Every week, the Louisville Women’s Sports Network highlights a local woman by asking her six questions about her health and fitness routine. Sponsored by Baptist Health Sports Medicine, this week’s guest is Annie Locke. If there is a woman you’d like us to feature, email suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell Us a Little About Yourself
I’m the former owner of Power Moves Aerobic & Training, current co-owner of Pure Barre Summit, and group fitness trainer at Baptist East Milestone for the past eleven years. My interests include running, biking, swimming, horseback riding, and coaching athletes to compete marathons, half-marathons, and iron man events.
Six Questions About Your Fitness & Health
1) What is your weekly training/exercise routine?
Fitness is a main component in my daily routine. I love working out. It’s something I look forward to every day. To me, exercise is a joy, not a chore.
2) How do you prepare for a workout?
I try to get as much sleep as possible and consume the proper amount of protein to keep me fueled for the day.
3) What do you eat, drink or do for quick energy?
I never go a day without drinking two cups of green tea. I also love Juice Bar for something fast on-the-go, and I keep Quest Bars close at hand. I also prepare and carry healthy snacks with me such as carrots and celery, hummus, pretzel crisps, and fruit in order to avoid the lure of empty calories and fast food. I eat small meals throughout the day to regulate my blood sugar and keep from overindulging.
4) What is your daily nutritional meal plan when training?
I banish all forms of empty calories from my diet and focus on eating fruit, vegetables, protein, and complex carbs. While training, I consider fruit to be my reward.
5) What do you snack on between meals when training?
Any of the following: half a Quest Bar; steel-cut oatmeal; a piece of fruit; two egg whites, scrambled; hummus and cut vegetables; non-fat Greek yogurt with fruit and honey.
6) What are your fitness & health goals?
I believe goals should be easy enough to hit, but hard enough to matter. But unlike most people, I don’t believe in setting goals to lose a specific amount of weight or to achieve a specific time in an upcoming race. Those are short-term goals that focus on short-term results. Instead, I strive to develop healthy habits that will sustain me for many years to come because fitness isn’t a “today” thing; it’s a lifestyle. And it’s amazing to me how many people fail to focus on what’s really important as we age – things like fluid movement, clean arteries, strong bones, a strong immune system, flexibility, balance. These elements are so vital to the quality of life we all hope to experience in our 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond.