Come meet Ira at SPIRE! Her Rowing and TRX classes will help you finish your week off strong! 

Question:   Tell me about yourself. Where are you from and what brought you to Milwaukee? When you are not at SPIRE, what else keeps you busy?

Answer:  I’m originally from Serbia and lived there until I was 17 years old before coming to US. My job brought me to Milwaukee --- I teach neuroscience and psychology and UW-Milwaukee and am also a research scientist working on Alzheimer’s and dementia.


Question: Do you compete in any type of sport or activity?

Answer:  I danced (ballet and modern). A knee injury led me to yoga, which then led me to cycling, watersports, rowing and paddling. Now I compete in Dragonboat racing.

Question: What made you decide to become an instructor?

Answer:  For me, it was a natural progression. I was a dance instructor for several years and always wanted to be able to inspire people, and group fitness allows me to do that.

Question:   What makes your class different from others?

Answer:  Mind-body connection. I try to bring mindfulness and body awareness to every class.


Question: What certifications do you have?

Answer:  Schwinn cycling and yogafit.

Question: What does your personal fitness program include?

Answer:  I cycle, row, practice yoga, paddle and SUP. When the weather is good, I like to be out on the water. I also strength train and do CrossFit once a week.

Question: Favorite post workout treat?

Answer:  Starbucks latte with whole milk

Question: What’s the one thing most people don’t know about you?

Answer:  Probably that I’m from Serbia and that I’m a research scientist.

Question: Do you have a motto?

Answer:  The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.


Question: What’s your favorite drink?

Answer:  Green tea latte

Question:   What is your favorite book? Movie?

Answer:  The Great Gatsby – book and movie (old one with Redford)

Question:   What inspires you?

Answer:  Learning new things.


Question: What is your favorite restaurant in Milwaukee?

Answer:  Wolf Peach and Hue

Question: What is in your refrigerator right now?

Answer: Greek Yogurt (2%), sugar snap peas, milk, mangoes and cheese

Question: If you could retire tomorrow, what would you do?

Answer:  Become a surfer and be a beach bum

Question: What is your favorite song to get pumped up?

Answer:  I don’t really have one song. I like all kinds of music, except I’m not really into country. If I had to pick one, Canned Heat by Jamiroquai – the song from Napoleon Dynamite

Question: Are you on Instagram?

Answer: @seahorsefourallraces