Kat Roussakis, B.Kin., CSCS, Pn1
Bachelor of Kinesiology, Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
My name is Kat Roussakis, owner of Fit in Kits. I am a personal trainer and an overall health-nut. I was born in a small city called Kutno in central Poland and lived there for the first 6 years of my life. Then my parents moved us to Canada, and I’ve been living in the lower mainland ever since! Vancouver feels like home to me.
I often get asked how I got involved in the fitness industry, and the only way I can really explain that is by taking you back to my awkward teenage years, and all the happenings that lead me to where I am. So, buckle up, and enjoy the ride, because this isn’t your typical story!
I did not grow up playing sports. In fact, I still can’t really throw or kick a ball to save my life, and if you ask me to do a lay-up, I’ll probably land with my teeth in the pavement. I associate soccer with shin bruises, and basketball with a crippling fear of having my glasses knocked off my face. While my friends attended various sport practices, I was at home exercising my imagination by drawing what my idea of a mole’s home was. (It included a lot of underground tunnels, and a room for every member of the mole family). I was an imaginative and artsy kid, what can I say?
At the age of 12, I joined “Polonez”, a Polish folk dance group. I spent the next 6 years of my life perfecting the polka while keeping my physique in check. After realizing that becoming a famous Polish folk dancer was not in the cards for me, I decided to end that chapter of my life. But not until after I traveled to Poland (where my entire extended family still lives) and Italy with some friends.
I hadn’t seen my grandmothers in about 3 years at that point. They were shocked at my ectomorphic frame. After all, by the age of 18, most girls have the curves of Marilyn Monroe! And here I was, noodley arms and legs, with no shape whatsoever. So they did what any concerned grandmothers would do, the fed me. And I ate, and ate, and when I arrived in Italy with my friends I ate even more. After all, when was I going to have the chance to have authentic Italian cuisine again?
After a 6 week vacation of feasting, reality hit me about as abruptly as a plane crashing: I got skinny-fat. In those 6 weeks I managed to drastically change my body composition. I went from being just a skinny girl with little to no muscle definition, to being an awkwardly proportioned sort of fat girl who still looked kind of skinny.
After stepping off the scale, I looked at myself straight-faced in the mirror: “Enough is enough!” I said. “You’ve quit dance, your only source of physical activity, so now what are you going to do?” And a small part of me wanted to say “sit in the corner and cry, with a bowl of ice cream in my lap!” But I pushed that thought out of my mind and took responsibility for my actions. I wasn’t shocked that this happened, after all, it was only up to ME to shovel all that food down! No one was forcing me to eat (well, perhaps a little pressure came from my grandmothers, but I couldn’t blame them). And so the following week I attended my first fitness class.
From that moment on I was hooked. But it wasn’t without struggle. I’m going to admit something to you: I hated working out. Sometimes I’d even cringe at the thought of the gym. Shocking, I know! The only thing that kept me going was my teenage vanity. I specifically remember being angry at the thought of having to go to the gym, but I still did it, hoping that one day I’ll magically love it. And eventually, after a solid year having to guilt myself into going, I DID start to love it. Soon enough I thought to myself, “if participating in classes is this fun, how fun would it be actually teach them myself?” And so I completed my certification through the BCRPA and became an instructor. A year later I started my Kinesiology degree and became a certified personal trainer. My love of fitness turned into an entire love of healthy living. I absorbed every morsel of information I taught myself about nutrition and training. There was no stopping me. And I’m still going!
I have been a trainer since 2007, and I can whole-heartedly say that I absolutely love my job. I take pride in educating my clients on healthy living. Knowing that I am helping someone feel great in his or her own skin is one of the most rewarding feelings out there. I truly care about seeing my clients succeed!
If you’d like to get to know me a little better, feel free to send me an email… I’d love to hear from you!