Location: Minneapolis, MN
Web Site: www.chrisfreytag.com
Describe your weekly fitness routine.
I’m a group fitness instructor and also addicted to working out in a group in the mornings. I teach a variety of classes 5 days a week and do one recovery day and typically one rest day. I teach spinning, kickboxing, HIIT, boot camp, strength, yoga and Pilates.
What’s in your gym bag?
TOO much stuff :) Always face wipes, headbands, change of clothes, heart rate monitor strap, stainless steel water bottle, my whistle (for bootcamp) and some snacks.
What fitness mantras keep you motivated?
“The body achieves what the mind believes.”
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
“Someone busier than you is running right now.”
And my three favorite words, “YES YOU CAN”.
What’s in your medicine cabinet?
I try to eat and juice my nutrition as best as possible but will supplement with Fish Oil, Multi Vitamin,and Vitamin D when needed. I also take Collagen +C and Hyaluronic acid and MSM for my joints, ligaments and skin.
In your opinion, what’s the ONE healthy habit that makes the biggest difference?
Strive for progress not perfection. I wrote a blog about it… too many people are all or nothing and that usually ends up with the NOTHING. I try to motivate people and give them a sense of pride with what they can do not what they can’t. I’ve learned that if I eat and live clean most of the time… a little slip up or set back won’t stop me!
What’s your go-to healthy snack?
Dried apples from Trader Joes – totally addicted and they can travel easy. Greek yogurt with almonds and blueberries. Carrots and homemade hummus.
What supplement gives you an edge in the gym? Why do you like it?
My own “homemade” Endorphins!!! I work out early morning– a small piece of fruit and a big bottle of COLD WATER!!
Name two of your favorite songs on your iPod’s workout mix.
“Wide Awake” by Katy Perry and “TillI Collapse” by Eminem… best song for hill climbing! But being a group fitness instructor – I have TONS of great playlists! .
What advice would you give someone who is just beginning to exercise?
There are plenty of obstacles in your path, don’t let yourself become one of them! So many quit due to slow progress never grasping that slow progress IS progress! Keep forging ahead and start at your level…it will help you enjoy it instead of loath it.
What’s the best fitness advice you ever received?
“Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” If you are dedicated, keep going, keep trying, and keep believing. Fit is a feeling… it’s more than what you see on the outside… it’s what’s inside too!