Danielle has been with us since CAMP opened, and there's a reason behind that. Every class we take with her becomes one of our favorites- her energy is contagious, and no one can double time quite like her. We wanted to spotlight one of our Cycle instructors in honor of Tour de CAMP, and Danielle immediately came to mind. We're so excited for y'all to learn a little bit more about her and why she loves CAMP! Read on to find out.
1) When did you start teaching Cycle?
I started training in June 2016, and I officially began when CAMP opened in August.
2) What prompted you to start teaching?
I’ve always loved cycling and when Jen told me she was opening a beat-based cycling studio, it definitely piqued my interest. I danced my entire life and have a passion for music, fitness and motivating people to let loose and have fun, so I thought this would be an amazing challenge and opportunity. A year later it has been more rewarding than I ever expected. I get to inspire people to challenge themselves, forget about their worries, have fun and leave with a smile.
3) What did you do before you started teaching here at CAMP?
I taught dance (and still do) at Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy and am a Mom to two energetic and crazy boys.
4) What is your favorite thing about working for CAMP?
The PEOPLE… all of them... our customers, staff, kids and the energy you feel when walking into CAMP. It is indescribable and leaves you wanting to come back. You get to see people’s lives change, reach their goals and build new friendships each day. It is now my home away from home. I miss it when I am not there and can’t wait to go back.
5) Favorite class to take and why?
Can’t decide…I LOVE them all.
6) What has been your favorite class taught to date?
The ride that was probably my favorite was the Breast Cancer Ride for Melissa Dempsey. It was amazing to see all of her closest friends and family fill the room and surprise her. She had no idea what was going on and to see her walk into the room and see her friends and all the words of encouragement they wrote on the mirror was priceless. It touched my heart and so many others that day.
My favorite theme ride was the 90's Hip Hop ride with Kim. We had so much fun planning it together and seeing everyone dress up in 90s attire.
7) What do you do outside of CAMP for fun?
I love spending time with my family either on the boat, golfing or going to the beach. I am always up for an adventure or spontaneous activity so if someone texts me to go somewhere or do something I am usually always up for the fun.
8) What is your favorite CRG restaurant? What do you order?
Green Lemon is my favorite and my family’s favorite too. We go every Sunday and I get a beer and the Street Tacos (sometimes the Loco Nachos with Chicken).
9) How do you get revved up to teach?
Well listening to my playlist always gets me fired up without a doubt (how could it not), but I have been known to have an espresso shot or two as well. Just for the extra boost. LOL
10) How do you unwind/treat yoself?
After a morning class I treat myself to another coffee (no joke only a Flat White instead of an espresso shot) and at night I like to watch a show with my family before I put my kids to bed.