The SLC Series: A day in the life with Kevin from Fitness All Together

Introducing the Superette Leisure Club Series. Meet Kevin Pichot – founder and trainer for Fitness All Together. He shares with us what a day in the life looks like, what health and wellbeing mean to him and how he describes his personal style.

Tell us a little about you? What keeps you busy?
Bonjour, je m’appelle Kevin, originally from France I landed in New Zealand in July 2014 dreaming to one day speak english and inspire and support as many people as I possibly could to stay active. Today, I’m the proud owner of Fitness All Together (FAT), an outdoor movement community supporting the public and corporate employees in their fitness journey both in person and/or online.

I’m also the founder of a not-for-profit organization called Mums All Together supporting new Mums in their postnatal recovery with affordable and safe in person and online classes.

I would say that those 2 projects take up most of my time but I always manage to enjoy good restaurants with friends and travel our beautiful Aotearoa riding my motorbike or in my campervan.

Walk us through your average daily routine from start to finish….
It often starts with a 6am alarm (which never gets any easier for a Frenchman like me!). First order of business is to turn the speaker on and listen to Mac Miller while driving to Silo Park in our famous 1993 Volvo 740. Once I arrive, the speaker gets turned up, the sun is rising and the first people arrive for their session, I’m ready! After 45 mins of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), the body is tired but the vibes are high and most people are still smiling. 

After that, I spend time on the behind the scenes work. I often go to one of my favourite cafes and spend some hours on admin, business meetings but also meeting friends which is equally important for me.

I’ll often take a second class later in the day and then drive to Takapuna beach for a run and swim. On the best days, I try to finish with a sunset catch up with friends accompanied by a chilled wine and some finger food.  

Do you have any morning routine non-negotiables?
Not really as it depends on if I can sleep in or not, but I do have a favourite routine. Natural daylight waking me up in a DOC campsite in the middle of nowhere, right beside the beach. Trust me this is heaven. Thank you New Zealand!

What’s your approach to health and wellbeing?
After over 10 years in this industry in Europe and New Zealand my approach has improved over the years, and with the people and clients that I have met.

I have tried to replace the word ‘exercise’ with ‘movement’ and ‘routine’ with ‘lifestyle’. Whatever you change or add to your fitness journey, I always say to my clients and friends:  ‘Can you do it for the rest of your life?’ If the answer is no, you know what to do 🙂

Being a business owner has also challenged my mental health on multiple occasions. I believe that exercise is part of the solution but not the whole solution, so I’m personally aware of my sleeping hours, quality relationships and workload and eating my greens.

What’s your favourite kind of workout?
As you can imagine, I’m a big fan of outdoor exercise so my favourite exercise varies a lot depending on the season. My favourite physical and mental health routine is always a 30 minute run followed by a recovery swim but I love playing tennis during the Melbourne cup, golf in spring/summer and touch rugby with my french team down at Victoria Park. 

What makes you feel confident?
The famous sweet spot… I think it is when I know who I am, what I want, why I’m doing it & how I feel. I’m aware that there are and will be a lot of obstacles in my life journey but the more I research about myself, the more confident I will be – maybe my best investment.

How do you like to unwind / hit reset when you get a spare hour to yourself?
Movement, water or campervan overnight at Whatipu (If you don’t know this place, you should). I’m also lucky to be surrounded by quality friends, so a nice breakfast or a sunset drink on K Road is always a good idea.

Who do you look to for inspiration?
Most of my friends, I’m lucky to be able to directly talk to them and have them beside me for hopefully all my life..

Describe your style in three words…
Casual, comfortable and minimalistic.

What’s on high rotation in your wardrobe right now? 
As you can imagine, FAT tops and Lululemon shorts are on high rotation but I always enjoy a heavy tee, comfy chinos and cool sneakers for a casual day.

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