Instructor Insights: Katherine

Katherine

Quick-witted Katherine

Katherine comes to Berlin from the wellness mecca of Los Angeles. Her Pilates-influenced barre classes are intelligently designed, fast-paced, and a sure-fire way to discover muscles you never even knew existed! 

Fit-focused Qs:

What is your go-to breakfast on a busy morning? My everyday breakfast has been roughly the same for the last twelve years! A slice of toast (in the states it’s usually a sprouted grain bread, while here in Berlin I love the Kraft Ballast Brot from Bio Back Haus) with a smear of nut butter and a sprinkle of flax seeds. There’s also coffee. Always coffee!

What's your best strategy to stay motivated? Setting specific and realistic goals. If my goals are too vague or grandiose, I find it much harder to stay on track. I always have big or long-term goals, but breaking them down into a series of smaller achievements helps me stay focused and also allows me to enjoy the success of reaching all the mini goals along the way. 

The best thing we can do for ourselves after a workout is... Take a moment to enjoy those endorphins and congratulate yourself on making it through! Then hydrate. Definitely hydrate!

Is there a special dietary regime you follow? What changes have you seen or felt since you have started it? I have to shout-out Michael Pollan on this one. “Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.” I try not to get too wrapped up in my diet. I find the vast and often conflicting dietary advice to be a bit overwhelming, so I aim for variety within a seasonal, plant-based framework. I do eat meat, but it’s pretty rare. 

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What are your top three exercises to do at home? If I’m strapped for time but need to move my body, I’ll squeeze in some calf raises, demi-plies, or plie squats on the fly at home. At the right tempo they can all be quite punishing!

What are your tips to have energy all day? This is an area where I’m hardly qualified to give advice! I’ve got two young kids at home, so energy is often in high demand and low supply. Something I (and I’m guessing many parents struggle with) is decision fatigue. By the end of the day, I’ve had to troubleshoot 900 decision-making scenarios and the constant mental work takes a definite toll on my physical energy. This may seem counter-intuitive, but I do find that on days when I make time to work out that I cope with the demands of parenthood much more easily. 

What's your favourite motivational quote? These aren’t exactly motivational quotes, but some of the mantras I use in running are “strong, smooth, perpetual motion” and “make it look effortless.” The second one works really well because it directs my mind back to my form. When I think about making a run look effortless, I almost automatically correct any issues with my posture that might be creating less efficient movement. It feels like an instant energy boost. 


Quick-fire Qs

Favourite smoothie at My Goodness: Does the turmeric latte count? As a perpetually cold person, a mug of warming spices is always enticing. 
Best Restaurant in Berlin: Katz Orange! They have a very tasty (and very buttery) roasted head of cauliflower that haunts my dreams.
Best Bar in Berlin: You must mean juice bar right? My Goodness is an obvious choice, but I’m also a fan of Bärbucha. They brew kombucha and make all manner of fermented vegetables.
Best Place to dance in Berlin: Maybe a surprise considering I teach barre, but I’m deeply uncoordinated and would have very little fun going out dancing!
Favourite exercise: Running
Least favourite exercise: I’ve never tried it, but zumba sounds like my worst nightmare. 


Silly Q's:

Dog, cats, neither? Why? I’ve had both but currently have neither. I think I’d prefer something that doesn’t shed. Maybe plants?

What's your personal theme song? “Where Is My Mind” by the Pixies. 

You're stranded on an island. What's the one thing you'd wish you had and why? Sunscreen!