MOST Magazine Fitness APR-MAY'15 ISSUE NO.1 - Page 172

When taking the first steps to physical fitness, Caitlyn encourages hiring a personal trainer. There is so much fitness advice out there, that many people are confused about which route will help reach their goals. “Talk to a qualified fitness expert who can help you design a personalized program for your needs and goals.” The journey to fitness can be difficult to maintain, so we asked Caitlyn how she stays strong and navigates cheat days. “I always tell myself, ‘I am the one who wants to do this, I choose this lifestyle.’” In regard to cheat days, the personal trainer is quick to correct: “No cheat days, but I do have a treat once in a while.” She never plans her cheat days because most the time, she will not have a craving, and it’s unproductive to force herself to eat unhealthily. She bakes cookies with her daughter and may indulge with a cookie or have a glass of wine with her husband. In addition to personal training, Caitlyn models and participates in fitness shows. Having always been a competitive person, she initially competed to win. Now, the fitness model competes to see how much she can better herself with each show. “Each year my physique progresses, and it is exciting to see the changes knowing that I can bring a better package to the stage with each show.” It’s what keeps her motivated to return to a competition year after year. While fitness is an important part of getting healthy, nutrition is just as vital. “Very low-calorie diets are a bad road that you do not want to take.” You will more than likely feel deprived and then binge, which is a vicious never-ending cycle. The personal trainer makes sure that her clients have a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats in their nutrition plans, and teaches them how 172 || FITNESS M A G A Z I N E || APRIL / MAY 2015