Uforia's Tori Tsu Cross Trains at All the Studios. All of Them.
When Uforia Studios instructor Tori Tsu isn't at her day job in marketing, you'll find her teaching Revolutions, (a 45-minute indoor cycling class) or GRIT, (a 50-minute high-intensity interval cardio strength class), or at one of approximately 8,000 other San Francisco studios where she cross trains. Weights, cardio, Pilates, yoga: this lady does it all.
Read on to learn where Tori gets her sweat on, and how she's looking to shake up her routine for summer.
Rockyt: How do you prepare for the classes you teach?
Tori: My prep varies for REV and GRIT, but ultimately all the classes at Uforia are musically-driven, so my prep is primarily spent in building high-energy playlists. Once I have the backbone set, I can build moves to go along with the beat. About an hour before class I'll usually pop a handful of nuts and a date or two, and start listening to my playlist to get my energy up.
Rockyt: How do you cross train?
Tori: Between my two disciplines, I get a good balance of cardio and strength training, so I usually try to supplement with yoga and Pilates to lengthen and stretch. I'll also hit up other bootcamps or spin classes to draw inspiration from other trainers.
Rockyt: What are your favorite studios for cross-training?
Tori: Is it cliche to say Barry's Bootcamp? If it is, then too bad; nothing gets me going like a butt-kicking with heavy weights from Gabby or Erica. I work full-time outside of the studio, so a killer lunchtime workout is my favorite way to break up the day and keep up energy for the afternoon slump. Pilates ProWorks FiDi and Wheel House yoga with Alley are my weekday go-to's.
Rockyt: Are you training toward a particular fitness goal right now?
Tori: A couple of my friends and I have been joking about getting "six packs by summer!" But really, I just want to feel happy in my own skin, and train to keep a healthy overall balance both mentally and physically. That being said, with summer around the corner, I want to start working out outdoors as much as possible. I'm a terrible runner and have been debating training for a half marathon to test myself.
Rockyt: What's your training regimen?
Tori: I don't have one yet! (Send me your running tips, people!) I do best with a support system, so finding a local running group or setting up small challenges like 3- and 5-mile loops are going to be key.
Rockyt: Do you take rest days?
Tori: Absolutely! I take Saturday or Sunday off to just relax and do whatever my body feels like it needs, and usually take a mid-week rest Wednesday or Thursday with yoga or something low-impact like a long walk. If I'm particularly sore or overworked, I'll do an isolation tank float or massage.
Good luck keeping up with Tori's workout routine, but—if you want to try—you can start with her classes at Uforia in Nob Hill.