Quinn Dye is a group exercise instructor at our Elite Sports Club – Brookfield location. Her own personal experience as a “cardio junkie” and a run in with another instructor is what drove her to become an instructor herself. Here’s your chance to get to know Quinn and possibly try one of her classes!
Meet Quinn Dye:
1. What classes do you currently teach? I currently teach CX Worx, but I am also certified in Body Attack
2. How long have you been teaching group exercise? I did my first training in 2010 and was certified thereafter.
3. What made you want to start teaching group exercise? I was once a Stair Master. I only did cardio on machines. My favorite was the stair machine that works like an escalator. A Body Attack instructor was on equipment next to me once and insisted that I try her class. I was hesitant to workout in a group, and also naive to how intense the class could be. She was insistent and started talking to me in the halls on a regular basis. Finally before class one time, I was out of excuses, so decided to follow through with attending. After that class, I was hooked. Every Mon, Wed and Friday, I was front row, tuck jumping my time. We moved to a different state, and I felt empty not having it in my life. I asked my affiliated gym if they would offer the class if I went through training and they agreed. The rest is history!
4. What is your favorite part about teaching your class(es)? I like seeing people challenge themselves. Sometimes their facial expressions are worth a thousand words, and it’s gratifying to know they are pushing their limits for themselves, but also because I convinced them to. Sometimes people don’t know what they are capable of. The other great part of teaching is hearing of real life results. I’ve heard stories of how adding a core class has helped with sports ability and also general day-to-day activities.
5. What your favorite song or style of music to teach to? CXWorx consists of a mixture of music. Les Mills does a wonderful job of remastering music to make sure each side of the body is equally trained. The music is dynamic in the fact it goes from slower paced to faster pulsing tempos, each challenging on their own. Sometimes I like the faster beat as it usually raises my heart rate. With CXWorx though, I like the long slow beats as I find them challenging to hold.
6. What is your favorite exercise to do in your class? I love a good weighted squat, or holding a plank for much longer than I wanted to. I also love how challenging the resistance tubing can be.
7. How do you stay active outside of your own classes? I have a love/hate relationship with running. I mostly dislike it, but love the way I feel afterwards. I have managed to tackle a couple of marathons. I also have a new infatuation with yoga. Beyond that, I love most outdoor activities, hiking, biking, paddle boarding, snow boarding…to name few.
8. What else do you enjoy doing in your free time? My family takes up most of my free time. We are very family oriented with our activities. I have a wonderful husband Lonnie and two sons Dakota and Elliott. Also, I have a passion for cooking and food. We eat a plant-based diet and I enjoy the challenge of making food that any diet would appreciate.
9. What advice do you give people who are coming into your classes for the first time? Everyone is at a different level. Technique is critical to achieving any desired result. Don’t just do the move, do it correctly or a modification until you get stronger. If there is ever a question as to a position, please ask me! Since I teach a core class, I want people to mostly focus on keep the core engaged, even if we are doing something with the arms or legs. It takes self awareness at all times. It’s easy to lose focus of the core if we are moving around, but that is how we keep it challenging. When the core is engaged and loaded, it becomes stronger and more stable throughout every movement in class and in life.
10. What personal advice do you give someone who is looking to get to a healthier point in their life? Food and activity. Those are what I believe are keys to having quality health. Treat food like you would treat medicine. Everything that goes in your mouth has an effect on your body. Do your own research on what you are eating and find out who funded it. When it comes to activity, do what feels good. Group exercise and sports have their own value, in that you become part of something bigger and therefore become accountable. Knowing that can be more powerful than one’s willpower at times! If those are not your purgative though, keep trying different activities until you find one that fits. Activity/exercise has such a positive influence on your whole health, mind and body.
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