A Week in the Life of a Model, Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor (Part III)

Happy Monday team! I hope you have a great week to come. Here’s the last segment in my “Week in the Life of..” which covers what I got up to once I landed back in London from my location shoots and back in my training world last week…

Day 6 – Almost there! (Faaaabulous Friday)

Contrary to the madness that has been this week, I have just a few clients booked in for the afternoon today at Eqvvs Personal Training.  I take the morning to sort through my admin for the week before training myself at Equinox. I’m back on my usual nutrition regime now; being back on home turf makes it so much easier to control. I’ll always be the first to admit that I stick to similar meals in the week. It’s what I know works for my body and makes me feel good. So on that note I have my overnight oats for breakfast (for recipe see here).

My 'Grab & Go' Overnight Oats
My ‘Grab & Go’ Overnight Oats

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Then for lunch I have some eggs and avocado on rye bread with spinach before heading out for the day. I try to eat at home where possible or take a packed lunch with me so I know exactly what I’m eating. With the right food in me I’m feeling full of energy and ready for my training at Equinox.

Easy Eggs & Avo

Post lunch I make my way to Equinox for a quick and punchy full body strength training session. For my session I mix it up a bit. Today I’m training alone and I fancy hitting an 8-12 rep range and focus on predominately full body moves. Having been out of the train game for a bit I want to get straight back into training those major muscle groups. I do a mixture of full body, back, chest and leg exercises. Following it up with some core and arm work. As it’s a Friday and I happen to be at Equinox (e.g. the BEST place for shakes) I allow myself a cheeky nut butter shake to tide me over for the afternoon post workout.

Little PT tip…post workout is incidentally one of the best times to get nutrients into your body. I like to eat a mixture of carbs and protein as soon as I can after working out. If I finish training and it doesn’t happen to be near a meal time then I’ll have a snack of some sort, like a banana or apple and almond butter or my NEAT protein shake. If possible it’s best to have this within a 60 (max`90) minute window of your workout. This is a time where your body most efficiently makes use of the nutrients to recover, repair and replenish your body. Therefore making your recovery that much more efficient and your training that much more effective. I also swear by eating more than an hour before workouts to make sure you have the energy you need to push your body to the max. If you don’t eat before you train (or are on a very restrictive diet) it’s like trying to get your car to run without putting any petrol in it.

Apple & Almond Butter is one of my favourite snacks!

For the afternoon I head into Eqvvs to see my regulars. It’s so nice to see my clients again. Although it’s only been a week you get used to seeing people on such a frequent basis so it somehow feels as though its been longer. What I love about my PT sessions is that I get such a vast array of clients. I get to know so many really interesting people. I train girls, guys, youngsters, fiesty and fit golden oldies, or those just wanting to keep their health ticking over. Some want more general fitness and overall health improvements, whereas some have a specific goal in mind. Recently I was working with a young male client of ours whose sole focus was to get into the army – so we drilled him in the ways he would need to pass the fitness examination with flying colours. It was so rewarding and a proud moment for all of us when he did!

I love my job not only because I enjoy giving people the training, knowledge and confidence to push themselves out of their comfort zones and into amazing results, but  the fact you can see the difference you’re having on someones life. Whether it be something super short term; like they perhaps came in having had a bad day and leave on a much happier note. Or more physical long term improvement, like seeing their range of movement increasing. Maybe they couldn’t squat at all before and now they can. Of course you inevitably see the fitness and strength gains and amazing posture differences too. You also see general life perspective and happiness level changes too. It’s an incredible thing the effects that exercise can have on someones life. How wonderful is it then that you can have that influence, provide that helping hand, that stepping stone to happiness and health? I happen to think it’s pretty awesome!

Image: Lucie Yoga, Rue LaLa Online.
Image: Lucie Yoga, Rue LaLa Online.

My three client sessions for the afternoon seem to fly past. We chat and banter whilst still getting the work done. Soon I’m on my way home. I can’t wait to be at home tonight with my boy and doing absolutely nothing! We both adore cooking so we make a lovely dinner of tomatoe and basil sardines followed by sole, asparagus and a parsnip and sweet potatoe gratin. Delicious!  It’s a Friday so we’re sharing a lovely bottle of vino rouge and finishing dinner with some cheeky choccys.

