Heart to Heart with Samantha

Join us in welcoming Samantha back to Heartcore! She first started taking classes at Heartcore 2 years ago with her BFF Jessica, and eventually, they both took the plunge to become instructors! After a couple months teaching for us, Samantha and her husband moved to LA; and she continued to teach in LA at Coreology and subbed at Heartcore whenever she was in the Bay. We are thrilled she's back! Learn a little more about your newest Tu/Th 6 AM instructor... 

Samantha super lunging!

Samantha super lunging!

Tell us about yourself.

I've been in the Bay Area for almost 10 years now, just returning this month after a year in Southern California. Other than fitness, I like organizing things, cleaning, watching legal television shows, cooking for my vegetarian husband, and eating cheeseburgers (the meat  kind....). I'm a full-time recruiter for an education technology company based in San Mateo. Also I think I'm pretty funny.

Tell us about your fitness journey and how Heartcore fits in it.

When I was a kid, my sisters and I were pretty active. My dad has been a marathon runner for a long time, and my mom was a competitive gymnast, so they always encouraged us to do sports. It took me a long time to find a specific type of exercise that I liked... I did gymnastics, basketball, soccer, swimming, and cheerleading as a kid, but nothing really stuck. When I got to college I really struggled to stick to a form of exercise. I like to stay busy, and it's hard to carve out a long period of time daily or frequently with so much other stuff going on all the time. On top of that, I get bored and distracted pretty easily. 

Anyway, I was hooked pretty much as soon as I tried Lagree Fitness at Heartcore, because it's such an efficient workout. I started working out three times a week, and I loved the transformation in such a short period of time. I've toned muscles I didn't even know I had after just a few months, and I've actually been able to sustain the improvement to my body over time. My prime workout time is in the morning; it gives me so much energy for the rest of the day after just fitting in that 40-minute workout.

Samantha and Jessica, BFFs and Heartcore instructors

Samantha and Jessica, BFFs and Heartcore instructors

Samantha, Jessica and Danielle Lagree, the owner of Lagree Fitness Studio in LA

Samantha, Jessica and Danielle Lagree, the owner of Lagree Fitness Studio in LA

Samantha on the Supraformer (imagine a Megaformer that tilts and inclines)

Samantha on the Supraformer (imagine a Megaformer that tilts and inclines)

What excites you most about teaching/what can Heartbreakers expect from your class?

What I love most about Lagree is that it's such a straightforward method. You find that burn in your muscles and hold onto it, and the more you sustain that burn and perfect your form, the faster you see results. I am a perfectionist about form, and I love to help clients understand how to self-correct and push themselves to understand exactly how to get muscles burning to see the most change. It's not always about adding more weight or resistance to your workout; first you really have to really get the form and method down, and that's what I really like to emphasize in my classes. That's where you see the change.

Tell us a fun fact!

My voice is naturally super quiet. If I'm talking to a group of more than like 3 people, I pretty much need a microphone.

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