U Street Instructor Profile: Tamara D’Amico
Aug 27 2014

U Street Instructor Profile: Tamara D’Amico

tamaraTamara has been an athlete her whole life. She swam NCAA D1 at Cornell and started teaching Spinning shortly after retiring from swimming her sophomore year. You can catch her Cycle, Spin & Sculpt, and Abs classes seven days a week at VIDA. We asked Tamara a few questions to help you get to know her before jumping into a class!

What’s your favorite format to teach and why?

I really like teaching Spin & Sculpt; 30 minutes on the bike, 30 minutes off doing compound exercises with dumbbells. It’s a super efficient and intense full-body workout. Give me an hour of your time and leave feeling strong, accomplished, and exhausted.

When a member comes to your class for the first time, what can he/she expect from you?

You can always expect a killer playlist, a motivating high-intensity workout, and to leave super sweaty and feeling better than when you walked in.

As far as we know, you live in the gym and can do no wrong—what’s your favorite ‘cheat’ meal?

ICE CREAM! Any dessert, really. I have a massive sweet tooth.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I am intense, tireless, and vivacious… or so I’ve been told. My teaching style is also reflected through my musical choices: a little ratchet, a lot of booty and bass, and always fun J. I also try to really connect with my classes rather than just bark orders into the microphone.

When you’re not squeezing another sprint out of your students, what can they find you doing?

I just started the final year of my (second) master’s degree in Security Policy Studies at GW, so probably with my nose buried in a book studying.

Everyone hits that wall at some point during a workout…how do you motivate others to give it all they’ve got?

I have several catch phrases I employ when I see my classes starting to think about how tired they are. Instead of letting them back off and succumb to exhaustion, I push people to TURN UP by looking them in the eye, telling them they are not tired, and that they can ALWAYS DO MORE. I can see the change in their attitudes instantaneously. It’s your body, your time, your workout. If you’ve made the effort to show up, why not challenge yourself and go all out?

Thanksgiving Hours ›

GALLERY PLACE

  • Wednesday, November 25th – 7am-7pm
  • Thursday, November 26th – Thanksgiving – 8am-12pm
  • Friday, November 27th – 7am-7pm

CITY VISTA

  • Wednesday, November 25th – 7am-7pm
  • Thursday, November 26th – 7am-1pm
  • Friday, November 27th – 7am-7pm

U STREET, LOGAN, BALLSTON, YARDS

  • Wednesday, November 25th – 7am-7pm
  • Thursday, November 26th – Thanksgiving – 7am-1pm
  • Friday, November 27th – 7am-7pm

Holiday Hours ›

UST, LC & Ballston Holiday Hours

  • Thursday12/24: 7am –2pm
  • Friday 12/25: CLOSED
  • Thursday 12/31: 7am – 5pm
  • Friday 1/1: 7am – 7pm

The Yards Holiday Hours

  • Thursday12/24: 5am – 3pm
  • Friday 12/25: CLOSED
  • Saturday 12/26: 7am – 7pm
  • Thursday 12/31: 5am – 7pm
  • Friday 1/1: 7am – 9pm

City Vista Holiday Hours

  • Thursday12/24: 5am – 1pm
  • Friday 12/25: CLOSED
  • Thursday 12/31: 5am – 7pm
  • Friday 1/1: 7am – 9pm

Gallery Place Holiday Hours

  • Thursday12/24: 8am – 2pm
  • Friday 12/25: CLOSED
  • Saturday 12/26: 7am – 7pm
  • Thursday 12/31: 5am – 7pm
  • Friday 1/1: 7am – 9pm
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City Vista 45 K Street, NW Washington D.C. 20001
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$ 45 K Street, NW Washington D.C. 20001
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$ 1517 15th Street, NW Washington D.C. 20005

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$ 999 9th Street, NW, 3rd Floor Washington D.C. 20001

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:30am – 10:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 6:00 am – 10:00pm

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U Street 1612 U Street, NW Washington D.C. 20009
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$ 1612 U Street, NW Washington D.C. 20009

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Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

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$ 601 F Street, NW Washington D.C. 20004

Open: Mon-Fri: 5:00am – 11:00pm

Open: Sat & Sun: 7:00 am – 9:00pm

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The Yards 1212 4th Street, SE Washington D.C, 20003
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Phone: (202) 554-0444

$ 1212 4th Street, SE Washington D.C, 20003

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