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#TeamYOS Trainer Spotlight - Alexis Katsafanas

Alexis Katsafanas 
Location: Seattle, Washington 
Instagram: @alexislovesyou

Alexis is a certified personal trainer who teaches HIIT classes at The Six, a hip hop fitness studio in Seattle. Before becoming a trainer, Alexis worked in fashion, and puts that know-how to use on her Youtube channel where she posts about how to style yourself for success - whether it be in workout gear or knee-high boots.

What's your daily diet like?
I'm Greek and grew up on what I'd consider a Mediterranean diet. Think fresh fruits, lots of leafy greens, whole grains, seafood, lemon and a LOT of extra virgin olive oil. At the time I thought it was weird to be the only kid at lunchtime with a salmon salad but now I am super thankful for learning to eat healthy at such a young age! It's stuck with me.

Do you have a favorite workout?
I love to train my core! Am I the only person to ever say that? Be honest ;) I think a lot of people don't realize that your core is a complex series of muscles extending far beyond your abs, including everything besides your arms and legs. It is incorporated in almost every movement of the human body. So whatever it is that you do - run, swim, bike, box, yoga, etc - you will benefit from training your core. 

How did you first get interested in fitness?
I've been an athlete my whole life; I played basketball and track in high school and was always hitting the gym in college. But what really solidified my fitness journey was when my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I saw the impact a healthy diet and exercise had on her recovery process and knew I wanted to lead a fit, healthy, wholesome lifestyle for as long as I'm here to do so. That's part of the reason I decided to become a trainer! I want to help people feel good, look good, and do good for their bodies! 

What are your top health and wellness goals for 2019? Any advice for others trying to set some of their own?
My top wellness goal for 2019 is to move my body in new ways. Let's be honest - any and all wellness goals are good goals because you are focusing on bettering yourself through healthy diet and exercise. But often I find that we get really comfortable with our routines and tend to do the same stuff over and over again. Your body needs to move in all sorts of ways to remain healthy, nimble, and alert. I'm focused on challenging my body to do new things like adding swimming into the mix - which will add a great balance of resistance training and cardio to my current routine. I'm also trying really hard to be better at stretching - IT HURTS. Foam rollers? Barf. But you know what, I know it's good for me so here I am trying to do it. My best advice for anyone setting a wellness goal is to find ways to make it fun because that is what will help you stick with it and turn a goal into a lifestyle!