Name: Jen Andrew
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
When and why did you come to Austin?
I came to Austin in 2008 after graduating from Texas State to help a friend that was diagnosed with brain cancer and had two young children.
What is your background?
I have been into fitness ever since I can remember. In high school, I swam for the varsity swim team for 3 years. In college I worked at the front desk of a gym so I could have a place to workout for free. This eventually progressed into teaching spin and core classes. I loved the energy created in these group classes so much that I decided to become a certified personal trainer. Eventually I started my own personal training business when I moved to South Austin doing outdoor boot camps and in-home private training. I also taught personal training sessions in the pool at LifeTime fitness for individuals that were unable to do much in the gym.
I eventually took a break from personal training because I moved to Lago Vista for a couple of years to help another friend. During this time, I got my 200 hr registered yoga teacher training certification. I taught at several studios all over Austin. I eventually managed a studio for 2 years in Cedar Park until I branched out and started my own studio Trybe Yoga in Leander, TX in 2015.
During my time in Leander, I started powerlifting at ASF and fell in love with it. Having done ‘all the things” from CrossFit to water aerobics, I felt like I finally found my calling for challenging myself physically. This rekindled my love for personal training and the desire to become Westside Barbell Certified in 2018. I currently hold the Texas records for my weight class in Powerlifting. I enjoy training all walks of life. Whether you want to get super strong and smash world records or live life to your best ability by staying mobile and injury free.
Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
I train 3-5 days a week using the conjugate method for powerlifting. I have an amazing team and we do our best to stay consistent and get stronger, or at least continue to learn about ourselves and our weaknesses on a regular basis. I plan to compete again in 2019. Raw or equipped is the question?! I still have some numbers I would like to hit that I was unable to when I tore my ACL at World’s in 2017. I would like to hit that 1000lb total sometime in the near future. I have had a few setbacks, as we all do, but I vow to let them motivate me in proving that if I can do it – so can someone else.
What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
FOOD! That if you eat less you will lose weight. Most aren’t eating enough and at the right times… Also, that lifting weights makes women get bulky.
What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want me clients to leave knowing they are stronger than they think and that they have the power to do amazing things in this world.
What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
I’m present and able to connect with my clients on multiple levels. I’m invested in their success and this fuels me as a trainer. I do this job because I love it. We work on so much more than just basic fitness and training. I work with each of my clients on a multidimensional level where training is just one (important) component. I hold my clients accountable in other areas such as lifestyle, food choices, recovery and self care.
What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
I love our community- we all truly practice what we preach and we work as a team. It’s a great environment that is definitely the best and most knowledgeable that I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of to date. We learn from each other and make each other better as not just trainers but as humans.
How do you, personally, define success?
The ability to see what is needed, set a goal, fail as many times as you need to reach those goals and just when you think you have it figured out… start all over again and do it even better learning from past mistakes.