TSC: Who are you? Name? Age? Where do you live? Married/kids? Occupation?
KK: Hi guys, I’m Kayla Kleinman! I’m a 26-year-old fitness blogger, yoga teacher, certified personal trainer and the co-founder of Holistic Happening. I’m also a full-time grad school student studying social media marketing—yes that’s a thing! I created my fitness blog, Kayla in the City, 5 years a go as a way to share my fitness journey and connect with the greater wellness community. This past year I also co-created Holistic Happening, a wellness event company, with my health coach friend, Leslie. Since July we've been throwing monthly yoga + healthy dinner events and are in the process of expanding our offerings!
TSC: When did fitness first become a part of your life? Have you always been an athlete? Did you start working out as an adult? Did you workout earlier in life and start up again? If so, what and why?
KK: Even though I wasn't allowed to play team sports growing up, I was always super active. I grew up doing musical theater and dance so movement was a part of my life all through college. I always enjoyed working out -- my best friend in high school worked as a trainer at a martial arts studio and I worked out with him leading up to prom and LOVED it. It wasn't until I got to college that I started going to the gym on my own. Sure I was working out to "look good" but I also started feeling a lot better too and helped me cope with the stress and anxiety of college. Going to the gym also became my escape from hectic college life, partially because it was the only place my phone didn't get service so no one could contact me about school assignments and projects.
TSC: What is your current workout routine? How many days a week/hours a day do you workout? What types of workouts do you do? All one type or switch it up?
KK: Lately I've been exclusively taking group fitness classes. I love the energy of being in a group setting and it reminds me of dance classes growing up. I aim to take 2-3 strength focused classes a week (I'm obsessed with Uplift Studios, Body Space Fitness and Exceed), 1 barre class a week and at least 1 yoga class a week. Oh and I also take flying trapeze classes once a week or so. It's a surprisingly good back and core workout!!
TSC: How do your prioritize fitness and wellness in your (busy) life?
KK: I work out in the morning because I know things will get too hectic later in the day... or I'll lose motivation after a long day. For me, it also starts my day on the right note and leaves me feeling ready to tackle the day. I schedule my classes in advanced which keeps me accountable. I hate losing money so won't skip a class I signed up for.
TSC: Why is working out/fitness important to you and your lifestyle?
KK: Fitness has changed my life. For me it has been such a huge help in alleviating stress and anxiety. I know without it, I will be even more frazzled and crazed than I already am.
TSC: What other aspects of healthy living do your incorporate in your life?
KK: I'll admit meal prepping is not my strongest suit, but I have a few go-to, crazy easy, recipes. I make this cheezy kale and chickpea dish at least twice a week. It's so easy but SO good and gets me to eat a ton of kale. I also make an effort to walk 3+ miles a day. Luckily that's pretty easy to accomplish in NYC!
TSC: If you could share one thing with readers of The Sweat Chronicles what would it be?
KK: As far as fitness tips go? Find a work out you love. Or at least can tolerate. Don't feel like you have to run or take a spin class or love cardio dance just because someone else does. The best work out for you is the one you want to do.