Instructor Spotlight: BeckySat Sep 30, 2017
Where are you from?
I grew up in Miami, Florida.
What brought you to Boston?
I went to Boston College as an undergrad in 2006. Post-grad I moved to New York City for two years to be a paralegal. I had little responsibility, spent too much money, and loved every second of it. My then-boyfriend, now-husband was living in Boston at the time, so when I got into Boston College for law school I moved back and I’ve been here ever since!
When I studied abroad in Germany I got a high-enough score on a test that allowed me to go to any University there for free.
How did you get into health and fitness/what does it mean to you?
I began taking classical ballet when I was five and I continued through high school. My sister and I were always very involved with many styles of dance at a pretty extreme level. In college I danced on multiple teams like hip hop and contemporary jazz. In law school I would go to barre classes in between lectures because I just needed to work out. I started spinning when my sister became an instructor and I’ve been in love with it ever since. Teaching has been a tremendous outlet for me because it feels like I’m performing.
Tell us more about your full time position as a lawyer?
Right now I’m working for a federal judge in the district court. Technically my title is a “Law Clerk.” My role is to sit in court with the judge and rate her decisions for her. It’s a pretty tremendous position because I need to be able to pick up any civil OR criminal case, and be an expert on it so much so that I can write an opinion about it.
What does a work/life balance mean to you?
When I was working in a law firm, I had uncontrollable hours and endless nights in the office. Even then I didn’t care how much sleep I got the night before. I’d think, “I’m going to work out; I’m not going to let this interfere with my classes.” Making time for yourself is one of the only ways that I’ve been able to maintain my own personal sanity. I love teaching morning classes because those are my people. I totally understand and respect whats its like to wake up at the crack of dawn and do something before other people have even thought about exercising. Anytime before 9am is MY time and I like to take advantage.
What kind of music do you like to play in your class?
Oh, man. I love music in general. I think my favorite thing to play is a really incredible remix of a classic rock song. I love to play things that are familiar but not necessarily top 40.
When you are not in the courtroom or on the bike, where can we find you?
I might get in trouble for this but..the bar! I love beer. My husband and I will travel the world just to discover new beers. I had my wedding shower at the Harpoon Brewery - it’s one of my favorite places in Boston. We’re also training for a half marathon right now so, you know - balance!