For five years, Betina Gozo played in a band living an entirely different life than she does now. It wasn’t until her roommate took her to a boot camp class that pushed her entirely beyond her comfort zone that she realized just how out of shape she was. Soon, she was making moves to improve her health—and her new habits started to rub off on those around her.
“I noticed that I was influencing other people in my band by implementing healthier activities into my life. We were doing planks and push-ups together and eating healthy,” she tells Women’s Health. “As I started working out more, I wanted to be better. That’s when the switch flipped and I knew I wanted to become a trainer.”
Fast forward to today. Not only is Gozo a fitness model and a personal trainer, but she’s also been crowned Women’s Health’s Next Fitness Star and is one of 50 handpicked Nike Master Trainers. Her role with Nike involves doing everything from designing workouts for the Nike+ Training Club App to heading up local and regional Nike events. (Pretty awesome, right?)
The 32-year-old owns each day by waking up early and setting daily intentions. “I call morning Betina ‘Prime Time Betina,’” she says. “I’m usually the most productive and energized in the morning. It makes me feel like a warrior when I’ve accomplished so many things before people even start their day.”
Here, she lets us in on her morning routine, including her secret to starting every day in a good mood.
4:45 a.m. My alarm goes off.
“The first thing I do after I get out of bed is drink a glass of water. This helps me rehydrate and makes me feel like I’m starting the day off on the right foot.”
“People often ask me how I manage to wake up so early. I do a lot of things the night before that help. Usually, at 8 p.m. I’m putting down my phone for the day and picking up my guitar to wind down and relax. Then I’ll journal for about 20 minutes. Next, I’ll sip on tea and take CBD, which helps me ease into sleep.”
5 a.m. I’m smiling, then meditating.
“It sounds so silly, but one of the first things I do every single morning is smile. I heard it in a meditation once, that smiling tricks your body into being happy even when you’re not. Then, I’ll bring that energy into my own personal meditation. I’ll turn on my pink Himalayan sea salt lamp and sit down on my bean bag to meditate. It helps me begin every day with a clear mind and a sense of calm.”
6 a.m. I’m training my first client.
“I typically train two clients first thing in the morning, one at 6 and then another at 7. Once I’m done with that, I do my own workout around 8 a.m. It’s when I feel my best, and it makes me feel like I can tackle the rest of my day.”
9 a.m. It’s smoothie and e-mail time.
“I keep the smoothie pretty simple. I start with homemade cashew milk, then add spinach, banana, ice, and protein powder. While it’s blending, I drink a glass of water and pop two MitoQ Skin Support supplements. They’re designed to help the skin stave off signs of aging and provide extra protection against the damaging effects of pollution. I feel like they help my skin stay moisturized and bright.”
“Then, I usually take some time to catch up on my e-mails and online clients. Since my job requires me to give a lot of myself to people, I have given myself permission to only check or answer e-mails no more than two times a day to protect my energy (and sanity!).”