Miami fitness instructor Christa DiPaolo can be found teaching fierce 1-2 combos at an Equinox near you. DiPaolo is the creator of BOX180, co-creator of THE CUT and THE CUT: Jump Rope, all found exclusively at Equinox. We caught up with DiPaolo for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @christadipaolo.

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

I’m a Las Vegas native – yes they do exist. I also lived in Los Angeles before moving to the 305.

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

My first job as an instructor was at a gym in Las Vegas when I was in high school. I taught hip-hop aerobics and I was absolutely terrible. I had zero clue how to cue and kept my notes (dance moves) right in front of me in fear I’d blank and forget what I was doing. Why didn’t I think to write on the mirror back then?

What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?

I love the connection and trust you build with clients. It’s also pretty amazing to be able to get people “out of their heads” for that 30 minutes or hour. And for me, it’s the only time I truly feel present.

How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?

Jet fuel in the morning, aka black coffee, and small meals throughout the day, helps me stay energized.

Tell us a little bit more about your specialty.

My forte is boxing and kickboxing and I teach with a positive, fun upbeat style. I definitely don’t take myself too seriously so you’re always guaranteed a fun sweat sesh.

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

I love me some Barry’s Bootcamp. I also enjoy training privately with boxing mitt sessions.

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

Champagne and wine. I have my Level 1 WSET certification and would love to go for Level 2. My fiancé is a wine somm (not by trade) so he inspired me to get into it.

What are you excited about right now?

I’m really excited about my digital at-home workouts (Boxing & Bubbles) that I launched in October of last year. It’s been a dream project of mine and so happy to finally see it come to fruition. I dreamt about it for six years and filmed the content for over a year, so I feel really proud I was able to overcome all the obstacles to get it out there.

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

I always start my day with a healthy breakfast even when traveling for work or on vacation. I feel this sets the tone for the day and keeps my energized throughout.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

I wake up every morning and recite my positive affirmations. I’ve been doing this for years and it really helps me focus and get in the right mind set for the day. My goal this year is to practice more self love and meditate since I battle anxiety.