We initiated an Ask Me Anything with one of our amazing PumpUp members Kate E. (@jatie). We discussed everything from tips on how to stay motivated, to healthy eating, to exercises that target specific areas of your body!

Q: What are your best tips for beginners looking to get fit?

If you’re going to strength train, start with strength machines. They’re safer and don’t typically require a spotter. Nevertheless, these kind of tips depend on what your training goal is!

Q: My family isn’t very healthy. How can I stay healthy when they eat so much junk food?

As a start, talk to your parents and let them know you want to start living a healthier lifestyle. Ask if you can go grocery shopping with them to pick out healthy options. If you can, let them know that you want to try packing your own healthy lunches. 

Q: How do you stay motivated? What’s your routine?

I train because I care about my body. I’d rather push through it than regret not doing it. I don’t look at it as a chore. You gotta train your mind to work without motivation. Do it for a better, happier you. 

As for my routine, I do a lot of strength training, high intensity interval training (HIIT), and plyometric training. 

Q: Is it ever hard for you to be motivated to workout/eat healthy?

Of course! I have my ups and downs too.

I LOVE sweets, but I remind myself how crappy I feel after eating garbage, as opposed to how amazing I feel after eating healthy. 

Q: What’s the best time to exercise, or exercise in general when you’re busy with school and tired all the time?

Figure out what time of day you feel most energized, then get in a quick 30 min HIIT session. :) It’ll be super efficient!

Q: What are the best workouts to lose weight effectively?

Interval training. It’s said to burn about 6x more fat than regular same-paced cardio!

Q: How do you beef up your arms? What are the best exercises for this?

Be sure to eat plenty of protein within 30 minutes after you exercise. Workout wise, the best exercises depend on which muscles you’re trying to build! Anything from curls to tricep dips will be effective!

Q: What food do you eat before a workout?

My go-to pre-workout is a banana! Along with a slice of whole grain toast with peanut butter or a fruit smoothie!

Q: What are some healthy snack ideas/recipes?

Veggies and hummus, organic applesauce, baked sweet potato fries, fruit smoothies, and sliced apples with peanut butter and oats on top!

Q: What’s a good way to tighten your abs and slim down your thighs?

Keep your diet on point, be consistent with fat burning exercises like HIIT, along with core strengthening exercises. 

Q: How do you burn belly/thigh fat?

High-intensity interval training, plyometric training, and heavy weightlifting are my favourite fat burning exercises. you can’t spot burn fat, but you can burn fat all over. It comes down to eating healthy, and exercise!

Q: Do I stretch before or after the workout?

Stretch after you exercise, but be sure to do dynamic warm-ups before you exercise to prevent injury! Stretching cold muscles can be damaging! 

Q: Favourite workout gear? What works best for you?

I love anything comfortable! I wear airabella apparel capris basically everyday, but I love Nike and affordable clothes from stores like Marshalls. 

Q: Can you make more videos for exercises that target your legs and glutes?

Sure! I would love to. 

Follow Kate on Instagram (@katefit_) and on PumpUp @jatie