Fitness Journalism

Christine Van Dusen - fitness journalismStand-up paddleboarding, dancing in stiletto heels, bounding over boxes in Parkour, swinging from a trapeze — if there’s a fitness craze out there, I’ve tried it and written about it. You might call me a little bit obsessed with fitness, and you might be a little bit right.

I come by it honestly. One of my earliest memories is of breaking in my Ron Guidry baseball glove before playing catch with my Dad, a man who ran every morning and insisted on eating vitamin-packed Brussels sprouts for breakfast. (It was quite a stink to wake up to.)

I was a small but tenacious soccer goalie, a sneaky attacker in lacrosse and a pretty formidable doubles partner in tennis, though my serve needed some work. In college, I zeroed in on field hockey and worked my butt off to be picked as starting sweeper, and later as a co-captain of the team.

After college I missed the adrenaline of sports but made do with running lots of races, mostly 5Ks and half-marathons and one sprint triathlon. And in the summer of 2006 I became a certified fitness instructor.

I’ve since taught indoor-cycling, weight-training and trekking classes at health clubs across the country. These days you’ll find me, between deadlines, teaching spin classes at VibeRide and full-body resistance workouts at [solidcore].

Recent Samples

Test Drive: Do waist trainers actually work?
Atlanta Magazine, April 28, 2016

Test Drive: Burning calories (and swallowing pride) at Dance 101’s tap class
Atlanta Magazine, April 25, 2016

Backroad biking: Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest, South Carolina
Atlanta Magazine, Nov. 17, 2014

Stand-up-paddleboarding: The fastest-growing recreational activity
Atlanta Magazine, Aug. 4, 2014

Ironmen brothers inspire other athletes with disabilities
Atlanta Magazine, July 17, 2014

From delusion to the hospital: Leaping, bouncing, falling for Parkour
Atlanta Magazine, July 3, 2013  (amazing video evidence here >)

Read more of my health- and fitness-related work in Atlanta Magazine.

Testimonials from fitness clients

“This is my favorite class of all time — always.”

“Christy was professional and encouraging! I had the best experience here of three cycling gyms I’ve visited. I didn’t feel like a loser when I couldn’t keep up.”

“Amazing music and great teacher!!”

“Great class — Christy was encouraging but made you work, in a great way.”

“Christy is the Gandhi of spin classes. I always leave feeling both sweaty and cleansed.”

“Best cycle class in Atlanta.”

“Christy was great! She made me feel so comfortable and proud of whatever I was able to accomplish!”