What they are saying about Andrew…
I wanted to write you a quick note of continued appreciation for all the guidance through my back injury and pain-free journey. Over the last 9+ months, I have maintained a strict regime of exercise, proper diet, hydration and rest with very few periods of break. Of course, at 39 years old, the straighter the path, the better I feel. All of this is probably no surprise to you.
As you recall, on Nov. 16th of last year, I literally could not move out of bed because my back pain was so intense in brought me to the point of nausea. This was not anything shocking, because I had dealt with this exact issue for countless years. It was the worst back pain I had ever felt and I was physically and mentally rock bottom. I truly thought that I would never play golf again and I may likely need to change career paths because my golf instruction business is so physically demanding.
However, after taking almost 15 years of competitive golf off due to the injury, spending an estimated 25K on back therapy with traditional Western medicine/testing, and seeing almost 20 different back pain specialists, you fixed me. You are the only one that healed me and gave a view of true health. After months of hard work and disciplined diet, I strongly feel your coaching and wisdom during this time enabled me to win a professional golf event a few weeks ago. I shot 67 and won a PGA Dixie Section professional event among other club pros in the Alabama area. Not a huge feat, but very rewarding considering my health history. I am looking forward to more golf tournaments.
For the first time since the 90s, I am able to practice, play and compete on a regular basis. I can work long hard hours on the practice tee with my players and stay worry/pain free. Thanks again for all the support and counsel. I owe you much…
Best Regards,— Layne Savoie
"My husband and I started working with Andrew as training clients in January 2000. We were not in great shape, but we had decided - at ages 61 and 48 - to get serious about improving our cycling and general fitness. Initially we thought he had confused us with people of greater abilities, but Andrew was very motivating. We found to our surprise that we were able to do the gym workouts as assigned, and our strength and cycling abilities improved significantly. A year or so later, when cycling had become an obsession, I switched to being a coaching client to access more of Andrew's expertise. I now find I've become the athlete he initially confused me with. My only complaint is a closet full of clothes that are too big for me."— M. Graff
"I have worked with several trainers both in Los Angeles and Atlanta, and I have never experienced a session like one with Andrew. In the past few months, he has helped me transform my body in ways I never thought possible. My changes have inspired people around me to make changes as well. Not only is he an incredible trainer, he is a wonderful person."— R. Barnes
"As someone else with a life threatening illness, I'm energized daily by Andrew's unabashed zest for life and endless enthusiasm for learning. His constant desire to share his health knowledge and improve others lives as a result is impressive."— L. Fisher
"Saying that Andrew has changed my life is an understatement. Andrew has added healthy years onto my life because I do everything differently now: I look at food from a different perspective, I exercise with only my core in mind and I react to what life throws at me with more balance and understanding. He has given me the total package."— A. Pearce
"Never have I been simultaneously pushed and cared for with equal intensity!"— B. Wilkinson
"At the beginning of 2008, my fiancé and I decided that we needed to improve our overall fitness and health, but were extremely intimidated by the thought of joining a gym. While researching trainers on the internet, we discovered Andrew. At first, I only anticipated scheduling a few sessions with Andrew, just to get us going. After just a few weeks though, we were so impressed with Andrew that we couldn’t imaging not working with him on a regular basis. In fact, we’ve found that if we go too long without seeing him, we actually go into “Andrew withdrawal!”
One of the reasons we selected Andrew is that he shares our holistic view of wellness and approaches training sessions with a sincere energy and excitement. Although we never feel pushed beyond our limits, we leave each and every training session feeling like we have accomplished something we never thought we were capable of. For the first time in years, we feel healthy and strong and look forward to exercising. I even found myself jogging the other day with a big grin on my face!
Right now, people are thinking very carefully about how they spend their money. For us, there are many things in our life that we would consider cutting back on, but Andrew is not one of them. Because of him, our lives have improved in so many ways. Andrew is no longer just our trainer, he is our friend."— R. Weller
"You are fat. It was this statement coming from my primary care physician that led me to meet one of the most amazing people in my life. I was 28 when I realized enough was enough. I looked through websites of reviews on trainers. Most people had a love/hate or just plain hate relationship with their trainers. It was also obvious that most folks out there were out to change how much they weighed. I on the other hand, was out to change the way I lived.
