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