What town do you live in and why have you chosen the Berkshires as the place to currently live?
I live and teach/coach in Pittsfield. I was born and raised in Pittsfield and returned after college. I grew up playing sports and loved my experiences on the playing field and in school and I wanted to come back and (hopefully) provide those same experiences for my students and players. I also absolutely love the Berkshires and all that they have to offer. Whether it’s going to a play, a museum, a new restaurant, hiking, skiing, anything really, I love it all! The four seasons each offer something different and there’s always something new to explore. Plus, my family all live nearby and that’s very important to me! (Hi Mom!)
What would be one word to describe yourself?
How about a couple? Optimistic, adventurous, diverse.
When did you join Tricia’s fitness classes?
I went to my first class, kickboxing, at the community center in January 2012, during free week of course ;) I was in my first year of teaching in Springfield at the time and my commitment to exercise had taken a backseat to all of the challenges of being a new teacher and also commuting back and forth every day. I look back now and hate that excuse, I bet that had I paid more attention to my health and fitness, I would have been less worn out. I remember a conversation with a retired teacher who found out I was entering my first year of teaching and his advice was, “don’t stop working out.” I laughed it off like, THAT’S that best advice you’ve got for a new teacher?? Now I can’t imagine not going to class, especially after teaching all day.
How did you feel the first time you attended TKfit?
How do you feel now when you walk into class?
Favorite workout item?
If you were telling a friend about class what would you say to convince them to come?
Two things. One, class is always different! You never know what to expect and I love that. I am sadly uncreative when it comes to designing my own workouts and I love that I can just show up and be led through a fun, challenging work out. Two, the community. I consider every member of TK-Fit a friend and I love the genuine, positive motivation that we provide one another. There is always someone there to pick you up during a tough workout or a hard day.
What would you say is your biggest athletic accomplishment to date?
I would say training for and completing the Steel Rail Half Marathon. That was a huge challenge as I am not big into running, but I am at least glad to say that I completed a half marathon. Also, agreeing to participate in Winter Bootcamp!! Can’t believe I ever said no!
Tell us advice about fitness that has really impacted you.
Over the past few years I’ve noticed that it is really about balance. I’ve become a lot more in tune with my own body and I understand more about what exercise and foods make me feel best and strongest. Similar to my answer above, it seems like sometimes people think there is a “one size fits all” approach to fitness but I think it completely depends on the person; listening to your own body is key. Finally, finding activities that I enjoy has been so helpful! I LOVE going to classes, I make that a priority. I’m not crazy about running, I’ll go for a hike instead. I want to be outside during Winter (sometimes), I’ll ski. Coaching is a double bonus – teaching athletes and fitness in one!
What do you do for self care?
What’s your favorite healthy snack? Your favorite indulgence?
How have your fitness goals changed since joining TKFit?
Squats, love ‘em. Dark Horse all day.
What is your next fitness goal?
What’s something about you that might surprise others to know about you?
I am now a certified yoga teacher, I used to speed skate when I was younger, and I can wiggle my ears!