I spoke to a couple of trainers over the phone and most were eager to get me in the gym and immediately get into aerobic and weight training mode. Then I spoke with Andrew. He said before he could see me, I would have to do an assessment for him so he could figure out what training made the most sense for me. I thought to myself and quickly realized this was the only way people should train. When you think about it, each of us is unique. We each have our own set of strengths and weaknesses and training should address both. Part of Andrew’s assessment was a lifestyle session where he looked at other factors that affected our health and wellbeing. It was an incredibly thorough and well thought out process that left me confident of two things: 1) he knew what he was doing, and perhaps more importantly 2) he knew where I was and what my goals were.
In the time I have been training with Andrew, he has become more than a trainer. He is now a good friend. He is a daily inspiration and I find myself sharing with others stories about our journey in health. I have always felt challenged by our workouts, but I have never felt like I could not accomplish our goal. When my muscles are screaming to give up, Andrew is there to encourage them to finish the last set. His energy, positive attitude, knowledge and genuine passion for a better world make him a pleasure to work with and hang out with.
I think of myself as a very discriminating consumer. I would without any hesitation or reservation wholeheartedly recommend Andrew to anyone I know. In fact, I have."— Y. Bakas
I know we have a long way to go but I wanted to send you a big thank you! I guess I owe you a little bit of a back story as to why I am sending this to you now. I have NEVER been able to do an unassisted pull up. Yesterday for some reason I tried one and was able to pull my self up with no help. I realize it was only one pull up. But for me, that's huge and a testament to your way of training! You have kept me patient and on track without being pushy (only motivational). I don't think I would have stayed this committed without your help. Without your guidance and support I don't think I would have made such an easy transition to making healthy nutritional choices and working out a priority in my life. Thank you again and here's to a long friendship and me getting into the best shape of my life (and keeping that way!)."— M. Iqbal
"I woke up for the first time in 5 months without being in pain and it lasted the entire day. I came to you for physical advice, not nutrition. Not lifestyle. Yet I just realized right now, that it's what I'm eating that's having the biggest impact on my life. Thank you Andrew. Hope has finally returned to my life. I feel at peace."— P. Danzig
Thank you so much for how much you have impacted Nancy's life as far as diet, cycling, and lifestyle are concerned. I have been trying to help her and know that she is a phenomenal athlete and think that most of her hindrances were in her head. But I think that she needed an outside influence.
I know that you believing in her is really helping her. And seeing Nancy's confidence in her riding and how she has excelled is so exciting! Thank you so much for how you have helped my friend (I tried but did not have the capacity that you do). She is doing awesome in all aspects and I am so happy to see her more confident! She speaks so highly of you, and I am so happy that she has met someone to guide her that she can trust and truly has her best intentions in mind!
Thank you!"— G. Voci
I was catching up on your blog this morning and really enjoyed reading your posts. While I was reading and appreciating and reading and appreciating... I realized how incredibly special this 5'4" fireball of a straight guy has become to me.
When I was looking for a trainer over two years ago, I wanted to learn some new exercises to freshen up my routine. That was pretty much it. I definitely got a fresh routine, along with an entirely new way of thinking about my health. I also got instant access to leading edge knowledge about health and fitness... and life. I learned so freaking much unconventional wisdom about food that I feel like I should write a book. Oh, and you have already done that too - in your spare time. You are an influential and effective teacher and the things you have taught me have changed my life forever.
But more importantly this 5'4" fireball turned out to be one of the most genuine, caring and intelligent people I have ever known. Every time I come to visit, I leave feeling better - and not just because of the great workout. There is a peace and ease about you that is addictive and contagious. You have qualities that make me say, "Damn! I want to be like that!" That is true inspiration, my friend.
Congratulations on being Andrew. I just had to get that off my chest."— C. Jordan