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