Featured Instructor: Julie Cangialosi
For new moms looking to get their pre-baby bodies back, VIDA instructor Julie Cangialosi is just the person to turn to for fitness advice!
Julie (who is currently 6 1/2 months pregnant with baby #2!) knew that staying active during her first pregnancy was key to having a quick and healthy rebound, which she did by listening to her body while teaching a handful of group fitness classes at our Verizon location.
As a dietitian by trade and a rep for a pharmaceutical sales company during the day, Julie enjoys getting to form relationships with her students at VIDA and help them achieve their goals.
“I love the sense of camaraderie between students and instructors here, I feel like I can really get to know my students,” she says.
As a former dancer and cheerleader, Julie says fitness and healthy living has always played a large role in life.
“I remember doing the Jane Fonda workouts with my mom as a young girl, and I was hooked! Dancing and cheerleading also played a big part in my childhood and taught me that hard work and discipline pay off,” she says.
When she first moved to DC and discovered VIDA, it was as a member rather than an instructor. She began taking classes and getting familiar with the formats, and was approached by Group Fitness Manager Tami DeVitis about getting certified to teach on her own.
“I started out teaching a class called BEAM, and then other certifications and classes followed. In the past five years I’ve taught VIDA RX, VIDA Body, VIDA Barre, Cycle, Pilates mat & Pilates Reformer,” she says.
Since Julie is currently six months pregnant her teaching schedule is a little modified at the moment. However, she still squeezes in teaching seven classes a week while maintaining her own workouts as well!
“I stayed active during my first pregnancy which really helped me lose the 52 pregnancy lbs and even get my abs back afterwards! This time around I’m making time for daily cardio (either spin or elliptical,) chasing my 1 1/2 year old around, working out with my trainer and modifying Pilates exercises to what is safe for me at this point,” says Julie.
When she’s not selling pharmaceuticals, teaching at VIDA or doing her own workouts, Julie enjoys creating new recipes in the kitchen and hiking with her husband – the Salkantay trail to Machu Picchu and the Red Rocks in Sedona are some of her faves!
Julie encourages people of all fitness levels to give her classes a try, especially those other new moms out there looking to lose their pregnancy weight. You can catch her on the schedule at the following times:
Mondays 6:30am: Cycle
Mondays 5:30pm: Pilates Reformer
Mondays 6:30pm: Pilates Reformer
Tuesdays 7am: Pilates Reformer
Wednesdays 5:30pm: Pilates Reformer
Wednesdays 7pm: Barre
Thursdays 7am: Pilates Reformer