Q & A with Kylie Larson about pregnancy, getting back in shape & feeling good

We’re thrilled to have Kylie Larson, studio manager and yoga and spin teacher at Qi in Denver, join Happiness Series as a fitness contributor and blogger. We love Kylie’s energy and her no-nonsense approach to life. Kylie always puts together killer workouts that work your booty and make you smile. Her attitude of no excuses is obviously working because she looks great. Kylie had her son 3 months ago, and she’s been doing these post-natal workouts- clearly they work. So check out our Q & A with Kyle and get inspired. She’s open, authentic, fun and hard working. Everything you want in a teacher, friend and inspiration.

Kylie in spin class

Q: Why did you become a yoga/spin/fitness teacher & what led you to managing a gym & training program?

A: After I started consistently practicing yoga I realized that EVERYONE could benefit from this practice. I witnessed tremendous healing and changes not only in my body, but the way I felt and the way I approached life. Taking yoga teacher training opened doors for me and allowed me to expand my teaching to include other formats.

Q: What inspired you to work in fitness?

A: Upon graduating college I had a great career in advertising. The only problem was, my heart wasn’t in it, it didn’t get me excited and I dreaded Monday morning. I found myself constantly thinking about yoga and how I could make yoga my career. After I got married in 2006, I had the support of my husband and my family to make my passion my career, and once I started taking steps toward my passion, the opportunities started popping up.

Q: If you could do anything else besides teaching yoga and managing gym/training facility what would it be?

A: Host a morning TV show and or/be in TV commercials as on-camera or voice over talent.

Q: What in your day makes you happiest?

A: A great workout and my baby boy’s smile!

Q: What’s your favorite workout?

A: Right now I am in love with kettlebells. Since my time is so limited due to work and a new child, I need something that is all encompassing. Kettlebells give me my cardio and all-over toning in a short period of time.

Q: Any tips for people who want to get fitter, stronger, & leaner?

A: Stop making excuses. Remember that if you really want to do something, you’ll find a way to get it done. If that means you have to get up at 4:30am to work out, do it. If that means you work until 7pm then go work out at 7:30 or 8pm – do it.  Make the commitment to yourself. Also, find something you enjoy doing so that you look forward to your workouts rather than dread them.

Q: What do you do/eat to stay healthy and strong?

A: I like to be active everyday. Some workouts are more intense than than others, but I feel better if I move my body and sweat everyday. I’m not very strict with my diet, I just try to eat healthy and get enough sleep. Sleep is very important!

Q: What makes you feel good?

A: A good workout or yoga class. Great music doesn’t hurt either!

Q:  What is your favorite thing about your work?

A: I get to inspire people and enable them to make positive changes in their lives. I started teaching because it was something that brought me joy. I had no clue that I could make people feel the same way I felt.

Q: You had a baby 3 months ago, how did you get back in shape so quickly? Is there any secret to your success? Or is it just hard work?

A: I was very fortunate to have a healthy pregnancy, and I was able to remain very active, literally right up to my delivery. I did have to be careful in the first trimester (mainly elliptical and walking) because my husband and I went through IVF, and there are certain restrictions that you have to follow in the first trimester. But once I hit the 12 week mark, I was really ready to get back into it. At that point I was able to run, cycle, swim, practice yoga and do anything my little heart desired. I tell you this because the more in-shape you enter into motherhood, the easier it is to bounce back.

Because I was able to have a vaginal delivery, I started light workouts just a few weeks after giving birth. It started with walks, then I added in more cardio, barre classes, weight training and even running! And because my down-time was so short, I didn’t feel out of shape at all, just tired due to the demands of a newborn.

I wouldn’t say there is any secret to success, but try to get back to it as soon as you can, and as soon as your health care provider allows you. Give yourself permission to miss days and just do what you can when you can.  Remember a little movement is better than no movement.

One of the best things about working out after having a baby was it made me feel like myself again… not just a cow put on this earth to produce milk! It was my time away, and it allowed me to refocus and come back happy and healthy to my baby.

One last note on this: If you are breastfeeding, you burn about 500 extra calories each day because your body is working to produce milk. Use that to your advantage by adding in a workout and before you know it, you’ll be back to your pre-pregnancy jeans!

Q: What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned since you became a mom?

A: No one  really knows what they are doing when it comes to parenthood. We all just do the best we can.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve been given re: life & love?

A: Life: Follow your passion and everything else will fall into place.

Love: Be sure you can make each other laugh.

Q: You’re a working mom with an infant, how do you make it work? Any advice for women out there looking to manage work they love & a family?

A: Honestly, I’m still learning how to make it work, but I try to not put too much pressure on myself.  No one is perfect, and I just do what I can. I use nap time to get a lot of work done and rely on my husband and in-laws to care for my baby so I can really focus for any work projects.

As for advice:  Ask for help! In the past, I hated asking for help, but now I have to. Whether it’s your spouse, your in-laws or your neighbor reach out to them! You’ll notice that people will offer to help out… take them up on their offers!

Q: What’s something about you that would surprise people?

A: When I was 13 I broke my femur bone and I have a metal rod in my right femur.

 

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About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. After working in film, she realized that creating content for an online world that moves and inspires people is where it's at. She loves the immediacy and the vibrancy of working online. Tania created Happiness Series because she wants to empower people to live healthier, longer, more joyful lives through fitness, nutrition, stress management and integrative wellness. After years of research and practical application, she is excited about the newest project, Ageless Diet™. Ageless Diet is a lifestyle that promotes an Ageless You. Because getting older doesn't have to mean aging, and losing weight doesn't have to be hard. Happiness Series and Ageless Diet are going in new directions, bringing people together in beautiful settings with retreats and conferences. Books and a cooking series are soon to follow. Tania also recently completed her sitcom web/TV series pilot Employees Only, at http://employeesonly.tv.

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