Tell us a little bit about yourself and how your health & fitness journey began…
As a former gym manager I used to work 40+ hours in the corporate world and struggled to establish a lasting training routine.
Even as a certified personal trainer and yoga teacher, I was challenged to find the right balance between working out regularly and slipping off completely. That’s the reason why I developed my most effective 20 minute workouts and started my business Festini Fitness . My workouts are especially designed for busy business woman, who struggle to work out regularly with hardly having any time. Truth is, you don’t need to train more, you only need to train the smart way!
What is your training philosophy and how do you like to move your body?
My training philosophy is all about simplicity, keep it simple!
Nowadays, we are all living a very hectic and stressful life and there’s no need to make it even harder with a strenuous training regime, which is difficult to follow through. My 20 minute bodyweight workouts are based on high intensity interval training and I’m living proof that this form of training works and that less, really is more. I’ve seen spectacular results with my clients and it’s simply amazing how fast you can see changes, if you start training the right way. I usually work out three times per week, either in my living room or in my hotel room, and it never takes me longer than 20 to 25 minutes. This way I can easily integrate the workouts in my busy schedule and stay healthy and fit. No room for excuses anymore!
What are your beliefs about nutrition? Can you give us an example of what your daily diet might looks like?
Proper nutrition is super important! I always explain to my clients that their weightloss and training success depends 80% on the right nutrition and 20% on the right training regime. In my coaching, I support my clients to start eating according to their individual body type, as we’re all different there are no fixed rules.
In my opinion, diets don’t work and it doesn’t make any sense to deprive yourself.
It’s all about the right balance and I personally follow the 80/20 rule: 80% of the time, I eat nourishing, nutrient-dense foods. 20% of the time, I don’t worry about it and eat what I feel like. Regarding my daily diet, I usually start my day with my home made power muesli with lots of seeds, some fruits and coconut oil. This keeps my blood sugar levels stable for hours and gives me the right energy to kick start my day. For lunch and dinner I usually eat a mixture of lots of organic vegetables, healthy carbs in form of quinoa, millet or sweet potatoes and protein like cottage cheese, eggs and sometimes meat like chicken and grass fed beef. H
ow do you stay focused, disciplined and committed to your healthy & empowering lifestyle?
If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real!
I have a little ritual, each Sunday I sit down with my agenda and make special appointments with myself for the upcoming week. I call them workout appointments with my sweaty self. This way I make sure to stick to my own workout regime and I reduce the risk of skipping one. Works wonders for my clients as well!
What is your biggest achievement when it comes to mind-body health so far?
To be honest my health journey was everything but easy-peasy. I went through all that sneaky unhealthy stuff you can possibly think of, from too much alcohol and smoking to binge eating and beating myself up whenever I indulged to ending up working 50, sometimes even 60 hours per week with totally neglecting my personal needs, left completely stressed out. Needless to say how shitty I felt.
I’m very proud how I turned my life around and how I managed to establish a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
Helping woman now to do the same and seeing them unfold as that fit and healthy woman they’re supposed to be, gives my life sense and meaning. Very grateful for that!
What are your current and future health & fitness related goals and projects?
At the moment I’m working on a special four week program to make it super simple to kick start your training routine. Many woman would like to start working out, but they are feeling lost and confused. They usually don’t know how to start their exercise regime and how to train in the most effective way. This program takes you by the hand and guides you through each single step. It comes with a given workout structure, workout videos and super short 20min. workouts that are easy to integrate in any busy schedule. As you don’t need any equipment, you are able to train anytime and anywhere. It truly gives you the best possible amount of freedom.
What advice would you give to people who are struggling in staying committed and reaching their health & fitness goals?
You need to figure out if your type of training is really getting you closer to your health and fitness goals.
For example, if you’d like to lose weight and have a sexy, toned body it doesn’t make sense to do extended sessions of cardio. In this case, shorter, more intense workouts are the way to go. In my experience many people are wasting their time with the wrong form of training. If you’re not sure what kind of training is best for you, it makes sense to consult a personal trainer or health coach and get some support.
What are your top 2 favorite exercises?
Squats and burpees! Squats are my number one booty exercise and I love them. They are considered a compound exercise, which means you’re working on more than one muscle at a time. This makes it effective and very beneficial especially when you’re short on time. As you probably already realized, I’m generally a huge fan of efficient and effective body-weight exercises, so no workout without burpees. They are the Queen of bodyweight exercises and gives you a great cardiovascular workout as well.
What’s your all-time favorite food?
Chickpeas! They have a delicious nutlike taste and are nutritious super-bombs. I especially love Middle Eastern and Indian dishes such as hummus, falafels and curries.
Can you give us 3 Fun Facts about yourself?
- I’d consider myself to be an urban hippie. What you give is what you get.
- Bali is my 2nd home, I used to live, study and work in Bali and will always go back.
- I personally don’t like to work out in a gym. It’s far too time consuming and I don’t like to be observed during my training sessions.
Stay tuned for next week’s Food & Nutrition post by Ines Festini!
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