Kelly Lafontaine
Kelly Lafontaine

School: Bridgewater State College
Major: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Plymouth, MA
Fitness Goal: To be proud of yourself, mentally and physically.

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  • Why did you start training and what motivates you?

    I started gymnastics when I was about 4 years old. And then I went through childhood spurts of trying dance, soccer, ice skating and cheerleading. Gymnastics really stuck out for me because I was tough, strong, coordinated and flexible. I continued with gymnastics off and on until I was a sophomore in high school. Unfortunately, my body couldn’t handle it anymore, nor could my vertigo. I had to stop. I started taking Pilates at Plymouth Fitness and found an instant connection. It required all the skills of gymnastics and man was it tough! I eventually got hired at Plymouth Fitness while I was in college also!

    I was practicing Pilates for almost 3 years before my mentor told me I should get certified; I thought, “why not?!” My instructor training was pretty vigorous and it wasn’t soon after that Pilates became my only workout regime. Pilates requires precise functional movement of all the muscles in your body and a lot of dedication. Currently, the passion I have for it is portrayed in my teaching. I have a strong connection to my students and I truly enjoy my career as a Pilates trainer. Just like anything else in this world, there is always more to learn. Especially since moving to California, there is a hardcore demand for fitness and I want to be a better teacher than I was yesterday-that’s what motivates me to practice and learn more everyday.

  • What impact has training had on your college life?

    After doing four years of high school sports, and winning the “gym class hero” award, I was determined to continue with four more years of sports in college, but because gymnastics took such a huge toll on my body, I realized I had to supplement my activities with something else. I joined the school gym, started running, participated in other activities (racquetball, yoga and rock climbing) and managed my time and workload appropriately to stay dedicated to my education and my health. Training in college kept me focused and determined. Time management is critical for your success as a college student and to this day, I still can’t believe how busy I was yet how much energy I still had.

  • How do you balance being a college student and meeting your fitness goals?
  • Best place to eat around campus?

    Currently living in San Francisco, I’ve been spoiled with great places to eat. My favorite place in the Nob Hill neighborhood is @Basikacai. They have the most incredible, fresh, superfood acai bowls! Fortunately, for students in this city, there are farmer’s markets in different parts of the city everyday of the week. What’s better than free samples and fresh locally grown food?!

    When I was commuting to Bridgewater, my favorite place to eat on campus was the commuter cafe. I’m pretty sure it has a new snazzy name by now, but they always had a wok!

    Back in Plymouth, my go to spot is the New World Tavern. Since I’ve been living in California, there was a new juice bar built in downtown Plymouth called Vela Juice Bar. I cannot wait to visit when I come home!

  • Typical Workout Routine

    My workout routine is always based on time and mood. Sometimes after a long day of teaching, the last place I want to be is in the studio to workout for another hour. So a brisk walk home through the butt blasting hills of SF is enough (I walk EVERYWHERE and according to Fitbit, it’s a daily average of 7 miles “uphill, both ways”, but seriously, it is). If I’m not pushing myself through a Pilates apparatus routine, I will do something on my mat at home. Also, I’ve been infatuated with yoga lately. I take yoga at least 5x a week and sometimes twice a day on top of practicing my handstands! The mind/body/spirit connection I have with yoga compliments Pilates and vice versa.

  • Training Philosophy

    Sweat everyday, and take care of your body because you love it- not because you hate it.

  • Typical Diet

    I’m basically a sushi-atarian= I’m kind of a vegetarian that will eat sushi like once a month. I don’t stay away from meat because of moral or animal cruelty issues, I stay away from it because I just never liked it. But I mean, SOMETIMES, if you’re gonna eat a juicy bacon, egg & cheese sando right in front of me, I might ask you for a bite, but that is rare. I’m not afraid to tell you I drink coffee everyday, I just always balance it with water. I also eat hummus and dark chocolate everyday. It makes me happy and that I believe is healthy. It’s okay to eat what your body is craving, give it what it wants and what it needs.. in moderation.

  • Favorite Supplements

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough LARABARS! Larabars are the best because they have nothing but whole food ingredients. And I love coconut oil.

    I try my best to eat as many whole foods as possible and to stay away from “supplements” such as protein powders and/or vitamins. Everyday I make sure to eat fruit, vegetables, nuts, grains and chocolate. Living one block away from Trader Joe’s makes that very easy.

  • Workout Playlist

    ODESZA station on Pandora.

  • Tips for other college students who want to meet their fitness goals?

    Take advantage of every activity thats offered to you as a student. Especially things like intramural sports, day trips to cities (which require walking everywhere), a free yoga class, etc. Do something everyday to clear your mind of homework or even recover from the night before. Once you get in the habit of making yourself feel good, you won’t want to go a day without it. With a heavy schedule of school, work, internships, sports etc.. set small goals to be a healthier more active person today than you were yesterday.

  • Training Schedule

    Working two jobs, my schedule is varied. However, I do something everyday-whether it’s five minutes or two hours because at the end of the day, I won’t be able to fall asleep knowing I didn’t do anything healthy for my body.