Let's Get Physical

Los Angeles trainer Kenta Seki is motivation for your New Year’s resolutions

This post is the first in a series of Queerty interviews with models, trainers, dancers, and, well, people who can inspire the rest of us to stay in shape this holiday season and beyond.

Name: Kenta Seki, 31

Occupation: I’m fortunate to work in many areas of the fitness industry. In addition to training private clients and teaching group classes, I record classes for the #1 audio fitness app Aaptiv, and have hundreds of audio workouts for people to follow along with, including HIIT, abs, weight training, and even a 5 week Yoga program! I also have workout videos available streaming online that were produced by my good friend, fitness icon Jillian Michaels.

Home: Los Angeles

Favorite gym: I’m kind of embarrassed to admit it, but I actually have 4 different gym memberships. Which one I go to depends on how I’m feeling. If I feel like lying low and getting in a serious workout, I avoid the scene of West Hollywood and hit an LA Fitness a little closer to my house. Otherwise, I occasionally work out at Equinox or Crunch.

Favorite exercise playlist: I generally stick with House, Pop, Electronic, or Hip Hop- anything that’s upbeat and keeps me moving.

Best workout food: Something low in sugar. You don’t want to have a lot of sugar in your bloodstream when you workout or your body will burn through that first, instead of going to your fat as a source of energy. Nuts, yogurt, oatmeal, protein bars or shakes are some good examples of the foods to focus on.

Favorite athletic outfit: I don’t like fitness clothes that are too stiff or limit my range of motion. Whatever you can move around in and makes you feel confident! If you want to wear booty shorts, you do you, honey.

How do you balance staying in shape and having fun? I love having a good time, and definitely have a drink (or 3) every couple weekends, but my health is my priority and I know if I let loose one weekend then I have to make up for it with at least 1-2 weeks of healthy eating, working out, and drinking a lot of water. If I start to notice I’m partying a little too often I like to go completely sober for anywhere from 1-12 months just to detox my body and keep it in balance.

Tips for staying in shape:

1. Set a larger goal and break it up into smaller targets to hit along the way. Sometimes a large goal is intimidating & seems really difficult to achieve, so breaking it up into smaller targets makes your goal seem more attainable and will keep you motivated!
2. Don’t give up just because you slipped a little. If you have a bad day, or weekend, or even week with your goal, don’t give up completely! Get back up and pick up where you left off. You don’t need to wait til the next New Year to keep working towards your goal- every day is an opportunity to better yourself.
3. Surround yourself with as much motivation as you can. Make playlists of songs that hype you up, create a photo album on your phone and save motivational pics, or create a saved album on your Instagram of pictures that inspire you.”

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