Q: What format(s) do you teach?
A: Bodyweight HIIT
Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: I just started in May – so I’ve only taught classes online!
Q: How long have you been teaching at Campus Recreation?
A: I was certified via the in-house group fitness prep course, so I have only been teaching for Campus Rec ☺
Q: Do you have another role at the University? If so, what is it?
A: I also work at Campus Rec as the Programming Assistant for Group Fitness, and I am a graduate student in the Division of Nutritional Sciences.
Q: What motivated you to become a certified group fitness instructor?
A: I joined Campus Rec as a Programming Assistant for Group Fitness having had no experience teaching classes or any type of physical activity! But I love exercise and working with people – being a group fitness instructor would allow me to share my passion with others!
Q: What is your fitness philosophy?
A: I believe that movement and exercise should be used for enjoyment, not punishment. I want to encourage everyone to find a movement, class, or activity that makes them feel good and do it because they like it and for the many benefits that come with exercise, not because they feel like they have to in order to “stay healthy” or “work off those calories.”
Q: When you’re not regularly teaching, what are the other ways you like to stay active?
A: I enjoy weightlifting, running, and Crossfit.
Q: When you’re not teaching your own classes, what type(s) of group fitness class(es) could we find you in?
A: I love love LOVE cycle!
Q: What is your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: Anything with peanut butter! I’ll usually pair it with an English muffin, rice cakes, or pancakes (try it and thank me later).
Q: Do you have a favorite source of workouts, fitness blogger, or health-related podcast that you’d recommend?
A: I’ve been following @nattbfit on Instagram since I started my own ~fitness journey~ She emphasizes the importance of mental health while wanting to stay active. She’s helped me develop more wellness awareness and learn new exercises to try in the gym!
Q: What is your favorite way to practice mindfulness?
A: I really like going for walks throughout the day. Sometimes I’ll walk in silence to collect my thoughts, or I’ll put on a podcast. A few of my fave podcasts are: Tori Dealing With…, Dietitian Table Talks, Crime Junkie, and Business Casual.