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Personal Trainer, Bikini Fitness Athlete, British Bodybuilding Champion…. Karina Frelich goes from strength to strength.

Karina Krelich is a personal trainer who believes that motivation and balance are the keys to fitness success. She also believes in setting small goals and that working out should be fun!

Hi, please introduce yourself to our readers:

Hi, my name is Karina and I am a full time personal trainer living in Dubai. I am also a competitive bikini fitness athlete for the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB).


How long have you been a personal trainer?

I started my career 3 years ago.


If you had to define all that you do in a title, what would you say?

Try to live every day to be a better version of you.


What is the difference between working with a personal trainer compared to exercising alone?

Definitely motivation. A personal trainer is there with you every step of your journey. I know how to keep my clients motivated so they achieve their goals. Also injury prevention. As a professional I guide you on every exercise to make sure your form is correct and your body can stay healthy and injury free.

How would you describe your philosophy about being fit and healthy?

It’s all about balance. You need to find how ‘fit and healthy’ can work for you. You don’t have to spend hours in the gym and eat only salads. A good balanced diet and exercise 4-5 times a week sounds more realistic and will bring you amazing results if you decide to go for personal training.


How do you make sure each person’s training plan is truly personalised?

Before I start a program with any new client we go through an assessment session to find out about flexibility, mobility, strength and also nutritional partners. After I have all this information I am ready to design a program just for you!


What are some tips you have for people looking to get into shape?

Just start today! Don’t wait any longer. Set yourself a small goal first so it’s easier to achieve it. Drink 3 liters of water per day and walk for 20 minutes 4 times per week. See if you can stick to it for 1-2 weeks. After you succeed set another goal.


What are some mistakes people make when working out?

They are impatient and do too much at the beginning! If you’re just starting at the gym and you start with training twice a day the chances are you will quickly give up as the volume will be too big. ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ and the same applies to your body. Start slow and speed it up each week. Also get a good workout program to know what to do once you get to the gym or simply sign in with a personal trainer to guide you.

What’s your favourite quote or mantra you can’t live without?

If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.


Who or what gives you the most inspiration?

My mother. She is the one who thought me how to live a healthy balanced lifestyle and stay active while working, being a housewife and raising 3 children.


How do your workouts differ from other workouts out there?

I make it fun! Each person has their own preferences. I try to find what motivates them and which workouts they enjoy. No more boring gym sessions!


Who are your fitness idols?

Michelle Lewin.


Fuelling your body and living lean takes work. Please share your typical meal for…

First thing upon waking: glass of water

Morning:  oats with banana and egg white omelette

Lunch:  chicken breast with quinoa salad

Supper: salmon with sweet potato and vegetables

Snacks or sweets: dark chocolate (80-90%) and walnuts

Favourite beverage: black coffee


Tell us about some of your achievements you are proud of?

Back in 2015, I won the British Championship in Bodybuilding. Becoming a British Champion opened the door to represent the UK on the international stage all over the world. This was my proudest moment in my fitness journey.


How, when and why did you move to Dubai?

I moved to Dubai 8 months ago simply because I love the sun and hot weather. Dubai is also very good for personal training as people want to keep fit and healthy here!


How is the fitness scene different in Dubai compared to the UK?

People pay more attention to body appearance as it’s always summer weather so you can’t hide behind a winter jacket.


Do you have any tips or tricks to living healthy, lean and fit?

Find something that gives you joy. Try running, classes, boxing, swimming etc. There is something for everyone. Treat your body with respect, fuel it with good food – no junk – as it needs to serve you for years.


If people have 10 minutes a day, what can they do?

It’s hard to fit a workout in 10 minutes but I still try to look for alternatives. Go to work on your bicycle, take a walk round the office, go for a walk in your lunch hour. There is always time, you just need to organize it better.

So where can everyone keep up with you to learn more?

You can find me on Instagram @karina_frelich_pt_dxb or Facebook Karina Frelich Fitness.


Your message for us at CP magazine?

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak out. I hope I will motivate some of the readers and that’s a big success for me!

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