KALYN WEST - 305 FITNESS NYC
by Cindy Recile
Dance Fitness is the new trending workout wave and 305 fitness is definitely a spot worth checking out. With reviews and highlights from various mainstream magazines and blogs such as Allure and Self Magazine, 305 Fitness is inspired by the Miami Culture, bringing a change to your workout by infusing the dance scene with high intensity drills for a serious sweat session. We had the pleasure of shooting with 305 Fitness Instructor Kalyn West introducing us to her workout family and life in NYC. Kalyn is a big ball of energy and spunk hailing from beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. Kalyn has a background in Performance Art, and works as an Actress and Fitness Instructor. Kalyn joined us for some product shots for 90 Degree by Reflex, and while striking a few dance poses for our shoot, you can’t help but be feel an enticing presence in her energy from her eccentric curly locks to her bubbly personality. Her attitude and energetic presence will help keep your mind and body focused and having fun if you can challenge yourself to her early morning sessions at 305 Fitness.
Check out our interview with Kalyn West to learn more about her inspirational story:
What drives your creative outlet our passion in life?
I feel like all of my creative outlets are things that I am passionate about. My career as an actor/singer/dancer, instructing 305 Fitness, writing & conversation. I am super passionate about my work as a performer - I absolutely LOVE what I do; I love that it makes me feel so alive and rejuvenated; I love that I get to explore different aspects of myself with each new job; I love that every ounce of my work in the arts is personal and powerful. I am inspired by the human stories we get to tell and the way these stories bring people closer together. I am inspired by truly transformative artists. I am inspired by the courage and vulnerability of theater that provokes my own fearlessness. The art of story telling is not meant to cover up the truth of life, but rather, bring her truths full voice into the forefront of society's consciousness. As an artist, I am an agent of truth, and I find that more beautiful & humbling than anything.
"I am inspired by truly transformative artists. I am inspired by the courage and vulnerability of theater that provokes my own fearlessness. The art of story telling is not meant to cover up the truth of life, but rather, bring her truths full voice into the forefront of society's consciousness"
Through 305 Fitness, I have discovered this love of teaching that I didn't know was there. I cannot quite put into words how much I love the family and community that is built through this killer workout. The class itself allows me to release huge energy and simply play, as if I were a kid again. At the same time, it brings out my fullest, most confident, in charge, free spirited, adult self. I'm inspired every single day by the energy, focus and joy that clients bring to the dance floor. There is nothing better than watching them enjoy themselves, and I always find myself screaming with excitement at something fierce.
What is 305 fitness? What makes it special from the rest of the fitness clubs in NYC?
305 Fitness is an experience. It’s a HIT cardio dance class with club lights and a live DJ; often described as "hip hop Zumba on crack." But to say or hear that description is nothing close to actually stepping in the room and going along for the ride. I discovered 305 in May of 2015 when my friend from a show we were doing suggested that I come to a class she taught in the Village. Now, before this point I wasn't much of a "group fitness" kind of person. At the gym, you could find me solo rockin' the free weights with my ear bugs and "Don't bother me" expression, or in the zone racking up those miles on the treadmill. Also with ear buds, and also with that "Don't bother me" expression. Classes weren't really my thing...But she promised I would love it, so I went, and boyyy was she right. After one class, I literally had the thought, "Where has this been all my life?" I became a #305junkie overnight, bought myself a 20 class pass, and started taking class as often as I could. I just couldn't get enough of this amazing, fill you head to toe euphoria I felt dancing my ass off like I was front and center in the fantasy music video I'd always hoped would spontaneously erupt in the midst of my daily life. Not long after, I was informed that 305 would be holding auditions for new instructors, and I was immediately all over that. It was an intimidating process, with literally hundreds of powerhouse movers & shakers out for a handful of positions - but something in me knew, "I was meant to find this. I'm meant to do this." And here we are :) Since then, its only gotten better. I feel stronger as an instructor, more connected to clientele. And I feel passionate about the message this company sends. You step on that 305 dance floor not to burn calories or to get that perfect summer bod, but to discover something about yourself and forget about the pressures outside those four walls for 55 minutes. We promote self-love and confidence, turning the workout into something you do for yourself, as opposed to to yourself. Exercise should never be a punishment. Its these ideas and the people behind them that truly set 305 Fitness apart from other NYC clubs.
We promote self-love and confidence, turning the workout into something you do for yourself, as opposed to to yourself. Exercise should never be a punishment.
Why should people book one of your 305 fitness classes?
Come to my class if you're ready to start the day with positive vibes, crazy-wild energy, and unapologetically larger than life action. Come to my class if you're ready to sweat, slay, smile, laugh, and think "hell yea" as you walk out that door. In my class you are safe to let your freak flag fly! You are safe to go big, you are safe to get wild, you are safe to get loud, you are safe to be YOU. Come to my class, because I want to show you how freakin awesome you are ;) Oh, and did I mention you're gonna SWEAT?
Where is 305 fitness? What is your schedule?
305 Fitness has two locations in NY - Midtown (33rd Street & Park Ave), and the Village (18 W 8th St)
I love those early mornings. If you've never tried it, DO. If you're scared, DONT BE.
Check out Kalyns schedule at 305 Fitness: http://305fitness.com/pages/kalyn