Day 7 – What a week!

Sweet Saturday. We made it! I have just the two clients this morning. I know todays going to be a busy one so I factor my training into my work. I pop on my Adidas PureBoostX’s to give them a whirl. Luckily both clients are at the same place and in close proximity to ours. I run 2 miles to meet them for their sessions. Train them for a couple of hours, then run 2 miles back, trying to beat my first round for time. Although the running is staggered its great to get a quick bit of speed training in when I know I might not get a chance to do anything else in the day.

Time to Test These Bad Boys - Adidas PureBoostX
Time to test out these bad boys! – Adidas PureBoostX

The reason my Saturday is so hectic is because …I happen to be getting married in August…and today is my dress fitting. GAAAAAH! The excitement. My bridesmaids and mum together in arms hit the bridal boutique for a super special day. We oooooh and aaaah over the pretty shoes and THE dress before having a lovely lunch at Browns Brasserie. At which, we manage to book our hen party “bantz”. We’re heading to Barcelona for Sonar festival in June and cannot wait! All that was needed was the accommodation booking. Soon we were all booked up and lunched out and were heading home. I finally to see “that” fiancee of mine! We spend a lovely evening together and are finally free to enjoy our work free Saturday night and Sunday. Phew! What a full on, but all very fun week!

Sunday – Full circle 

From Stockholm to Marseille to London, it’s been nuts. We finally have a day off together. Today we decide to chill and do all the things we love to do. Namely…cooking, training and chilling out together! We have a leisurely morning scoffing healthy home made pancakes (see recipe for which here!)

Healthy & delicious pancakes!
Healthy & delicious pancakes!

Before trying out a local gym hang out “Bounce Gym” for some double trouble training together. The gym happens to be awesome so we spend a while having fun with the space. Todays workout looked a little something like this:

Hypertrophy training – 8-12 reps – Full Body

A1 Barbell Back Squats x 3 sets

B1 Deadlifts x 3 sets

C1 Single Arm Rows x 3 | C2 Arnold Press x 3

D1 Rope climb x 2 | D2 Rope pull x 2

E1 Ski Erg 60s x 3 | E2 Sprints x 3

 

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Love the space at Bounce, Wimbledon!

It’s super fun to have a training partner to banter off of. It helps when there’s lots of fun new toys to play with too.

We enjoyed our session at Bounce before going out to lunch at our favourite coffee hangout: Bean&Hopps in Earlsfield. Baked eggs and eggs benedict down we head home to chill for the rest of the afternoon.

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Bean&Hopp’s Dreamy Baked Eggs & Flat White

We make home made turkey meatballs and courgetti for dinner and prep our food for packed lunches for the week. Not only does this save us money but keeps our nutrition on point for the week. We cook up some turkey breasts and sweet potatoes for easy grab a go salad options for when we’re on the run in the week. We simply have to add some spinach and jobs a good’n! Luckily there’s meatball left over too (winner!) so they will also be for lunch at some point. Before we know it Sunday has been and gone, but you know what they say…a Sunday well spent brings a week of content. I feel ready and raring to take on another busy week ahead!

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Left Over Turkey Meatballs for Lunch – Winner!

It’s been a great week. I’ve seen some amazing places. Worked with some truly awesome people. All whilst seeing my #fitfam – my class and client regulars, as well as new fitness faces. It’s fair to say this week isn’t a complete reflection of my ‘regular’ modelling come training, come teaching week. The nature of the jobs means that ‘regular’ just doesn’t factor into it. Each week brings new fun adventures, challenges and craziness but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so blessed that I can explore the world with my job. Meet some truly inspiring, motivational people. I love that I can teach and train people to use their bodies to their absolute best leaving them feeling healthy, strong and most importantly happy! Even more importantly for me as a model I want to show people that models are like any other person. They bare the brunt of some pretty rough stigma. I’m on a one women mission to get models and non models alike feeling amazing in the skin they’re in. Doing the best with what they have and embracing what they have – hence the tone what YOU own, not anyone else.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into the world of a model, personal trainer and fitness instructor. Stay tuned for lots more to come on the Tone What You Own blog in the form of recipes, workouts and general wellness advice! I’m looking forward to lots more fun fitness adventures to come!

