KaHee is the owner of KaHee Fitness. She specializes in personal training and image consulting and is also an NPC Bikini Competitor.
In this weeks QUESTions With, Kahee talks about keeping an open mind, being realistic, and always reaching for more.
What nutritional information have you learned that most people don’t know?
The quality of your food plays a significant role in your health. When possible, try to eat grass fed beef, wild caught fish, free range chicken, omega-3 eggs etc. Animals fed unatural diets can have an altered fatty acid profile high in omega-6 fatty acids. Throwing off the optimal ratio of 2:1, omega-6 to omega-3, can have adverse effects on your health.
What training information have you learned that most people don’t know?
I’ve learned to have an open mind when I step into the gym, and not to be restricted to the conventional uses of machines or basic exercises. I’ve manipulated a standard cable setup to work every muscle group. I’ve used a pull over machine to work triceps, a lat pull down machine for rear delts, and even an ab machine to mimic dips!
What are your three biggest nutrition pet peeves?
1) The so called experts that preach the USDA’s “Food Pyramid.”
2) Those that still believe it’s best to avoid dietary fats, but still consume refined carbs on a regular basis.
3) Maintaining an unhealthy diet has been made cheaper and more convenient for everyone. It’s like fighting an uphill battle!
What are the three things you see people doing in the gym that bother you most?
1) The people who do exercises that they shouldn’t be doing. I remember seeing two young girls doing burpees and their knees would clank together every time they jumped up! ouch!
2) The puddles of sweat left on benches for someone else to come clean up.
3) My all-time biggest pet peeve is watching Mr. Tough Guy yelling and screaming, pumping out quater rep squats, with the bar loaded way too much for him in the first place!
What is a quote that you live by?
“It’s usually the more difficult paths in life that are right ones to take.”
Who is your inspiration?
My birth mother. Even though I have never met her I can only imagine the amount of strength and courage it took to sacrifice her only daughter so I could have a better life. Her selfless act motives me everyday to reach for success, to never stop fighting and to help others discover their own strength and happiness.
Who or what got you started?
I’ve always been interested in fitness but as I grew older I became more concerned with my health. My birth father died of a heart condition when he was only 30 years old. This marked one of the biggest turning points in my life because I was given up for adoption a month later. The death of my father made me realize that if I didn’t take care of myself that I could suffer the same fate. I also had great interest in starting my own business and brand. Having a background in marketing and having success in the corporate world I decided to take a risk and pursue something I was truly passionate about. I grew tired of the 12 hour days so one day I just left if all behind and I have never looked back. I must say I have never lived a more happy, fulfilling, passionate life!
What is one piece of advice you give to new lifters?
Be realistic. Don’t expect results in a matter of days or just a few weeks. Unrealistic expectations can cause you to lose hope and motivation when you don’t achieve those results. Work hard, be consistent, and you’ll get where you want eventually.
What is one piece of advice you give to seasoned lifters?
Don’t get complacent! After doing what we do for so long, it’s easy to catch yourself going through the motions from workout to workout. Continue to strive for the next level, reach a new PR, or even start preparing for a competition!
What’s your goal for 2011?
To totally transform my physique in the next 12 weeks and launch my first set of fitness e-books!!
What body part do you struggle with the most, and what have you done to overcome the problem?
My back is the only thing I feel is lagging behind. I scheduled my back training at the beginning of the week, so I’m fresh from a day off and ready to hit it hard. I’ve also incorporated a high intensity/low volume training style to really maximize muscle stimulation in my back. So far it seems to be doing the trick!
What does your typical diet consist of?
I’m currently preparing for a competition, so I’m following a ketogenic diet. My diet consists of high protein, moderate fat, and low carbs. My protein sources come from quality meats, eggs, and protein shakes. My fat sources come from eggs, nuts, nut butters, extra virgin olive oil, and macadia nut oil. My carb sources come from fibrous green vegetables. Thankfully, with so little net carbs, I’m allowed to eat Quest Bars when I’m on the go and dieting 😉