Instructor Spotlight- Kristin HeckDana Yarn
Introduction- Kristin has become the face of our Studio Barre class format. She has an extensive background in dance, fitness and functional training making her class a great fit for everyone. Her unique style of barre keeps our members craving more. Kristin also leads our Health and Wellness Coaching and Accountability groups. She is an ACE certified Health Coach and holds a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. We launched the first group coaching program in the Fall of 2019 and it was a major success. Kristin focuses on mindset changes first and leverages those as a catalyst for the physical results most people have a hard time achieving. Learn more about our group coaching program here – the next 7-week coaching group starts mid January!
Studio Barre- Monday & Wednesday at 10:00am
Studio Barre- Saturday 9:30am
TRX Suspend Blend Wednesday at 11:00am
How did you get into fitness specifically the formats/programs you teach at Lifemoves like, yoga, Pilates, barre, dance etc.?
I started dancing at the age of 2, so I feel like I have been connected to fitness my whole life – it also helped that my Mother was a Physical Education Teacher – Fitness is just part of my bloodline! Barre was a natural progression after many years spent training in multiple forms of dance. TRX was a bit more of a stretch! I fell in love with taking TRX classes at Lifemoves, so I decided to pursue further training. It was such a great experience and I learned so much that I feel like it made me an even better all-around instructor!
What do you do for fun? (outside of exercise, etc.)
My family and I spend most of our free time on the lake when we can. I also love to bake, travel, explore new restaurants, attend concerts, and, honestly, just relax on the couch… that often means watching Bravo way more than I’d like to admit!
Where is your favorite place? Why?
A mid-week warm evening on the lake – it’s so peaceful and quiet. I love it!
What are some of the most embarrassing things that have happened to you while teaching?
I have to say that I am extremely blessed to have not had a whole lot of these. Besides sweat spots in unfortunate places and getting tongue-tied on the regular, my teaching history is pretty uneventful – and I pray it stays that way!
What are your favorite healthy food and/or drink?
If we consider wine healthy, then definitely that! But if I have to go for something else then I’m a huge fan of avocado toast on whole grain bread!
What is your favorite treat food and/or drink?
Frosting – I don’t need the cake – just give me the bowl and a spoon!
How do you stay motivated?
Teaching really helps because I want my students to always be inspired and feel like they got a great workout – that keeps me always wanting to stay active and try-out new things. But often, just getting started is my biggest motivation hack. I throw on some great music and tell myself to just do something small. Most of the time, it’s much easier to keep going once I get started!
Do you have any life hacks that you want to share (specifically things that help you stay on track and make life easy)?
I write down 3 must-do’s almost every day. That helps remind me of my priorities for the day and helps me not get too far off track or overwhelmed. I also try to take some time for mindfulness meditation most days. It helps keep me centered when life is chaotic!