A fun, informative interview with La Jolla Sports Club Zumba / Dance instructor, Shannon
Welcome to the third installment of our group instructor interviews. Our first week covered Pilates instructor, Shanna; last week, we sat down with Spin instructor, Alberto; and below, you’ll learn a little about Zumba instructor, Shannon. Don’t forget to check our schedule to meet these great instructors and find a new, fun activity. OK, off to Shannon!
Please describe your favorite client success story, and also your favorite personal success story. Many students have thanked me for bringing dance in to their lives, because it is a fun way to get your body and mind in shape. It is one hour of the day that helps people get their mind off of life’s stresses–when they can literally dance their troubles away. I try to encourage everyone who has not danced, because dance truly is for everyone. I feel personally successful when my students let themselves feel the music and have fun dancing without worrying about getting the moves perfect.
What is your favorite part of teaching? My favorite part about teaching is watching people grow as dancers, and seeing the joy that it brings them.
What gets you up in the morning? What’s your daily motivation? What gets me up in the morning? Coffee!… and the meowing of my lion shaved kitty cat, Capella. I find myself motivated to embark on the new day because I enjoy my job as a real estate agent, especially as it allows me to keep teaching a part of my life with my flexible schedule.
When you’re not teaching, what do you enjoy doing? When I am not teaching, I enjoy time with family and friends and believe it or not, I love to go out dancing! I enjoy taking hip-hop, burlesque, line dancing, barre and yoga classes, because it helps me continue to learn and grow as an instructor myself. I think it’s very important to focus on proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle. I love to travel and hope to visit more countries in the near future.
Real quick: Words of advice or wisdom My words of wisdom… Find what makes you happy, and live your life surrounded by the people and things that bring out the best in you. The key in life is finding balance and keeping to the rhythm that works best for you. And of course, “Keep on Dancing!”
How has Shannon helped you dance your troubles away? What are your favorite Zumba / dance moves you’ve learned? Feel free to leave comments below!
Join us next week, when we sit down with Personal Trainer / Group Instructor, Kevin, to see what gets him up in the morning. Until then, have a great week / end!
//Your Friendly La Jolla Sports Club team
A fun, informative interview with La Jolla Sports Club Spin instructor, Alberto
Welcome to the second part of the La Jolla Sports Club group instructor series, where we’ll be focusing on four different instructors with four different specialties: Pilates, Spinning, Zumba / Dance and High-Intensity Interval Training. Last week, we sat down with Pilates instructor, Shanna, to see what makes her tick. This week, we’ll be talking with Spin (and now bootcamp) instructor, Alberto, to learn a little more about how he got started and what gets him going in the morning.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to try our indoor cycling classes, check our schedule to find your new favorite cardio workouts–OK, off to Alberto!
How did you become a group fitness instructor? Were you always into teaching? I always felt I was a natural-born teacher since high school, when I was trying to instruct my teammates during practice.
I started teaching professionally in the ’80s–I was working as a ski instructor on the Italian Alps during the winter season, and as a tennis instructor in Rome and Sicily during the summer months. My students were adults and children alike with different levels of experience, and I enjoyed running clinics and camps, as well as getting to know each of them with individual sessions. I have to say, I miss the mountains a lot!
Please describe your favorite client success story, and also your favorite personal success story. I don’t have a particular client success story. I love and recognize that each of my clients is different and has different goals. I’m able to understand their needs and let them achieve their goals thanks to my knowledge, passion and the drive to get them better one little step at a time.
What is your favorite part of teaching? There’s nothing better than having my students thanking me at the end of a class and wanting to come back for more–this shows they trust in my ability to improve their lives. They enjoy my skills to motivate and push them beyond their limits.
What gets you up in the morning? What’s your daily motivation? Even though I have been teaching for many years, I believe every day is a learning experience and there is always something you can learn from teammates and colleagues. Learning from others can inspire you to create new routines and new techniques that you can apply to your own, and ultimately help your clients reach their goals.
I work out a lot during my spare time, this is part of being a good role model for my clients and students. I believe that, in order to motivate others, you have to show the results of a balanced lifestyle yourself.
When you’re not teaching, what do you enjoy doing? I enjoy watching sports (soccer is my first love) and I’m a huge Game Of Thrones fan! Music is also a big part of my spare time–I can see myself being a DJ in my next life!