Till next time…have a wonderful fresh, fabulous, shiny new week!

Sending health & happiness,

Kim x

 

 

A Week in the Life of a Model, Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor (Part II)

Day 4 – Yoga sur la plage! Shoot day 2 – lets go!

Yesterday (then Tuesday) was a pretty epic day of traveling. Stockholm to London. Kill a couple of hours or three at the airport. Fly from London to Marseille ready for my next location shoot. My long day of travelling all finished with a crescendo of a crazed French taxi driver taking me to my hotel in Marseille. He was driving to the beat of otherwise extremely relaxing jazz music but clearly on a death wish. I told him j’adore le musique – perhaps less j’adore the fact that I was sure he was trying to kill me en route. With hotel mix ups and tanning/hair expeditions aplenty, I was finally settled into my hotel for the a second shoot location. I got some well earned kip and started the day ready to shoot with Zakti Activewear (now Wednesday). I briefly know the team having cast (model terminology for auditioned) with a couple of them in London. Everyone is wrapped head to toe in ultra warm clothing – luckily I included. We all mentally prepare ourselves for what we have been told is to be a very cold, Kimmy semi-naked day out on the beach. What fun! Fortunately, we’re in luck, the sun is shining! Not getting too excited mind…it is still winter after all. A fresh 8 degrees celsius.

We head down to the beach, it felt cold, but not utterly miserable as I was expecting. The team are in high spirits. The beautiful scenery is enough to put a smile on anyones face. Our target is 8-10 “looks” for the day. For the unfamiliar “shooter” that seems pretty manageable. Factor in lighting changes, lens changes, finding ‘the’ shot, multiple angles, outfit changes in the crew van or any place we can find kind enough to let us borrow “les toilette’ and you see that’s actually a ton of shots to get done – and its definitely not all as glamorous as it appears! Usually on shoots the aim is around 6-8 looks. So we have our work cut out for us. We crack on. First up yoga outfits, later it’s all fun and games in bikini’s.

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Marseille looking marvellous!

We actually manage to fly through the shots. Must because I’m such a great model 😉 (haha joke!) And thank God we did fly through them. The very kind and considerate crew of Zakti all the way from the art director to the photographer get that it’s freezing cold outside (contrary to what it looks like in the shots). It’s 8 degrees (tops) with a biting wind chill. The crew with their multiple layers feeling the chill were kindly very attentive to the fact that Kim, in her bikini clad get up would be freezing her bits off! Especially when I had to kick around in the extremely chilly sea!

For each look we would go for short and punchy rounds of shooting before quickly shoving me in Uggs, blankets and giant (oh so) beautifully cosy jackets! It’s (unsurprisingly) a big thing to try not to look cold in the shots – not a good look. This is something I’ve slowly learned how to endure and hopefully portray warm and fuzzy vibes in shots. With the looks rapidly being ticked off the list it wasn’t long before lunch time.

It was so nice to actually take in the scenery, and taste that infamous French seafood. I had the BEST sea bass dish. We were advised to trickle olive oil on the fish before eating it which is a nifty little trick. Super delicious! You could tell it was the the good and fresh stuff! I pretty much live for food so I alllllways get excited for lunchtimes on set. Especially when the food is this good. I’ve also been promised (if I’m very good and bash these last few semi-clad shots out) that I can have my oh so longed for French crepe. So with that in mind, I’m obviously on a mission to finish the shoot no matter how cold it gets and get my hands on the good stuff – forgetting the fact I did kinda just eat but you know…when in Francais!

A little more shooting, a lot more freezing and ta-dah we were done! I told the director she was my new favourite person on the planet – purely for the fact that she made allowances for pancake time into the shoot / travel schedule. We grabbed a crepe with the team. The standard Nutella was my go-to choice. Obviously epic.

