Kathy Donatto, a successful personal trainer and fitness competitor, has been practicing Animal Flow since its creation, learning it directly from her friend Mike Fitch when he first developed the program in 2011. In addition to being one of the inaugural Animal Flow Master Instructors teaching certification workshops, Kathy is building on her previous experience with children’s fitness programs to explore how Animal Flow can be an ideal practice for teaching children about movement.
Kathy began her path in the fitness industry 11 years ago when she joined a team of fitness competitors participating in events that focused on obstacles, fitness skills, and fitness routines, as well as grace and physique. Early on she learned that the key to success was to train in a variety of disciplines, including bodyweight and weight-bearing training; mental training; and specific skills building for tumbling, speed and agility work. Inspired by the challenge of changing her body into an athlete’s body, she began to seriously study fitness, working with a coach and delving into the books. Her transition into becoming a fitness professional began when her friends noticed the rapid transformation of her body, prompting them to ask the same questions that have engaged so many in the field: How and when can you help me?
Today Kathy has a dynamic personal training business. She is motivated by helping her clients transform their lives and achieve exciting goals including: the elderly man with diabetes who regained circulation in his lower limbs and no longer has pain in his feet; the athlete who increased his sports performance; and the extremely lean woman who developed a beautiful figure. For several years how she has been using Animal Flow with her clients as a foundational building tool, with phenomenal results in improving cross-over performance and general strength while reducing injuries.
Always busy, Kathy has also been involved in an eclectic range of fitness jobs and activities. She ran a children’s fitness program called Tornado Toddlers; was back up talent for the Gaiam Kettle Bell DVD series; presented a South Florida Today segment on exercise tips for the financially strapped; and was a substitute coach and trainer for the Canas Tennis Academy and Miami-Dade College.
Kathy’s philosophy is based around these six principles:
- Moving your body
- Eating food as close to its natural state as possible
- Embracing who you are
- Enjoying your fitness journey
- Reading to feed your mind