Miami fitness instructor Adri Zabarain from Rise Nation Miami is one of our 25 Miami fitness trainers you need to follow in 2019. Her background as a professional dancer shines through in each of her high-energy classes. We caught up with Zabarain for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @bbydri.
Tell us about yourself - where are you from andhow did you find your way to the 305?
I was born inCaracas, Venezuela. I moved to Miami at a young age and have lived here for themajority of my life.
How did you get your start in fitness and as aninstructor?
My start in the fitness industry stemmed organically from my career as a dancer. I had been a performer for years and transitioned to teaching. I was hooked from my first class and my instructing has evolved.
What is your favorite part of being a fitnessinstructor?
My relationship withmy clients. It makes me indescribably happy to play a part in them reachingtheir fitness goals. I get to know that my clients walk out of my classesstronger than when they walked in.
How would you describe your classes?
My classes are tough,but they’re a celebration. Thirty minutes on a versa climber is not something Iwould ever consider easy, but it becomes a journey and an experience at my RiseNation Miami class.
What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?
That there is aspecific body type we should all strive to be. Or that we should starveourselves to get there. The beautiful thing about life is that we are allunique, therefore we should all have different fitness goals. No one can decidewho you are or what you’d like to change but you.
Other than where you teach, where is yourfavorite place in Miami to train?
I enjoy going toPilates Proworks, Legacy Fitness, and Ahana Yoga.
Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’repassionate about?
Venezuela’sliberation from its current communist regime. I also love ping pong.
What is a long-term goal you are working towardsor would love to achieve?
I have many and Ihope to achieve them all. A big one for me is helping my parents retire withinthe next 10 years.
What is the one thing you do every day to stayfit?
Stretch. I stretchfor five minutes every morning and half an hour every night before bed. Assomeone who has been doing this for years, I can say that it makes asignificant difference in your overall health, both mentally and physically.
How do you practice mental health in youreveryday life?
I believe thathappiness comes from pursing your passions. I am passionate about encouragingothers to find strength within themselves, and I get to do that throughoutevery single class I teach. I end up walking out feeling rejuvenated mentally, soin a way, my classes act as a tool for my mental health.