As a personal trainer, I’m often asked, “How do you get your booty?” But exercise for me is about feeling good, not trying to be thin. A good workout for me is measured by how I feel afterward, not how many calories I burn.

That’s why I immediately liked QiQi, a certified personal trainer and the founder and creator of “The Qii to Fitness.” With almost 400,000 followers on Instagram, she’s making waves in the health and fitness world with her personalized style and down-to-earth approach to fitness and body image. Her focus is on working out to feel strong and healthy — she even wrote in her bio on Instagram that her thighs aren’t going anywhere!

I started following QiQi on Instagram and YouTube to put her training style to the test. Her workouts focus on strength training and HIIT to get your heart rate up and build muscle. While some exercises require workout equipment, others only need basic items to follow along.

She doesn’t use any special background songs or fancy editing to go along with the routine, which some people may not like, but I actually prefer. I could hear her breathing throughout the exercise, which encouraged me to breathe louder.

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In addition to her workout routines, she also talks to you as if you’re best friends eating brunch together. In one video, she talks about weight gain in her own life and the weight gain many of us have experienced during COVID-19 all while eating her weekly French toast. A fitness trainer who publicly shares (and enjoys) brunch, complete with maple syrup? High five!

For this core workout, QiQi lead

Australia’s competition chief, Rod Sims, has warned big companies not to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis to nobble their competitors and set themselves up as monopolies.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP


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Stopping Australia emerging from the pandemic as an economy where even more power is concentrated in the hands of a few players is just one entry on a long to-do list kept by Sims, who has spent the crisis helping keep food on the shelves of supermarkets and stopping banks rushing to foreclose on bad loans by authorising companies to coordinate their behaviour in ways that would normally be against the law.



a man wearing a suit and tie: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims.


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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims.

Sims has already taken action to keep competition alive in aviation – in March he publicly chastised the Qantas boss, Alan Joyce, for campaigning against any government support for weaker rival Virgin Australia, which at the time was teetering on the verge of collapse.

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“Just because we’re watching has a profound effect, we see that every time,” Sims tells Guardian Australia.

“That will inhibit players taking action to knock off their competitors, but if it doesn’t we’re here to take action – either under the Act or through recommendations to government.”

Sims thinks getting Australia out of the recession caused by the business shutdowns, travel bans and other restrictive measures imposed by authorities to fight the virus will require plenty more government spending – something he is expecting to see in Tuesday’s budget.

At the same time as dealing with the financial effect of the virus, which has crushed an economy that was already struggling with weak growth, Sims and the regulator he chairs, the Australian Competition