Interview mit Personal Trainerin Nikki Stalder (www.nikkistalder.ch)
Nikki, when and how did start with sport?
On ski and on the tennis court when I was 4 years old
Which athletic goals have you pursued?
The goals of my clients. Personally, I have never pursued any high performance athletics. I’m not that competitive. However, I try everything, even jumping out of a plane with a parachute on my back.
When did you decide to pass on your passion and knowledge – was there a crucial experience?
One of the key points was when I moved from Australia to Los Angeles in 1997. I was always very athletic and loved sports. California is the Mecca of Fitness and Beauty. It’s where I studied and got my certification as Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist. My empathy for people and to help them achieve their fitness goals was crucial in my decision to make it my profession, as well as my enthusiasm for sports of any kind. Furthermore, one is almost forced to keep a healthy lifestyle in L.A.
What do you recommend people who want to get in shape for the summer?
A combination of HIT (High Intensity Training) and Interval Training 3 x per week. Train as many muscle groups in one exercise as possible, jump rope or sprint in between times to keep the heart rate up to burn maximum calories. (This way you burn calories also after the workout). Eat carbohydrates only in the morning, and drink lots of water. Then like the saying goes, eat like a peasant at dinner time, like soups, lots of fresh vegies, fish and chicken.
Are your boot camps also suitable for beginners – what do they look like for the different levels of experience?
From old to young and fit to not so fit. Everybody can and should participate. An exercise is always 60 seconds and one can work as hard as one likes. The exercises can easily be adjusted to every level of experience. It’s like circuit training and I’m the drill sergeant. Smile
Which words of wisdom would you give to somebody who wants to start with a fitness program?
Start slowly and increase the workload constantly, not every 3 months but every week. Every workout should be a challenge. ‘To get what we’ve never had, we must do what we’ve never done.’ – Anonymous
You may contact Nikki via her Website http://www.nikkistalder.ch/ and get more information about her training!