Marisa DeFrancesco | SWEAT Personal TrainerABOUT MARISA:
I am a strong, compassionate, adventurous instructor. #SWEATMEs can expect a good workout with all the benefits of yoga. In my classes, we do core work, experiment with fun poses, and work up a pretty good sweat.  When I was younger, I was chubby and unhappy, so I decided to change my eating habits and start exercising a bit. I’ve been on this journey now for over ten years, and I’m just now in a place where I’m eating and exercising the way that feels best for me.   I remember how much I spent on my skinny jeans! Just kidding… but it’s all about balance. I let myself slide every once and awhile, but if I take too much time off from practicing yoga or working out, I feel mushy, sluggish, and weak. I enjoy motivating my students through example – doing the workouts with #SWEATMEs helps it feel like we’re all in it together.

  • Classes: Power Yoga, Sundays (10-11:30am) & Power Fusion, Tuesdays (7-8pm) @ SWEAT Old City
  • Mantras: “No pain, no cake!
  • Hometown: Ossining, NY
  • 5 go-to artists on my playlist: The Black Keys, White Denim, Article Monkeys, The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Guilty pleasure: Pizza and Diet Coke
  • Healthy meal: Hard boiled eggs in a romaine-based salad
  • Healthy snack: Carrots and almond butter
  • Healthy drink: Water
  • Vacation spot: Ios, Greece
  • Family: My husband Mark, and my dog Henry

Name and recipe of your favorite healthy meal / snack / drink:

  •  Avocado Desperado – smoothie from one of my favorite juice bars that is now closed in Albany, NY….luckily I’ve recreated my own.
  • 1-2 bananas (frozen if possible), 1/2 small avocado, 1-2 handfuls of spinach, 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/4-1/2 cup oats, Honey or sweetener to taste, Optional: top with walnuts,
  • Optional add ins: no flavor protein powder, cinnamon, chia seeds