Meet Karina Elle, Creator of Fit Model Fitness
If you’ve signed up for my 15 Day Fit Model Fitness Challenge, then you’ve already met me via email! You know a few little things about me:
- I grew up an athlete, but I didn’t really get into fitness until after I had been a model for a while. That experience made me realize that I’d rather be fit and happy than hungry all the time and preoccupied with food.
- I started lifting weights after my first big breakup, when I needed to build myself back up and find my own identity.
- I believe that YOU should do YOU. Health is happiness, but we all have a different path to follow to achieve our own health and happiness!
But I want you to know more about me than just my fitness journey and my wellness philosophies. I am a total goofball, and since my workouts and meal plans are FUN above all, you should know how silly I can be 🙂 I’m going to answer some of the questions I get on social media all the time!
First of all, here’s a really common one: “What is your go-to cheat meal?”
The answer is simple: Nothing and everything! I don’t like to think of any food as a “cheat,” honestly. I like to consider all of my food “fuel,” so I’ll have a little of whatever I want every single day! As long as it’s balanced with exercise and overall good nutrition, it’s not a problem and it’s not “cheating.” I don’t think of food as “bad” and “good” per se… that’s such a silly fitness thing and it doesn’t even help you make healthy choices! It just makes you feel bad. Guilt and insecurity are the last things you need when you’re trying to build confidence.
Someone asked me the other day what I do when I wake up first thing in the morning. Right after I wake up, I brush my teeth and drink a big glass of cold water with lemon. JUST KIDDING. What do I really do? Probably go to the fridge and get milk and cereal.
So many girls want to know where I shop, but I’m actually terrible at shopping for “real” clothes. I have a lot of yoga pants and tank tops, and those are what I gravitate towards when I shop! I love carefree, easy stuff to wear. Nothing complicated.
Like all trainers, I get asked for my workout playlist a lot, too. Oh man… I LOVE listening to music while I work out, but I don’t have a really specific playlist! I get pumped to anything: gangsta rap, EDM, country, classic rock, oldies, and of course Taylor Swift: she’s my hero and she totally gets me. She’s such a beautiful person. (Yes, I am a huge fangirl!) But anything upbeat and positive is perfect for my workouts.
As far as how I spend my time when I’m not doing “fitness stuff,” I’d have to say my favorite things are going to the beach, going to the pool, hanging out with friends, dancing, and exploring new places. You’ve got to be open to adventure, so I try to keep things chill and spontaneous! That’s always how I have the most fun. You never know what amazing opportunities you’ll have next.
Speaking of adventures, someone asked me recently how fitness has changed my life. Can I even count the ways?! Fitness has completely opened me up to new friends and new parts of the world, and it has given me a different (and better!) outlook on life. Exercise is one of the best ways to re-set yourself and let things roll off of you instead of dwelling on the negative. For me, training is like therapy… plus it offers me great camaraderie with friends. It’s given me so much more than an awesome body.
If I could tell women everywhere one thing, I’d tell them to love themselves. As they are RIGHT NOW, not as they WILL BE later on in life. Just love yo self! That’s the key to confidence and happiness.
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