PS: We love seeing the cute Insta vids of your grandparents, but you did mentioned at your app launch that they almost stopped you from becoming a trainer.
KI: It’s not like they stopped me. It was just because I was so young and obviously you know how much I love my family and care about what they think. My grandparents are really funny and at the time I decided this was what I wanted to do I was overly excited, and my grandpa always gives the worst case scenario every time, like "you’re a girl", "You’re too weak", and "This isn’t what girls are meant to do," — he’s very traditional, very Greek. My grandma kept saying, "This is a dangerous job" [laughs] — she didn’t want me training men. They kept giving me negative after negative after negative — as Greek grandparents do — and I was like, "Stuff this! I won’t do it". I just care so much about what my family think and I didn’t want to upset them. They wanted me to go to university and have a degree and work a normal job like everyone else. Because I was a personal trainer that wasn’t a sustainable career to them and they were weird about it, I felt like I was letting them down.
PS: That’s hilarious. Are they better about it now?
KI: Yeah, now they’re very supportive of my career. Didn’t I tell you that day when they saw a story on me in the newspaper and they were like, "What did you do?" I was like, "What do you mean?" and they were like, "What did you do wrong?" and I’m like, 'Nothing!" They just didn’t understand [laughs].
PS: What was life like growing up?
KI: Growing up I was into sport, basically any sort of sport I could play I tried to play. I was a really active kid, I loved playing outdoors, I played netball, basketball, tried to play soccer but I wasn’t any good, but yeah, I was an active kid in a Greek family. I loved it.
PS: Were you always healthy?
KI: In Greek culture it’s not an unhealthy diet, there’s a lot of fish, olive oils and Greek salads, obviously. So it wasn’t hard to be healthy as a kid because my mum would make amazing home-cooked meals every night. School was something that really let me down, because whenever I had money (because I had a job) I’d go to the canteen. I’d feel sneaky buying a sausage roll or whatever, I was letting myself down with food — my family definitely wasn’t letting me down with food. It wasn’t until I left school I realised how unhealthy I was being, you know when you’re a kid at school and you’re hungry and you go and buy chips and a soft drink? You don’t think anything of it and you wonder why you’ve got bad skin and you’re tired — you’re not educated enough in school to know it’s causing you a lot of stress.