“We can look at this photo and clearly see a physical transformation, but what has happened INSIDE while the girl on the left became the girl on the right…I cannot show you, but I can try to tell you. It’s never too late to start transforming yourself, and there is NO TIMELINE. There are years between these photos. Don’t quit, I promise the gain is worth it.” —Kylie
Name: Kylie Kaiser
City/State: Nashville, TN
What do you do for work?: Online Fitness Coach
What sports/activities do you participate in?:
Recently, I have gotten into bodybuilding! I am currently prepping for my very first show, and will make my NPC Bikini debut on November 10th. From 2015-2017, I was involved in competitive power-lifting. I participated in two different meets through the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate during that time.
When did you first begin your fitness journey?:
I consider my true “beginning” when I was introduced to weight-lifting in 2013. I did a lot of “fad-diets,” and cardio and/or workout DVDs for years prior to that during college, but once I was introduced to weight-lifting and what it can do…I really haven’t turned back since. My weight and dedication has fluctuated, like most people, over the fast five years, but I’ve always found my way back to the iron.
I struggled with my weight, and as a result, my body image, for a very long-time. Once I had a few friends introduce me to weight lifting, and then eventually got into a routine that worked for me (through an online coach, actually) while I was in grad school, my perspective on the fitness world changed. I have always struggled the most with staying consistent with nutrition, but I fell in love with working out very quickly — it’s what led me to powerlifting, initially. I loved the shift in mindset from what my body could DO more than just focusing on how it could LOOK. Over the last two years, I really struggled to feel fulfilled in my career choices, and realized it’s because the passion wasn’t there. So, I got certified through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA), and launched my own coaching business in January of 2018.
What do you love most about being a fitness coach?:
The impact it has on people beyond just their physical transformation is so rewarding!! Communicating with my clients and learning about their lives, their struggles, and helping them through positive thinking has fulfilled me in ways no other job has, and when they send me amazing before and after photos….that’s just icing on the cake. The messages of gratitude I get, the excited updates about PR’s, etc. make my day every single time.
What would you say is the most difficult thing about being an online fitness coach?:
This is the first time I have had a job where I don’t know exactly how much money is coming in, when it will come, etc. I have always been a “planner” personality, so it’s been a really big and challenging shift for me as far as balancing finances go, as well as my time. Being your own boss has so, so many perks — but it is also harder to hold yourself accountable when you work from home than I think a lot of people realize!
What does your nutrition and diet look like?:
I follow the “if it fits your macros” (IIFYM) approach! It has been life-changing for me whenever I’ve stuck to it, and it has been the easiest to remain consistent with for me. Right now, it is the method my prep coach (Justin Mihaly) and I use as well. At this moment, I am about two weeks out from my show….so my caloric intake overall is low, but off-season is around the corner and I am excited about increasing food in a way that will help my body work hard in the gym and put on some muscle!
How do your goals influence your nutrition & diet?:
Right now, as a bikini competitor, they influence every single food-choice I make. Everything is perfect! After my show, they will still be influenced heavily, but I’ll definitely be relaxing a bit when it comes to social situations and things like that.
On an average week, what does your training regimen look like?:
Typically, I strength train 5-6 days a week — whether I am in prep, or not. For this prep, I am doing cardio 6 days a week as well, but that will decrease significantly in the weeks following my show.
What is your favorite body part/muscle group to train, and why?:
Back!!! I just love back movements. They always make feel powerful because it’s one of my stronger areas. My back has also always been one of my fastest areas to see physical changes and definition as well, so that’s an added bonus and motivator.
What advice would you give to someone who is first beginning their fitness journey?:
Go slowly….I can’t even begin to express how often I failed because I wanted the fastest program instead of the most effective. You have to find something that fits your lifestyle (to an extent — I say this because making a change requires some level of discomfort no matter what!). If you are not going to be able to keep up a diet or workout routine for more than 30 days, it’s not going to be beneficial for you. I’d also say to be kind to yourself, and celebrate every victory — especially small ones. We all love dramatic before and after photos, but there are so many small victories to acknowledge between those photos that can really help you stay motivated and will do way more good than picking apart your body every week, or beating yourself up for three days over a meal you shouldn’t have eaten.
What is your favorite thing about TrueNutrition.com?:
I was shocked by True Nutrition’s affordability, considering the quality of the product! I also think it is really cool that so many products are totally customizable, even though I keep my selections pretty basic.
What TrueNutrition products do you personally use to maintain your nutrition and dietary goals?:
Whey Isolate Protein Powder, Creatine Monohydrate, and Essential Amino Acids!
What is your favorite hobby/pass-time?:
Other than working out (which truly is my main hobby!), I love to read when I make the time. I absolutely love going to see live music, and I love traveling and want to do a lot more of that this coming year.
Favorite cheat meal?:
Pizza is life. If a magic genie gave me just one wish, I’d use it to make pizza calorie-free! Haha.
What’s a fun, weird, and/or interesting fact about yourself?:
I am a shameless mega Taylor Swift fan! As in, I started going to her concerts when I was fifteen years old. I’m twenty-seven now, and just attended my 18th one of hers in August. I really admire strong songwriters, and she’s a fantastic performer and role model as a business woman in in the entertainment industry.
Anything else you’d like us to know about you?:
My weight loss/fitness journey, like most, has not been linear! It may seem like I have it all together when it comes to working out, diet, etc, but I think that can be misleading. No one is motivated every single day — that’s where discipline comes in. I’ve made this choice to treat my body a certain way, and I honor that choice as much as possible. I feel like that is important to share to anyone who may be struggling to get started who is reading this, or visiting my social pages. I try to be transparent and let people know that I really do understand where they are coming from because genetics are certainly not in my favor, I was not an “athlete” in high school or college, and I really, truly struggled for years before I figured this all out. If I can do it, anyone can!
Can we follow you on social? (Instagram, etc.):
Absolutely! I’d love for you to check me out. My main platform is Instagram, but I also am on Facebook, and have a website.