About The Coach
Where to start? I’ve been working in the fitness field since 2007. I actually finished my first certification while I was still in high school, then jumped right in after I graduated. Unlike many in the fitness industry, however, I decided that I needed a formal education to help me better understand how to change lives. Make note of the word change – we’ll come back to it.
I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, took a couple years off, then jumped right back in and completed a Master’s degree in Kinesiology. Plus a few more certifications. More school than I’d planned, but it was worth it. And during that time, I’ve worked in commercial gyms, I’ve done my own thing helping people reach their fitness goals without gym access, and I’ve provided writing services to a variety of clients.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot – I practice what I preach. I have a background in powerlifting as a 165 collegiate lifter, but eventually switched to endurance sports. This drastic change taught me that the gym isn’t the only option. More importantly, I learned that fitness doesn’t have to consume your life.
Since then, I’ve tried to make sure that my training remains varied. In other words, not gym-dominant. I’m a big believer in activity that takes place outside of the typical gym environment and I do my best to pass this belief on to my clients. Around the time I switched sports, I started coaching movement. That’s what it’s all about, right? Being active. Moving around.
That’s what I help people get good at. Moving. And on top of that, changing. Changing habits. Changing lifestyles. That’s my job. I use the title of personal trainer, but I don’t really like it. It’s too limiting. So just think of me as a coach that can teach you how to move, build your confidence level, get you fit, and maybe even change how you approach life.
Nearly a decade as a personal trainer
All ages and experience levels
M.S., Kinesiology, University of Texas-Pan American
B.S., Kinesiology, Sam Houston State University
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
ACSM Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist
TRX Qualified Trainer (STC-I)
Thank you for kicking our ass! We are starting to see results! You are awesome!!
Michelle / Houston, TX
Thanks Andy!! Way to go. As a mid-50’s trainer, it’s refreshing to know that there ARE young-buck trainers with their shit together!
Doug / ACSM-CPT
Andy’s busting my butt! GREAT workouts!
Wendy / Albuquerque, NM
This article is freakin sweet – I love it!! This spells an overwhelming task into such an easy example for our beginner crowd – nice work. Thanks for your awesome work Andy, our visitors will love this.
Kris / Bodybuilding.com