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!