Kara Mickeletto is our newest contributor to the blog and has the scoop on all things fitness! In our Q&A together you will get the scoop on beginner fitness tips, fitness myths busted, and of course all the things you need to know about Kara herself. Check it out! I guarantee you’ll get motivated to get moving after hearing advice from personal trainer, Kara Mickeletto!
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in South Overland Park, Kansas.
What were you involved in growing up?
Growing up I was involved in a ton of activities. I tried many sports, but my two passions were softball and volleyball. I played both of those competitively for majority of my childhood.
What did you do after high school?
After high school, I went to college at Kansas State University where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communications. I was also a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Has fitness always been your passion?
Sports have always been my passion. Growing up, I was never proactive in practicing or working out. I had a coach telling me what to do always. Then at the age of 26, I realized that I needed to make a lifestyle change. I lost my athletic physique. I wasn’t playing competitive sports anymore and wasn’t very active. My energy was low and I wanted to feel better overall. That is when my passion for fitness started. I started working with a trainer and eating clean. It was a huge change, but the amount of positive changes it has made in my life was worth every second. The fit and healthy lifestyle finally became a habit, and I will never look back.
When did you realize you wanted to switch gears and make fitness your career?
I have been in several sales and marketing roles since I graduated college. Majority of the positions I held were great jobs, with highly reputable companies. However, I felt I was missing something. None of the jobs I had were fulfilling me. Ever since I made my lifestyle change myself, fitness was on my mind 24-7. It made me more of a positive person. I had more energy, and overall healthier. I couldn’t wait to get to the gym, and always found myself talking fitness with anyone who would listen. Living a fit and healthy lifestyle is more than just looking good. It truly makes me happy, so why make a career out of something that I truly enjoy? I always say, if I can help and inspire one person to reach their goals, this is all worth it.
What’s some advice you would give to someone who wants to take the leap and switch careers?
The timing is never going to be perfect. There are pros and cons to both sides. It isn’t going to be easy, or everyone would do it. There is a very high probability that you will face failure at some point. What matters most is how you deal with failure, and never give up. If it’s truly your dream, you will make it happen no matter what.
Also, network with people in the industry you are breaking into. Successful people support others. Surround yourself with those who want to see you succeed, and get rid of the doubters. Be a sponge, and gather advice from as many industry leaders as possible. Don’t know anyone? Ask around. I guarantee that you know someone that knows someone.
What’s your favorite part about being a personal trainer?
When my client tells me AFTER the workout, that it was “fun.” I want my clients to give it everything they have in each and every workout. I want to challenge them as much as possible, but I do want it to be fun. Fitness is fun and enjoyable, especially once results start happening.
What advice would you give to beginners in the gym?
Don’t be intimidated. Every single person in the gym was in the same spot at one point in time. The fact that you are taking the initiative to even go to the gym, is the first positive step. If you don’t know what to do once you get to the gym, I would recommend finding a trainer to at least show you the right forms and what machines work which muscles. You can truly hurt yourself if you aren’t lifting in proper form. With any exercise, brace the core and have a controlled motion throughout the whole exercise.
What is a beginner move that you feel everyone should be doing?
That’s tough question because everyone has different needs and goals. However, the rower is a great machine for a total body workout. It’s an endurance exercise that rapidly burns calories, is low impact on your back and joints, and works every major muscle group in your body.
What are 3 things you think are necessary when completing a workout?
- Stay hydrated
- Give it your absolute best
- Remember, mind over matter. Your body is capable of much more than you think.
What type of workout is your favorite to complete?
I love leg day. I do it twice a week and I look forward to it each time. It’s my hardest workout hands down, but it is also where I can push myself the most. With any exercise, your mind is telling you to quit far sooner than your body is. Mind over matter, and I always challenge myself to go all out, in each and every workout.
What is your daily workout routine or weekly if it changes daily?
Everyone’s goals are different, so please don’t take this as me telling you to do the same regimen as I do. I personally love strength training, so I train individual muscle groups each day and incorporate cardio/abs a few times a week. A rest day is important also, so I typically don’t work out on Sunday’s.
What’s a common fitness myth that you hear and wish would bust?
Lifting weights will make you bulky.
Especially to women, lifting weights will NOT do this! Don’t just focus on cardio. Strength training brings a ton of benefits such as burning fat, increasing your metabolism, and strengthens muscles, which will also make you less susceptible to injury.
What are 2 things you wish that people knew about fitness & health?
One, you don’t have to go to the gym in order to get fit. Two, it doesn’t have to be boring! Go to a class, order a DVD, or workout at a park/beach. What works best for one person, might not be the best for another. What I enjoy incorporating into my workouts, might not be fun for someone else. Be open to trying different workout regimens until you find one that fits you!
What’s something you can’t go a day without?
I have to talk to my family every single day, and I don’t like missing workouts. There are going to be times where an injury, surgery or illness gets in the way, but I still don’t like it.
What’s your favorite KC restaurant?
By far the most difficult question! Since food is the way to my heart, I can’t just pick one. When I have a cheat meal, my go to places are: Minsky’s for pizza, Ricco’s for Italian, Dragon Inn for Chinese, and Port Fonda for Mexican. Then an everyday restaurant would be Rye or The Tavern.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I love food. A lot. I look forward to my cheat meals, and when they do happen, I make sure they are absolutely worth it. There isn’t anything worse than eating an unhealthy meal and it not be satisfying! I typically have one good cheat meal a week.
What is an everyday go-to beauty product you use?
I wish I could say I am some sort of guru with beauty products, but I am not. However, I have curly hair, which I am sure many people don’t know that. I always straighten my hair, so I like to use Davines Oi / Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion. Just a little bit in wet hair helps with the frizz!
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Follow your heart, and do what’s best for YOU. It’s not selfish for following your dreams. You have one life. Stay positive and go for it!
What’s a quote you live by every day?
“I came to slay,” meaning everything I do I am going to give it my all.
Motivated yet? Told ya! Everyone get out there and slay away!
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