Meet the fitness rebels: Megan Roup

The PROJECT trainer on her NYC-inspired workout, infrared saunas, and more.

Whether it’s a side hustle or some other creative pursuit, every high performer needs a passion—and a project. That’s the idea behind the new PROJECT by Equinox. It’s a “creative space for fitness rebels” in downtown Manhattan where breakthrough fitness talent creates innovative workouts ranging from The Sculpt Society (a total-body cardio workout that incorporates light weights and sliders) to The Ultimate Runner’s Workout (drills and unilateral exercises to improve speed, agility, and balance). Over the next six weeks, Furthermore is introducing you to six of PROJECT’s top trainers that are challenging you to move differently. This week we’re featuring Megan Roup.

Megan Roup’s relationship with fitness began with dance. The Santa Barbara native moved to New York City in 2006 to attend the Tisch dance program at NYU. Then, she went on to dance professionally for the Brooklyn Nets. It was through dancing, she says, that she realized the importance of a healthy and strong body, leading her to incorporate fitness into her daily routine and ultimately to become a trainer. Her class at PROJECT, The Sculpt Society,is a full-body workout that she says “is as challenging as it is fun and empowering”.

What’s your signature exercise?

“Dance cardio agility series.”

What was the inspiration behind your class at PROJECT?

“New York is my inspiration. My class is for the New Yorker on the go—it’s everything you need to see and feel a difference in 50 minutes, from cardio to sculpting exercises.”

Name 3 things in your gym bag you couldn’t live without.

1. Polar Heart Rate Monitor. “I love to know how I'm performing in every class, especially when I need to turn it up a notch.” 2. Water. “I’m always hydrating.” 3. Arm &amp Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant Stick, Unscented. “I’m a big believer in using deodorant with no aluminum or parabens.”

What’s your go-to pre- and post-workout snack?

“I switch it up depending on how hungry I am. I tend to have soft boiled eggs before my class and Ezekiel toast with avocado afterwards. If I have a full day ahead of me, I'll pack my avocado sandwich so that I have something to eat post-class."

How do you regenerate?

“I try to make sure I have one rest day a week or at least an active rest day consisting of yoga. I also get a deep tissue massage once a week and try to go to an infrared sauna two to three times a month.”

Worldly fitness feat: rowing across the Drake Passage

"Waves crashed over the boat, and the water was barely above freezing."

Practice indulgent nourishment

"Cooking is one of the best things you can do for your health.”