Welcome to the warm-up, a bi-monthly trillfit feature where we chop it up with our favorite fitness instructors about their teaching styles, favorite rappers, favorite cheat meals and (way) more. 

Name:  Melisa Valdez

Astrological Sign: Gemini

Specialty: Professional Dancer

How did you get into teaching: Being a dancer lead me to becoming a Dance Instructor. Through dance and I stayed in shape so I decided to combine the two which led to Dance Fitness. Why not have fun doing what I love while burning calories?!

Rap lyric that best describes you: “Stay far from timid. Only make moves when your hearts in it, and live the phrase sky is the limit” Notorious B.I.G 

Top Five (hip-hop/r&b artists):

  1. Biggie Smalls
  2. Jay Z
  3. Drake
  4. Beyonce
  5. Jhene Aiko

Describe your training style: Keeping healthy eating habits and any work out that is fun with good music that involves cardio and toning. 

Most impactful workout move we can do at home: Sit ups and Squats!

What’s in your gym bag: Towel, deodorant, shower goodies, water bottle, quick change of clothes, hair tie, face wipes, tiny antibacterial soap, iPod /headphones.

Best cheat meal: Pizza!

Your trill motto for the masses: “Follow Your Dreams, Believe In Yourself, Never Give Up”


8AM or 8PM: 8AM

Drake or The Weeknd: Drake

Biggie or Pac: Biggie

Nas or Jay Z: Jay Z

Go-to fitness fashion brand: Lulu Lemon

Best workout ever: Zumba, because it involves dance cardio

Gym or Outdoors: Good weather Outdoors, Cold weather Gym

Makeup in class: yay or nay: Nay for me, but if wearing makeup in the gym makes you feel good then Yay!

Your fit celeb crush: Alessandra Ambrosio

Song you can’t stop listening to: “Here” by Alessia Cara

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