personal training and q&a with cassie white

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I’ve always been curious about what it’s like to have a personal training session. There’s something about the one-on-one attention, that perfectly tailored approach to achieve your fitness goals, that makes you feel like you’re guaranteed to achieve beach-body (if that’s what you’re after) success.

Well, I was lucky enough experience a PT sesh last week with personal trainer, yogi and health journo, Cassie White.

While I actually enjoyed someone shouting at how strong I was at throwing a 6 kg ball on the ground and then picking it up while doing a squat (try it, it kills), I realised that I don’t think I’ve really been going above and beyond my fitness comfort zone. I mean, really. I sweat and I feel like jelly after a dance class or weights training sesh, but I’m feeling more fatigued, def more pushed to my limits, after spending time with Cassie.

More importantly, I’ve learnt that key to getting results is not how many reps you do of something, but the quality of them. Hence why you feel the burn from a slow, precise squat as opposed to five half-done ones. Er, not really going to get results from those!

As Cassie says: “I’ve written for the world’s biggest publications – reading, researching and interviewing experts about anything and everything to do with health and fitness. What have I learned? There are no shortcuts. The only way to permanently lose fat, build lean muscle and get fit, are good old-fashioned healthy eating and exercise. Lift heavy things, feed yourself well, move with grace. Work hard and feel the rewards – it’s that simple.”

Cassie’s strictly no-BS approach cuts through the confusion around exercise and nutrition. I love it.

I got to chat more on her health and fitness philosophy:

1. What motivated you to go from full time health journo to personal training?

Personal training was something I’d always wanted to do but it was never the right time to make the leap. Then I realised there probably wasn’t ever going to be a “right time”. I love writing and still do it, I just didn’t want to spend my days sitting behind a desk writing about fitness anymore – I wanted to be doing it. There’s so much misinformation out there about training and health, and I really want to help people cut through the crap and help them feel great by doing what suits their lifestyle, their body and their goals.

2. What does your favourite meal look like?

A piece of blackened salmon with crispy skin and a colourful salad on the side. Served with a big glass of red wine!

3. Describe your fitness philosophy in five words.

Lift heavy, eat well, move with grace. Sorry, that was seven…

4. What is the one motto / quote you live by?

Feel the fear and do it anyway.

5. What’s the most common mistake people make when trying to lose weight?

They drastically reduce calories on “detox” diets or juice cleanses and spend hours running on the treadmill – at the expense of eating an abundance of fresh food, lifting weights and treating themselves with care and compassion.

6. What’s the best piece of health advice you’ve been given?

Cut yourself some slack and learn to sit still.

7. Describe your perfect cheat meal / comfort food?

I don’t really believe in cheat meals. I believe that if you have a healthy relationship with food you can indulge and not feel guilty about it. There’s no such thing as “good” foods or “bad” foods – if you train smart and eat a balanced diet you can’t go wrong. It’s really as simple as that. But I do have a particular penchant for those cheap and nasty pick ’n’ mix lollies from the convenience store. Oh man, once I get started on the strawberries and cream, freckles, chocolate-covered raspberries, licorice all sorts…

8. What does your weekly workout plan look like?

It varies depending on what my schedule looks like but I generally do two strength sessions; one of them with a group of trainers at my club, which is always lots of fun. I also aim for two yoga classes and if I’m lucky a sprint session as well. But life happens and things get in the way, so if I can’t stick to that I just do what I can.

9. Who are you inspired and why?

So many people! I take inspiration from everyone I meet – my clients, the amazing trainers I work with, my family and friends. I try to learn as much as I can from anyone who inspires me; it’s such a fantastic way to grow as a trainer, yoga teacher and human being. In turn I share everything I know with others to help them grow, too.

Cassie does PT training sessions at Fitness First, George Street, Sydney. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Much love,

christine-x

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