We ask three questions to BODY EDIT founder, Kate Horwood, in the fourth part of our interview series with inspiring individuals. Kate shares her influences and ethos just in time to rescue our New Years' resolutions.
Three Questions to Kate Horwood
In January many people put 'getting fit' at the top of their to-do list. In the spirit of beginning 2015 on the right foot we talked to BODY EDIT founder, Kate Horwood.
BODY EDIT is a new-wave barre method that sculpts, tightens and realigns your entire body. It achieves quick results, increases fat-burning and boosts metabolism for hours after a workout. Colour us intrigued.
If you need another reason to workout visit BODY EDIT for five reasons exercise will boost your mood in these dreary months. Otherwise, learn the inspirations behind this aspirational brand.
1. What brought you to dedicate yourself to health and fitness?
I grew up with my Mother being very interested in health and fitness so I was exposed to health food and whole range of fitness activities as a child. It wasn't until I reached my late teens however that I became more aware of calories, diets and how my body was affected aesthetically because of exercise and nutrition.
I'd always been slim and athletic looking but in all honesty I was never entirely happy with my body. Up until that point, I felt that nothing really ever got my body looking and feeling like I wanted it to.
That was until, I discovered ‘barre’ classes at my new gym in NYC. The advert in my gym sold it to me saying, “Get the dancers’ body you’ve always wanted.” I thought to myself, “Actually dancers do have great figures whatever their natural shape and build. They have this fluid, balanced, healthy silhouette with a strong but elegant posture. That’s what I want!”
Within a couple of months of starting the barre classes this is exactly what I got and I was hooked! I felt as though my body was finally in sync - strong and balanced, lean but not skinny, with no bulky, lumpy areas. For the first time ever I actually felt completely happy with my body.
I also loved how invigorated and supple I felt after class and I didn’t have to worry about what I ate anymore because the lean muscle I’d created burnt calories 24/7!
After three years of attending barre classes, I left New York and returned to London. At the time I couldn’t find any barre classes in London, so I started training myself at home using various barre method DVDs.
I spent a number of years studying and experimenting with the many methods which eventually led me to design my own versions of the moves and create my most effective overall workout.
And so the BODY EDIT method was born! Now, three years on, I’m busy training private clients and teaching classes in Central London.
2. What makes your method unique?
I've combined a number of methods to create the moves and exercises I teach. There’s barre, pilates and Tracy Anderson's principles. Alongside, myofascial bodywork where we utilise the body's muscle chains. This is opposed to the old fashioned way of isolating one muscle group at a time.
The routines vary for every class, there is no set formula except for the main order in which I strategically work the muscles. I am always creating new variations of the moves and therefore continually challenging the mind and body.
The focus of my work has evolved organically over the past couple of years, based on the people I work with and where I feel I can be of best service. As a result, I recently launched the BODY EDIT: RESET Program designed to create mind-body transformation from the inside out.
I felt the need to offer my clients a more holistic approach, looking at nutrition, body image and detoxification. Additionally, to the muscular body-work, which is the foundation of my method.
3. How would you sum up your life philosophy?
My life philosophy is to love yourself, from a health and fitness perspective. Loving yourself means strengthening your body and using it to its full physical capacity through exercise. Ideally, finding an exercise regime you enjoy!
As the ancient Greek Philosopher Plato wisely said, “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.”
Loving yourself also looks like nourishing your body and mind with nutrient rich, clean unprocessed and organic foods. It’s not putting yourself through punishing fitness regimes or strict diets.
You may get quick short term results this way but your body and mind will not be relaxed and happy and those results never last! Remember, everything you put in your body is used as the building blocks for your cells.
I personally try to live life by certain rules. Firstly, eat good quality, clean, whole foods. Always drink lots of water. Exercise on a regular basis mixing up short bursts of high intensity cardio, with strategic muscle work with an emphasis on whole body weight moves (i.e. BODY EDIT!).
Stretch to ease out the muscles and stay flexible. Sleep well and allow yourself time to just rest. Enjoy nature - get out in the greenery on a regular basis. Laugh as much as possible. Make time for the things you love doing and the people you love spending time with. Follow your passions, take risks, be your own best friend and strive to live in the moment.