You can regularly catch personal trainer Juan Natal and his client Emily Harrison slaying their way through a serious strength training circuit. What you might notice, though, is that there’s not a lot of verbal communication between the two. That’s because Emily is deaf, and she and Juan use American Sign Language (ASL) to power through their workouts.
Christine Kontra is a VIDA personal trainer and group fitness instructor who is also a badass martial arts athlete. She recently won a world championship in kickboxing!
Diana is a personal trainer at VIDA Fitness U Street who also happens to be a former professional tennis player. She previously played on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour and has coached at elite tennis academies.
Meet May’s squad member: Raffi Umanzor! Rafael is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at VIDA Fitness U Street who’s well-known for his intense indoor cycle classes. In fact, Raffi’s classes are so popular that they’re always full — people even arrive up to an hour early to snag a seat!
Rafael is a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at VIDA Fitness Logan Circle who specializes in killer kickboxing, boxing, and bootcamp classes.
VIDA is home to dozens of the District’s best personal trainers. But did you know that many of our trainers also have specialized certifications and expertise? Each month, we’ll be introducing you to one of these superstars in our brand new blog series: The VIDA Speciality Squad! Up first? Ed Saunders, a trainer at VIDA Fitness Renaissance who is an Olympic Track and Field Level 2 coach.
Pushker is speaking from firsthand experience: He’s undergone a big physical transformation himself and continues to work hard to maintain and build upon his progress. He trains six days a week and focuses on bodybuilding and strength training. One of his goals is to bench and squat at least 225 pounds for five reps. Another goal is to increase his body weight to 185 pounds while staying under 10 percent body fat.
This U Street personal trainer has ran a marathon in every US state, plus one in every continent except South America (yes, even Antarctica.) He describes his love for running as “not obsessed, just enthusiastic” and credits his marathon hobby as the reason he’s been able to see so much of the world.
Khetab joins us with years of personal training and managing experience in the DC area, and is excited for the new opportunity to share his passion for health and fitness with the VIDA community.
Andrea joins the VIDA family fresh off the train from New York City, where she lead the Pilates Reformer program at Workout Factory.