Kelsey Reddicks - Platefit Fitness Trainer Profile
We recently reached out to Platefit fitness trainer Kelsey Reddicks to find out how she found her passion for fitness and what she does to stay in shape. See some of her tips below:
1. When did you decide you wanted to become a fitness trainer?
My journey to becoming a fitness instructor was not a typical one. It wasn’t until I was killing myself over my career (100 hour work weeks, 7 days a week, sleeping on average 3-4 hours a night), did I decide to make a shift in my life. There had always been signs of my love for health and fitness beyond my own exercise routine such as leading yoga in between conference calls, teaching beach workouts to my coworkers and friends, and educating my loved ones about health. Quitting my job was one of the best decisions I have ever made, it opened the door to re-focus my time and energy on health, fitness, and self improvement. I'm constantly seeking new workouts, philosophies and up to date research to be the most effective and efficient trainer. Best of all, now I get to pursue my passions everyday!
2. Why did you decide to become a fitness trainer?
It has always been a natural calling to educate, motivate and make the lives of other’s better through fitness. The best feeling in the world for me is to share a workout experience with my clients where we are challenging our strength and endurance both physically and mentally while we flow with fun music! I want all my clients to own their workout to feel empowered, confident and excited. Movement gives us a space to express, reflect, and grow to become better people to ourselves, our family, our friends and our work. It will truly change your life.
3. What are your favorite workouts around Los Angeles?
PLATEFIT! (And I am not just saying that because I teach there)
The workout is 27-minutes of high intensity interval training on individual Power Plates. A Power Plate is a medical grade device that contracts the muscles 30-50 times per second engaging multiple muscle groups at once for results in half the time. Not only is it making the workout more challenging and effective but there are many health benefits such as, increased strength, flexibility and balance, improved circulation, weight loss, pain reduction, detoxification, stress alleviation, and even reducing the visibility of cellulite! The results create strong, lean, resilient bodies. If you haven’t tried it, come take my class!
Aside from working out a PLATEFIT, I like to provide my body with a variety of methods such as yoga, pilates, boxing, circuit training, and running.
4. Do you stick to a certain diet?
When it comes to nutrition it’s all about balance! My personal diet has evolved from mixing in philosophies from many different resources such as the ketogenic diet, Whole30, and my favorite Kelly Leveque. I'm mostly eating whole foods like proteins, veggies/greens, healthy fats (I could not survive without avocado!) and limit my intake of sugar, processed foods, dairy and carbs. Cooking has become one of my biggest passions and creative outlets. I cook almost every meal with fresh ingredients from the Santa Monica Farmers Market and organic, non-GMO, sustainable products from our local grocery store. Taking the time to educate myself and maintain a healthy lifestyle has paid off because now my body craves nutrient rich foods. But hey, everyone needs a glass of wine and some pasta in their life! Balance ladies!
5. Do you have a photo of something you have made recently that is healthy and can you share the recipe with our readers?
A staple meal during the work week is Kelly’s Levee’s Fab Four Smoothie. I make one at least 3 times a week. And there’s so many different recipes, you can always keep it exciting! My personal favorite is the OG green smoothie which includes a balance of protein, fat, fiber and greens. Her smoothies incorporate all necessary, healthy nutrients that will allow your body to remain full and satisfied for 4-6 hours.
1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
1-2 tbsp chia seeds
1-2 handfuls of spinach
1 tbs nut butter (optional)
Blend for desired consistency and enjoy!
6. What outdoor workout tips do you have for our readers?
One of my greatest passions is getting outdoors, whether I'm hiking, running on the beach or finding a park bench to do a quick HIIT workout. Creating variance in your workout is key to stimulate your body, avoiding monotony as much as possible! For instance when you're hiking you can do intervals of walking, running, sprints or on a park bench you can go through circuits of lunges, push ups, and jump squats. Being in nature is scientifically proven to enhance mood, boost vitality, and reduce fatigue.
My top 3 tips to planning a workout outside:
1. Wear sunscreen and bring a water bottle.
2. Pack comfortable headphones for your favorite music or podcasts.
3. Always switch up the workout and challenge yourself - it should be fun, new and exciting!
7. When you update your workout wardrobe, which designers do you like to buy?
I’m teaching at the studio or training 7 days a week so comfort, performance, and style all play a huge role in my decisions. As a true Oregonian and former UO graduate (Go Ducks!) - Nike is definitely a staple in my workout wardrobe. Some other brands I adore:
Ultracor (their leggings feel like actual silk and move freely with your body!)
8. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I love working with clients one on one! Personal training allows for an individualized workout with your body in mind. It's guaranteed to create major breakthroughs in achieving your goals with accountability and motivation. I cherish every single one of my clients and they are the reason I wake up every morning feeling inspired and grateful! If you’re interested in private training, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org