 years experience as personal trainer, Kim has graced more magazine covers and appeared on more TV shows promoting health and fitness than I can count. And I’m sure many of you remember Kim as a trainer on seasons 3 and 4 of The Biggest Loser and as the personal trainer for Dr. Phil’s Ultimate Weight Loss challenge. In short, Kim is constantly active in the fitness community, developing programs, writing articles and clearly leading a fitness driven lifestyle. In her words, ‘My goal is to help the world become a healthier place… physically, mentally, and emotionally.’
Here’s what Kim has to say…
1) How did you first become interested in health and fitness?
I was chunky and depressed working the front desk at a gym after college. A trainer offered to train me and within 12 weeks I knew I wanted to change people’s lives like he had changed mine. The rest is history…
2) What’s the biggest fitness mistake you’ve made in your own life?
It sounds cheesy, but all the dumb mistakes I’ve made have added up to wisdom and success. I have learned the most from my biggest mistakes, so I can’t really say they were mistakes!
If I could do everything all over again, the only change I’d make is not feeling guilty for being selfish about my health and fitness goals. I spent many years feeling like I was wrong to care so much about working out and eating healthy but in the end my “selfish” goals have allowed me to help millions of others reach their goals.
3) What are the most common mistakes you see trainees make?
Fear of failure. So often clients let past failures taint their vision of success. Forget what hasn’t worked in the past and be open to change!
4) Describe your current workout regime
I’m 100% exercise ADHD and I embrace it! I mix it up all the time. Currently, I’m going to the UFC gym 3-4 times a week doing functional and traditional weight training and the other days of the week I’m at the beach rollerblading, biking, or sprinting in the sand.
5) What diet do you follow?
I eat 4-6 times a day and focus on protein, fats, and veggies. I eat grains (mostly brown rice, oatmeal, and quinoa) 2-3 times a week, and no processed carbs or added sugar.
6) How often do you ‘cheat’ and with which food(s)?
I eat about 150 calories of Dark Chocolate every day after lunch J and I cheat whenever it’s worth it but don’t usually plan it. I have to really want it to make it worth it! I usually cheat 2-3 times a month and go for my favorite chocolate chip cookie at Vosages in Beverly Hills, French fries at the Lobster in Santa Monica, or pizza.
7) What’s the biggest misconception people have about health and fitness?
That exercise and diets are temporary. It’s all about small permanent changes that you continue for the rest of your life. If you make temporary changes you will get temporary results.
8) What’s your number one weight loss tip?
Stop focusing on what you can’t do and focus on what you can do. Everyone can move more and eat better, make small changes that challenge your body.
9) What’s your favorite health / fitness book you’d recommend?
Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence by Gary Mack. I love the mental aspect of training so I kind of geek out about the psychology of training.
10) And finally… What’s your fitness mantra?
No Excuses, No Ego, No Drama…Just get it done!
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