Real quick: Words of advice or wisdom in 15 words or less. “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” This quote is by John Fitzgerald Kennedy and I couldn’t agree more.
What are some of your favorite Alberto motivational moments? What have you learned from Alberto and / or his classes? Feel free to leave your comments below!
OK, that’s it for this week’s group instructor feature. Check back next week, when we’ll talk with Zumba / Dance instructor, Shannon. Until then, have a great week!
//Your Friendly La Jolla Sports Club team
A fun, informative interview with La Jolla Sports Club Pilates instructor, Shanna
Much like La Jolla Sports Club Group X classes, our Group X instructors are always on the move. With so many moving pieces, it can be hard to spend some time and get to know your instructor, so we set out to do just that. June is dedicated to learning about a few of your Group X instructors, focusing on Pilates / Pilates Reformer (Shanna), Spinning (Alberto), Zumba / Dance (Shannon) and High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT; me, Kevin).
We all answered the same questions, so while there will be some uniformity, you’ll see our personalities shine through. Have fun getting to know us, and if you ever have any questions, I believe I speak for all of us when I say, just flag us down and ask away.
You might ask yourself, What is Pilates? Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body by putting emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core and improving coordination and balance. OK, lesson over, off to Shanna!
How did you become a group fitness instructor? Were you always into teaching? I was dancing and competing professionally in ballroom dance. I was asked to dance in some infomercials and DVDs for the CORE RHYTHMS workouts. I started teaching demo classes shortly after and fell in love with teaching cardio. Soon after, I expanded my instruction to yoga and Pilates—two of my favorite workouts I always relied on while dancing professionally!
Please describe your favorite client success story, and also your favorite personal success story. My favorite client success story: I had a beautiful 48 year old woman lose 50 pounds in six months taking my dance cardio class five days a week! It was the first time she had ever worked out. She fell in love with dancing and started feeling better about herself. Gaining more confidence, she started eating healthy and living a more fit lifestyle.
My favorite personal story: I used to have a lot of lower back pain after dancing for hours in high heels. After training a lot in Pilates, I was able to strengthen my core so much that the pain started to go away! I think I got taller too!
What is your favorite part of teaching? My favorite part of teaching is getting to know my clients, seeing the smiles on their faces after each and every class and knowing they’re happy with my classes and keep coming back for more. I am so lucky, I have really fantastic students who try so hard and have the best attitudes. When they tell me I’ve inspired them in any way, I feel so happy. Feeling fit, healthy and strong is so important—if I can help in any way, that’s my biggest accomplishment!
What gets you up in the morning? What’s your daily motivation? Coffee and my Yorkies! I’m up at 5am each day, walking my babies and teaching by 6am. Motivation to feel good and make others feel good keeps me going strong!
When you’re not teaching, what do you enjoy doing? When I’m not teaching, I enjoy working on my new lifestyle blog MODE DE VIE FIT, cuddling with my Yorkies and traveling to exotic places for some new cultural experiences and R&R. I hope my blog and passion about fitness as a lifestyle will motivate my readers and inspire them to live a life of balance: fun, fitness, travel, compassionate choices, green living, enjoying friends and family, love and relationships, fashion, wellness, eating and more—this is what life’s all about!
Real quick: Words of advice or wisdom in 15 words or less. Love, laugh and learn always! Surround yourself with people who truly love and respect you and vice versa. Show compassion- rescue a dog or another animal! Live a life of balance and moderation! And try not to let what people post on social media affect you, it’s only one piece of that person’s life’s puzzle. We all have our ups and downs, we are all unique and awesome in our own ways!
Have you taken any of Shanna’s Pilates Reformer or dance classes? What are some of your favorite memories or lessons you’ve learned? Feel free to leave your comments below!
See everyone next week for Alberto’s mini-interview where I learned he and I might have a thing or two in common! Hint: I am not Italian.
//Your Friendly La Jolla Sports Club Team
Some of our favorite posts from La Jolla Sports Club
Social May’dia has come to a close. We covered post-partum core exercises for new moms, National Foam Rolling Day and some Padres-related athletic moves. It only seemed fitting to turn the attention inward to our own social media posts to close out the month. And so, here are a few of our favorites:
Timitchell Malley demonstrating some gym etiquette:
Kristen Forkeutis treating our collective sweet-teeth in a healthy way:
Our partnership announcement with Coggan Family Aquatic Complex! So very excited about this one:
You’ve helped us save over 100,000 bottles from landfills in less than a year. The number keeps going up, so don’t forget to bring your reusable bottles for some delicious, healthy, environmentally-friendly water.
