Fabletics is a stylish activewear brand co-founded by actress Kate Hudson that was launched online a few years ago. It grew so successfully that they’ve opened 6 retail stores across the country, and now a 7th one has opened at the Mall of America!
I attended the Fabletics grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 21st which was complete with festivities including a DJ, champagne (and sparkling cider) and even performances by acro yoga artists.
The store was so popular it had a line down South Avenue (S142) toward Macy’s, but appeared to be well worth the wait for opening day discounts and promos.
(Psst…From now through May 31st, you can get a FREE tank top with a $79 purchase.)
The highlight for me was that I got the opportunity to interview Nicole Stuart, Kate Hudson’s personal trainer! My son was part of the fun (so half of it was spent trying to convince him to let me talk to Ms. Stuart for a few minutes), but I did get some good info and tips from her which I share below. (And of course, she was looking stylish in her Fabletics activewear!)
Q & A with Nicole Stuart, Kate Hudson’s personal trainer:
1. Kate is a busy mom of two beautiful children. How does she look so amazing and have such fabulous abs?
I think (she looks so amazing) because her mom (actress Goldie Hawn) always emphasized exercise, fitness and health, and she started at such a young age. She thought about it throughout her entire life. I started training her when she was 21.
My biggest motto is I believe in consistency over a long period of time. You’ll get results! With daily exercises, over time it will make a difference. No crash diets, no fads.
I’m doing it myself right now – I’m battling my abs every day. Last year I had a c-section. I’m working on it daily, but it takes time. I really think that with Pilates exercises you can really pull things together. It reduces your entire trunk. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Even 5 minutes of abs every day will make a huge difference.
2. I think as a mom it feels impossible to fit it in…it seems like I should be working out for an hour a day but that’s so hard to schedule in with everything else.
It’s all in the little bits, the little stuff. By the end of the week, it adds up…if you do 5 minutes of abs a day, you’ll have 35 minutes by the end of the week. If you do 10 minutes, that’d be an hour a week.
3. What’s your tip for moms who barely have time to exercise?
It’s really about making the time, and that’s what Kate does. We’ll meet sometime early in the morning, or we’ll meet in the middle of the day. Or I’ll come to her house, we’ll start our workout, then she’ll pick up her child from school, and then we’ll pick up where we left off with her workout.
You just have to be creative. Fit it in…plan ahead of time. Get together with a friend…get together early in the day, do part in the morning and finish later.
3. What one thing would you recommend doing every day to stay fit? What exercise gives you the best bang for your buck?
If you want to do something totally free…go outside. Go for a walk, go run, ride a bike. (At this point, my 5-year-old jumped in with “I have a new bike!” So he chatted about that with Nicole, who was very excited for him :). Of course, going biking or anything outside with your kids is a great way to stay fit and enjoy some fresh air!)
4. Anything else you want to say to busy, budget-minded moms who want to look and feel their best?
There’s so much access now to Youtube channels, demos, classes…you need to find somebody really special. It’s all about chemistry. Or just go walking with your friends – set a goal such as walking 3 miles a day.
Also, I built my own fitness app called QE Squared or QE2. That stands for Quick Easy Exercises. You can work your arms, your abs, your hips in just 10 minutes. (QE2 is available from iTunes.)
For more information about Nicole Stuart, visit her website at nicolestuart.com.
For more information about Fabletics, visit fabletics.com. Fabletics is open now at the Mall of America on South Avenue 142!