This week, get to know veteran group fitness instructor, Kelsey Hassevoort!
Q: What format(s) do you teach?
A: I’m certified to teach BODYPUMP, Cycle, HIIT, and TRX.
Q: How long have you been teaching?
A: I have been a group fitness instructor for six years. I began teaching cycle classes at Campus Recreation in 2014, and have been teaching here ever since!
Q: Do you have another role at the University (e.g. student, faculty, staff)? If so, what is it?
A: When I began working at Campus Rec, I was a PhD student in the Neuroscience Program. Since graduating in 2018, I work as a research development specialist at the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute (IHSI) at the University.
What motivated you to become a certified group fitness instructor?
A: I loved taking group fitness classes throughout college and relied on them to stay fit when I started graduate school. As I got to know my instructors, I realized I wanted to learn how to lead group fitness classes and help motivate others on their fitness journeys. The group fitness community is incredible, and I’m so grateful for the connections and friendships I’ve developed because of my role at Campus Rec!
Q: What is your fitness philosophy?
A: I believe that being physically active is one of the most important gifts you can give to yourself, so find activities that make you feel good and create a routine that works for you!
Q: When you’re not regularly teaching, what are the other ways you like to stay active?
A: I love being outdoors, and you can typically find me hiking, road biking, or kayaking when I’m not at the gym.
Q: When you’re not teaching your own classes, what type(s) of group fitness class(es) could we find you in?
A: I’m really into BODYCOMBAT right now. All that high-energy punching and kicking is a great stress release, and I feel so accomplished each time I master a new combination of moves!
Q: What is your favorite post-workout meal/snack?
A: I typically teach classes first thing in the morning, and love to eat homemade waffles with almond butter and fruit afterwards.
Q: Do you have a favorite source of workouts, fitness blogger, or health-related podcast that you’d recommend?
A: I’ve been trying to incorporate more yoga into my workout routine, and have been a big fan of the Yoga with Adriene and Yoga with Kassandra videos on YouTube.
Q: What is your favorite way to practice mindfulness?
A: I try to take a bit of time at the end of my day before I go to sleep to sit quietly and focus on breathing deeply. Mindfulness doesn’t always come naturally to me, but I’m working on it!