A fun, informative interview with La Jolla Sports Club HIIT / Tough Love instructor, Kevin
Welcome to our final blog in the Group X series, and the first blog on our new website! In case you missed the earlier articles, we talked with Shanna, Alberto and Shannon about Pilates, Spin and Zumba / Dance, respectively, and got a feel for who they were and what makes them such great instructors. Feel free to share your experiences or thank the instructors in the comment sections. OK, off to Kevin!
How did you become a group fitness instructor? Were you always into teaching?
Having grown up playing soccer and captaining teams, I realized I enjoyed the team-oriented effort to teaching. Back in Tahoe, I taught skiing and snowboarding and started to hone in on the fact that time (and daylight and snow) is precious, so let’s get as much out of this as we can. Fast-forward a few years later to my Personal Training, which then led to teaching HIIT classes–WE are going to do this together, and WE are going to bust our collective buns. You’ll still get the laid-back version of me, but I do expect clients / class participants to work. I really aim to get the most bang for your buck.
Please describe your favorite client success story, and also your favorite personal success story.
I’m not sure I have a favorite, singular client success story, but I absolutely love watching people progress through life and accomplishing goals they didn’t think they could. It’s empowering for everyone involved.
As for my personal success story, I am very proud of realizing I was not living the life I wanted to, and so made a drastic change from Advertising to Personal Training. It’s been about 3.5 years, and I haven’t been happier, and I look forward to continually growing in this field.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
Learning. Every single person has something they can teach, so it’s fun for me to shut my mouth and just listen and watch and learn. My new buddy, Brian Adams (not to be confused with Bryan Adams), has inspired a new sense of positivity in me. Speaking of that empowering thing…
What gets you up in the morning? What’s your daily motivation?
Mmmmmmmmmmcoffee… and music. As corny as it sounds, my motivation comes from my excitement at helping people live better lives. There’s a reason I left advertising behind, and I remember that every time the alarm clock goes off.
When you’re not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
Going to the Casbah, discovering new music, surfing, soccer and hanging out with my family of friends here in San Diego. I am a very lucky guy.
Real quick: Words of advice or wisdom in 15 words or less.
William Faulkner: “…the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time.”
What are some of your favorite Tough Love moments? How has Kevin inspired you to keep on sweating? Feel free to leave your comments below!
Check back with us next week where we’ll start to tackle fitness myths in our ‘Ju-Lie’ series. Until then, have a great week / end!
//Your Friendly La Jolla Sports Club team