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Kim Hartwell

Kim discovered her passion for fitness in New York, and studied at the National Academy of Sports Science. Along with her fitness lifestyle she is also a model and fitness model. Kim teaches at PBB, alongside her personal training and modelling. 

What got you interested in fitness in the first place? 

I’ve always loved sports since I was I kid. My poor mum was always dragging me to one after school club or another. I played basketball for my school, county and eventually region as a youngster. However, I really started to learn about how to look after my body when I started modelling. I would always go to the gym but not quite know how to channel my inner fit girl and sportiness. It was when we moved to New York for 3 years that it really set in how much passion I had for wellness as a whole. The fitness scene is incredible there. I saw so many awesome people really smashing their fitness goals and it inspired me to pursue the gym more. I’d always gone to classes, run and worked out at the gym but hadn’t always known the best way to channel it. I decided to pursue my passion and study to be a personal trainer and fitness instructor. This in turn went hand in hand with my modelling, and increasingly fitness modelling.

Who inspires you? 

People who rock up to class and give me their all. No half measures just good old fashion grit and sweat. My mum is my number one inspiration. We’ve always been extremely close and her endless positivity, boundless energy and drive to live a happy life (even when the going gets tough) has taught me to stay focused and committed to the important things in life.

Why did you choose to teach at PBB?

Its the best studio by far in the area. I like that I can mix my HIIT and TRX training into my sessions. I love that there is a communal vibe to the place. The girls that show up week in, week out to my class are awesome. Great energy, great focus and genuinely lovely people that want to get fit. We work our classes hard and they give their all, its so inspiring.

Where did you study fitness and health? 

In New York. I studied the National Academy of Sports Science (NASM-CPT) Chartered Personal Training qualification. I have since also trained to be a Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES). I also hold a TRX Level 1 certification and AFAA Group Instructor qualification.

How do you stay motivated?

You can always better your best. Sure there’s times where I don’t feel like going to the gym but I know my workouts make me feel the happiest and best I can. I love the strength it gives me. The more you see results (not necessarily always aesthetically), you see yourself lift heavier, move better, stronger, faster, you get committed and focus. If you want results you will make it happen. I can only motivate my clients the small percentage of time that I get with them. The best form of motivation is from the inside. You have to want it for yourself. Do it for the “Hell yeah I got strong. I am fit. I am healthy and I feel flippin’ great for it!” You also have to find something you like doing. You’ll never be able to sustain something you don’t enjoy. Do what makes you happy and the rest will follow.

Which classes do you teach at PBB?

HIIT & Tone, TRX Blast