Kaitlyn kicking at the air

In high school I was a cheerleader, it wasn’t until my first year of college that I discovered my true love: mixed martial arts!

After seeing my first fight, I was hooked. Strength and fitness became my obsession.

I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in community health and became a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Now I create exercise and nutritional programs, like the IdealShape Up Challenge, and coach thousands of people every week.

I love helping people reach their ideal shape and I’m excited to help you too!


Diet or Exercise — Which One Will Help You Lose Weight Faster?

The truth is, you can’t have one without the other. Both exercise and nutrition are key factors when dealing with weight loss.

Before I started looking “fit,” I would work out like crazy, run miles without stopping but come home and eat a bag of cookies dipped in peanut butter. I thought because I was exercising so much I could eat whatever I wanted, but nope! I was still gaining weight.

It wasn’t until I combined healthy eating along with my physical activity that I began to see the changes I wanted. I have seen it the other way too, I have been injured in my fight training which puts me out of training for a little, I keep eating the same way I do while training, and end up gaining weight.

When you work out the more muscle you have the more calories you’ll burn, and when you eat the right way you’ll be able to work out effectively because you’ll feel good.

Working out and nutrition are like peanut butter and jelly, they just go together.

But how much time should you spend working out? Take the quiz to find out!