Christopher Vo’s career redefines the term “impressive resumé.”
He’s danced with Lar Lubovich, on TV’s “Smash,” in the national
tour of Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, and now appears in Broadway’s The King and I. But since graduating from Juilliard in 2008,
he’s also maintained a parallel career as a group fitness instructor at
Equinox Fitness Club. After teaching Zumba for five years, today
he leads a range of classes exclusive to Equinox: Tabata, Metcon3,
Ropes and Rowers, The Cut, Body Sculpt and EQX Barre Burn.
All told, his weekly routine consists of performing in eight shows,
teaching 12 classes and taking five.
Most of the classes he teaches focus on his favorite type of fitness,
20 seconds and resting for 10
high-intensity interval training. Bouts of high-intensity intervals
followed by rest intervals, in conjunction with smart compound-
movement patterns, result in burning more calories during class
and even long after the workout is finished. “Tabata classes, which
are 8 rounds of exercises, each
for 4 minutes of working for
seconds, are based on the find-
ings of a Japanese scientist,” he
says. “They force you to work
at maximum intensity so you are
continuously burning calories.”
Meanwhile, EQX Barre
Burn and Body Sculpt
are designed to heighten
help lift, lengthen and
tone. Vo designed his
EQX Barre Burn class
to be similar to other
barre approaches, integrating
dance, Pilates and yoga-inspired
movements with light weights,
a yoga block and body barre.
He finds it particularly helpful
when recovering from injury, or
whenever he needs to reconnect
with his body. “The light weights and high repetition help retrain
the body’s motor mechanics,” he says. “It’s a great add-on with
This diverse blend helps Vo balance his body. “So much of dance
is one-sided, especially on Broadway, when you’re doing something
eight times a week,” he says. It also improves his endurance, which
dancers often lack due to the stop-and-start nature of dancing.
Vo finds group classes translate to the stage from a mental standpoint, too. “They all have a community component to them,” he
says. “On Broadway, so much of it is about ensemble work. Moving
together in a class environment helps you tune in to the people
around you, just as you do in a show.” n
yourbody | WORKING OUT WITH...
The Broadway dancer
teaches 12 fitness classes
a week. BY LAUREN KAY
“Don’t be afraid to pick up a
heavy weight. Most of the time,
the weights are actually light
enough they won’t bulk you up.
Vo’s first exposure to dance was
country line-dancing in his Dallas,
Texas, elementary school.
Because of Vo’s intense workload, he relies
on a constant intake of high-protein snacks.
• protein shakes
• almonds and dried cranberries
• at least one apple or banana per day
Vo teaching at