Meet Our Trainers: Andy

Meet Our Trainers

Andy Phillipsandy phillips

My passion for fitness started at the age of five, running 1.5ks at Van Cortlandt Park. From 10 years of competitive swimming to two years of acrobatics, I’ve taken on a variety of kinesthetic disciplines. I began regimented weightlifting at the age of 15, going on to compete in bodybuilding for two years. It was during this time I began training others; seeking my NASM certification to both increase my knowledge and to further refine my technique in teaching others. It is my hope that my unique and expansive background not only get my clients to their goals but also make them more knowledgeable about the world of fitness.

Acrobatics, running, Netflix

Describe your personal fitness goal::
Get stronger and develop active mobility while maintaining my current size.

What are your favorite exercises?
Pull ups, Squat to Press, Pullover, Atomic push up (TRX knee tuck)

What keeps you motivated to live a healthy lifestyle?
I am constantly inspired by those who have achieved greatness, either in development of their body and/or it’s capacity for impressive and breathtaking movement.

What’s your biggest obstacle to living a healthy lifestyle? How do you overcome it?
Patience – a lot of progress and change is imperceivable or non-linear, so having trust in my training and recognizing that my goals are worth the time invested is important.

Go-to preworkout
Clementines! Or some granola. Otherwise, I’ll have a regular meal 60-90 minutes before.

Go-to postworkout
Clementines, a banana or a protein bar.

What’s your favorite cheat meal?
Stove top popped corn with olive oil and a dash of salt or 85% cacao chocolate bar.

What’s your favorite dessert?
I don’t typically crave desserts, but I guess chocolate. Most typically, sweet tea. Lactose intolerance really limits my options.

Worst excuse for missing a workout?
If I don’t have my bluetooth headphones charged, I might skip a run. I need the distraction of music or perfect weather.

What would you miss the most if you stopped working out?
The feeling of accomplishment after a good workout and euphoria after a goal is met. Maybe even more likely the passive athleticism it gives me in daily life.

Most hated fitness/nutrition myth?
The “spot reduction” myth – fat storage in specific areas [of the body] is due to them being areas of poorer circulation and your body’s hormonal state. While doing 1,000 crunches in a day won’t reveal abs, using exercise to increase my body’s demand for energy while sticking to a nutrition plan that keeps my body nourished with quality calories is much more likely to help.

Favorite song for…

  • Cardio: “I Can’t Stop” by Flux Pavilion
  • Lifting: “Jungle” by X Ambassadors
  • Walking to/driving to the gym: “Do Your Remember” by Jarryd James

My friends describe me as…
The truth? “A beast”. More PC, “An intelligent and driven athlete”

Something you might not know about me is…
I taught myself to backflip!

What is always on your grocery list?
Onions. Lots of onions for eggs, curry, naan, or with cabbage.

Best advice you ever received?
“Anything worth doing is worth doing right.”

Which superpower would you choose to have?
Time control/manipulation, I came to this conclusion after spending way too much time talking about it with friends.

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