Q: What format do you teach?
Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: 1.5 years
Q: How long have you been teaching at Campus Recreation?
A: 1.5 years – My teaching debut was at the ARC in MP2!
Q: Do you have another role at the University?
A: I’m a graduate student completing a PhD in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA at the Gies College of Business.
Q: What motivated you to become a certified group fitness instructor?
A: This is a crazy story, brace yourself! I became an instructor because of a bet/dare I made with my grad school best buddy. We have both been regular and avid participants in group fitness classes at campus rec, especially BODYATTACK. We would get so energized and really have fun in there! Around Summer 2018, we made this dare that if we were still regular participants by the next year, we would become instructors. We laughed because it was ridiculous, said “hahaha, sure, deal!”, and then I just kept living my life. Then Fall 2018 hits, and I heard news that the ARC was hosting an Initial Training Module for BODYCOMBAT! This is the moment I remembered about the dare and decided I wanted to try something absolutely crazy and go through with it! Not even half a year into the timeframe, I jumped in with both feet, attended the instructor training, and next thing I knew I was teaching my first BODYCOMBAT class on a Thursday morning at 6:30am in January of 2019! In less than a year, I went from being a mild couch potato to a fitness instructor. Wild ride, right?
So that’s great and all, but why did I stay and kept teaching? For one, I fell in love with it, and teaching has become an integral part of my life. Also, this community has empowered and energized me, and this is a great opportunity to give back to others. Last but not least, it’s such a pleasure to see my participants grow in their fitness journeys!
Q: What is your fitness philosophy?
A: Once you find an activity/program/plan that works for you, you will find yourself working for it.
Q: When you’re not regularly teaching, what are the other ways you like to stay active?
A: I ride my bike everywhere! When the gym is open, I make time for some weight training. I’m also always down some active outdoor adventures, it wakes up my childlike playfulness, and I love that!
Q: When you’re not teaching your own classes, what type(s) of group fitness class(es) could we find you in?
A: You’ll definitely find me in BODYATTACK, occasionally BODYPUMP, and I’ve been trying a little bit of yoga as well (for better stability and balance so I can kick higher 😉).
Q: What is your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: I teach 6:30am classes, so I have breakfast right after. My go-to meal is eggs, toast with cream cheese and jam, fruits (typically banana + berries) and with a cup of hot coffee. Simple and satisfying.
Q: Do you have a favorite source of workouts, fitness blogger, or health-related podcast that you’d recommend?
A: I have started following classes on Les Mills on Demand. On top of my regular go-to formats, I’ve been enjoying BODYFLOW and GRIT. Before I attended classes, I used to find workouts in the large collection on the FitnessBlender YouTube channel.
Q: What is your favorite way to practice mindfulness?
A: First, I try to get enough sleep at night, this goes a long way. Also, meditation (even if it’s just 2min in the shower) and journaling really help me stay grounded and present.