JACK LOST OVER 75lbs AT ((305)) FITNESS.
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE CREATOR OF OUR “APPLAUSE” DANCE? READ ON:
Are you originally from New York? Tell us a little bit about your life outside 305.
I’m originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, and went to school for architecture at Syracuse. I currently live in Chelsea with my boyfriend and work as an architectural designer at Diller Scofidio + Renfro.
Why did you first start coming to 305 Fitness?
I came to my first 305 class with my friend Kristine back in January 2013. We had a Groupon for 2 classes. We had fun taking an aerobic dance class in Syracuse together and had been looking for one in New York to try. Growing up, I always loved dancing to Britney and Beyoncé in my basement, and am so thrilled that I have found a legitimate reason to continue to do so as an adult!
What was your first your first class like?
I’ll be honest… it was really rough! I remember loving the jams and all the moves right off the bat, but my out-of-shape body wouldn’t let me do it all. I thought I knew what cardio dance was, but this blew my mind at how much fun and how much of a real, ENTIRE-body workout it could be!
Did you workout before 305?
Rarely. Before 305, I never viewed working out as a real priority of mine but rather as something I had to get through. I would only ever do it when I felt extra guilty about my poor health habits – a kind of “punishment,” I guess. There was a point when I had just accepted that I would be a bigger guy since I hated exercising so much. If you told me a year or two ago that I would be waking up at 7:00 am on my day off work to workout I would have said “NO F*ING WAY.” But now I’m totally there, and I actually enjoy trying new workouts and challenging my body in different ways.
What motivates you push through a tough workout?
I really feed off of the energy of others. The 305 team’s infectious energy is incredible! And of course when that beat drops in that song I love, I can’t help but going all out!
If you were a 305 instructor, what would your moniker be?
The Turn Up
What is your favorite song to make sweat sexy?
Applause!!!!! (fun fact: Jack actually developed the choreography for “Applause” that we all dance to today!)
What is your favorite song to make sweaty sex?
Gimme More ;)
How does 305 inspire you?
305 completely inspired me to change my habits and reach for my goals. Once I started coming regularly, I began to see how fun and rewarding it can be to challenge your body. 305 has given me an entirely new and positive outlook on fitness.
Tell us about the transformations you’ve seen with 305. (mind, body, weight loss, stress level)
I am SO much happier on days I do 305. In general, I think clearer, am more positive, and deal with stress SO much better. I’ve learned so much about my body in the past year, it’s incredible. Now, my favorite feeling is when I can literally feel the endorphins rushing through my body. I can’t stop smiling. I had never experienced this sensation before!
How has your health and weight loss affected other aspects of your life?
I’ve become more confident and proud not only in my self-image, but also in challenging myself. I’m also much more of a morning person, and tend to just be a healthier eater with a ton more energy.
Any favorite anecdotes or memories from 305?
1) The first time Sadie pulled me to the front to lead my Applause choreography was a big moment for me. I realized I had come so far from that first class I took with her, and how much I really turned my whole life around.
2) I had a fantastic time doing a special 305-birthday party with all my friends! I was so into it I prepared some choreography to a custom playlist and led a good deal of the class.
Okay, we gotta know: Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, or Rihanna?
I’m def a Gaga – a bit of an artsy-fartsy weirdo myself.
Get happy with these mood-boosting songs from a weekend at Governor’s Island.
Meet the ((305)) Instructor: Maria
Want to know more about our newest import, Maria? Read this!
1. Tell us: how did you get to live in New York? What other cities did you pass along the way?
I spent a few months here after high school and always said I wanted to return so a year after getting done with college in Chicago I made the move. Before moving to Chicago, I lived in Arizona with my family where I went to high school. Prior to that we lived in Greece, spent a few years in Turkey and Denmark so I’ve moved around quite a bit.
2. So does that mean you speak other languages?
Yes it does; I speak Danish with my family. I used to be fluent in Greek but it’s a little rusty as of the last 10 years however I still understand it and can still compose some sentences.
3. What will we find if we took a peek into your gym bag?
Everything I need to survive haha! Face wash, lotion, razor, make up, changes of clothes, earphones, journal, a book or my kindle, snacks, water, tiger balm or arnica, bobby pins and hair ties, a brush; those are the staple items I would say.
4. Describe your sense of style.
I’m in dance/workout clothes or my work uniform for the most part so it’s hard to say these days. Probably best description would be city/urban/creative; I always find my best finds at thrift stores. A few go-to’s are oversized top of some sort and leggings or crop top with high-waisted jeans.
5. What is your favorite song to make sweat sexy?
Sweetheart by Mariah Carey and JD (ever since I was about 6 years old - I love this song!).
6. What was your favorite music video to reenact as a kid?
Spice Girls - Stop
7. What is your favorite word that sounds dirty but isn’t?
Want to bust a move with Maria? Grab a spot in her next class: http://www.305fitness.com/pages/schedule1
Meet the ((305)) Instructor: Natalia
Get to know Natalia!
