Meet Andrea, inspiring personal trainer, Barre babe and badass mother. When she isn’t at the gym, she is enjoying the outdoors with her sweet boy. Andrea exemplifies what it is to be a nurturing, engaging and supportive mother while somehow rocking the fitness world too. I love keeping up with her mother-son adventures on Instagram. She is truly an inspiration!
Scroll down for some wise words from Andrea.
Cheryl: What is your favorite way to sweat?
Andrea: My favorite way to sweat is a Barre workout! I love Dance, gymnastics and yoga! Barre incorporates movements from those three activities.
What keeps you motivated to stay fit?
I’m inspired to stay fit for my job, to motivate my clients and fellow women and to feel amazing!
I struggled with an eating disorder for 18 years and now I love that I am healthy and thriving; I love and appreciate my body! I have become so strong and done things I never thought I could do. I hope to inspire women in that way! We have control of our bodies and our minds. Also, my family has a lot obesity within and my father raised us to aspire to a healthy way of life.
Let’s talk about self care.
Being a mother of a kid with Down syndrome and a single mom to boot, self care can be a challenge. I get as much sleep as possible. I eat really healthy and I remind myself that it is ok to take breaks. I love to sneak in acupuncture when I can!
Amen sister, take those breaks!
How did you create a career in fitness?
I have been in fitness since 2009. I started as a spin instructor, then expanded to Barre, weightlifting and cardio, group fitness administration then became a personal trainer in 2017. I grew up a dancer, a gymnast and a runner. Movement has always been a passion of mine. I also have an orthopedic exercise certification and I am a licensed CNA.
Do you have a favorite indulgence?
My favorite indulgence is chocolate and wine! I can never get enough!