Dina Juve has walked the walk for two decades. After losing 80 pounds 20 years ago, she has proven the exception to the weight loss rule and kept it off.

Women’s Health spoke to Juve about her inspiring story and her secrets of success.

What’s her catchphrase? “You got this!”

What’s her secret weapon? “I’m not just a trainer who’s telling you what to do; I am a living testimony showing you that it can be done. My secret? Kettlebells. I’ve tested countless training tools over 12 years as a personal trainer, but for me, nothing beats them.”

What’s her advice to those who are just starting out? “Before you can change the outside, you have to change the inside… Once your mind believes you can do it, your body will do it.”

What’s her choice for single best exercise? “Hands down, the kettlebell swing. It’s a full-body, weight-training, and cardiovascular workout if done properly. It fires up your posterior chain (the muscles in the back side of your body—hamstrings, glutes, lower back) and your arms and core, helps improve posture and overall mobility, strengthens your heart, and torches fat.”

What’s her proven method for tracking progress? “Measurements and photos don’t lie!”

What’s her favourite healthy meal to make at home? “I love making egg muffins because I can use them for snacks and meals.”

What’s her biggest complaint about the way people see health and weight loss? “An individual should not have to spend an hour and a half to two hours on a workout to get the body she wants. A strong, 30- to 60-minute workout three to five days a week is all you need.”

Fad or staple to your routine? Have you added kettlebells to your workout routine?

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