Quick Stats: Katie Boyd of Style Network's "Wicked Fit"
Daily Driver: 2011 Range Rover HSE (Katie's rating: 9 on a scale of 1 to 10)
Favorite road trip: Boston to Montreal
Car she learned to drive in: 1984 Volvo 250 DL
First car bought: 1997 Mercury Cougar
Katie Boyd, star of the Style Network reality show "Wicked Fit," loved cars while growing up and has had her share of cars and motorcycles over the years. These days, she owns one that she considers perfect for going out of town and hauling groceries, a 2011 Range Rover HSE.
"I love that car. It's amazing," she says, giving the car a 9 rating. "It's fast, it's sexy, but it's masculine at the same time, you can totally put tons of stuff. But it's also good if you're in the city, if you're going out with your girlfriends. It's awesome because it has no blind spots and it has an awesome turning radius. If you step on the gas, it goes. I definitely like speed. I've always been a speed freak."
Her Range Rover spent time in the shop after someone hit it in a parking lot, so for a while she was driving a Ford Edge rental, which she felt had less visibility. "I'm just so used to being up high over everybody," she says. "They're SUVs, but they're a car size. It's strange to me. Why have an SUV? Just have a car."
Boyd grew up in Taunton, Mass., where she learned to drive in the family's automatic 1984 Volvo 250 DL. "It was the beater of the family, a car that was really old and my mom was like, 'If you crash it, it's fine,'" she laughs. "Then I learned how to drive in a little Chevy pickup truck that was standard and it was miserable. It was a friend's and we would go to this open park. It had a huge parking area and she taught me how to drive standard in that. I wasn't a very good driver, but now I pride myself on being a very good driver."
First car bought
While her peers were at the beach, Boyd says she worked two summers in a row, waitressing, busing tables and working at a grocery store to save money for her first car, a 1997 Mercury Cougar.
"Do you remember when Mercury changed their body style and the Cougars turned into what they look like now? That was around '97, and I was a junior in high school and I was the first one to have a brand, brand-new car. Everybody drove hand-me-downs from their mom, dads, grandparents. It was sage green and it had an old-fashioned car phone in the middle of the car that was as big as your whole head. I thought I was so cool. Roaming charges were probably like $1,000 a minute back then," she laughs. "It was super expensive to even use the phone. I pretended to talk on it all the time. I thought I was really cool."
Boyd brought the car to her first year of college at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. After that, she bought a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and right after graduation she bought several cars, which included a Dodge Viper that she had for only six months because it wasn't the best car for New England winters.
"I had red racing stripes put on it. I was loco," she says. "For me it wasn't conventional at all. Half the year here in Massachusetts it snows. So having a car like that here is really dumb. My dream car is a Maserati GranTurismo, but when I do get that, I'll keep my Range Rover because you can't have just one car like that, you'll never go anywhere. You'll be taking a cab everywhere."
At one point she also owned a 2004 Nissan 350Z. "I was on a waiting list for this car. I wanted this car so bad. I was one of the first people in Massachusetts to get this car when it first came out," she says. "It was pumpkin orange with black leather interior, with pumpkin stitching. It was hot for the time. But I grew out of it. At the same time I had the Viper. I had a Ford F-150 Harley 100th anniversary truck and I got into a really bad accident in that." She also had a Harley-Davidson 100th anniversary edition V-Rod and a Kawasaki Ninja at that time.
As a fitness trainer, Boyd opened a gym in Wellesley that also trains girls for Miss America and Miss USA, which is what "Wicked Fit" is about. That's when she bought the Range Rover, which turned out to be the best ride for her for now.
"It's perfect," she says. "That car is so safe. It has the dial where it's snow, sand and gravel and a mud dial and a desert dial, so you can go in the desert and dial this thing over and it makes the wheels go a certain way if you were in the desert. It's super, super safe."
Favorite road trip
Boyd's favorite road trip is the drive from Boston to Montreal. "It's a long drive, but if you go up there with a bunch of girlfriends, it's a fun drive," she says. "Montreal itself is really exciting. The last time I did that road trip, I was 22 or 23, so of course we went there to party."
She also loves to drive to Kennebunk, Maine. "That's a beautiful drive," she says. "The 7-mile drive in Newport, Rhode Island, is awesome, especially if you have a nice sports car. It's all along the water, where all the mansions are. It's beautiful."
"Wicked Fit" on Style Network
Boyd didn't set out to be the star of her own reality show. "I had my gym and I wanted nothing to do with reality television and these people found me and said, 'We think you have what it takes to do this,'" she says. "I was like, 'Please, give me a break.' I was apprehensive because I was into my business and just doing my thing. I could have cared less about having a show."
Almost two years later, after the whole process, the feedback on the show has been positive because it's a show about transformation beyond preparing girls for pageants.
"I'm a nutritionist and a trainer and I did pageants my entire life so I'm getting these girls ready for pageants, but it's also a transformational show because I also train everyday people," she says. "There's one woman on the show, she's 300 pounds and has to lose 150 pounds. I'm also transforming Farrah Lester, who is Jon Lester's wife." Lester is one of the pitchers on the Red Sox.
"The show is hilarious," Boyd says. "It's funny as well, but it's also about empowering women and loving your body, whatever size you are. I'm not Jillian Michaels. I'm not one of these trainers, so it's a little bit different than most people are probably used to as far as watching shows about personal training."
The show also follows Boyd's life with her family, friends, and love life. "And it's about can you have it all, can you balance life, can you have good relationships, can you do everything," she says.
While it's a lot of work, Boyd says doing the show is an amazing experience. "I'm snarky. But these girls have to understand that when you're going to do pageants, people are going to rip you to shreds, so you have to have a thick skin if that's something you're going to do," says Boyd, who is 30 and has been competing in pageants since she was 4.
"So I have 26 years' experience," she continues. "It's tough. But I'm definitely glad I did pageants because doing what I'm doing now with the show, not everybody likes the show, not everybody likes me. Now I'm in the public eye, so people aren't all going to be like, 'She's amazing.' So I have to have that tough skin and pageants definitely helped with that."