An interview with Chengdu’s fiercest fitness fanatic
Q and A
So, lets start off basic. What's your A/S/L?
For real though, where are you from?
I am from Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.
First and foremost, what inspired you to get into fitness?
Did you study exercise science at University?
Initially I started studying photography at college. Then I transferred to ODU (Old Dominion University), to study Kinesiology which is exercise science, for 3 years. During this time I decided I wanted to be a personal trainer so I got certified as one with NASM
What brought you to the home of the pandas and land of abundance
My husband Jeremy, was offered a job in China, so naturally I went with him. First I lived in Chongqing, which was awful. Everyone thought I had fat arms and there was no likeminded fitness community. I went home to do a 200 hour yoga teacher training, came back and started teaching yoga out of my apartment, to anyone I could find. Then we moved to Chengdu.
How was your footprint into the Chengdu fitness scene born?
Power Hour started in Poly Centre BACTIVE. Annie was the first person to come. The classroom was-no s**t- the size of this chair [points to Starbucks chair]. And then the class grew and grew. For yoga, someone knew I was a yoga teacher and the Temple House wanted to start a community yoga class (+ brunch). So I assumed downward dog position.
I am so ashamed that I can't touch my toes. Have you always been super flexible?
No. I had a client cancel a session one night. We had yoga classes at the gym, so I thought why the hell not. I had never done yoga before, I was a pilates person. Well. I hated it, I couldn’t touch my toes, I thought “this is awful”. But I kept going and I started getting better and better and I saw improvements.
You're so driven and full of energy, what's your secret?
LOTS OF COFFEE [sips coffee]. Im very passionate about what I do and it drives me. Going to work and loving what you do is a lot different than going to work and hating what you do. Working for myself inspires me to be the best version I can be of myself. I’m energised by seeing people push themselves.
What's you biggest achievement in regards to your own body?
How do you stay so motivated?
What's your typical workout routine?
I workout 5-6 days a week. I ride my bike every where, everyday. 2x days of HIIT (20-30 minutes at the most). 1x day of sprint training. My legs are my favourite thing to train. I don’t do endurance training anymore. I also do a cross-fit style workout once a week with Jeremy and a lot of demonstration during workouts too.
What's one piece of solid advice you can give to the fitness newbies out there?
So, recently you've become an ambassador for LULULEMON. Amazing and congratulations! Is there anything exciting coming up up in the pipelines that you can share with us?
As well as fuelling our bodies its important to feed our minds. How do you stay healthy, mentally?
Ive struggled with anxiety and depression in China. There’s no outlet or place to go in China. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, don’t think you’re crazy cause you feel a certain type of way. Seek other people to support you and build you up.
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In regards to being healthy and eating well. What type of way of eating do you recommend?
“Don’t eat like an idiot”
80% / 20%
80% = quality whole nutritious foods
20% = letting yourself live a little
I’ve experimented with Keto and intermittent fasting. I like experimenting with diet stuff to keep up to date for my clients.
Thumbs up to: Avocado, coconut oil, salmon, nuts
Thumbs down to: Dairy
Check out this article I read recently: http://www.bloodandmilk.com/can-hunger-change-your-brain-ancel-keys-danger-of-dieting
OK. Now it's time for a cheeky 'Quick fire question' round. You ready?
Workout song that gets you LIT? 17 (6am Remix) – MK
Would you rather: Never see your dog again or never do a days exercise again? Dude I would die. But if I die because I’m not active then there’s no one to take care of the dog. SO. Is it really responsible for me to not workout? Is walking exercise? Cause the dog needs walks. Im just saying.
Dani. Just choose one.
Ok. I choose the dog. [sighs and shoots evils]
POWER HOUR: Wednesday & Friday mornings at 7:15-8:15 (BACTIVE)
ASS Class: Thursday Evening 19:00-20:00 (BACTIVE)
YOGA + Brunch: Saturday morning at 9:00-10:00(TaiKooLi)
Wechat: DaniBulgrien if you want to come along and have a try out class. You won’t be disappointed.