Ever since a young age, Christa Aiken has been fitness-oriented. She remembers being five years old following along to her mom’s home workout videos and knowing from early on that she wanted to work in the health and fitness industry. When it came time to choose a major in college, Exercise Science at Roanoke College was an easy decision for Christa.
At Roanoke College she cheered and played tennis, and eventually began teaching Zumba and other fitness classes at school. After graduating and starting an office job back in DC, Christa started taking Pilates classes on her lunch breaks and quickly fell in love with it.
“I decided training and teaching Pilates was what I really wanted to do, so I left the office and started training full time in 2009” she says.
In addition to her training hours at the gym, Christa has another slightly time consuming job on the side – cheering for the Washington Redskins!
As a Redskins cheerleader, Christa performs on the field for every Redskins home game of the season. She also recently returned from an experience of a lifetime, she says, from the 49th Armed Forces Tour in Southwest Asia.
After working for several other fitness clubs over the past couple years, Christa joined us as the Assistant Fitness Manager at our City Vista location last month. When asked what made her switch to VIDA, she explains that ‘VIDA Family’ feel is what sets us apart from other gyms.
“It’s such a different experience. It’s much more of a family here – the way we interact with all locations, host social events and really care about our members,” she says.
Christa currently teaches power Pilates, VIDA Barre, VIDA Assets and Cardio Dance at City Vista. When she’s not teaching, her favorite exercises include kettle bells and lifting heavy!
“I love the sense of community at VIDA. People don’t just come in for their workout and leave. They want to stay and hang out, and we make it social and fun!” she says.
If you haven’t met Christa yet, stop by the office and say hello! You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @dcfitchick, and join her for the next Barre to Brunch event at Busboys & Poets next door!
By: Elise Chretien