What sparked your love of movement?
I was always drawn to movement since a young age! My family enrolled me in dance lessons at the age of two, I never stopped dancing, and they supported me every step of the way. I went to college at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City where I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. After years of dancing professionally and the physical demands on my body, I started to experience pain that created a negative relationship with movement for me. It was that frustration that led me to my career in fitness. I wanted to better understand how to cross-train more effectively and help others feel more at home in their bodies. This led me to obtain certifications from NASM, The Gray Institute, and the IIN Institute.
I have been in the fitness industry for over ten years now! I could not be more thrilled that my continued love for movement led me to Pvolve as their Director of Training.
I wish more young dancers had access to a fitness routine like Pvolve. It’s so important to focus on strength, mobility, and flexibility, and cross-training made me a better dancer, and helped me feel better in my body.
What brought you to Pvolve?
Antonietta, Pvolve’s Chief Training Officer, brought me to Pvolve. In Januaray 2020, she reached out to me to find out if I’d be interested in working at Pvolve. I tried a class and the method was unlike anything I had ever experienced before. The Pvolve Method and way of movement challenged the way I thought about training. I was surprised to find that I didn’t need to “force” the movement, which is what I had always done as a dancer. As a dancer, you’re constantly told to swallow pain, but Pvolve challenged that way of thinking for me. I could get a complete workout with experiencing pain. I knew this was something I wanted to share with other people. I joined Pvolve as a trainer a few months later – and then the pandemic happened. My first classes were over zoom in our Live Virtual Studio!
How have you personally benefited from doing Pvolve?
I’m stronger and feel more at home in my body than I ever have before. Our workouts leave me energized and excited for the next one. The Pvolve Method has made me a better trainer for all my clients. And getting to work with so many talented and committed fitness professionals on our trainer team is certainly an added bonus.
How would you describe your teaching style in three words?
Energetic, empowering, efficient.
With really good energy. I get a lot of feedback that my classes are upbeat and empowering, and I love to hear that. Fitness should lift you up physically and mentally. If your current fitness routine doesn’t do both, you need to try something else.
In this fast-paced world we live in, time is always of the essence so I never take it lightly when someone steps into my class. I try to maximize our time together, while still creating a space where clients can focus exclusively on pursuing their own personal goals, and hopefully gain a bit of knowledge about their bodies along the way!
Take The Challenge!
I've curated a 4-week flash challenge so we can end the summer strong together happening now on the streaming homepage! We're sculpting and strengthening with 4 classes (starring Strength & Sculpt, Sculpt & Burn and my personal fave PWT), all 25 minutes or less each week. All you need is your P.ball, P.band, gliders, P.3 and some heavy weights. Let's do this!
More About Dani:
Progressive Weight Training! I love how strong it makes me feel and all the added benefits of lifting weights!
Favorite Piece of Equipment:
Easy, the P.ball.
Anything with internal rotation because it just feels so good.
Favorite part of Pvolve?
How good it makes me feel and how it never gets easier, but I am definitely getting stronger!
Go-to pre or post workout snack:
A banana before I workout, edamame after I workout!
#1 song on my workouts playlist:
Pure Honey by Beyonce or Sunrise by Childish Gambino.