As a PT, Nike Training Club instructor and former British Rowing Championship medal-winner, Kezia Lopez's Instagram feed is an endless source of #fitspiration for the SportStylist team - which is precisely why she's a member of our fitfam of health and fitness experts. We managed to grab five minutes with Kezia (in between early morning rows and workout sessions at Nike's Covent Garden base) to find out how she works out, the tunes currently making up her fitness playlist, what makes her happy, and the fitness tights she simply couldn't live without...
Hi Kezia! Let's start simple: what’s your favourite way to workout?
My absolute favourite activity is rowing; I love the water and being part of a team.
So what does an average workout week look like for you?
I train five days a week, with rest days on Tuesdays and Saturdays. I usually start the week with a 7-10km run. On Wednesdays I hit the river and row for a couple of hours, Thursdays I do circuits, and on Friday I do three 10-minute sets on the ergo machine. And I finish off the week with an early morning row on the Thames.
How do you stay stylish when you’re working out?
I like to wear patterned and colourful kit. Nike’s Legendary Tights are a favourite; at the moment I’m wearing their Waves Training Pants. They feature the softest fabric of any Nike training pants, plus they’re designed with feminine lines and a fit that hugs your legs from hip to hem for maximum comfort and a flattering look during your workout.
Which five songs are currently boosting your workout playlist?
In no particular order...
Real Love by Clean Bandit
All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
Bang Bang by Jessie J
Animals by Maroon 5
Changing by Sigma
Did you make any health and fitness resolutions for 2015?
Yes; to compete in the Henley Regatta.
(Above: Kezia works up a sweat on the ergo, and matches her Shellac manicure to her kit)
What's your favourite healthy feast?
Tuna steak with baked potatoes and mediterranean vegetables.
And when you’re treating yourself, what do you reach for?
I do love a piece of Galaxy chocolate.
What do you find is the biggest mistake people make when it comes to exercising?
Not varying their exercise regime and sticking to what they know. I think it’s so important to vary your training; it prevents the boredom people experience when they do the same thing workout after workout, and will help to avoid reaching a plateau in workout performance, and subsequently in results!
Finally, what makes you happy?
The feeling I get after a two-hour row on the Thames always puts a smile on my face.