Per BernalGrowing up in sleepy Albequerque, NM, Katie Corio never imagined becoming a fitness star with 300,000-plus Instagram followers. "I was totally a nerdy art girl," she recalls. "If you told me what I'd be doing today, I'd have said you're crazy."
But things changed while studying art, partying, and eating poorly at San Diego State. Bikini shopping with a friend, she saw an out-of-shape, unhappy reflection in the mirror and thoguht, I'm not gonna live like this anymore.
The fitness neophyte switched to kinesiology and started hitting the gym, sculpting her body, and crushing contests. “I just completely fell in love with it,” she says. “I was totally changed in the best way possible.”
Now 24, Corio is flying high, inspiring others with online training programs, workout videos, podcasts, and even some art. We caught up with her to talk transformation, motivation, and hanging with the Hulk.
M&F: A lot of people want to make changes in their lives but struggle to follow through. How’d you stick to it?
KC: I had no idea what even a biceps curl was. So I started following fit people on Instagram and copying others at the gym. I...