With a background in musical theater, iFIT Trainer Richard Biglia is no stranger to the stage. He’s performed at The LA Phil and the Hollywood Bowl, to name a few of his accolades. Richard began working out to add to his dance training but quickly realized he had a passion for health and fitness. He dove headfirst into exercise and became an NASM Certified Personal Trainer to share his fitness journey and inspire others to break a sweat. Today, Richard is passionate about helping others get their muscles moving and achieve their goals, both in fitness and in life.
We recently caught up with Richard, who shed light on his career as a professional dancer and trainer, as well as his pre-workout routine and favorite iFIT moments.
You recently wrapped up filming your first POV workout series in Puerto Rico. What are you excited for members to see?
Puerto Rico was such a fun series to film. I cannot wait to show our members that beautiful island. The energy in Puerto Rico is undeniable and you can see it all around. The architecture is beautiful and the colors are so vibrant. There are so many similarities to Brazil. It was very nostalgic to explore the island and learn about its history.
Were there any memorable moments while filming?
I was inspired by a story of the ruins of a lighthouse where we filmed our last workout. It reminded me of a personal story from when I was 6 years old that I haven’t shared with many people. I hope it brings some inspiration to the iFIT community and reminds us all to trust our instincts.
You’re a 2016 graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York. That’s an incredible achievement! Were you always interested in theater and dance?
I fell in love with theater when my pre-school put on a play, and I stepped on the stage for the first time. Since then, I haven’t left the theater. I dreamt of being in musicals, so I decided to expand my skills and search for dance training.
In 2018, you performed in Cage’s Europeras 1 & 2 at The LA Phil’s Fluxus Festival. What was it like to be part of this event?
Dancing for The LA Phil was an incredible experience. Being surrounded by all those incredible artists was inspiring, not to mention working with the award-winning director, Yuval Sharon. It was very rewarding.
When did you decide you wanted to pursue a career as a fitness trainer?
I started my fitness journey to complement dance training and help me with conditioning. The group fitness classes were my go-to, as I always loved the community aspect. I realized that fitness had become a passion, and I wanted to explore it more.
What does your pre-workout routine look like?
My pre-workout routine is very simple. I choose a good playlist to motivate me, drink my pre-workout to help with energy and focus, and get my mind in the zone.
Do you have a favorite iFIT memory?
I have so many great memories at iFIT. On April Fool’s Day, where we dressed up as other iFIT Trainers, was a really fun day. Running my very first marathon in Miami with some of my fellow iFIT Trainers is also an unforgettable memory.
For members new to the fitness world, what advice would you give them on getting started?
My advice is to be patient and not compare yourself to others and their fitness journey. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, and we are all on our own journey chasing specific goals. Enjoy your process and have fun along the way. Fitness can be fun if you take the pressure off it and focus on the positive.
Ready to jump into your next “spicy” workout with Richard? Join him in one of his most popular treadmill and bike series in the iFIT Library!
- Ease into Jogging Series
- Develop Your Jog Series
- Beginner Cycle and Hills Series
- Terrain Change Cycle Series
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