Trained as a gymnast at an early age, Monika went on to become a dancer in her adolescent years, before pursuing a career in fitness and wellbeing.
What got you interested in fitness in the first place?
I have always been active growing up at school and spending a lot of time on the beach and in the nature during long summer holidays. In addition, my mum had a ladies’ sport studio since my teenage years and I used to attend a lot of classes there. This interest in staying fit and healthy stayed with me into my adult years which eventually led to my own further career in fitness and training.
Who inspires you?
I get inspired by many individuals every day, especially as social media empowers us to have a peak into so many people’s lives who do and achieve amazing things. One day it can be a professional ultra-endurance athlete, the next an ordinary girl who decided to take control of her life and commit to a better self through healthy balanced nutrition and exercise. My parents inspire me, as both my mum and my dad, are very active and health-conscious. And of course my clients who endure my hard sessions!
Why did you choose to teach at PBB?
I met and got to know Paola and her amazing work at South Kensington Club where I previously worked as a personal trainer. I decided to take a little break from London life and went travelling the Himalayas. After coming back, I knew that I would love to teach at PBB, so I got in contact with Paola. I love the studio, the atmosphere, the concept and people that come there. And what a great woman Paola is! :)
Where did you study fitness and health?
I gained my initial Exercise to Music qualification back in 2012 at YMCA followed by my personal training certification at Premier. A lot of my knowledge was advanced at Equinox and their Institute of Education as well as at the Nike Training Club. Health and fitness is a constantly changing industry, and I keep educating myself continuously: be it various seminars, physiology books or an online course.
How do you stay motivated?
Motivation is key in achieving anything in life. And sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated at every step of the way. I believe that routine is key to sticking to your goals, as well as knowing where you want to get - having that final goal in mind. Additionally, I find information/knowledge to be quite empowering. When it comes to my body, the more I understand about it, the more I want to eat healthy and stay active. Those two aspect are so important to our physiology that once you gained better insight into how your cells, metabolism, organ systems or brain work, and how they get affected, it’s hard to ignore the need for balanced nutrition and exercise. And once you get going, usually you are pulled into a positive cycle, where you eat better, you feel better, you exercise more, and so on...
Which classes do you teach at PBB?
Hiit and Tone, PBB Below and TRX Core/Barre!