Miami fitness instructor Adri Zabarain from Rise Nation Miami is one of our 25 Miami fitness trainers you need to follow in 2019. Her background as a professional dancer shines through in each of her high-energy classes. We caught up with Zabarain for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @bbydri.

Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. I moved to Miami at a young age and have lived here for the majority of my life.

How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?

My start in the fitness industry stemmed organically from my career as a dancer. I had been a performer for years and transitioned to teaching. I was hooked from my first class and my instructing has evolved.

What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?

My relationship with my clients. It makes me indescribably happy to play a part in them reaching their fitness goals. I get to know that my clients walk out of my classes stronger than when they walked in.

How would you describe your classes?

My classes are tough, but they’re a celebration. Thirty minutes on a versa climber is not something I would ever consider easy, but it becomes a journey and an experience at my Rise Nation Miami class.

What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?

That there is a specific body type we should all strive to be. Or that we should starve ourselves to get there. The beautiful thing about life is that we are all unique, therefore we should all have different fitness goals. No one can decide who you are or what you’d like to change but you.

Other than where you teach, where is your favorite place in Miami to train?

I enjoy going to Pilates Proworks, Legacy Fitness, and Ahana Yoga.

Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?

Venezuela’s liberation from its current communist regime. I also love ping pong.

What is a long-term goal you are working towards or would love to achieve?

I have many and I hope to achieve them all. A big one for me is helping my parents retire within the next 10 years.

What is the one thing you do every day to stay fit?

Stretch. I stretch for five minutes every morning and half an hour every night before bed. As someone who has been doing this for years, I can say that it makes a significant difference in your overall health, both mentally and physically.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

I believe that happiness comes from pursing your passions. I am passionate about encouraging others to find strength within themselves, and I get to do that throughout every single class I teach. I end up walking out feeling rejuvenated mentally, so in a way, my classes act as a tool for my mental health.