November 24, 2017

Tight Club Check in: Heather Merenda

Take a peek inside the Tight Club community, each week we’re checking in with one of our crew to learn what they get up to when they’re not slamming balls or crushing burpee challenges. These are the people that motivate you in class when sh!t gets real. From OG’s to newbies, here’s their inside scoop.

Meet Heather.

Three words that describe how you show up in the world.

aware, bright, creative

What's the tightest thing in your life rn?

My side hustle is pretty tight. I’ve been collaborating on creative projects with friends doing everything from photography, writing, and design work.

We noticed a tower of books in your apartment, which one is your fav?

I love my art books. My newest is Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, which focuses on the Japanese artist's unreal kaleidoscopic rooms that I was able to see IRL this summer. And my most nostalgic is Beautiful Losers, which I picked up at the exhibition in San Francisco in 2004. The book celebrates contemporary art and street culture from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Larry Clark, to Ryan McGinness, KAWS, and Geoff McFetridge.

Tell us one thing people might not know about you ...

I am a hot sauce fanatic

If your current mood was a colour what would it be?

I've been unbothered lately so the colour of my mood would be indigo—a dark purplish cool blue—to convey a sense of calm.

So apparently people are their truest self around age 8. What were your interests back then?

I loved to dance, ride my bike, draw, eat five cent candy and wile out at the park.

What's your best tight club move and why?

I think it’s called side over skips on the Bosu ball. I love the bouncy, catching air part.

Your favourite thing about tight club …

The music is everything. The trainers do a great job curating their playlists to fuel our workouts and even have guest djs contribute. I love that music isn't an afterthought at Tight Club because it's so important to me. I’ve tried other classes elsewhere and I just can’t deal with the genericness. Plus I can walk there because it’s close to home, so I’m much less likely to bail.

Share your top life hack ...

Do more of what makes you happy.

Podcast/song/pop culture recommendation

Who? Weekly is a podcast on “everything you need to know about celebrities you don’t,” hosted by Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber; who are both writers for websites such as Jezebel and Vulture. Basically, if you’ve ever found yourself waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store, staring at all the gossip mags and asking yourself, “Who even are these people?!” then I guess this is the podcast for you.

What makes you nervous?

For me, feeling nervous usually means that I'm venturing outside my comfort zone, taking a risk, trying new things and challenging myself; which I try to do often.

Best place to warm up and forget about the rain in Vancouver ...

I might be a little biased here, but I think Tight Club is the best place to warm up and escape the rain. Honestly, I don’t think about anything when I’m there except surviving the workout and getting better at it.

Say you could time travel backwards or forward, what would you choose?

Backwards! I would love to experience the punk, new wave, post-punk, and synthpop music era of the late '70s.

There are a shit ton of global issues, what's one that gets you particularly fired up?

Police brutality and the lack of accountability in law enforcement. Racism gets me real fired up.

Trend that you're so over...

As much as I’m obsessed with that trendy light shade of pink, I would love if we could stop calling it millennial pink now.

Shorter days and colder rains, your hot tip to stay motivated ...

Book your class schedule in advance. You will be more likely to commit to it, rain or shine.


If you're crushin' like we are, do some light stalking here: @hmerenda

Interview by: @maxime.evans

All photos by: @valerielina

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