Meet Your Coach Mondays - Olivia

When did you start teaching Barre and what drew you to it? 

I started teaching Barre after my husband and I moved to Seattle two years ago. I taught Zumba fitness in Arizona and wanted to continue with group exercise after we moved. Dance has always been a big part of my life and I find Barre is a great way to keep up with my dance and choreography. 

Can you describe what Barre is and it’s benefits? 

Barre fitness is a combination of dance, pilates, yoga and strength techniques. One reason I love Barre so much is it is so diverse and a totally body workout! There are so many modifications in Barre it is great for any body. I would encourage anyone who hasn't given it a shot yet to come in and try a class!

You have a Bachelors of Science in Healthy Lifestyle Coaching.  How do you apply that to your classes?  

As a health coach I come alongside clients to reach their health goals. It is about making small changes to create lasting change. Before each class I like to ask the group what they are looking to work on that day to reach some of their fitness goals. It is fun hearing what the class wants and incorporating it into the workout.

What do you like to do when you aren't teaching group fitness?

My husband and I recently moved to Belltown. We love finding new fun restaurants and getting inspiration on things to cook at home! At least once a week we like to have a "farmers market dinner" where we go to a local market without a plan and make a dinner from things we find!

By Vishal Punj

Vishal Punj is the owner of Aatma Fitness Studios, a full service boutique health and fitness club in the Center Of The Universe, Seattle.

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