Interview with Katherine Greiner on dance cardio and her lifestyle
“Dance cardio is unique in that it is accessible to individuals of all fitness levels.” Katherine Greiner
To eat healthy and exercise regularly seem like a dream combination. However, I have encountered more than one exercise guru implementing far from healthy routines…
Luckily, my path crossed Katherine Greiner’s. She is THE cardio dance goddess of New York City.
Cardio dance training was first launched by Tracy Anderson, and Katherine became one of her original instructors for this new method.
Today, her class is considered one of the hottest workouts on the NY fitness scene! Her spirit, her energy, combined with her training method can only have a positive impact on you.
With her inquisitive and open mind, Katherine has a passion for well-being and nutrition.
She shares her experience and provides some advice for BWB.
Clémence Von Mueffling You are one of New York’s most well known Dance Cardio trainers. How did you start?
Katherine Greiner I started dancing as a child and also played sports throughout school. Once I moved to New York, I supported myself teaching Zumba and doing private training while looking for a “real job”. After a few years I realized this was the best “real job” in the world and devoted my full attention to it.
CvM Can you tell us more about that great workout?
KG Dance cardio is unique in that it is accessible to individuals of all fitness levels, and it has an element of fun that you don’t find with all forms of cardio. I personally am much more motivated to get in my daily cardio when it is something I look forward to rather than dread.
In terms of yin and yang – NY is very yang. So each day I strive for the yin – in other words I focus on balance.
CvM You have a great approach to how to feel good / look good (i.e. you exercise but you also eat well, try to have a healthy routine) What is your wellness routine in the city?
KG Thank you! The city can be very hectic and fast paced and while this is exciting, it is also easy to get caught up in its speed in terms of unhealthy habits is: poor food and sleep choices. In terms of yin and yang – NY is very yang. So each day I strive for the yin – in other words I focus on balance. From a diet standpoint for me this means striving to keep my hormones and blood sugar in balance. I have been gluten free for years and I eat minimal dairy and NO processed foods. Staying hydrated, getting plenty of rest and taking time for daily meditation is also key.
CvM What is the ideal breakfast to recommend to our readers before a long day?
KG Great question! For breakfast I recommend a small portion of something with protein. Such as chia pudding, a hard boiled egg, or a piece of (low HI) fruit with a handful of nuts (no peanuts). We tend to have the most will power and motivation to be healthy first thing in the morning so I often recommend to my clients to focus on making this their healthiest meal and save the extra calories for when their will power is lagging.
CvM You enjoy healthy cooking. What are your favorite ingredients and /or dishes these days?
KG I’m all about cooking what is fresh and in season, and then keeping it simple and letting the natural flavors of the food shine. With that in mind I love to mix and match ingredients that don’t typically go together – such as rubbing a chicken breast with mustard seed, lemon peel, and cinnamon.
Learn more about Katherine Greiner on her website, www.kgbody.com.