1. How’d you find fitness:
I discovered my love of fitness at the age of 5 after finding some old workout videos of my mom’s from the ’80s. For at least a year I would wake up really early on the weekends, before anyone else in my family, put on my turquoise unitard and squat, kick and lung along with a woman out by the sea, in an empty factory, or some other slightly odd location
2. Do you have words you live by?
I attribute these words to Mark Twain, though I cannot remember exactly where or when I read them or if they’re precisely accurate: “Eat what you want, when you want, just not as much as you want.” Not grand philosophy, but they certainly help when I’m longing for ice cream!
3. If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?
FLYING!! Absolutely. It’s the only recurring dream I have.
4. Describe your perfect day in New York:
Some elements that always lead to a good day: waking up early of my own accord, fabulous dancing by myself and others, good food, better company and discovering something new- a cute shop, beautiful park or fabulous piece of architecture. What makes a perfect day is when these things are accompanied by meeting someone new and having a fabulous conversation.
5. What is your favorite song to sweat sexy?
Timber by Ke$ha
6. What was your favorite music video to reenact when you were younger?
Larger than life by the Backstreet Boys then Toxic by Britney (late childhood!)
7. What is your favorite way to decompress?
Alone: Sitting in a park drawing and listening to beautiful music or a story tape.
With someone: cuddling!
Want to break it down with Natalia? Grab a spot in her next class: http://www.305fitness.com/pages/schedule1
Meet the ((305)) Instructor: Hannah
Get to know one of our newest instructors, Hannah.
1. So is it “Hannah” or “Hannah Jean”? Where did you get the name from?
You can call me whatever you like! Hannah’s just fine. Jean is my middle name, and I wouldn’t want it to feel left out!
2. If you were a box of cereal, which would you be and why?
Rice Krispies ‘cause they kind of dance for you! And they’re delicious, especially with blueberries.
3. One thing we’ll always find on you is…
Freckles! And almond butter. I was once asked to leave a bar because I was working on a jar of the stuff right there during happy hour. Girl needs her protein.
4. The first thing people notice about you is…
I am never still. I’m constantly a. dancing, b. about to dance or c. reflecting (in movement) on the dancing I was just dancing. I’m also pretty hot. There, I said it.
5. What is your favorite song to make sweat sexy?
GIMME DAT BASE! Never gets old. Oh my goodness do I love droppin’ it to the floor.
6. What was your favorite music video to reenact as a kid?
Thriller!! I never knew the actual dance, but I loved the storyline. I love that longer music videos are coming back into style. If I could live in a music video I would. It probably wouldn’t be Thriller though.
7. Beyonce, Rhianna, or Lady Gaga?
Beyonce, duh! I WOKE UP LIKE DIIIIIS! But seriously, Beyonce has always been a huge inspiration to me as a performer. Dream job would be to go on tour with her!
8. What is your favorite way to decompress?
I go on very long walks. I needed to decompress a few weeks ago and walked from my apartment in Flatbush all the way to Williamsburg, thinking I was just going to the bodega on the corner. For those who live in Manhattan, THAT’S REALLY FAR. I also love to cook, and I’m actually pretty good at it!
Want to bust some moves with Hannah? Grab a spot in her next class: http://www.305fitness.com/pages/schedule1
Meet the ((305)) Instructor: Christina
Get to know our newest instructor, Christina.
1. Tell us: if were born in another era, which one would suit you best and why?
Um none of them. As a black woman, I’m pretty sure I got the sweetest deal there is being born in THIS era. I have rights, and FREEDOM! However, if I had to choose, I’d say the 1920’s during the Harlem Renaissance. I love all things art, old school jazz, fancy dresses and I would’ve been right on time for the fridge, sliced bread, and the chance to be best friends with Ella Fitzgerald.
2. What song gets you moving?
Pretty much ANY song will get me moving but my Echa Pa’alla by Pitbull. I’m such a latin lover!!!!
3. What motivates you to push through during a tough workout class?
When I need an extra push in class I remind myself that it’s fun! It’s such a blessing to have a body that is healthy and strong and capable of doing all the things I ask of it. I repeat mantras in my head like, “pick it up”, “let’s go” and “I got this.” It’s kinda funny because my mind gets temporarily employed as my personal hype man for the hour.
4. What can we expect from your class?
A party! As with every ((305)) class, you should come prepared to party in your workout clothes. I’m a funky- fierce kinda girl so the motto of the class is; TURN DOWN FOR WHAT?! At ((305)) you’re free to be yourself; embrace and express whatever you’re feeling that day wether its rage or euphoria. The goal is for you to leave class feeling Goo0o0oD. At the end of it all, I want you to feel exhilarated, empowered, and ready to take on the world.
5. Celeb crush?
That’s a tough one! It’s probably a tie between Mark Sanchez and Orlando Bloom. Mark is an amazing athlete seemingly sexy-sweet an while Orlando is bold and mysterious with nearly perfect bone structure. Both of them have perfect teeth and smiles that could get you to say “yes” to ohh… just about anything.
