VIDA M.I.T. Student Profile: Leslie Lipton
How long have you been a VIDA member?
I moved from Brooklyn in May and became a VIDA member right away!
How long have you been taking M.I.T.?
Since May, M.I.T was one of the first classes I tried out on the schedule.
What is your favorite thing about M.I.T. in particular?
I like the way it’s set up in a beat-the-clock type intervals, which keeps it exciting. I also like that when you take the class week after week it’s like you’re competing against yourself to see how you can get through the circuits faster as you build strength.
In addition to it being fun, It goes by so fast that you forget you’re working out, which is also great!
What are some of the other classes you take at VIDA and other workouts you do throughout the week?
I take yoga once a week and then I also mix in cycle classes, Rip 30 and VIDA RX. Then I do my long-distance runs on the weekends.
How does M.I.T. fit in to your fitness goals?
Right now I’m training for the Richmond Marathon (which will be Leslie’s second marathon) in November, so M.I.T. is great for cross-training. When I’m not training for something in particular I’m always working out for general health and to stay active.
What’s your favorite thing about VIDA Fitness?
I like the “neighborhood gym” aspect, it’s got a local vibe and a great community feel, which I like. I’ve always been kind of a gym rat, so I definitely have to be in love with a gym’s atmosphere and the class schedule to make it to the point of being a member, and I found that right away with VIDA.
VIDA is also a great social outlet for me after long days at work!
What’s your biggest motivation to stay active?
I think how I feel after working out is what keeps me coming back to push myself with a workout or a class everyday. Not to mention working out gives me energy to get through the day, a good night’s sleep, and that “me” time we all need to just focus on ourselves.
What’s a random fun-fact about you?
I have an obsession with going to Africa! I’ve