Kristin, 22, is an Icelandic personal trainer at Fitness World, Scandinavian centerand fitness play a big role in her life as it has become a habit to start or end every day with a workout. Kristin says “I actually just don’t feel as good about my day if I haven’t gone to the gym“. Therefore, in order to get some insipiration to train and enjoy the worout, let’s speak with the fitness enthusiast about her career and what a good workout means.
How long have you lived in Denmark? Do you like this country and what was the reason for coming to Aarhus?
- I moved to Denmark with my fiance in August this year as he is studying engineering. We plan on living here for at least 5 years since I hope to start studying physiotherapy next year at VIA university. I love Denmark for couple of reasons: first of all, it’s was such a bad summer at home this year, lots of rain and a really cold summer, so coming to Denmark made me immediatly start loving the country because it was so warm! I also really like the people here, everybody is so friendly and nice.
The toughest thing about living here is, I think, the distance from family and friends as well as trying to start to talk the language but, we’ve only been here for a few months so I hope that soon enough we will be able to talk only Danish, not kind of English/Danish .
How did you start your fitness experience?
- I have always been interested in sports and as a kid I played every sport I could, we were actually so few in my school in Iceland that I sometimes played both with the boys and the girls team in all kinds of sports. As I grew up I stopped playing sports and started to focus on the weight room instead which I really started to love and in spring 2011 I applied for ÍAK personal training study in Iceland. Since then I have been hooked.
How many times per week you do a workout? How that workout does look like?
I workout 4 – 6 times a week and I like to train diffrent musclegroups every day. As an example, I train chest/tricep, back/bicep, shoulders/core, legs, plyometrics all on different days. I don’t like doing cardio in the gym, I much more prefer to go outside and run, take sprints, bike or, in Iceland I used to go hiking once – three times a month. That’s also what I miss about Iceland, the mountains.
What else do you do without personal training?
Right now my primary focus is building my career in personal training here in Denmark but I am also studying danish at UCplus, a really nice danish school in Hasselager.
5. How long you are working as a personal trainer? What is the most exciting part of your job?
I have been working as a personal trainer for 2 years now and I absolutly love it! The most exciting part of my job is to see my clients succeed and to help them do things they didn’t think they could. For example, one woman thought she couldn’t do a pullup – an exercise where you hang from a bar and pull yourself up, the look on her face when she finally did was priceless. I think it is a privilage to be able to help people to reach their goal and I hope to help for many more in the future here in Denmark.
Why people should hire a personal trainer? What is the most common reason for people to ask for a help from a personal trainer?
Personal trainer really can help for every person if they are just starting to go to the gym, to get help starting their fitness journey, to be able do the exercises properly as well as to get help to achieve their goals.As a personal trainer, I specialise in corrective exercises for the body because too many members have bad posture that affects their body in a bad way, f.eks they have back pain or shoulder pain by sitting to much by a desk as well as neck pain, hip pain and I could keep on counting. And usually people seek professional help in order to lose weight and feel better.
What other kinds of sports do you like?
I love basketball! I am though only 1,60m tall so it’s a little bit difficult for me to play with a team since the players are usually a lot taller, but I love the challange since I am usually quicker than the taller players.
Are there some athletes that inspire you?
- Actually, I keep an eye on athletes‘ trainers more I admire, and I love to read stuff from two of the leading experts in the industry, Mikael Boyle and Martin Rooney. I also like to follow some Icelandic fitness-competition athletes on facebook since I think they are very hard working people, its amazing what fitness competitors do before a contest. But the best insipiration for me is to see the average person do his/her best in training.
Are Danes different in terms of their training habits if comparing with people from your homeland, Iceland? Is there something you were surprised about?
- I actually haven’t been able to observe all that much Danes training habits, but what surprised me the most, is that Danes run outside in every weather whether it’s sun or rain! Danes are very diligent in running, I admire that.
Tell me about your day? Do you prefer do training in early morning or vice versa?
- My life is very easy and fun, I usually wake up around 8, start my day eating good breakfast and then I cycle to Fitness World Scandinavian where I work now. I spend some time there, depending on how much work I have to do and I usually like to workout midday. Afterall, I make some programs or read some training books and plan the next day.
What motivates you to wake up and do what you do every day?
- I don’t like seeing people putting their health in danger when not exercising and eating unhealthy and I want to help these people to understand that to be able to live longer and have a better life you have think about your health. That is what motivates me to do what I do, that I am able to help people feel better and help them get closer to their goal, whatever it is.
To your opinion, what is the biggest mistake most people make when setting up a workout routine?
- I think a lot of the time the reason why people quit their program is that they expect too much too soon. One week of exercise and healthy eating is not going to do much against lifetime of bad habits. Don’t misunderstand me, a week of exercise is better than nothing, but you can’t expect to loose 10kg in a week.
I think the main mistake people do when they start a workout routine is that they think it’s only a diet, but it isn’t suppost to be a diet, it’s suppost to be a lifestyle change.
Another mistake I think people make is that they don’t go to a professional to learn to do the exercises properly, then they get injured and as a result they think exercise is dangerous and quit.
Currently it has been very popular to talk about a healthy lifestyle and diets in particular. Do you think that healthy food plays an important role when achieving good results in training? Why? How important is it?
- I definitely agree that food is very important if you want to achieve good results. For example, the 80/20 rule: 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. Together they make each other perfect! If you only eat right and don’t exercise, sure you’ll get result, if your result is fatloss, but you won’t have the shape most women desire, the tight buttocks and stomach, which you can only achieve with exercise.
And if you live of candy and junk food but exercise regulary you won’t get the result you want as well.
I am a firm believer in the “middle rule”. I myself like to exercise and train most days of the week, but I also like to have a glass of redwine in the weekend and maybe eat a little bit of chocolate.
I have found that the best for me is to find healthy recipes for unhealthy food I like, I love pizza for example, so I have found a healthy recipe for pizza that I can eat, guilt free. I also like to find or imlement healthy cake and snack recipies. You can almost always find a replacement for your unhealthy food.
People can contact Kristin either by filling out a form next to my picture and deliver it to reception in the Scandinavian center or online. You only have to remember to choose Scandinavian center.
Do sports-people crave for sweets?
Aparently, they do. And so does Kristin, who has a recipe, as she says “for an excelant “candy” which you can consume as a snack between meals, maybe with Sunday green tea. Be careful though of not over eat these, because it’s easy! 3 pearls is quite enough if you want to eat this between meals, 1 is enough if you are craving for something sweet.
Pearls for the body!
- 100 gr dates soaked in water until soft
- 40 gr almond flour
- 40 gr coconut flour
- 15 gr cacao
- Little bit of seasalt
- 3 drops liquid sweetner
Mix the dates in a blender, blend the rest in. Shape around 16 pearls and roll in coconut flour. Put in freezer or cooler, depending on when you want to eat them. Enjoy! (and stay healthy and fit!)