Hey and welcome to my little corner of the internet! Let me introduce myself… I’m Tess, a personal trainer from Antwerp in Belgium. However I am half Dutchie, so I do give classes in Amsterdam aswell.
Being active has always been important me, but in 2014 leading a healthy lifestyle changed my life completely. I was living in Los Angeles (AKA the workout capital of the world) and realised health and fitness was my true passion. I became a NASM-certified personal trainer, and it’s the best decision I ever made. Since then, I’ve racked up a few other fitness qualifications:
- Yoga teacher training 200hr YLLC
- Zumba instructor
- Float Fit trainer
- Step trainer
- Pilates instructor
My personal workout of choice? I really enjoy HIIT training as it’s super effective and at 30 minutes max, you don’t have time to get bored. Also, if you give it your all, you’ll experience EPOC (or afterburn). In other words, your body will still be doing its fitness thing hours after your practice… even when you’re just chilling on the sofa! Result. I also love a traditional Hatha or Ashtanga yoga practice. You can really feel the effects on both body and mind.
I do not like the word diet. I feel like anytime someone says ‘I’m on a diet,’ they automatically gain 10 pounds. Instead, I believe in intuitive eating. Here are some tips on how to eat intuitively, according to the authors Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch (who wrote Intuitive Eating)
Reject the Diet Mentality
Honour your Hunger
Make Peace with Food
Respect your Fullness
Discover the Satisfaction Factor
Respect your Body
Exercise – Feel the Difference
As well as personal training, I also run bootcamps in Belgium and the Netherlands. Interested in organizing a team building session to challenge you and your co-workers? Get in touch, and we can work out how to create a bespoke experience for your team. Every session is different, but sweat and sore muscles are guaranteed!
Stay tuned for my YouTube channel, where’ll I’ll be offering from January 2018 my FREE 12 week Feel FanTesstic (FFT) workout guide. Where you will be sweating together with me 3 times a week at the comfort of your own home. In the meantime, you can hang out on my website, Instagram or Facebook page, where I share healthy recipes as well as my personal take on exercise and meditation. Oh, and plenty of pics of my toy cavoodle Sunny… because puppy cuddles are good for the soul!