INSTRUCTOR SPOTLIGHT: SAM COHN
Our new instructor Sam might look like a cucumber-cool bubblegum babe -- but behind that shy smile is a fierce AF, take-no-prisoners badass.
Sam’s sweet-meets-sassy approach makes her a straight-up perfect instructor for absolutely anybody, at any level. If you’re nervous to try ((305)), Sam’s compassionate demeanor and strong command of the room will have you in good hands. Her full schedule is here.
Heyyyy girl. Let's kick this off the easy way: how'd you get here?
I’m originally from Long Island, NY, from a small beach town called Miller Place. I LOVE Long Island in the summer time 🌴 🌞 🍹 but any other time I can take it or leave it, minus missing my fam.
When I was looking to go to college I was so confused on what I wanted! I ended up majoring in fashion and landed a job right out of college doing visual merchandising for Free People and then for Bloomingdales.
Free People? Damn girl, hook me up with a discount! Fashion I totally get -- but how'd you get into dance? How'd you hear about ((305))?
I grew up dancing. My mom put me in a ballet class when I was 3. I grew up dancing at a local studio and competed as well. I did a little bit of everything, but loved ballet and hip hop the most.
I took my first ((305)) class in DC 2 years ago. I was immediately hooked!
YASS girl I know that feeling. Do you do other fitness classes in D.C.?
Yes! I try to change it up as much as I can. I do yoga and I enjoy Orange Theory, where I can get my strength training in. I also teach spin which is a lot of fun!
Alright, give us the goods: what was the hardest part of training to be an instructor?
The toughest part was keeping my own dance style. I met so many talented instructors who each have their own way of moving. It’s so inspiring!
That's a *great* problem to have. So what do we need to know about your style, then?
One of the ways I am unique as an instructor is I can push people to find their limits. As a more reserved person, I want someone to inspire me to get out of my head and find my edge. I'm able to do that when I teach. I transform into my truest self when I teach and can inspire people to work hard and play hard.
Alright, now the juicy stuff: what's your boo like?
I recently got engaged to my boo. His name is Damion. We met at the gym when I was still in college. I was taking his kickboxing classes and we started talking. I know this is cliché but I always knew he was it for me. Swoon.
Swoon! So, you're gonna marry a fitness dude?! Do the two of you, like, workout together all the time?
We both teach and train at different studios, so we tend to not have too much time to work out with each other. We are both big foodies and love to dance so going out to one of our fave restaurants and then dancing is always a good date night. We also love a good date night spent sitting on the couch watching a movie.
STAWP, that is too cute, I can't handle it. Let's keep this party going -- favorite cheat meal?
I’m always up for a good cheese plate with a glass (or bottle) of red wine or a dirty martini! (and blue cheese stuffed olives!)
Oh HELL yes. Another one: If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with ___________.
My bae Lyndsey. She is the best. She's been so supportive of my dance and fitness endeavors, so she started referring to herself as my hype girl. Her opinion means *a ton* to me.
What advice would you give to someone who's new to 305?
Have fun! I know … that’s the most basic advice ever but it’s true! The first time might be challenging but if you allow yourself to let go, you'll take part in *the real* 305 experience.
GET YOUR A$$ TO CLASS WITH SAM