Here you have it, my secrets revealed. This is what works for ME…there is absolutely no guarantee that it will work for you.
Since making the change from being a full-time Professional Ballet Dancer to a full-time Personal Trainer, I have definitely had to watch my daily activity and food intake. I must admit, I was a bit worried at first that I would gain weight or lose muscle tone. Luckily, this simply didn’t happen! With a dialed-in diet and workout plan, I have been able to maintain my “ballerina” weight and actually improve upon my physical appearance.
Workouts- As a Personal Trainer, I train up to 8 clients a day which gives me a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate exercises and workout with my clients at times. Sometimes I perform and demonstrate the same exercises with 3 different clients in one day. This definitely keeps me toned! If you want the honest truth, I don’t weight train a whole lot on my own. I go through a dynamic strength training, Plyometric and abdominal workout 2 days per week for 45 minutes max. If I’m feeling a little heavy or bloated I will do skipping cardio combinations on the Treadmill for 30 minutes. I also make sure that I’m taking a ballet class, or pilates class at least 1 morning per week to stay limber. With almost 20 clients, it’s hard to find time for yourself!
Diet- I eat what I want. Yes, I said it. The difference is that I eat in moderation frequently throughout the day. I eat lots of fresh foods, fruits and vegetables, and lean protein. Here is an example of a typical day for me; Breakfast-1 cup Vanilla Yogurt with assorted fresh Berries and flax seed. Lunch-Tuna or Turkey Sandwich on Wheat Bread or a Large salad. Afternoon Snack- Apple or Orange. Dinner- Grilled Salmon or Chicken with Broccoli and 1/2 cup Basmati Rice. It’s all about portion control. Resist getting seconds. If I need something fast, I eat Mexican food. Restaurants like Rubios or La Salsa are great, healthy Mexican Restaurants. Just ask for the sauce or dressing on the side and ask for “no cheese” and “no chips!”
Being raised in a Vegetarian family definitely made me aware of healthy choices as a child. I feel that this is something that is lacking in a lot of areas of the country where families think it is acceptable to raise their kids on Big Macs.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my Exercise and Diet habits. If you are interested in finding the best daily workout and meal plan, please visit www.nikolklein.com.