Adelaide based global Instagram sensation Kayla Itsines has been touted at the world’s most influential trainer and it’s not hard to see why. She’s amassed 3.8 million Instagram followers and has created a seriously impressive community (aka #KaylasArmy) who follow her 12-week Bikini Body Guides.
So when Kayla recently visited Sydney and caught up with our very own Bianca Cheah, we got the inside scoop. From shopping at Bassike‘s Paddington Boutique, training each other at Flow Athletic to lunching together at Jackies Cafe, these top fitness influencers had a fun-filled day.
We were also lucky enough to chat with Kayla and discussed some of the secrets behind her success, tips for the perfect gym selfie and how being a role model has impacted her life.
Photography by Emily Abay
Q: Where are you sitting as you are answer the questions?
“I’ve just finished dinner, so I’m at home on the couch with my laptop, Ace is under my legs (haha he’s in love with me) and a nice big mug of chamomile tea.”
Q: Have you always been fit and healthy?
“No, I haven’t always been healthy and strong. When I was younger and in school I played a lot of sport, but I did not maintain a consistent exercise routine and fuel my body with healthy foods like I do now!”
Q: What do you think is the secret to your success?
“I don’t believe it’s all just about me and my success. I believe the success of my Bikini Body Guide can be attributed to the real and inspirational success stories of my clients. I have also always kept honest and true to not only my followers, but myself and this is so important to me. I hope that women globally can visit my social media pages and know that the advice I give them is genuine and true. I believe that women worldwide love the #bbgcommunity because they can relate to each other and have developed strong and supportive relationships.”
Q: You have a huge following on Instagram and are a role model for so many, is that a lot of pressure?
“I do understand that by sharing my life online it means that I am a role model for many. It’s a new and amazing experience and I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to be a role model to these women all around the world. Again, I have always been honest and open with my followers. This is why I don’t feel as much pressure, as we have a built an online community based on trust and I love this.”
“Be confident! You deserve to show off after all of your hard work… and make sure you smile!”
Q: Where’s the weirdest place you’ve been recognised?
“When I was in Amsterdam for my World Bootcamp Tour back in June. It’s still crazy to think that people recognise me in foreign countries even though we speak different languages.”
Q: Who do you look up to and admire?
“I really admire my parents and my amazing BBG girls. I think it’s so incredible to see the amazing transformations of such different women from all over the globe. I admire their hard work and dedication. It’s actually these girls that inspire me to get up and strive to be the best version of myself everyday.”
Q: If you could train any celebrity, who would it be?
“Gigi Hadid. I’ve seen her do a boxing session before and was super impressed. I’d love to train with her!”
“I love interior design!
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years time?
“I feel like I’ll still be living in Adelaide. I love it here because my whole family lives here and I’m a huge family person. In five years, I want to be continuing to work as hard as I possibly can to provide women worldwide with honest health and fitness advice and the tools that can help them to live healthier and happier lifestyles.”
Q: What’s in your gym bag right this very minute?
10 quick questions:
Yoga or Pilates?
Meditation or a run?
Coffee or juice?
Beach holiday: sunbed or SUP?
Tights or shorts?
Bikini or one-piece?
Drama or comedy?
Personal trainer or gym class?
Ear buds or headphones?
Ear buds for workouts, headphones for cleaning/walking!
Party or DVD?