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Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With Endurance Athlete And Personal Trainer Katie Davies

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With Endurance Athlete And Personal Trainer Katie Davies

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Age: 33
Height: 5’7″ – 171 cm
Weight: 156 lbs – 70 kg
Location: Swansea, South Wales and Tulum, Mexico

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With Endurance Athlete And Personal Trainer Katie Davies

How did you get started with bodybuilding?

I’ve been involved with sport since the age of 4 competing in many events across the U.K. and Europe. I started off as a sprint swimmer before moving into acrobatics where I competed at national level before picking up a back injury. From there I discover because of my flexibility that I was a very good kick boxer, I achieved my black belt within a year and became a women’s kick boxing coach. At the time I was under taking a PHD in Law and Criminology and decided to completely change my career path and become a personal trainer. I set up my own PT business in Swansea South Wales training clients for over a decade. I then became involved in wanting to test my physical limits and took up endurance events the hardest being ironman triathlons. After ironman I decided that I’d reached my peak in endurance and wanted a new challenge and decided to look into bodybuilding.

I have to admit the food part for bodybuilding has been the challenge for me, I love weight training or any type of training for that matter but eating 8 times a day has been something of a challenge mainly because I love food so much it’s hard sticking to the diet.

How do you stay so motivated? What drives you?

My drive is being the best you can be, training for me has always been about medals and PBS I like to push myself in every training sessions and never miss a day, well unless I’m injured. Training is my life I don’t see it as a chore I love every single session and wake up every day excited for my next work out.

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With Endurance Athlete And Personal Trainer Katie Davies

What is your training routine like?

I train every day and try and mix my training up no day is ever the same. I do cardio tabbatta twice a week 12 exercises back to back for 4 minutes using a lot of plyometrics and body weight exercises. I then do an hour and a half of weights usually concentrating on one body part a day, changing the REP ranges and weights every session to breakdown the muscle and build. I also like to do a mobility/yoga session to keep my body flexible because the more flexible we are the more we can get out of the exercises we are doing if we have a greater range of motion.

Most days I train between 2-3 hours and I also like to throw in some gymnastics and boxing when ever I can.

If you had to choose only 3 exercises, what would they be and why?

  1. Squats I don’t think you can beat them for an all over body work out, that burn you get when your half way through a set and the feeling of achievement when the set is over. Squats have always been my nemesis, I avoided weighted squats for years until I worked with a coach who showed me how to do them properly. I’m never going to be a heavy lifter because of my back injury but there’s so much variety you can do with squats, front, back, single leg, half reps, side, deep, wide, narrow, jumping and static. I like to mix them up during every leg session and I really do feel it’s one of the best ways to build your quads and glutes.
  2. My next favorite exercise is the burpee agin is an all over functional exercise which really gets the heart rate up and targets the abs. Again you can do a variety of burpees, press ups, military, single leg, wide leg and double ups and no other exercise apart from sprints gets my heart rate up so high. I like to throw these into every session either as a heart raiser at the start or cardio at the end.
  3. My third exercise would be glute bridges I’m a woman and we love training our bums, I’m a big fan of women with peachy bums and I make sure I train mine 3 times a week. My favorite of all glute exercises is the bridge as I really feel if done correctly you can isolate and target all 5 sections of the glute, outer, inner, middle, lower and upper. You can place the feet high, low, wide and narrow, add a resistance band or weights, do single leg or add a clam at the top. I mainly focus on lower weight high reps when it comes to glute bridges but once a week I like to go heavy round 70 kg with the bar to build some size, this is definitely my top exercise for women.

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With Endurance Athlete And Personal Trainer Katie Davies

What is your favourite form of cardio?

It used to be running I don’t think you can beat a sprint session on the treadmill or hill. I used to do 30-45 minute sprint sessions and always mixed the intervals up. Since I picked up a knee injury during ironman I’ve taken to tabbatta as my new form of cardio. I do an hour tabbatta session twice a week so that’s 12-14 exercises back to back for 4 minutes, I like to alternate exercises between plyometrics and body weight. So I may start with burpees, press ups, lunge jumps, leg raises, squat jumps and so forth.

I never do the same tabbatta session as I always want to mix the exercises up to keep my body guessing, it’s always hard and I’m always blowing hard and red in the face after every session it’s tough but so rewarding.

What is your diet like?

Hmm good and bad, I eat clean food my problem has always been portion size as I have a high metabolism I’m always hungry mainly because of all the training I do. I’m also lactose and gluten intolerant so this limits a lot of food I can eat which means no cakes and ice cream for me. I try to eat 6-8 meals a day and my diet is high in protein and carbs, lots of meat, fish, eggs and veg with the odd bar of dark chocolate thrown in.

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With Endurance Athlete And Personal Trainer Katie Davies

What supplements do you use?

I used beef protein because I am allergic to whey and the best I’ve found is NXT. I also use their glutamine and BCAA products before, during and post training. I take L-Carnitine in the morning and CLA with meals, Fish oil and Vitamin B and that’s it.

What has been your biggest accomplishment in the fitness industry?

I’d say firstly my first ironman medal the hours of training every day for a year before the big day, the pain, the injuries, cold wet early morning training sessions were all worth it to have that medal put around my neck at the finish line. There’s no greater feeling than when you accomplish your dream through hard work and dedication.

Secondly I would say moving to Mexico and setting up a beach gym with my partner Ali. He came up with the idea of building an all natural wooden gym on the beach in Mexico and after months of hard work I now get to spend my days training clients on a beautiful beach in the Caribbean it’s called Tulum Jungle Gym and people can follow us on Instagram and see my training videos on @katietrainsalot @tulumjunglegym

Cyberflexing.com Exclusive Interview With Endurance Athlete And Personal Trainer Katie Davies

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