Life Lessons From Fit­sta­gram­mer Kayla Itsines

Kayla Itsines, 25, has be­come an In­sta­gram sen­sa­tion, re­spon­si­ble for shap­ing the bod­ies of her 5.3m fol­low­ers with her Bikini Body Guide – and we’re so on board. We sat down with her to find out what she’s learned on her jour­ney

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1 Be­lieve in your­self

‘Girls all over the world fol­low my work­outs and when I head up a boot camp, they come up to me and tell me their sto­ries. Some­times they cry and tell me I changed their life with my BBG plan but that’s not true. I tell them: “You did that your­self; that was all you.”’

2 Learn From Your Hard Times

‘Last year I launched my app and had a bit of back­lash [from peo­ple who’d al­ready paid for the plan on­line]. But I think it was just a case of me dis­rupt­ing the in­dus­try, which had pre­vi­ously been all about fad di­ets and ex­er­cise pro­grammes, whereas I just said: “Be healthy.” It’s now set­tled down and the girls love it. They tell me all the time.’

3 Be Nice

‘I like to treat ev­ery­one like fam­ily. I’m Greek and have a huge fam­ily, but I don’t get any spe­cial treat­ment. My grand­par­ents have no idea what I do. They tell me to go to uni­ver­sity and to get off my phone. They don’t get that it’s my work, but I like that.’

4Take The Day Off

‘I have days when I don’t feel mo­ti­vated to do any­thing, and I’m hon­est with my fol­low­ers. If I have my pe­riod, I let them know. They tell me it means they feel like they can re­lax and chill– it’s im­por­tant. Some girls are shocked when I tell them I eat pasta. Yes, I eat pasta. It’s OK! I also digi-detox by watch­ing Game Of Thrones with my boyfriend.’

5 Get a re­al­ity check

‘In­sta­gram’s amaz­ing, but it’s im­por­tant for me to be my­self on­line and to rep­re­sent the real me. Blog­ging’s hard be­cause girls are given prod­ucts and paid to talk about them, but I don’t. What you see is what you get.’

6 Stop Com­par­ing Your­self To Oth­ers

‘When it comes to post­ing, you won’t see me take a photo on a rainy day – I’ll post one on a sunny day. You see a lot of high­lights of peo­ple’s lives and it’s not al­ways real. It’s good to re­mem­ber that. A prime ex­am­ple is celebri­ties. They say they’re so in love and then sud­denly it’s all about di­vorce.’

7 trust Your in­stincts

‘i don’t want to sound like an id­iot, but i did ev­ery­thing the way i wanted to. i was re­ally sporty and be­cause i wanted to play bas­ket­ball and there was no girls’ team, i just joined the boys’ team. when my mum told me i wouldn’t be able to have a ca­reer in sport, i fol­lowed my in­stincts. i de­cided to do per­sonal train­ing and ev­ery­one was so against it, but i just did it. Fol­low your dreams. if you think it’s right, then it’s right. you don’t have to lis­ten to other peo­ple’s opin­ions. lis­ten to your­self. Girls take in a lot of out­side opin­ion and it’s not al­ways good.’

8 Ig­nore The Trolls

‘So­cial me­dia can be both a good and bad thing. I’m lucky be­cause my com­mu­nity and the way it’s built means that ev­ery­one has each other’s backs. In the be­gin­ning, I’d re-up­load pho­tos be­cause some peo­ple would com­ment, say­ing we’d Pho­to­shopped girls’ be­fore and af­ter pho­tos and I’d jus­tify that. That’s why I now tag peo­ple into the pho­tos so other girls can check them out. I just ig­nore the neg­a­tive and work on the pos­i­tive.’

9 don’t be­lieve Your own hype

‘My par­ents taught me to fo­cus on how you feel, not on how you look. I’m from Aus­tralia. Do­ing well isn’t a big thing. In the US and the UK, ev­ery­one thinks I’m so cool, but I’m like: “It’s just my job.”’

10 work with Great men­tors

‘I’m so ex­cited to work with Adi­das as I love their clothes and I’m quite par­tic­u­lar about what I wear. I only have a few out­fits and six pairs of train­ers. I usu­ally only wear white train­ers and they cre­ated a pair just for me. I was jump­ing up and down! As a rule, I don’t ac­cept gifts and send any­thing back that I re­ceive.’

We’re not alone in be­ing huge fans of Kayla’s

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