You may have read about her in People Magazine, or US Weekly or In Style or you may have seen one of her countless appearances on The Today Show. Kathy Kaehler is the fitness trainer responsible for getting Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Aniston, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cindy Crawford, Denise Richards and many others in shape.
Kathy has written articles for Self, Women's Heath & Fitness and Elle. Her new book Fit & Sexy for Life is her sixth health and fitness book. To top it all off, she just launched a line of over 30 Kathy Kaehler fitness products with Target. You can learn more about Kathy's accomplishments at her website, Kathy Kaehler Fitness .
Kathy Kaehler lives in Los Angeles with her husband, her twin 10-year-old boys and her six-year old son.
Describe your job.
My job is many. My field is fitness and health. I have been teaching fitness classes for the last 20 years. I teach everything from step class, boot camp, beginners low impact, body conditioning. I also write fitness columns for MSNBC.com and LA Daily News. I contribute to many magazines as well. I was on the Today Show for 12 years as their fitness consultant and did my segments with Katie Couric. I am the author of six health and fitness books, with the latest book called Fit and Sexy for Life. I also have a list of celebrity clients that I see weekly. Kim Bassinger, Bryce Dallas Howard, Lisa Marie Presley and Julia Roberts. But all that aside my most important job is being a mom to my three boys that keeps me physically and mentally on the go.
Do you work exclusively in the office, exclusively from home or some combination? What are the pros and cons of your schedule?
My work takes place in many different places. I go to clients home starting at 6 a.m. I also have some clients show up at my house at 5:30 a.m. For four months, I trained Michelle Pfeiffer at 4:30 a.m. for her role in Batman Returns. I also teach classes at my community center in California in the neighborhood where I live. The creative part of my job takes place in my home office. The best part of working all over the place is that I can really design my weekly schedule. I have to be flexible for my kids' schedule as well as my husband's. The worst part of it is that I have to travel to some peoples homes and the traffic in L.A. is completely unbearable. I never know how long it will take to get somewhere. Most of the time you are either late or early.
What are the best and worst parts of your job?
The best part of my job is that I get to really know someone and help them to improve the quality of their life by what I bring to them. I love to see them change both physically and emotionally.
Would you work if you could afford to stay home? If so, why?
I would always work. This gives me motivation and energy for everything that I have to do as a mom.
Describe your childcare setup.
My kids are all in school now. My husband does the mornings. He gets them up and dressed. Fed and ready for our ride to school. We have made a rule in our house that we ride or walk. So the kids and my husband and I take them to school. This has been a great time for us to see each other, talk to each other and just be together as a family. We love it and we also love that we can watch all the other kids in the cars and know that we are doing something green.
How does the question of who earns more in your house effect the domestic workload division?
We both work very hard. I guess it really doesn't matter where the check comes from, the most important thing is that we can put food on the table and pay the bills. We share everything.
How do you divide up the family responsibilities? Who makes the lunches? Who takes the kids to school, etc.? Do you feel like you do more than your share of the domestic duties in your household?
I definitely feel that I do a greater share of the household duties, but he would say that some of the duties that I take on are not necessarily needed. (Planting the pots at the entrance of our house . . .) I change the lightbulbs but he will make lunches and wash, dry and fold laundry.
Do you travel for your job? How often?
I have traveled most of my kids' lives. I did the Today Show every other week for 9 years and then once a month for the last three years. So they were used to it. I loved going away because it was always a short trip and it was a time that I could find myself. My husband really helped during that time and I know it was good for my kids to have to rely only on one parent. Men are really capable alone if they are given the chance to do it.
Do you try to avoid travel for work when you can, or do you consider it the great escape?
New York hotel. In bed by yourself, the bathroom to yourself. Are you kidding? Of course it was an escape and I loved it.
Do you have a date night with your spouse or partner? Do you find time to keep the romance going when you are juggling so much?
We do not have a date night - our schedules are just to juggled that we can't keep a date. What we have found to work is that because we create our schedules we can find time during the day to be together. Nights just don't work. I am way too tired to even get my mouthguard on. For us the romance happens during the day when the kids are at school and we can actually keep our eyes open.
Forgive us for asking, but how often do you have sex?
Well I think it is pretty good for us - when we are both in town we might have sex twice a week. My husband frowns when I tell him we are above average. He doesn't care what other people do! He would rather have sex every day.
What do you do when you feel totally overwhelmed?
Do you feel that you have made professional sacrifices to be a more present parent?
There are times when I have missed some of the little things. But I also know that my kids have a great life and that they have so many memories that I am providing they are not going to remember that I missed the 7th soccer game.
Do you feel you have made parental sacrifices to advance your career?
The great part of my career is that I am teaching people how to work out and eat right. My kids get that too. They know what I do and they are also a part of my work as well. They have been featured in my books, videos, informercials and some other things. I think if anything my work has helped them to mature and to know what it takes to make a buck.
Do you ever take your kids to work? Do you think your kids are proud that you work? How do you know?
I know my kids love that they can read about me in the newspaper and in magazines. They also love that I get free stuff. Their favorite thing is the SpringFree trampoline that I got from one of my segments on Today. They jump on it everyday and know that I got because of what I do.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received about balancing work and family?
My mom always says family first and everything else will fall in place.
If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?
I would be super strong and super fast and I would have the ability to add hours to the day.