My name is Kathy Seitz, I am originally from Cleveland, OH. I have one older sister named Karen. I grew up playing sports including gymnastics, softball, cheerleading and track. I went to the University of Mount Union where I majored in Exercise Science, completed a Bachelors degree in Science. I then continued my education at Mount Union and earned my Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies. I moved to NC where I worked in Physical Medicine and Emergency Medicine until I moved back to the Cleveland area and started working in surgery. I have been in surgery for 5 years. I started my bodybuilding journey at the age of 28. I competed in 12 shows total including 6 national shows where I received my IFBB pro card and overall title at NPC UNIVERSE. I am currently planning on making my pro debut and I’m excited to continue my career in both bodybuilding and being a Physician Assistant.
Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
I believe it is more of a health issue. Excess body fat and obesity are some of the leading causes of many underlying medical conditions including hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?
● Fitness level:25
● Health level:75
Thoughts on HIIT, Powerlifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, others?
LOVE THEM ALL! I always say, do what makes you happy. If you enjoy the types of exercise you are doing, you’re more likely to stick to it.
Share your unique training/coaching methods?
I am not a trainer. I work with the couple I do have and incorporate workouts based on their interests. I never tell a client they can’t continue their current fitness routine. I may make recommendations or suggestions about trying different types but the ultimate goal is keeping the client happy along with gaining results.
Enjoy the process
This will vary based on the client.
I only provide macro-based diets, no meal plans.
I always recommend a multivitamin, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and fish oil to all my clients.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
I like that they get to know the athlete on a personal level.
Describe your coaches and the impact they have on you?
My coach Paul Revelia is more than a coach to me. He has guided me through so many ups and downs during my journey to go Pro. I look up to him so much and he inspires me to be better every single day. He gets to know his athletes on a personal level and understands each and every one. He’s truly a genuine person and wants nothing but the best for everyone on his team.
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What does success mean to you?
Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you for this opportunity?
I am SO excited because I live in Ohio. My one goal as a Pro would be to be invited to compete at the Arnold! I live in Cleveland, OH so this show is extra special to me. I have been to the show multiple years in a row as a spectator and it has always been a goal of mine to be involved in the show somehow!!
Future fitness goals and plans?
Continue to complete in the Pro League, qualify and compete at the Olympia, receive an invite to the Arnold, inspire people to never give up and reach their potential in life.
I want people to know my name. I want to be a legacy in the sport of bodybuilding.
5 things people don’t know about you?
- I played division 3 softball at the University of Mount Union.
- I have run 2 full marathons.
- My sister is my best friend/
- I’m single and happy.
- I have 3 tattoos.
5 lessons you have learned?
- No goal is ever too big.
- You are capable of anything you put your mind to.
- Trust only a few close people in your life.
- Family is everything.
- Never apologize for being 100% YOU.
5 most important attributes you see in a person?
Reliable. Be aware of people’s time. Being sincere. Having standards. Trust
If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
Any amateur competitor trying to turn Pro. Never give up, keep going and know that you are good enough. I spent a long time as an amateur and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I truly learned so much about myself and have grown so much. Earning my IFBB PRO card is the most rewarding accomplishment in my life. More so than graduating from PA school.
Who inspires you? And why?
Janet Layug. She never gave up and came so close to winning the Olympia multiple times. She has resilience like no other and is also a Mom on top of it!
Your transformation story:
Going from long-distance runner to bodybuilder. I had a very small amount of muscle mass after my running career and worked very hard to put on muscle and create the shape I have today.
“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champion’s are made from something they have deep inside them-a a desire, a dream, a vision.” Mohammad Ali
“ You must always have faith in people. And most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself.” Elle Woods
Photos By: Kayleigh Obert