The celebrity Pilates instructor behind fashion designer Pip Edwards’ lean physique has shared the morning routine that keeps her looking and feeling her best.
Kirsten King, who runs the Sydney Pilates studio Fluidform Pilates, said while every morning is different, she does typically have a few things that are non-negotiable each day.
‘My mornings always start in the studio meeting with clients overseas and finding the time to do breath work and morning movement,’ Kirsten said.
The celebrity Pilates instructor behind fashion designer Pip Edwards’ lean physique has shared the morning routine that keeps her looking and feeling her best (Kirsten King pictured)
Kirsten King, who runs the Sydney Pilates studio Fluidform Pilates (pictured with Pip Edwards), said she trains clients and then prioritises three daily movements for herself
She told The Beauty Chef: ‘Breathing is one of the most powerful tools we have.
What are the three movements Kirsten swears by?
* Breathing: Lie flat on your back and take three deep breaths, making sure you breathe down as deep as your belly, which will engage every deep core muscle.
* Pelvic curl: Lie flat on a mat with your knees up and curl up your body, starting with your lower back and moving right the way through to your upper back. Pelvic curls are the ‘key to pelvic mobility and balance throughout the lower body and spine’.
* Plank: Kirsten finishes her morning movement with a plan, which is a total body exercise that engages your entire back chain and holds your body upright.
‘Not only does it purify our blood by increasing the oxygen throughout our body and eliminating toxins, it also helps alleviate stress and tension in the body and mind.’
Kirsten added: ‘When breathing is used properly, it engages every deep core muscle as well and acts as the foundation for our movement’.
Once she has met with her clients – who include the likes of Pip Edwards and model Elle Ferguson – and done her breathing work, Kirsten does two daily movements.
The first move is a pelvic curl.
To perform a pelvic curl, lie flat on a mat with your knees up but on the mat and then curl up your body, starting with your lower back and moving right the way through to your upper back.
Kirsten follows this with a plank as this is a ‘total body exercise that engages your entire back chain, which holds your body upright’.
‘A plank is used to set the body in a neutral position – optimal alignment – and it’s the ideal way to turn bad posture into good,’ Kirsten said.
‘It works your deep core muscles and challenges both your body and mind to achieve the positioning and strength to perfect the position.’
Kirsten (pictured in her studio) said one of the best things you can focus on each morning is your breathing, as deep belly breaths are one of the best things you can do to active your core
After her morning workout, Kirsten has some breakfast, which is typically something like avocado on toast with spinach and tomato and a chai latte, as well as some Beauty Chef products (left and right)
After her morning workout, Kirsten has some breakfast.
She said she occasionally does intermittent fasting, but eats ‘whatever’ she ‘feels’.
‘For some reason Monday to Wednesday I’m never hungry early when I wake, but by Thursday, I’m always starving,’ she said.
A typical breakfast might be something like avocado on toast with spinach and tomato and a chai latte, either made at home or picked up from a local cafe in between meetings and training.
What is Kirsten King’s morning routine?
First thing: Kirsten consults with clients from overseas and trains any clients she has for early sessions.
Morning: Kirsten does three movements without fail each morning. This includes breath work, followed by several pelvic curls and a plank. Kirsten said this helps her body to wake up for the day ahead.
Breakfast: Kirsten varies her breakfast between green smoothies, rolled oats and avocado on toast with spinach and tomatoes. She also likes to enjoy a chai latte.
After breakfast: Kirsten enjoys her supplements, which include an Adaptogen and a GLOW probiotic powder by The Beauty Chef. She stays hydrated by filling her water bottles with these for during the morning.
Weekday morning: Kirsten moves between her studios in Surry Hills and Clovelly teaching clients.
Weekend morning: Kirsten enjoys family time at the beach.
‘My staff fill our drink bottles with Hydration and Adaptogen supplements from The Beauty Chef every morning,’ Kirsten said, adding that she also loves the GLOW probiotic powder (both pictured)
Kirsten also likes to have some Adaptogen by The Beauty Chef, which helps to re-charge her energy and ‘heal’ her gut.
‘My staff fill our drink bottles with Hydration and Adaptogen supplements from The Beauty Chef every morning,’ Kirsten said.
‘The brand’s Well Spray is also perfect for our immunity as we teach so many different people daily.’
Kirsten said Sundays are typically spent with her family, either at home or ‘in the sunshine’ down at one of Sydney’s eastern suburbs beaches (pictured)
Kirsten said Sundays are typically spent with her family, either at home or ‘in the sunshine’ down at one of Sydney’s eastern suburbs beaches.
‘Most of my week days are spent between my studios in Surry Hills and Clovelly, teaching clients, filming workouts and planning for Fluidform Pilates at Home,’ Kirsten said.
She likes to keep her beauty routine as ‘natural’ as possible as her days are chaotic, and favours products with hero ingredients that are good for the skin such as Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair and The Beauty Chef’s Flora Fix Balm.
Kirsten King is responsible for for training the likes of Pip Edwards, Georgia Fowler, Elle Ferguson and Nicole Warne in Sydney, and insists no studio like hers exists anywhere else in the world (pictured with Pip Edwards)
Kirsten King is responsible for for training the likes of Pip Edwards, Georgia Fowler, Elle Ferguson and Nicole Warne in Sydney, and insists no studio like hers exists anywhere else in the world.
How does Pilates work?
* Pilates involves several functional movement based programs on Pilates equipment to improve your posture and strengthen your deep muscles.
* The studios are fully-equipped with the highest quality professional Pilates equipment including reformers, cadillacs, wunda chairs, high barrels, swiss balls and small apparatus.
‘I’m a strong believer in consistent, regular movement. Moving your body for just 20 to 30 minutes each day is much more beneficial than working out for an hour once or twice a week,’ Kirsten previously told FEMAIL.
‘This is what I practice personally between juggling work and home – I’ve found that as long as I get 20 minutes a day in, I can keep my body in good condition and functioning well.’
Kirsten King has a new Fluidform at Home series, whereby customers can pay $49 per month to get access to a series of home workouts that can be done in your living room.
Kirsten said the digital program can be done whenever and wherever clients want and said it’s easy to fit into any schedule – no matter how demanding.
‘The program offers a mix of 30 – 40 minute total body workouts and targeted mini blasts which focus around certain areas of your body such as abs, arms or your glutes,’ she said.
‘There are a series of calendars to follow which are designed to change your body within four weeks – seeing the change keeps you motivated!’
What does Kirsten’s ideal week of workouts look like?
Day one: Start the week with a total body workout
Day two: Do an arms and abs blast
Day three: Another total body workout
Day four: Follow our 12 minute disc series, doing 3 rounds in total
Day five: Finish off your fifth day doing another total body workout
Day six & seven: Rest days
Kirsten’s promise: ‘As you move through the calendars you will find your body getting strong and your muscles leaner, focusing on those tricky to tone areas, in particular a stronger core, more defined thighs, abs, arms and a lifted butt by concentrating on activating those hard-to-reach muscles.’
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