Miami fitness instructor Illysa Vivo can be spotted training clients at her new Dania Beach studio, FIT 101. The South Florida native has turned her passion for athletics and fitness into a full-time career. We caught up with Vivo for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @_bodybyv_.
Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?
I’m 26 years old born and raised in South Florida. I left to play basketball in college in Indiana and Tampa, and went on to coach in New Jersey after graduating. Eventually, I moved back to my hometown for good.
How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?
I played basketball at Indiana State University and the University of Tampa where I studied exercise science and sports medicine. After going through a career ending knee injury that took me off course to play oversees, I moved back to Miami and found my passion in fitness as I rehabbed my knee back to health. Along the way, I met some great instructors that encouraged me and led me into making a career of fitness.
What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?
I love the relationships I build with each of my clients. Having the opportunity to be the better part of someone’s day and helping people improve physically and emotionally is rewarding.
How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?
Even on my most tired days, the second I put on the mic and begin class, a surge of energy just automatically runs through me. I have the most fun while I teach, so I don’t give myself a chance to have low energy.
How would you describe your classes?
My classes are known to be challenging, but I always find ways to get everyone through them. Always high energy, always great music (usually throwbacks) and always at least one new movement to try. No workout is ever the same.
What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?
Whether you are a beginner or fitness machine, everything can be modified to your level. You’re just one workout away from a fit life!
Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?
If it isn’t obvious already, basketball. My entire life has revolves around basketball and my love for the game will never go away. I love playing, watching, and training others.
What are you excited about right now?
My gym in Dania Beach – FIT 101.
What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?
Owning a gym has always been a goal. Becoming a successful gym owner and opening more locations is now my long-term goal. I’d love to incorporate basketball training into my business in the future.
What’s your go-to healthy and cheat meals?
My go to healthy is a PBA açaí bowl from Raw Republic. A favorite cheat meal is rice, black beans, and a juicy churrasco steak.