While exercise offers a range of benefits for mental health, physical strength and even confidence, the biggest motivator seems to be the way it can change a person’s weight or body shape.
This probably explains why ‘Get a gym membership’ is such a popular New Year’s Resolution — we aim to see visual results from getting fit. However, fitness superstar Kayla Itsines is adamant that’s not what we need to focus on.
Long before her Bikini Body Guide (BBG) and Sweat With Kayla app gained a global following, the Adelaide personal trainer was urging women to consider what exercise could do for the way they felt about themselves, rather than their appearance.
“Before you run a client through a session you have to talk about what their goals are, what they feel, and where they want to be. Instead of asking them, ‘What do you want to look like?’ I said, ‘What do you want to feel like?'” Itsines tells Jules Sebastian in the latest episode of Tea With Jules.
“They were like, ‘I’m sick of going to the beach and feeling uncomfortable, and I’m sick of my husband making these jokes about me, and I’m sick of my kids saying this, and I just want to feel confident and feel beautiful’ and they would start crying.”
With the client’s emotional needs and goals in mind, Itsines would then tailor an exercise program.
“That’s when my training methods came in. I was like, ‘OK you want to feel good, you want to feel like you’re doing something that’s a little bit tricky and a little bit hard, something that’s really going to push you. Something that is for the person who is time poor’,” the 24-year-old explains.