VIDA Instructor Profile: Jeffery Cain
By: Elise Chretien
Jeff Cain is a motivator, who likes to help people in whatever way possible. He started helping out friends and family with their fitness goals several years ago and eventually turned his passion for fitness into a career with VIDA at the Yards. I sat down with Jeff after an intense TRX session last night and learned a little more about what brought Jeff to VIDA.
Q: Tell me about your fitness journey, how did you get into the fitness world?
A: I was born in Jamaica, where I played a lot of soccer and ran track & field. I moved here when I was 10 and we lived in Texas, Florida, and finally Maryland where I ran a lot of relays in track. I’ve always been smaller framed, so I thought putting on some weight would help me gain respect. I started playing football in high school and stayed active in the gym ever since.
Q: How did you make the decision to start personal training?
A: I’ve always loved helping people and knew I wanted to work in a field where I could help others. I realized fitness was what I was good at it so I started training at LA Fitness two years ago. I was teaching 40 sessions a week for four months and started teaching group fitness classes there too.
Q: Since you’ve had experience at other gyms, what do you think sets VIDA apart?
A: VIDA just has that sense of family. Everyone here has their clients’ best interests at heart. As a trainer it’s definitely organized and marketed better too. When I saw that the Yards location was opening I kept coming in expressing interest in working for them. Basically I was a pest and kept bothering Ali until she hired me!
Q: How would you describe your teaching style?
A: Right now I’m just teaching TRX, but I’d like to teach spin in the future. I like to make my workouts fun but effective. I try to explain every aspect of an exercise; I want you to know why you’re doing what you’re doing and how it’s affecting your body. My biggest thing is preventing injury and making sure my clients get the most out of their workouts.
Q: What are your favorite hobbies outside of the gym?
A: I’m a homebody, I love watching movies and cooking. I make a lot of baked chicken and veggies. I do have a sweets weakness though – doughnuts and cupcakes are definitely my favorite cheat food!
Jeff says his ultimate goal is to become a physical therapist so he can continue helping people recovering from injuries and staying active. He currently teaches TRX several times a week at the Yards and is always looking for new clients to help with their fitness routines!