If there was a manual on how to make your dream a reality, everyone and their mom would probably be the next Beyoncé. You could follow the steps, recreate the recipe and concoct the perfect life. You wouldn’t have to worry about making the wrong move or get upset when things don’t go according to plan. But frankly, life is meant to be figured out. All the obstacles and pain you go through are there to help create the person you’re meant to be. From that one time you got fired from that job you kind of hated to that completely embarrassing moment where you ended up ugly crying on the subway in the middle of the day (no, just me?), these snippets of time are there to empower and help you triumph. So to help showcase what hard work (and a little elbow grease) can do, we decided to connect with an empowering fitness Boss Babe who made her childhood dream a reality.
Kirsty Godso was obsessed with the Nike brand long before she realized it could be a career. Originally from New Zealand, Godso began her fitness journey after graduating from college and realizing that the cubicle life was not meant for her. After becoming a brand manager and helping others through their own fitness journeys, Nike took notice and requested for her to join the team where she eventually became a Nike Master Trainer. Now Godso travels the world and continues to help others grow through numerous Nike events and training exercises. And while she personally still has a few obstacles to overcome (you know, by becoming the next Beyoncé; aka Keyoncé), we guarantee she’s going to continue to push forward and break that glass ceiling. Meet our favorite Kiwi fitness babe, Kirsty Godso.
Auckland, New Zealand
New York City
Wellness trend you want to get behind:
Fitness goal for 2017:
1 Pull-Up with 25kg strapped to me or less specifically, improve my mobility.
Best way to relax after a long day:
Cooking dinner at home and FaceTiming my cat back in NZ.
Athletic clothing brand you love:
Nike — of course 🙂
Must-have healthy snack:
Whey Protein Isolate, raw cashews and blueberries are my go-to!
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into the fitness scene?
I’m a proud Kiwi who started in the fitness industry after obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a double major in Finance and Marketing and realizing sitting at a desk all day wasn’t really for me. I had always obsessed over my gym timetable and loved nothing more than to be moving and trying to get people to do it with me so it was a natural transition to become a trainer. I started teaching High-Intensity workouts in New Zealand whilst simultaneously working as a brand manager which lead to me being noticed by Nike in early 2013. From there I started to travel more frequently to Australia and beyond, then globally with Nike. It truly has been the greatest journey and has taken me to so many corners of the world that I otherwise would probably have never seen and I’ve met the most incredible people along the way.
In a previous interview, you stated how you’ve always dreamed of working for Nike. Now that you’re a Nike Master Trainer, is there anything you have to do during your typical day-to-day that you never expected would be a part of your job description?
It had always been my dream to work with Nike, I was a brand snob far before I should have known what a brand was, so when I say it was my dream, it’s a giant understatement! As a Nike Master Trainer, I think there are a lot of parts of our role that people never see but probably part of that I never expected is how much I would have to dance! Haha. I am an awful dancer so thankfully fellow Nike Master Trainer and dear friend of mine, Traci Copeland, is patiently helping me improve! Nike throws a lot of fun events that often involve a dance component so let’s just say, look out for Keyonce!
What is one thing you wish to accomplish for yourself personally this year?
I am launching a protein powder which I’m super excited about. Nutrition plays a huge part in our lives yet protein powder is something that still has so much uncertainty around it and can be very intimidating for people. I want to clear up some of the confusion and offer a product to people that is not only honest and transparent about its ingredients but has a lifestyle element attached to it that people want to be part of. It’s about encouraging people to be in a better relationship with their body.
Your career allows you to travel across the world. How do you maintain your health and workout regime when you’re constantly in unfamiliar places?
It’s not always easy but I am a pro at taking healthy travel snacks with me such as protein powder, raw nuts, RX Bars and you should see my skills at BYO avocado in any situation! Trying to stay as close as I can to my regular eating helps me adjust a lot. Hydration is super important also. Water is always my first drink of choice! Workout wise all I need is a body-length of space to workout. With tools like the Nike+ Training Club App and the library of moves in my head I can turn any hotel room, park or small space into an appropriate workout setting. I always travel with a jump rope and sometimes ankle weights and gliders but it’s amazing what props you can use — e.g. towels, stools, lamp shades even! I also love to use travel as an opportunity to try out popular workouts in that area. I could definitely be a bit more adventurous when it comes to trying new food though!
Aside from improving your health, how do you feel your wellness/fitness-centric lifestyle has influenced you personally?
I think it has really surrounded me with an incredible bunch of people. I’m so lucky with my Nike family and there’s also an array of other trainers who are in my close friend circle. It’s refreshing when you have similar interests and can bounce ideas and have people that support you. My lifestyle has definitely helped me to be more open and confident. I’ve always been loud but I used to still have my shy moments. You can’t really be shy when you are teaching at NTC Tour in front of 3000 people!! Leading workouts definitely helped me find my voice and now I can’t stop it 🙂
What is one thing people don’t know about you that would completely surprise them?
I love gummies! (We call them lollies in NZ.) Like snakes, jelly babies, etc. So much so I completely quit eating candy just over four years ago! I feel so much better but wow, when I see a purple gummy I pretty much sprint in the other direction to avoid temptation haha.
Describe your perfect food day from breakfast to nightcap in NYC:
Post workout Protein shake: I train early in the morning so I always have a scoop of protein powder with 250ml water straight after my workout.
Breakfast: 3 eggs scrambled with arugula, heirloom tomatoes, fresh chili, avocado and a black coffee
Lunch: Protein (chicken, salmon or turkey usually) with a fresh salad. I am obsessed with vegetables and love a spicy kick to all my meals so I usually drown my food in chili flakes!
Snacks: Raw cashews or fresh blueberries and raspberries
Dinner: Chicken or steak with grilled vegetables and salad. I’m obsessed with cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccolini and heirloom baby carrots so I love to play around with different herbs and spices on these!
Drinks: I drink about 3-4L of water a day! I love coffee but limit it to two max and I wind down at night with a ginger tea or kombucha. I don’t really drink alcohol but occasionally if I’m out my go-to is a spicy tequila or mezcal!
Having a career in the fitness world means you’re constantly working out and sweating. What are your beauty secrets to maintaining your beautiful locks and skin?
I would definitely say hydration! I also swear by Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer and Sunday Riley UFO face oil. I’m obsessed with moisturizing my skin and always feel best when I’ve had a bit of sunshine. O&M Maintain the Mane is my saviour to keeping my hair alive amongst all the travel and sweaty ponytails.
Where do you hope to see yourself in the next five years?
On a beach!! Haha always. I hope to be continuing to spread good energy and good sweats through my workouts and further advancing in my programming for Nike and Equinox. I also really want to be able to connect with people a lot more in the other 23 hours of their day when they’re not working out! Whether that be through nutrition, their athletic wear, Nike communities and activations. And hopefully I’m doing all of this wearing a special KG Nike product 🙂
Any advice for future Boss Babes, especially those looking to get into the fitness world?
Nobody has the authority to author your future like you do, so author it. If you have dreams that stay with you beyond your bed and keep you up and grinding, chase them! Nothing is out of reach. But you have to do more than talk about them, action them and relentlessly chase them!
If Kirstys’ story motivated the shit out of you, make sure to continue to follow her journey by befriending her on Insta here.
Written by Raven Ishak
Photography via Vanessa Granda