Personal Trainer Of The Month - Kari Hoyda!

Congratulations Kari Hoyda on being our Personal Trainer Of The Month! Kari was awarded the Bodybuilding.com Personal Trainer of the Month for her health and fitness contributions that she provides for her clients!

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Kari Hoyda Interview
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[ Q ] First off, thank you Kari for taking time out of your busy work day to do this interview. I know you work 15+ hour days which is commendable.

Let's start off with letting everyone know a little bit about you. You went to Ohio State and were working as a personal trainer during your undergraduate studies. How did you get started in the industry? What made you want to be a personal trainer?
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    I was always an athlete in high school ( gymnastics, cheerleading and track) as well as in college (professional cheerleading) so staying active was always a part of my routine.

    My freshman year of college I started reading fitness magazines and educating myself on proper nutrition and weight training and just really developed my passion for the industry.

    I wanted to become a personal trainer for several reasons with the main one being I love to help people! I never saw myself working a 9-5 desk job so I am fortunate to not have to go to "work" everyday, I just happen to get paid to do what I love 6 days a week!

I Just Happen To Get Paid To Do What I Love 6 Days A Week!
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I Just Happen To Get Paid To
Do What I Love 6 Days A Week!

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[ Q ] I have been lucky enough to follow your progress not only over the phone and through emails but in person as well. You have made incredible progress with your physique over the past year.

You and I talked about and worked on your training protocol as well as your nutrition and you also got involved with a good trainer where you work who helped take your body to the next level. Can you touch on your weekly workout routine as well as your diet for the people reading this interview?
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    Well thank you so much! It definitely took me a while to really figure out what worked for my body because not everything works the same for each person.

    As far as my training goes, it's basically the same schedule each week - I do 40-60 minutes of cardio six days a week in the mornings (usually 5:00 am/before I start taking clients for the day) and take Sundays as my rest day. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons I do 30 minutes of circuit weight training and I never do the same routine twice.

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    I constantly mix up my workouts so my body continues to see results. I used to isolate muscle groups a lot and I just maintained my bulk; it wasn't until I started training with my training director at my gym that I learned functional and dynamic circuit training styles that just ripped through my body fat while maintaining my deeper lean muscle tissue.

    As far as my diet goes, this took a long time to perfect for my own body. I've found out that I have to really watch my carb intake because I tend to gain weight easily if I carb load too much, so my diet is the same everyday and then on Sundays I take a cheat meal (which is usually ice cream and macaroni and cheese).

    Monday through Saturday my diet is as follows:

    It's actually really easy to stick to a diet during the week because I'm at work from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm so I can only eat what I pack in my Tupperware!

I Tend To Gain Weight Easily If I Carb Load Too Much.
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I Tend To Gain Weight Easily
If I Carb Load Too Much.

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[ Q ] You are a personal trainer at a very well known gym in Ohio. Do you have any client success stories that you want to share?
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    I look at every one of my clients as a success story; they each have their own goals that they want to reach and they are all making a positive step in the right direction to changing their lives by committing themselves to visit a trainer during the week.

    I love all of my clients, (they become friends!) but I'd have to say one of my favorite success stories would have to be this young lady who started with me in March after being with two other trainers who she didn't see consistently and didn't help her with nutrition at all.

    She absolutely hated working out and eating right and she was stuck in her own shell. Over the past few months she has dropped 30 lbs, writes in her food log and brings it to me the 3 days a week that I train her so I can check her nutrition, and she even comes in to run and work out when she's not with me (6 days a week total).

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    She has even started texting me on the weekends when I'm not at work to come in and run with her on the treadmills. I'm so proud of her for taking charge of her health and her life and I'm so excited to see how her personality and self-confidence has changed. She smiles so much more and is truly starting to be happy with herself... that's the greatest part of my job!

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[ Q ] Giving back to the community means a lot to you. Do you feel like being a trainer allows you to help give people their lives back by showing them how to make healthy lifestyle choices?
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    Absolutely 100 percent. I get to go to work every day and help people regain their life, their health, their happiness, and their sense of self-worth.

    I always tell them when they thank me for helping them that I just make the workouts, they do all the work, I just guide them. I love to see their confidence build in themselves and then see them carry that confidence over into other aspects of their life.

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[ Q ] Not only do you train the people walking through the doors of the gym, but you also worked with some semi-pro and pro sports teams. What was that like?
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    It was very interesting to say the least. It's definitely a different lifestyle that those athletes lead and I give them credit to go through the workouts that they do, but then again that's why they get paid what they do - to perfect their skills.

    Out of all the teams I have worked for, I'd have to say that watching baseball players go through their workouts is the most interesting because the tiniest of details go into their workouts. I personally love baseball anyway so watching those guys and learning their batting practice warm-up routines was definitely very cool to experience.

