Welcome to the last installment of our much-ballyhooed ‘Go Love Yourself’ series. People all over the 92037 zip code are talking about it, so if you’re feeling a little left out of the conversations at Brick ‘n Bell, check out our posts on how exercise benefits the body, the brain and your emotions.
Great, you’re back–stronger, smarter and more emotionally-efficient. We are missing a pretty big piece to this self-improvement puzzle, however, and that would be your environment. By now you have built up a good bit of moral currency–why not invest that into your surroundings? It’s more of an investment, in that a healthy environment allows breathable air; drinkable water; and less carcinogens and a smattering of other unhealthy aspects. A thriving environment then allows you to bust out your VO2 max at our Spinning and HIIT classes, box with Danielle Swaby (one of your new La Jolla Sports Club Personal Trainers; see more below) and build a better you. A nice little full circle.
OK, so what are some easy things you could do just at the club?
Use less towels
Industrial washing machines use an average of 70 gallons per load.
Ditch the paper towels
After your post-workout hand-washing, use your cloth towel to dry your hands and save a few trees!
We have bins located around the club for your convenience. Don’t see one? Ask any of your helpful La Jolla Sports Club staff!
Bring your own water bottle
Our water cooler downstairs serves up tasty, purified reverse osmosis deliciousness. As of this post, we have saved over 170,000+ plastic bottles! That is awesome.
Walk or bike to La Jolla Sports Club
Not only healthier for you, but you’re also reducing your carbon footprint and avoiding parking limitations, so you can enjoy a meditation class with Bram or a tasty post-workout meal at Lean n Green (Super Bowl with chicken, extra spicy mmmmmmm).
And speaking of food…
Food waste is one of Americans’ biggest pitfalls: in 2012 Americans threw away 35 million tons of food, which is approximately 40% of our annual food supply and three times the amount of 1960. Additionally, the irrigation used to grow food that is thrown away could meet the domestic water needs of nine billion people. That’s a lot of people.
OK, lecture over, let’s meet your new La Jolla Sports Club Personal Trainer, Danielle Swaby!
What brought you to San Diego / La Jolla Sports Club?
I’ve always loved California and told my family I would move here since I was a little girl in NYC. Once I moved to San Diego, I began looking for a gym and after spending a week working out at La Jolla Sports Club, knew I wanted to work here. Everyone was so nice! The staff and members, the vibe was just right.
Why did you choose to be a personal trainer? What was your dream job growing up?
I was watching Tony Robbins interview Mark Cuban, and when Tony asked Mark what advice he had for today’s young people, Mark replied “I would tell them to stop following their dreams and start following their effort!” That was an Aha Moment for me–I was a hairstylist at the time, but all my effort was spent getting to the gym! And as a kid, my dream was to be a veterinarian and an actress.
What is currently your favorite style of workout, for both your clients and yourself (functional, corrective, etc etc etc)? Why?
I love changing up my workouts everyday–strength-training, boxing, interval runs, strongman, etc. I love for myself and my clients to stay challenged… and sweaty! My favorite exercise is pull-ups. I was obsessed with learning to do a pull-up for a year and finally got it. I love inspiring my clients to find a challenging exercise and get really great at it! It makes training fun!
If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would it be and why?
If I could have dinner with anyone it would be Jesus! He could answer a lot questions and I’m sure I could learn a lot about being a kind and loving human being.
If you were on a deserted island, what three non-fitness things would you want with you?
If I could only bring three items with me, I would bring a machete, a flint and a cooler with one million frozen Double Doubles from In n Out.
Did we miss one of your favorite conservation techniques? Have you had a chance to box with Danielle, yet? Let us know in the comments below!
OK, that’s it for us, check back next week where we’ll get to know some of your favorite Group-X instructors!
// Your La Jolla Sports Club team