This post is part of 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: John Kim, 23 (@jkswam)
Occupation, besides training: I also coach swimming. I coach swimmers from 4-18. Love the environment and teaching the youth about sports, getting active and having fun!
Home: Washington, DC
Favorite Gym: Equinox Sports Club DC.
Recommended Work-Out Foods: Power Smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, bananas, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, and almond milk.
Favorite athletic outfit: Anything Lululemon, super short shorts.
How do you balance staying in shape and having fun out at the clubs? I balance staying in shape and having fun by making my workouts fun. Always changing it up, trying new methods of training, equipment, and training with friends. My biggest goal with every client is making each workout fun so it’s not a chore, it becomes a part of life!
Tip for staying in shape: Track your progress. Log your workouts, what you did, sets, weights, etc.
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