Kate Russell is the Regional Community Manager for one of my all-time favourite brands, lululemon athletica. She’s got an energy that’s infectious, a passion for all things health and fitness and a healthy appreciation for a glass or two of wine. She also happens to be one of my closest friends and my live-in #ladyhusband, so I see firsthand exactly how much energy and passion she puts into everything she does. All of her deepest, darkest health and fitness secrets are right here, so trust me when I say that this is one My Fit Life you don’t want to miss.
Take us through your week in a exercise:
• Three equipment Pilates sessions
• One personal training session (focusing on bodyweight exercises, cardio and conditioning)
• One boxing or one high intensity interval training class
• One yoga/stretch at home
What’s your favourite place to work out?
This is tough. I’m very fortunate to have worked out at a wide variety of places but the two that always steal my heart are Agoga (Bondi) and Fluid Form (Pilates). Both studios have incredibly experienced instructors who know my body and have created a real community vibe.
Describe your workout fashion style:
Technical product that is high quality fabric, fit & function. When what you are wearing hits on all cylinders – quality, fit, function and beauty – you don’t want to take it off. The fit and function of our product (lululemon) coupled with how it makes me feel when I wear it is what connects function with fashion.
Your favourite post-workout meal?
Mushrooms, spinach and avo on rye bread – gets me every time. I’m a stickler for routine.
Put me in a pair of boxing gloves with a partner and I’m as happy as a pig in mud
Least favourite exercise?
Assault bike. That burn…
What positive impact has being fit and healthy had on your life?
The ability to live my life to the fullest – always being on the go, always willing to try new things and the incredible friendships I have created along the way.
What are your top three tips for staying healthy?
1. MAINTAIN – When you train like an athlete, you need to maintain your body like one too. Foam roll or stretch a minimum of three times a week and invest in regular massages (highly recommend myofascial release).
2. SIMPLIFY – Don’t overcomplicate things when it comes to eating. Keep it simple with a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Think fresh and from the land rather than processed and packaged.
3. BALANCE. Remember that it is possible to be athletic and fit and still socialise with friends, wine and nights out.