VIDA Blog
Aug 31 2014

Verizon Instructor Profile Dan Mcanally

CaptureDan joined the Vida family in 2011 as a group fitness instructor. He teaches Vinyasa yoga, Ripped Yoga and Pilates Reformer. Feeling extremely grateful for all the great people and cool things yoga has introduced to him, Dan hopes to give much positivity to everyone he meets. He creates a fun, friendly atmosphere with high energy, nice music, and intense heat. Dan’s yoga classes are open to all levels; if you can breathe, you can practice yoga with Dan!

We asked Dan a few questions to help you get to know him before jumping into a class!

What’s your favorite format to teach and why?

Power yoga, I like the constant strong flow of the practice and feeling your energy build.

When a member comes to your class for the first time, what can he/she expect from you?

It’s all about feelings and vibes. They can expect to feel a comfortable, relaxed, fun vibe, and also expect to get a good strong well rounded yoga class with a constant flow of poses that build heat and energy. I try to create a relaxed but strong atmosphere free of judgment where people can push themselves hard, or let themselves take it easy, which is very hard to do, and just enjoy their time on the yoga mat.

As far as we know, you live in the gym and can do no wrong—what’s your favorite ‘cheat’ meal?

7 eleven hot food, seriously

How would you describe your teaching style?

Positive energy, fun and free, total freedom, more of a tour guide than a teacher

When you’re not squeezing another sun salutation out of your students, what can they find you doing?

Going for bike rides

Everyone hits that wall at some point during a workout…how do you motivate others to give it all they’ve got?

Just Breath, the whole point is to enjoy yourself

Aug 31 2014

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: How to Outrun Your Genes

Are your genes working against you? Well, then, here’s the simple trick to outrunning an overweight gene: movement. In a study of people genetically predisposed to obesity, those who were the most active managed to seriously alter their body’s predisposition to gain weight. They were far less likely to pack on pounds over time compared with the least active in the study.

Researchers recently found 12 genes that increase the risk of obesity and every obesity gene people had correlated to extra weight gain. However, although certain genes made them more susceptible to obesity, participants were not slaves to their DNA. Exercising about an hour a day dropped the risk of weight gain about 40 percent, compared with the couch potatoes.

You may have the cards stacked against you when it comes to family health history, but nothing is certain. Only about 30 percent of aging is determined by genetic factors. The other 70 percent you control through your own behaviors.

Aug 27 2014

U Street Instructor Profile: Tamara D’Amico

tamaraTamara has been an athlete her whole life. She swam NCAA D1 at Cornell and started teaching Spinning shortly after retiring from swimming her sophomore year. You can catch her Cycle, Spin & Sculpt, and Abs classes seven days a week at VIDA. We asked Tamara a few questions to help you get to know her before jumping into a class!

What’s your favorite format to teach and why?

I really like teaching Spin & Sculpt; 30 minutes on the bike, 30 minutes off doing compound exercises with dumbbells. It’s a super efficient and intense full-body workout. Give me an hour of your time and leave feeling strong, accomplished, and exhausted.

When a member comes to your class for the first time, what can he/she expect from you?

You can always expect a killer playlist, a motivating high-intensity workout, and to leave super sweaty and feeling better than when you walked in.

As far as we know, you live in the gym and can do no wrong—what’s your favorite ‘cheat’ meal?

ICE CREAM! Any dessert, really. I have a massive sweet tooth.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I am intense, tireless, and vivacious… or so I’ve been told. My teaching style is also reflected through my musical choices: a little ratchet, a lot of booty and bass, and always fun J. I also try to really connect with my classes rather than just bark orders into the microphone.

When you’re not squeezing another sprint out of your students, what can they find you doing?

I just started the final year of my (second) master’s degree in Security Policy Studies at GW, so probably with my nose buried in a book studying.

Everyone hits that wall at some point during a workout…how do you motivate others to give it all they’ve got?

I have several catch phrases I employ when I see my classes starting to think about how tired they are. Instead of letting them back off and succumb to exhaustion, I push people to TURN UP by looking them in the eye, telling them they are not tired, and that they can ALWAYS DO MORE. I can see the change in their attitudes instantaneously. It’s your body, your time, your workout. If you’ve made the effort to show up, why not challenge yourself and go all out?

Aug 25 2014

Metropole Instructor Profile: Andrea Marchesi

andrea Andrea hails all the way from California originally, but she moved to DC to pursue a passion for ocean conservation. Her roots are in fitness management, but she has been teaching group fitness classes for 14 years and teaches almost every format under the sun, including this month’s featured class format: VIDA MIT. We asked Andrea a few questions to help you get to know her before jumping into a class!

What’s your favorite format to teach and why?

I still love teaching good old body sculpting classes with high intensity cardio intervals, like Vida Body. It allows me to be creative with my routines and have fun challenging the class participants. They never know what they may get!

I also love TRX because I have been doing it myself for over 6 years when it started in San Francisco, where I am from, and it is the best workout to take your fitness to the next level. Come try a class with me!

When a member comes to your class for the first time, what can he/she expect from you?

I love it when a new participant introduces themselves to me before class. Then I can keep a close eye on them, paying attention to form, making sure they are successful and enjoying the class. I really enjoy connecting with my students and getting to know them.

As far as we know, you live in the gym and can do no wrong—what’s your favorite ‘cheat’ meal?

As a vegetarian, I honestly enjoy eating healthy, but my weakness is baked goods! I can never deny myself a cupcake or cookie, especially from Baked & Wired! =)

How would you describe your teaching style?

I think my energy and enthusiasm for teaching creates a fun atmosphere in my classes. I used to be a cheerleader and performer so I like to “ cheer on” my students to motivate and hopefully inspire them to push beyond what they think they can do. I also like to entertain them, because I am always joking in class, making fun of myself!

Who is your favorite fitness celebrity?

Chalene Johnson, the creator of Turbo Kick, Turbo Fire, Pi Yo, and many others. She inspires and motivates me! She is not only a fitness leader, but a motivational speaker, business coach, and an all around cool gal! It is an amazing, energizing experience taking class from her in Southern California.

What is one fun fact people should know about you?

I started dancing at the age of 4 and didn’t stop for the next 22 years! I trained professionally in LA (jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary and hip hop) on a scholarship and have danced with Christina Applegate, Brooke Shields, and many other celebrities who trained at our LA studio. Many of my instructors are now choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance!

Aug 23 2014

Healthy Lifestyle Tip: Eat Your Greens

Warrigal-GreensIt makes you more optimistic People who eat plenty of fruit and vegetables tend to be more optimistic about the future, new research suggests. Scientists have discovered that optimistic people have higher levels of plant compounds called carotenoids – found in orange produce and green, leafy vegetables – in their blood.

‘Individuals with greater optimism tended to have greater levels of carotenoids such as beta-carotene,’ said Julia Boehm, lead investigator, Harvard School of Public Health. One theory is that antioxidants might have a de-stressing effect. They found that people who ate two or fewer servings of fruits and vegetables a day were significantly less optimistic than people who ate three or more servings a day.

The scientists added that the relationship between optimism and carotenoid levels was only partially explained by the fact that more optimistic people tended to engage in healthier behaviors such as eating fruits and vegetables, and avoiding cigarette smoking.