6. Three things you cannot live without…
Hmm 3 things I couldn’t live without would have to be:
1. Great Food. I love food. Particularly ethic foods like Indian, Thai and Peruvian…but Mexican is my favorite.
2. True Friends (that includes my family)
3. Good Music. Self explanatory. Totally subjective.
7. Beyoncé, Rihanna, or Lady Gaga?
8. What’s your guilty food pleasure (BE HONEST)
Chili cheese fries haha I know it’s disgusting …. But they’re SO GOOD!!!
9. Favorite song to make sweat sexy.
All the Things - Pitbull
10. Favorite music video to renact as a kid.
HAHA I wasn’t allow to watch music videos. I was told I would be “brainwashed”. However, I did watch the Sound of Music roughly 2 million times. “Rain drop on roses and whiskers on kittens!” ;)
11. Favorite word that sounds dirty, but isn’t.
"Mmmmm." It’s the word I use to describe good food. Sometimes comes out sounding pretty dirty….depending on how good the food is.
12. What color dress did you wear to prom?
13. Favorite way to decompress?
Minty Sweet Relaxation. A hot eucalyptus bubble bath lit with hazelnut cream candles with some soft Brazilian music playing in the background; followed by a massage.
Want to meet Christina in person? Grab a spot in her next class: http://www.305fitness.com/pages/schedule1
Rehearsing our new #choreo to #chromeo. Who’s excited for our new instructors? 🙌 @hannita_jean @maria_msay @christinafitfem @nataliamroberts
Meet 305 Fitness Instructor: Denese
How/why did you first begin dancing?
As a child I’ve always been a very active tom boy: I was involved in sports and mainly hanging out with my older brother. I’ve always looked up to him as this amazing hip-hop dancer. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was about 10 years old and would attend his dance classes. I literally sat on the side and carefully memorized all of the moves to each song. So one day I just had this urge and jumped out of my seat during one of his classes and just busted out with the choreography. Everyone’s jaw dropped because it was so unexpected. From that day on, I knew that I wanted to purse dance because of that fulfilling rush of energy and self-expression through music that had captured me.
What’s your favorite place to go dancing on a Saturday night? (Can it be a Friday?.)
The Freedom Party!!! This place is one of the most authentic hip-hop parties in NYC with mature crowd. Definitely the place to be if you want to boogie down on a Friday night. If you have not heard of this place please, Google it!!!
If you were a cereal brand, which one would you be? Why?
I’d say Frosted Flakes hands down! Why? Because “They’re Grrreat! I know that it’s not the most “healthiest” but my, its just one of those cereals that you can still eat dry and of course it’s better with milk. That initial bite is just so refreshing, crunchy and crisp!
How did your husband win you over? Or how did you win him over?
Ahhh, My husband! I love that man! I feel like we both won each other over but I’ll share how I won him over. It was summer of 2005, 4th of July weekend. I wore the brightest and shiniest yellow dress I could find in my closet. It was very apparent that I was trying to make a stylish statement. Prior to that weekend, we exchanged a few chats here and there but that particular day, we hit it off. At the time he was in the military. He was so reserved and such gentleman- I LOVED it all! And here I am, super energetic excited about life, bouncing around and smiling from ear to ear. We literally spent the entire day talking and watched the fireworks bursting in the sky. Finally, after a few kisses he says: “where have you been… all my life…” Little did we know that seven years later we would be exchanging our vows and making the commitment to spend the rest of our lives together.
Did you do anything different to get in shape for your wedding?
Oh my goodness, no way! If anything I really needed to eat. Thank God we had a wedding planner to alleviate the work however, there were times that became so overwhelming I unintentionally forgot to eat which caused me to lose weight. I really needed to not lose a pound! If I could do it over I probably put reminders on my phone to EAT!
What’s the Beyonce theme song of your life? Bootylicious? Drunk in love? Say My Name? Goldmember? Single Ladies? Run The World?
All of these are great songs but my top would be Run The World. That beat is HOT and it’s just one of those songs a girl can relate to. One line that stands out to me is “I’m reppin’ for the girls who taking over the world help me raise a glass for the college grads.” Hey, why not celebrate who we are as girls? We deserve it!
What’s your favorite healthy meal to cook at home on a Sunday night?
I enjoy a variety of meals on a Sunday but my easy favorite go to would be Israeli couscous from Trader Joes, sautéed kale with salmon or tilapia.
What can we expect from your 305 class? How does your class compare to other instructors’?
Well first and foremost, each instructor brings a distinct flare to the table and I’m so fortunate to be part of such an amazing group of leaders. As for my class, my ultimate goal is that you leave feeling encouraged, renewed and just simply ready to conquer that goal that we all aspire to achieve. Expect to experience a unique energy and spirit like the Caribbean Carnival, after all I am an island girl!