For Miami fitness trainer Valerie Senior, the 305 is in her blood – literally. According to Senior, coladas are the only answer to a midday pick-me-up. This former ballerina can be found teaching barre, strength training, and HIIT all around town. We caught up with Senior for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @valeriesenior.

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

I am a MEE-A-ME native. I am half Puerto Rican and half Colombian.

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

I was a ballerina for 17 years – after an injury, I found barre. I instantly fell in love. My mother is also a group fitness instructor.

How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?

An early energizing workout is my favorite way to kick-start my day … but a delicious cup of coffee is my midday pick-me-up (I seriously love coladas).

How would you describe your classes?

My class is designed to strengthen and balance your entire body from the inside out. Barre class integrates the use of ballet barre, light weights and props to create a sculpting workout that focuses on form and isometric movements. My goal is for you to leave class feeling energized, empowered and accomplished.

Tell us a little bit more about your specialty.

I put a lot of effort into my playlists and musicality. Music is the backbone of barre. I also think that my clients love that I am unapologetically myself when I teach.

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

I love society fitness – my body has never looked better. I also love love love SOL Yoga for a yummy yoga class.

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

I have a passion for learning. Always being open to learn opens so many doors and broadens your horizons. When I learn, I feel like I am nurturing and growing my knowledge.

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

My long-term goal is to continue to do what I am passionate about and in some way integrate my studies with it. I have a degree in public relations, e-marketing, social media marketing.

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

I make sure to follow healthy habits (I.e. workout, eat healthy balanced meals) and stick around people that motivate me to be better.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

  1. Workout (workouts keep the cray at bay).
  2. Stay positive no matter what.
  3. Take a day off.