VIDA Fitness Member Profiles — Johnnie and Matt
This month we profile VIDA Fitness Members Johnnie and Matt. Johnnie and Matt frequent VIDA Fitness Group Fitness Instructor Juliet Stovall’s Saturday morning classes (VIDA Body and VIDA RX). We sat down with Johnnie and Matt to learn about how Juliet’s classes fit into their fitness plans.
So why do you wake up early on Saturday morning to come to Juliet’s classes?
Johnnie: I do it in competition with him [pointing to Matt] because if I don’t show up I’ll never hear the end of it!
Matt: I think I started looking for something different to do to break up the monotony of everyday workouts. Juliet’s energy and excitement really what attracts people to the class and having that dynamic really pushes you to wake up on a Saturday morning to spend 2 hours here at the gym sweating your week off basically. We get up early, we do class for 2 hours and we get brunch and we’re done and it’s only noon on a Saturday morning. So we like that routine and we’ve attracted a group of 10 friends that join us.
Johnnie: Any fitness level can do these classes, too. I was much heavier when Matt made me start these classes. I don’t even live in DC. I get up every Saturday and Sunday morning to commute 10 miles over here. It’s Juliet’s classes, she’s just so encouraging.
How long have you been doing this?
Johnny: Let’s see, every Saturday for about a year and a half now…
Matt: I mean what’s the alternative – you’re laying in bed Saturday morning and being lazy for a couple of hours and then you look at the clock and you go, “Wow, it’s noon already and I’ve done nothing.” And at least getting up and having a group that forces you to come to the gym every Saturday morning –
Johnnie: – because there’s accountability, because if you don’t show they let you know.
Matt: We have a very competitive group for it that one, motivates you to get here, and if you’re not here and you’re not performing –
Johnnie: – If one person is missing the singing’s not the same.
Matt: – Yes and we sing in the class, too. It’s a lot of fun, and you’re done by noon and you can enjoy the rest of the day.
Johnnie: We really will take any class that Juliet teaches, we’ve started taking Vinyasa and even though we look like baby elephants it’s fun and encouraging. We don’t’ feel like we’re being judged.
Matt: To Johnnie’s point, any fitness level can do this class and if you look at the class every Saturday there’s every age from your young 20-somethings to people in their 60s. And part of it is that it’s designed so that it’s fit for any age and every fitness level –
Johnnie: And you can be successful. Because I’ve lost 65 pounds since I started doing it.
You’ve lost 65 pounds? And you think it’s because of Juliet’s classes?
Johnnie: Oh, I know it’s because of Juliet’s classes. It’s a big motivator, it’s always positive. Sometimes you might think, “I’m going to die,” but in a very positive way.
What do you do when you’re not at VIDA Fitness?
Matt: We live here! Just kidding. Johnnie and I both worked at Capitol Hill, so that’s how we became friends. So we’ve got a great group of people that work out with us that represent everyone from Capitol Hill to the administration to the media world.
Johnnie: But we never really talk about work.
Matt: Yeah, we’ve actually really never talked about work. It’s all competitive and making fun of each other and really pushing each other. And we have a lot of fun doing it!