Interviews / August 16, 2012

Donna Cyrus

By Charles Platkin, PhD

Birthday: November 27th

Location: New York

Diet Detective: On those days when you’re not motivated to work out, but you know you have to, what’s the one thought that gets you going?

Donna: The thought of being in my bikini!

Diet Detective: If you had to choose a specific song or band to get you psyched for your workout, what would it be?

Donna: Gwen Stefani — I love her!

Diet Detective: If you could eat one forbidden food whenever you wanted without gaining weight, what would it be?

Donna: Pasta.

Diet Detective: What dessert do you dream about?

Donna: Cookies.

Diet Detective: If there were one healthy food item (something you love) that you had to eat every day, what would it be?

Donna: Edamame.

Diet Detective: What is the one food or meal you always eat before an event? What about before training?

Donna: Coffee.

Diet Detective: What’s the best book about health that you’ve read?

Donna: The South Beach Diet book.

Diet Detective: What are your two favorite health magazines?

Donna: Self magazine and Fitness magazine.

Diet Detective: What do you consider the world’s most perfect food?

Donna: Sushi, particularly a spicy tuna roll.

Diet Detective: Do you have any sports superstitions or rituals?

Donna: Not really.

Diet Detective: How do you take total control of your mind and body to achieve the focus you need during pivotal sports moments?

Donna: Music helps me become motivated, it drives me.

Diet Detective: What do you think is the best training location in the world?

Donna: Miami Beach—hands down!

Diet Detective: What do you do to reduce stress/relax/center your mind? Do you participate in an organized relaxation activity such as yoga, meditation or tai chi?

Donna: I usually run to relax myself.

Diet Detective: Are there healthy restaurants that you enjoy and would recommend?

Donna: Serafina is a great restaurant that offers fresh Italian food.

Diet Detective: Do you have a favorite healthy recipe or cooking tip? If so would you share it?

Donna: Make sure you use the freshest ingredients and virgin olive oil.

Diet Detective: Tell us how you got to where you are now.

Donna: Broadway dancer to aerobics instructor to fitness facility owner to Senior VP of programming for Crunch Fitness.

Diet Detective: Define and discuss failure.

Donna: Not realizing that there is “nothing you can’t do”.

Diet Detective: Is there anything about yourself that you’ve changed your mind about in the last 20 years?

Donna: My ability to grow and learn.

Diet Detective: What’s the next major item on your “to-do” list?

Donna: Finding the next fitness phenomenon and focusing on Crunch’s growth outside the box of the gyms…TV, movies, and the world.

Diet Detective: Define individual responsibility and how you react to adverse situations.

Donna: I need to take a breath and get the facts before I react.

Diet Detective: Was there a defining moment in your life when you made a decision that changed the course of the rest of your life forever?

Donna: Working with my then partner at club body tech, Dan Critchett.

Diet Detective: What’s the most bodacious chance you’ve ever taken?

Donna: Too many to name!

Diet Detective: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned about yourself? What’s the biggest lesson you haven’t learned?

Donna: Strength is not a negative. Sometimes it is best to keep your mouth shut.

Diet Detective: What keeps you going (your motivation)?

Donna: My insane energy.

Diet Detective: What’s your favorite saying?

Donna: Whatever!

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