VIDA Instructor of the Month: Alex Wilson
Meet our July VIDA instructor of the month, Alex Wilson! Alex teaches Spin & Sculpt, TRX and Cycle at both City Vista and U Street and does personal training part-time at City Vista. He does this all while balancing his full time job working in IT at ICF International, so it’s safe to say he stays pretty busy!
Growing up outside of Richmond, Va., Alex was a competitive swimmer all through high school. He continued swimming competitively in college at UVA while he pursued his degree in business. Although he loved the sport, he started having issues with his shoulders that limited his swimming ability. In search for a new way to get his cardio in without bothering his shoulder, he decided to give spinning a try.
“My mom was actually the one who got me into it. She was trying to get in shape and lose weight and had started doing spin classes so I started going with her. It was a fun thing for us to do together,” says Alex.
It turned out to be more than just mother-son bonding time for Alex, who quickly fell in love with the classes. He enjoyed them so much that he made the decision to get certified in 2012 and started teaching his first classes at the UVA gym that year.
Alex says that while teaching was scary at first he was excited to be able to share his passion for cycle with others.
“I try to make my classes all about the participants. I want them to have fun and want to come back, but also make sure they have a good workout and learn something,” he says.
After graduating from UVA in 2013, Alex moved to DC to begin his job at ICF International. Shortly after arriving in the city he auditioned to become an instructor at VIDA (which obviously went well) and got his personal training certification around the same time. He’s been teaching & training here ever since and couldn’t be happier!
“This is definitely the best gym I’ve ever been a part of. We offer an unparalleled level of service because everyone shares the same values and mindset when it comes to health and fitness. You can tell that everyone loves what they do here,” he says.
He adds that our facilities themselves are what sets VIDA apart from other gyms he has belonged to.
“It’s like the personalized, small studio experience but with all the amenities like the spa and sauna. Plus, they clean this place like nobody’s business!” he adds.
In his personal time, Alex is an avid triathlon competitor and enjoys biking around the city. He just competed in The Tavern Triathlon in Richmond last weekend, and is always up for giving advice to those interested in competing! After years of swimming he’s kind of over the swim part of triathlons, but he’s all about the running and cycling.“I love to run and bike outside. I know all the biking trails in the city! I like to practice my bike to run transitions in my spare time,” he says.
Some of his other favorite ways to workout are taking yoga occasionally, popping in on other instructors’ classes and doing some weight lifting when he can.
“I do squats and deadlifts and all that. Basically if it will make my butt look good I’ll do it,” he laughs.
Alex makes a conscious effort to stay active and eat healthy while working at a desk job all day. At the top of every hour he makes sure to stand up, walk around and loosen up his muscles. He also recommends drinking a ton of water throughout the day and incorporating as many natural foods into your diet as possible.
“If more of the food you’re eating is natural vs. unnatural then you’re good. I try to balance something unhealthy with something healthy. So if I have a diet coke I’ll also have a carrot or something,” he jokes.
When asked what his favorite part about teaching group fitness is, Alex says it’s all about making people feel good about themselves and creating a positive environment for them to workout in.
“I love hearing that I pushed people harder than they would have pushed themselves, that’s the most rewarding part,” he says.
Alex keeps his spin classes exciting by creating fun themed Spotify playlists for each class! Popular themes include: 90’s, DIVAS, Disney grads (Miley & Ariana, anyone?) and summer songs, just to name a few!
“Music plays such a huge role. There’s only so much you can do to keep a spin class exciting, so my music is how I keep it interesting,” says Alex.
You can check out his favorite spinning songs on his Spotify playlist – VIDA CYCLE! Or come experience the fun in person – check the schedule to drop in on a class!