For Miami fitness trainer Valerie Senior, the 305 is in her blood - literally. According to Senior, coladas are the only answer to a midday pick-me-up. This former ballerina can be found teaching barre, strength training, and HIIT all around town. We caught up with Senior for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @valeriesenior.
Tell us about yourself - where areyou from and how did you find your way to the 305?
I am a MEE-A-ME native. I am half Puerto Ricanand half Colombian.
How did you get your start infitness and as an instructor?
I was a ballerina for 17 years - after aninjury, I found barre. I instantly fell in love. My mother is also a groupfitness instructor.
How do you stay full of energythroughout the day?
An early energizing workout is my favorite wayto kick-start my day ... but a delicious cup of coffee is my midday pick-me-up(I seriously love coladas).
How would you describe yourclasses?
My class is designed to strengthen and balanceyour entire body from the inside out. Barre class integrates the use of balletbarre, light weights and props to create a sculpting workout that focuses onform and isometric movements. My goal is for you to leave class feelingenergized, empowered and accomplished.
Tell us a little bit more aboutyour specialty.
I put a lot of effort into my playlists andmusicality. Music is the backbone of barre. I also think that my clients lovethat I am unapologetically myself when I teach.
Other than where you teach, whereis your favorite place in Miami to train?
I love society fitness - my body has neverlooked better. I also love love love SOL Yoga for a yummy yoga class.
Besides fitness, what’s one thingyou’re passionate about?
I have a passion for learning. Always beingopen to learn opens so many doors and broadens your horizons. When I learn, Ifeel like I am nurturing and growing my knowledge.
What is a long-term goal you areworking towards or would love to achieve?
My long-term goal is to continue to do what Iam passionate about and in some way integrate my studies with it. I have adegree in public relations, e-marketing, social media marketing.
What is the one thing you do everyday to stay fit?
I make sure to follow healthy habits (I.e.workout, eat healthy balanced meals) and stick around people that motivate meto be better.
How do you practice mental healthin your everyday life?
- Workout (workouts keep the cray at bay).
- Stay positive no matter what.
- Take a day off.