Her fine-lined body is absolute perfection in our eyes! Karien van der Wal has obviously put the time in and the results show. Get to know her as our LW Babe of the Week.
Full name: Karien van der Wal
Nickname: Liewe Heksie
Day job: Personal Trainer
Likes: Ice cream, chocolate, Freddy jeans and friendly smiles
Dislikes: Fake people and broccoli
Special talents: I can tie a knot in a cherry stem using only my tongue. Does that count?
Give us a quick introduction to Karien van der Wal
I love the fitness industry and competing as a Bikini Athlete in the IFBB.
What does your average day consist of?
Clients in the morning till around 9, then I go to gym. After gym I shower, eat, do a bit of admin and check in with my online clients. Lunchtime is around 2pm after kids get back from school. In the afternoon I usually see clients again from around 4-7pm.
If you could compare your personalty to any movie character, who would best represent you?
Sandra Bullock in Miss Congeniality. I’m a bit of a tomboy, a little clumsy and I always find the strangest ways to embarrass myself…. but I’m a strong person nevertheless and I can handle almost anything and get myself out of a sticky situation with a bit of charm and a smile. I can be a lady when its required [laughs].
What is your definition of sex appeal?
It has absolutely nothing to do with the size or shape of your body, but rather your personality. If you think you’ve got it, you probably do.
When it comes to guys, which is more important to you – looks, personality or manners?
Personality first, manners you can teach them and looks we can work on [laughs].
What has been one of the most defining moments in your life?
Transforming my body.
You obviously know how to keep your body in perfect shape. What are your favorite parts of your body?
My bum, although I still want it bigger, and my legs. I just like the shape of it and it’s also my favourite to train.
Have you ever used your good looks to get yourself out of trouble?
Obviously, all women do it..[laughs] Even some guys I know do it. I got myself out of some speeding tickets before.
What do you like to do with your downtime?
Whats that? I don’t get much of that, but when I do, I love watching movies with my daughter or going for walks in the park with the dogs. We have a very nice park with big trees and a pond close to our house.
Every lady has her wild side. When does yours come out to play?
Well I’m not the party type and I hardly ever go out for drinks, but when I do I tend to get a bit laud and cheerful. I prefer to stay at home though when friends come to visit.
What are your pet peeves?
When people are late. When people stand in my personal space in a queue. People chewing with their mouths open. When guys use the squat rack to do bicep curls.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when we mention:
Driven? Id like to think of myself as a driven person. It took me three years or so to get where I am today. It wasn’t easy all the time, but I feel proud of myself today. All I ever wanted to do was touch peoples lives and make them realise that they can also achieve a healthier and happier body, inside and outside.
Adrenaline? I actually love speed and fast cars, although I don’t own one, I do drive it very fast. I’ve done a few extreme things like bungee jumping and shark cage diving. I love things that makes you realise you’re alive.
Cheat meals? Theres no limit to this, but I have a soft spot for pastries, doughnuts and ice cream. Anything sweet.
Attraction? A naughty smile, wittiness, interesting conversations, respect and a caring heart.
Karma? Is a bitch, only if you are.
Flirting? Some people these days read friendliness as flirting. I think I have a flirtations side by nature and I don’t always realise that some people could read it wrong.
Photos by Sean Levitt | Instagram.