Inspiring Instructor - Gabby De Nigris

November 08, 2017

Inspiring Instructor - Gabby De Nigris

 

Personality, personality, and more personality. And while that personality is what makes Gabby so unique, it also makes her one of the most relatable, down to earth instructors we know. What’s more is that we feel this all the from west coast. We first came across Gabby on Instagram over the summer. A few minutes on her profile turned into many, many more watching her stories. By the end of the week, we felt like we really knew who she was, what she believes, and why. Her positive outlook and charisma shined through it all, which is why we decided to go out on a whim and try to get to know her. We're happy to say that despite the distance, we've managed to build a genuine relationship with one of the most authentic people we know.

Check out our conversation below with Gabby about her transition into full-time fitness, her mission, and how she balances it all.

How did you become a fitness instructor?

I started teaching fitness part-time as a passion project and fell so in love with it that it essentially made my “normal” job unbearable. I decided to take the leap into fitness full-time about three years ago and have never looked back. It was extremely scary in the beginning because initially, I was making so much less as an instructor than I was at my “normal” job, but the universe always has something in mind and things came together to bring me to where I am today. I’m so thankful I decided to take the plunge as my life would literally be completely different had I not.

What made you realize that Barry’s Bootcamp was the place for you?  

The community. The people that come to Barry’s are some of the most incredible, hardworking and inspiring individuals I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. It’s also the most badass and challenging workout I’ve ever found in a group fitness studio. Combine a badass workout and the most dedicated community and you get this unique energy that lights up the room.

We haven’t yet made it out to SF – can you share a little bit about the fitness community? And what are some of your favorite parts of San Francisco?

The fitness community in SF and more specifically Barry’s is extremely united. I have met some of my closest friends through Barry’s and watched many a friendship blossom inside and outside of the studio. Our clients are extremely dedicated, hardworking, and lively – making my job extra fun. It’s pretty hard to explain just how magical it is so I guess you’ll have to come see for yourself sometime ;)

 

 

What inspired you to start your blog and what is the mission behind it?

I decided to start my blog as a way to communicate with my community without feeling limited. I would find myself wanting to write an essay on an Instagram caption so decided to create a space where I could share whatever was on my mind, my favorite plant-based recipes and other lifestyle topics in long form. The mission behind it is to get people thinking about the way they live their lives and to show people that eating a plant-based diet is not only extremely healthy but can also be easy and delicious.

One word we hear when people talk about you/your blog/ig is relatable. How do you accomplish this? Is this something that you aim for or is it just natural?

Aww that is very kind, thank you. I try to live my truth on and off the internet. Sometimes I’m crazy, loud and energetic and other times I’m quiet and meditative. I honor all facets of my being while continuing to evolve and be fluid. The greatest gift we can give to the world is to live our most authentic life.

Something that makes you so unique is that you give people a “behind the scenes” look at your life – when did you start doing this and what do you think has been the impact of doing this?

I honestly can’t remember when it all started but I LOVE Instagram stories and have found it to be one of the best tools to share what I’m doing, eating, thinking etc. with people I may never have the opportunity to interact with otherwise. I’ve had so many people reach out to tell me they now eat more plant-based and connecting with people through my 14 Days to Freedom plant-based community has been amazing.

You’re a huge plant-based advocate – can you tell us the story about how you became plant-based and how it has changed your life?

Hahah we would be here all day! People ask me this a lot and I find it extremely hard to put into words because the impact of eating plant-based has been so large it’s almost overwhelming. Finding a whole food, plant-based diet radically changed my life and was the first step in really honoring and connecting to myself. It starts with food, but the outcome is something much bigger than you could ever imagine.

 

 

We reached out on a whim and have developed this really awesome relationship – your kindness is not something that we see very often – what inspires you to be such an advocate for others? How can we inspire others to have the same approach?

Aww thank you. Working so closely with so many people at Barry’s has really shown me just how incredible humans are. I’m in this environment every day where I get to the see the absolute best in people and it has given me so much hope. Being surrounded by kind, generous and hardworking people has allowed me to rise to the occasion.

Being on Instagram, even as small as I am, so many companies reach out to you to promote their product and it sometimes feels like everyone is just trying to make a buck. When you guys first reached out to me and I looked into what you were doing it was something I deeply connected with. There was so much substance and I could feel the passion and intention to do good with the product. I am extremely thoughtful about what supplements I use and with so much crap out there Vitalfit and both of you were a breath of fresh air.

Between teaching classes, the blog, and all your other ventures you must be crazy busy! How do you find time for balance/is there anything in particular that you do to stay grounded?

Because at my “job” and the majority of my day I’m fully engaged with others I also make sure to spend lots of time alone and I say no to things frequently. I strongly believe that saying no to things that don’t fully elevate you is saying yes to who you are and what you need. I am extremely selfish with my day and give myself ample time to replenish my mind, body & soul so when I’m with others I can give them everything I have.


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