DROP THE BEAT
The music that keeps this professional dancer and fitness instructor motivated
Professional dancer and spin instructor Chad Vaught keeps a busy schedule, moving his body 7 days a week. We caught up with him between classes and rehearsals to find out what music keeps him motivated and moving.
How long have you been teaching at VITAL Fitness Studio?
I have been teaching a little over a year now.
Music is super important to the classes’ vibe. What things do you consider when you’re compiling a playlist?
I take a lot of things into consideration when making a playlist, but the two most important I focus on are what songs are currently hot/popular and what the members are going to enjoy hearing most.
What are some of your favorite artists to work out to?
I love working out to remixes of songs by Rihanna, Post Malone, Drake, and Beyonce (obviously).
What is your personal workout regimen like on a weekly basis?
This is going to sound exhausting… Besides dancing professionally for five hours a day, five days a week and teaching three spin classes a week, I try and lift weights three to four times a week.
Do you have a motto that helps you dig deeper?
Hustle Hard. Dig Deep. Kick Ass. Repeat. It might seem a bit familiar if you’ve been inside VITAL!
What’s you overall philosophy when it comes to fitness/wellness?
Listen to your body and what it’s telling you; don’t over do it. Your body is your instrument, so treat it well.
What kind of an instructor do you strive to be?
I strive to be an instructor that’s highly relatable, super energetic, and one that’s going to push you out of your comfort zone to help individuals achieve their goals.
Favorite recovery snack?
Chocolate Chip RX bar.
How do you ease sore muscles after a killer workout?
I usually roll out with a foam roller and a lacrosse ball. If I’m super sore, I’ll also take an epsom salt bath.
Any lifestyle hacks that make working out or eating healthier easier? Any tips on staying hydrated?
When shopping, simply focus on getting real foods that haven’t been insanely processed. And when it comes to staying hydrated, a wise woman named Samantha Seaman (who just so happens to also teach at VITAL) once told me that 8 ounces of water before a workout is a different workout.
The Details: VITAL Fitness Studio, 1608 Main Street.