Erin Higgins has been an inspiration to many at labarre studios. She is committed to her health and it is evident every time she steps in the studio and more importantly when she steps out. Erin has been consistently attending classes at 1445 The Alameda; she plans her schedule and doesn't waiver. She is a regular at our 6:00am classes rain or shine and we are blessed to have her as a founding member at labarre studios. Many of our guests comment on her strength and commitment as she continues to inspire us all!
With that, we introduce you to this month’s Guest Spotlight!
Place of Birth: Birchrunville, PA (small town outside Philadelphia, PA)
Occupation: Education researcher for the Institute of Education Sciences
(U.S. Dept. of Education)
Beach bum, reading historical fiction when I can find the time/energy, barre, cycling, tennis, skiing (though it’s been a while!), and before kids I played/coached soccer.
Tell us about your family!
My husband is Steve and we have a daughter Addy (who is almost 3), and another daughter on the way due in late August!
My favorite restaurant is…
We moved here in July and are still exploring, but in the neighborhood, I love Luna Mexican Kitchen. My other favorite place to eat is my house when my husband cooks. He cooks great food. In fact, while we were in grad school, the local paper wrote an article about the cold smoker he built in our backyard and the block party pig roasts we used to throw in our old neighborhood!
Favorite Vaca Spot:
Vieques, Puerto Rico. It’s a beautiful, small island off the coast of Puerto Rico.
My grandparents retired down there and I spent my childhood visiting them often. I have so many great memories there. I can’t wait to bring my kids there someday.
I also love traveling to Charleston, SC, where my family now lives. Steve and I had our wedding there. If you’ve never been, it’s a wonderful place to visit.
I want to travel more - all over the world!
I would love to learn a new art form - painting, pottery, etc. I’m in a family surrounded by artists and want to fit in :).
Movie everyone should see….period.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (please click here!) we watch it every year after Thanksgiving dinner.
Why is fitness important to you?
Fitness is how I release stress and make time for me. I do it to feel strong and remind myself what I’m capable of. My goal is to be in the best shape of my adult life. I was a three-sport athlete in middle and high school, and I dropped the ball a bit after college. I made a commitment to myself when we moved here that I would make the time to get back into shape and set a good example for my kids. Some weeks are harder than others, but I’m getting there!
Advice you would share with a new labarre guests....
Barre is difficult at first! Your legs will burn for days after a single class. Stick with it though and you’ll be surprised at what your body can do. All of the instructors are wonderful and motivating, and they all have their different styles. Try them all out!
The most important thing to me is…
My family, but I’ve learned over the past few years that I support them best when I take time for myself. For me, labarre fills that role. It’s a wonderful community of people, and after every (6am) class, I feel great and ready to start my day!
One thing I learned about myself in the past 6 months is…
I embrace challenge and change. My family moved across the country to San Jose last summer, where we knew only a small handful of people, and in a short time we have built a wonderful community of friends. At the same time, my husband and I challenged each other to get back into shape and live healthier, and we have been successful in sticking with that.