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[ Q ] You are a great trainer and you are now getting into the modeling scene (which you're a natural if I do say so myself). What made you want to get into modeling?
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    The main reason is because I give a lot of credit to people who dedicate the time, effort and discipline to reach their fitness goals, so I want to be a role model for people. I wanted to be a fitness model because I saw the women in Oxygen magazine and they inspired me, so hopefully I can do that for someone else as well.

    Also, I really do think beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and I know that I have a curvier physique than some of the women portrayed in the media today, but I absolutely love my curves and I want to present a positive body image to other women out there.

    Health and fitness come first in my life, not being skinny, so I want to show people that leading a healthy and active lifestyle is the key to success and living the greatest life you can!

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[ Q ] What are some of your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?dot

    In 10 years I want to be married and have a family of my own, as well as own my own fitness and nutrition studio. I'd love to be a well known name in the fitness industry for both modeling and my training skill.

    I'm working on a healthy cookbook right now so I'd also love to have some books published. There's really no limit in my mind as to what I want to be doing or have accomplished in the next 10 years because I want to continue to improve and always do more... so fitness model, author, mom, wife, and business owner all sounds great to me!

I Want To Continue To Improve And Always Do More.
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I Want To Continue To
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[ Q ] Is there anyone you idolize and model yourself around?
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    Both my parents, hands down. They both set themselves up for success and were very smart when they were younger, and their work ethic is incredible. I've learned so much from them and they have taught me to always accept the person I am and never forget who I am or where I come from.

    If you stay true to yourself and always be honest and be yourself then there will be nothing but success in your future. My parents have supported me through everything, both emotionally and financially, and have never lead me down the wrong path.

    If I turn out to be half as amazing as either of them then I will be set up really well in life. Not to mention, they have been married for 32 years so whoever I marry has quite the fairytale romance to live up to for their entire life!

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[ Q ] A fun fact about you is that you love tattoos. What got you interested in tattoos and can you touch on what each of them means to you?
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    Well, I won't touch on all of them because I have six right now (with another on the way!) but I will touch on my three favorites. I guess I just got interested in them when I got to college and really went through my growing pains and figured out who I was as a person.

    Each tattoo I have represents something about my mindset, my life or my dreams, so in a sense my tattoos are just representations of different points and emotions in my life. I believe each person is blessed with a body and they have their entire life to change it and tweak it and really make it their own, so tattoos and fitness go hand in hand in that belief for me.

Each Tattoo I Have Represents Something About My Mindset, My Life Or My Dreams.
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Each Tattoo I Have Represents Something
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    I love to continue to challenge my body physically and see the results and changes so I have the same mindset when it comes to my tattoos - I can do whatever I want to my body and it is a direct reflection of who I am as a person.

    My three favorite tattoos are actually the ones pictured in this article: the XIII on my left wrist is my lucky number (I was born on July 13th), the Latin verse on my left forearm translates into "strength is found when strength is tested," and the one down my rib cage is from one of my absolute favorite authors, Henry David Thoreau, and it reads "Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake." I'm sure there will be more to come in the near future, all of which will tell a story about my life.

Henry David Thoreau:
Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

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[ Q ] Is there anything you want to tell the readers that we haven't touched on in this interview thus far? This is your chance to voice off on any topic you wish.
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    No matter what, just believe. Believe in yourself, your life, your friends, your family, your future, and most importantly, your self-worth. Just believe.

    Anything good in life is worth fighting for, so continue to push yourself daily and strive to be the absolute best that you can be day in and day out. Never be outworked. Ever.

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[ Q ] Is there anyone you would like to thank for helping you get to where you are today?
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    Wow, I have so many great people in my life that have contributed to so many aspects of my life that I don't want to leave anyone out! But the few that have greatly influenced me the most and I can't thank them enough are you Matt, my parents, and one of my best friends who lives so far away, Curtis.

    You all have supported me through everything, both fitness and in life struggles, as well as helped to keep me focused on the goal ahead of me and to never quit.

    It truly is a gift in life to find and meet people who truly have great hearts and want everyone to be happy and have a great life, and these four people are definitely the most compassionate, caring, hard working and intelligent people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and becoming close with. I owe everything to them!

It Truly Is A Gift In Life To Find And Meet People Who Truly Have Great Hearts.
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It Truly Is A Gift In Life To Find And
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[ Q ] You are a young and talented woman with a very bright future. The sky's the limit and you will reach every star on your path to greatness. I wish you continued success in everything you do. Thank you again for doing this interview!
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    Well thank you very much Matt, you are really way too kind! I want to personally thank you for everything you have done for me over the past year; you've been my inspiration and motivation to keep pushing toward my goals and I hope that one day I will reach the same level of success that you have!

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