Oh good, my mad taxi driver friend is back to take me to the airport! We (very rapidly) make our way to the airport. Then I’m soon on a plane home to London. I can’t wait to get back to my little London flat. Sadly my fiancee isn’t back quite yet but he will be soon. I’m actually really looking forward to getting back into my gym game. My schedule has been so full on I haven’t managed to squeeze a workout in. I haven’t worked out since Saturday, which might not be for some but is a pretty long time for me given that it’s Wednesday. Usually I don’t like to go any more than 2 days without a workout but needs must, such is life! In my head I know I’ll be back raring to go again in the gym tomorrow. Beating  myself up about not working out isn’t doing anyone any good.

On the plane home I grab my all important notepad and get planning for my classes and personal training sessions for the rest of the week. No rest for the wicked hey!? I’m excited to get back to my ‘other job’ having had a few days out of it. I land late Wednesday evening. The nature of the fitness industry is not on my side – oh silly hours you are not always my friend. No sooner do I land from my Marseille shoot, and coseying up to my bed at the stroke of midnight than I’m setting my alarm clock for 5.30am for teaching my early class…ouchy. Good job I love my job.

 

Day 5 – Home and back kicking people’s butts for a living   

So for those not particularly in the fitness training / teaching world (if you are soz to state the obvious!) ….the way these things work is that you’re either employed by a gym where you teach and personal train people. Or you freelance and go to many different gyms. With the modelling, personal training, teaching (and blogging!!) all sitting along side one another, it makes sense for me to freelance in different gyms. A natural part of this is that you inevitably end up moving around different studios at different points in your career.

My big new move was recently saying goodbye to teaching at Core Collective (even though I loved it so and will miss my regulars a ton!) and on to teaching my favourite HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) style classes at (for what to me as a I learnt in New York, I call “Gym Mecca”); Equinox. Having been teaching there for the past 2 weeks I’m slowly settling in and absolutely loving life teaching there. Clients are raring to go and take their fitness extremely seriously. Giving me that extra kick up the butt to be on my A game and continue to develop as trainer. I also get to make this (below!) insane place my little fitness home, extra bonus points my training partner (Tara) trains there too – winning!!

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‘Gym Mecca’ – Equinox, High Street Kensington

First up I’m teaching my 7am class at Equinox called “Stacked!”. Completely my sort of in your face, in your space style of class that I love teaching. With a multitude of fitness ‘toys’ at your beck and call, we’re armed and ready to sweat by the bucket load. “Stacked!” as its called is an awesome structured HIIT class which uses pyramids of exercise to fatigue your muscles. I can’t wait to see some of my already regular clients and new faces a like.  A healthy 7am dose of HIIT training and we’re done.

The rest of the day I’m training myself (much needed after my break). I train with my training partner Tara as much as I can (God I’ve missed her – even if she does make me squat till I can’t feel my legs), and today we’re in training at Equinox. I’m back on home training turf, which means WE’RE back! Tara & I (aka #TwoToned) mixed up our strength training today with a full body workout. Back Squats for 7, 5 and 3 reps twice over, pull ups 7, 5, 3 twice over – we even had a cheeky bit of fun adding a weighted belt to the pull ups today – exciting! Add in a killer leg press finisher & we were Romeo DONE! It’s good to be back Blighty!

We  also have a great bit of banter with uber sporty Scott Ashley and Alex Nicoll we find also training at Equinox. They also happen to be on a double trouble type gym sesh. We helpfully assist them to add some more load to their leg presses. Making for a super fun workout all round. Especially for them! 😉

 

We finish up after an unusually luxurious hour and a half of training (we like to make our workouts short and punchy!) I sit down to a shake and a bit of work at the Equinox cafe before teaching the 12.30pm Tabata (also at Equinox). It felt great to be back. My classes kicked butt today!

Personal training clients are booked in for the rest of the afternoon at my PT clinic Eqvvs Personal Training so it’s on to them next. After that I’ll be teaching my 2 HIIT classes at Grace Belgravia (till 8.30pm)….wowser – a casual 15 hour day. Good job tomorrow is looking like its easing up (for now at least!). I’m very ready to see my boy and very ready for bed!

So with that, we are almost done with my week in the life of, I hope you’ve found it interesting! Stay tuned for the last of my week coming next up on the Tone What You Own blog.

Happy almost end of the week!

Sending health & happiness,

Kim x