Disclosure ~ This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fabletics. All opinions expresses are that of Living Smart Girl.
If you’ve heard of Kate Hudson, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of her sportswear clothing line, Fabletics, which was started in 2013 to provide women with stylish sports and leisure wear at an affordable price. It started exclusively as an online subscription service with VIP pricing for members who agree to sign up with their email address and receive a notification on the 1st of each month to make a purchase selection. Fabletics has since branched out into a line of sportswear for men called FL2 and, most recently, has started opening stores throughout the US.
The style and quality is comparable to Lululemon and Athleta but at a fraction of the price. I have many pieces from Fabletics – everything from capris and leggings to tanks and sweatshirts and I wear them all the time while teaching group fitness classes or running errands on the weekend.
I was lucky enough to be asked to attend the Fabletics Grand Opening store at the Mall of America on May 21 and along with that, received a free outfit but more importantly, was able to snag a few minutes to interview Nicole Stuart, who just happens to be Kate Hudson’s personal trainer! Not only was Nicole Stuart the most welcoming and warm person to sit down with and chat about health & fitness, but I also learned that she lived in Minnesota for a few years when she was a child. I got the impression that she was happy to be back visiting a place that has a special place in her heart and has a little familiarity to it☺
I was able to sit down with Nicole and ask her a few questions between her sending fun Snapchats and talking with shoppers about their selections – she was loving it!
How do you motivate yourself to stay in shape?
“I’ve created a habit within myself, you have to do it over the course of time. And I’ve just had a baby and I haven’t felt like myself lately. The point I’m trying to make is I always never want to workout; there’s that one little piece of my brain that says, “No I don’t want to work out, I want to eat pizza!” And I do this for a living!!! But I’ve trained the other part of my brain to say “no!” you’re going to do it. It’s not going to be easy.
How do you motivate your celebrity clients when they’re so busy with work, traveling, etc.?
“When I show up they’re like “Ugh” but I don’t take it personally. They’re always happy when I come and they’re always happy when I leave; when it’s over. That’s the biggest reward. If you’re even a little ounce of active you’re going to feel better. It’s like a free prescription!”
What is the most effective workout for a busy person who only has 30 minutes?
“The quickest thing is to go for a run, walk around your block a few times – maybe walk the first one, run the next one, walk the last time around. Try to do things that will trick it up for you. Since having my baby the thought of running up a hill has been hard for me so what I’ve been doing is tricking myself –running 5 steps, walking 5 steps, 5 lunges, 5 leg lifts. By the time I’m thinking about what’s next I’m at the top of the hill. I think that’s the best way to motivate yourself. And change it up too, there’s so much more access in the world than there has ever been – YouTube, apps, classes and my app that I created for my clients called QE2.”
What’s your favorite move? The one you dread but you know is going to be effective?
“Pilates. The Hundred and the Series of 5. The Pilates Series of 5 that believes that if you did these 5 moves you’d maintain your flexibility and core strength.”
What are the biggest trends you’re seeing in the health and fitness industry right now?
“There’s a class that I took with Kate, and she mentions it in her Shape Magazine article called The Class. It’s a super aggressive way of working out but I’m more into yoga and Pilates because I feel more at peace. But that’s just me – there are people out there who want a crazy intense workout.”
What workout would you recommend for someone who is new to exercise and what would you recommend from someone who is experienced and ready to step it up a notch?
“That’s kind of tricky! If it’s Pilates you have to do it over and over to get to the more advanced level. Anyone who is a novice with their body of course should do the beginning moves and then build on that. For someone who is more advanced you could to the Series of 5 and then do a whole mat class with them after. But then you can always do something like lunges – that could be a beginning or an advanced move. It’s a layering process kind of like when you start a new job, you don’t know what to do but the more you do it the better you get.”
Was there a single moment or deciding factor when you knew this was what you wanted to do?
(Chuckles) “I’ve never been asked that question before. It’s funny because I never set out to be a trainer, let alone a celebrity trainer. There are those times in your life with people you meet and all of a sudden your life changes. I moved to LA to act and then I started training and all of a sudden I met Mari Winsor and that was definitely a turning point for me because I was waitressing. I was waitressing until 3 or 4 in the morning and then I’d go to the Pilates studio at 6am and started learning there and then I was a dancer. I felt like I understood it. And then I started working with Courtney Love first; through Courtney I met Kate and it just sort of happened. I would say another defining moment was meeting Kate. She came to me as she was shooting Almost Famous and needed Pilates. I think you can count the number of people on your hand that you meet and your life changes from that interaction. I never really knew I wanted to be a trainer, it just sort of happened. I feel so lucky that I’m a part of this movement with Fabletics and Kate has been generous enough to include me in all of this”
If you would like to learn more about Nicole Stuart, check out her website, www.NicoleStuart.com and her app available for iPhone and Android called QE2 and QE2 Second Edition.
And of course if you’re in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, I highly recommend you swing by the new Fabletics store at the Mall of America. Otherwise make sure to go to the Fabletics website (Fabletics.com) and check out the active wear and accessories at affordable prices!
Annie Sperides blogs on MadDashAnnie.com where she regularly shares a variety of exercises and healthy recipes. A Minnesota native, Annie resides in Minneapolis with her husband and is expecting their first baby in August 2016. In addition to blogging, Annie is also a group fitness instructor and enjoys running, DIY projects and spending time with family & friends.