What do you do at Pulse?
I teach POP Pilates (and attend Zumba classes ;o)
What’s your background in dance, fitness, or both?
I was a not-serious gymNAST in my pre-teen years, a gymRAT in my 20’s, and when I moved to Portland 20 years ago, I took my workouts outdoors by hiking and biking, and most recently, Stand Up Paddle Boarding. Several years ago I added Zumba as part of my weekly exercise.
12 years ago I started practicing yoga and right away fell in love with it and felt benefits from the practice. I do yoga just about every day. I’ve been joyfully teaching for 7 years at various locations in Portland.
What’s your favorite thing about Pulse?
The infectious good-vibe-energy-ju-ju! I’ve never been more motivated to get my butt out of bed on a Saturday morning to “work out” (even with lack of sleep, headache, or just not feeling quite right – I always feel better after being at PulsePDX!) I naturally gravitate toward and keep returning to any place where there is so much JOY.
What’s your favorite song, class, or routine?
I attend Jennifer’s Zumba classes and, as many do, I adore her. I really love Rock the Boat (an oldie), but there are just way tooooo many for me to name just one favorite!
What’s your “guilty pleasure” (as long as it’s PG-rated)?
Neil Diamond 🙂 (But most know me as the world’s biggest Van Halen fan.)
Can you describe your favorite memory of an experience at Pulse?
My first time getting on stage with Jennifer, after being coaxed for months. It was exhilarating and now I don’t think twice about it (except when I don’t know the routine well ;o)
Lastly, how would you describe PulsePDX to someone that you know would enjoy it here?
I’ve attempted to describe Pulse COUNTLESS times. Words can’t fully do it justice. It’s truly a one of a kind fitness experience. I say something along the lines of – it’s not a gym, no mirrors, it’s dark, lots of lights, fun music, something for everyone, and so much positive, happy endorphins floating through the place, you can practically see them. Each time I end by saying “you just have to go see it for yourself!”