Saving my favorite for last, we are incredibly proud of our photoshoot with Jeff Stockwell. Working with LJSC members, Jeff captured amazing photography that you’ll see rolling out in the next couple of months. Hint: NEW SITE COMING SOON.
Alright, that’s it for our Social May’dia wrap-up! Thanks for reading and bearing the puns. Next month, we’re focusing on Group X instructors, so look for a fun, inside look to some of your favorite classes and teachers.
Until then, and have a great Memorial Day!
//Your Friendly La Jolla Sports Club team
Strength and conditioning coach, Dustin Hammett, takes us through a few athletic training exercises.
Baseball is in full swing (cough) and as it just so happens, La Jolla Day at Petco Park is this Saturday (May 21) where the Padres take on the Giants. Check La Jolla Merchant’s Society Facebook page for details–tickets still available!
Which got me to thinking, How are these athletes training and what can I incorporate into my own sports conditioning? So I reached out to our own La Jolla Sports Club personal trainer, Dustin Hammett, CSCS, who specializes in Sports Conditioning / Nutrition and coaches high school teams around the area (I just learned he’s also a professional golf coach). I picked his brain and the following are some of Dustin’s favorite athletic training exercises, with a quick rundown on each.
Standing Explosive Single-Arm Rotational Lat Pull Start with the cable attachment at your side. Then lift your knee and as soon as it comes down, rotate and explosively pull. The movement mechanics should resemble throwing a baseball or football. This move targets the synergist movement of your non-throwing arm.
Lateral Slider Lunge Start standing with one dumbbell on the same side as the slider. The first movement comes from the hip of the non-slider leg. Keep your chest up and your knee in line with your chest and shoulder. The slider-leg stays straight. This is a great lateral movement for all athletes.
4-Point Shoulder Think the opposite movement of throwing a baseball, football, or paddling or surfing. Start in a standing position with attachment chest-height.
- Pull elbow back at 90 degrees
- Scarecrow (keep elbow at 90 degrees)
- Vertical press
- Slowly resist the negative / downward movement
Have fun at La Jolla Day at Petco, grab Dustin with your athletic training questions and see you next week!
//Your Friendly La Jolla Sports Club team
Memorial Day. Independence Day. Labor Day. National Foam Rolling Day?
While it’s not as cute as Puppies Eating Peanut Butter Day, National Foam Rolling Day is here to stay. I think. To be fair, this is the first one, so we’ll see how it pans out. But for now, mark those calendars: May 11th is where it’s at!
Though please don’t wait until next May. Ideally, you’re foam rolling every day, but if you only do the days you workout, your body will thank you during your training and after. Foam rolling is used to help reduce tension and increase circulation and mobility into tissue that’s tense, overused or stuck together, and can be used as both a warm-up and cool-down. I preach it to my clients and begin all of my own workouts with a refreshing 10min routine.
If you’re new to foam rolling, start with the blue rollers downstairs. When you get comfortable with those, progress to the black, foam rollers, and when you’re ready to move on from those, the TriggerPoint will be your new best friend. One of the reasons I like the TriggerPoint so much is that the raised ridges help get a little deeper to increase blood flow and stimulate tissue. Note: Listen to your body, if the roller is too hard, the body could tense up and negate the benefits. Think of it like running: you’re not aiming for a marathon your first day out—you work up to it.
OK, so you’ve got your roller all picked out, now what? Start at the bottom of the calf and work your way up to the hips, first on your back, then your side and finally on the quads. After the legs, try rolling out your lat muscles. Move slowly, about one (1) inch every second. When you find a place that makes you want to cry, hold there. When you feel the area loosen up a bit, add a little motion for the full benefit.
TriggerPoint has a ton of great videos here.
Finally, the HyperIce Vyper vibrating foam roller (pictured). It is, hands down, my favorite roller. Choose your intensity level and let it smooth out those knots. I try to use the Vyper every day before soccer and can tell in a big way when I forget. Luckily for you, we sell it here at La Jolla Sports Club. Check with the front desk for details.
OK, get rolling, get better workouts and see you next week for our next Social May-dia blog!