I Am A Mogul because I am inspiring people to live a longer, healthier, happier life by offering a more realistic role model for fitness and leading the discussion that our health goals should not be about a number on the scale or a size. We are all different and we should not be told that we have to look like the ripped and shredded fitness people out there to be considered fit. For some of us, including me, that is not my goal.
My body type has been through the entire spectrum – from a size 4, no bodyfat dancer, choreographer and fitness instructor to a size NOT 4 (haha) mother with a full-time career with new priorities and goals. I looked amazing in a bikini and I didn’t mind eating boiled chicken and working out all day. But I’m older and wiser and my priorities have changed and I don’t need to fit into a bikini to feel good about myself and we shouldn’t make people feel like failures because they will never look like the fitness experts on TV.
I have been in over twenty fitness videos and when I was in the 21 Day Fix series as the modifier, I was blown away by all the comments I got from people who said that I had inspired and motivated them simply because I looked more like them and wasn’t intimidating. Just by being me, I had given them the “ok” to not feel badly about the way they looked. I don’t make excuses for myself or others. I could be a size 4 again with ripped abs, but with my lovely family genes, that would mean a very strict diet and a ton of exercise. No fun at all. I’m not one of those women who can eat anything and not gain weight (I have a few friends who are like this – I am so jealous!). I spent years depriving myself and I am now at a place in my life where if I want some brie and wine, I’m going to have it. I’m still on my fitness journey to lose some weight, but that “super” body I had before is no longer a priority.
There are many studies on how skinny fashion models, “perfect looking” celebrities and social media stars make us feel badly about ourselves. The conversation about this is open and honest but no one is addressing the same issue that similar role models in fitness are discouraging and alienating people and therefore not helping their health at all. I hope to open this conversation and lead the movement to take the intimidation out of fitness. I started KatNapfitness.com, an online membership fitness program to bring common sense fitness to real people. I lead the workouts, and have people of all sizes and ages in my videos, offering motivation and inspiration for everyone, no matter what their level of fitness is at right now. My motto for people is, “IF Kat can do it, I can do it!” I do burpees and planks next to skinny people half my age (high five to me!).
It is estimated that 65% of American women are considered plus size and the average dress size for the American woman is a size 14, so why are there no role models for this demographic? I plan to change that. Just offering a more realistic body type for fitness can mean the difference between someone exercising and achieving their health goals and someone feeling defeated and not even trying. Yes, it’s that simple. By being true to myself and being realistic about my goals and trying to reach a life balance – “everything in moderation”, then I can hopefully help and inspire people to do the same and to care enough about themselves to take care of themselves and to find joy in their lives in a fun, fit and healthy way. I honestly can’t think of a better purpose in life or a better time to do it. After all, it’s all about quality of life. When you’re a grandma, do you want to be able to play and run around with your grandkids at the park or follow them in a scooter? I plan to be running around.
I am honored to be a MOGUL! #IAmAMogul
Kat is the ONLY fitness professional who has a regular body but has the same credentials and experience (if not more) than all of the other leading fitness celebrities who are a size 2 with ripped and shredded bodies. Kat has been in the dance and fitness industry since she was 14 when she [...]