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Meet Hollywood Fitness Trainer: Andrew Mitchell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Mitchell.

Andrew, please share your story with us.  How did you get to where you are today?

I was raised in a very active household, so fitness was always a part of our lives. Our fitness was hiking, camping, rafting, biking, etc. I had no concept of “working out” until I was much older. Before that I just knew it as being active. I was also a soccer player, playing on club teams in North Carolina and playing on a club team in college. Fitness was a part of my life, but didn’t know it was a job until I moved to Los Angeles. People pay you to help them stay in shape? Sign me up for that job! I worked through the National Academy of Sports Medicine certification and took the first job that was offered to me to hone my skills. A certification doesn’t make you a good trainer, it is the hours and hours of working with clients to develop your specific approach. After a year and a half working for a gym I felt like it was time to start on my own. I wanted to be in charge of my schedule, my programming, and my clients. Initially it was a slow, but I knew that if I worked hard the clients would come. I focused every day on doing good work that I could be proud of. People come to me for a specific goal and entrust their bodies with me. It is something I take very seriously. That was my approach and gradually over time I got busier and busier. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the incredible clients that I work with. Their referrals to friends and family are what keeps my business running and why I go above and beyond for them. I owe them a lot.

Has it been a smooth road?

It has definitely not been a smooth road.

I moved to Los Angeles to be an actor. It was incredibly trying and looking back I can’t decipher if it was my stubbornness or resilience that pushed me through to make it work. I personally like to think it was the latter. In order to survive I took on the typical “actor” life by balancing 3 jobs with the occasional audition squeezed in between shifts. These years consisted of having 39 cents left in the bank account after paying rent, all meals being a meatless variations of rice and kidney beans and feeling guilty if I treated myself a $4 frozen yogurt. I was not able to do any of the things that made me happy and I realized it was not a sustainable existence. I had to reevaluate my purpose for being in Los Angeles. Was pursuing acting at the expense of my personal happiness, health, and wellness actually worth it? The answer was a resounding no. I am only on this Earth for a finite amount of time and I didn’t want to waste another second of it living a life that didn’t make me happy! I decided to pursue a course that would lead to that fulfillment and I never looked back.

A giant weight of doubt and struggle fell off my shoulders once I started training. I didn’t have 3 jobs I hated. I had one job I really enjoyed and I had ownership over my life again. I could do all the things that I enjoyed, like trail racing, camping, and buying food! Most importantly I was able to help other people overcome their struggles. It is a great job and it just took a few hard years to make it there. Running my own business will always be a struggle, but I believe that if I always perform my job to the best of my abilities then I will never fail at what I do.

What are your plans for the future? 

For the future there is a possibility of opening a private gym with another trainer. That would be a big change and with it a new set of challenges, but it would ultimately give us both more control over our respective businesses. I think that is an exciting prospect to work towards. Other than that I look forward to learning and growing as a trainer and focusing on my day to day work here in LA. As for things planned, I have more trail races and mud runs scheduled so I train hard to compete in those. I am hoping to do a trek to Everest base camp in 2017 and I have a trip to the Philippines planned.

Let’s dig a little deeper into your story.  What was the hardest time you’ve had? 

There are certain experiences that you cannot shake, no matter how long ago they happened. My first year in LA would fall into that category. My friends and family know that I refer to that period as the “dark times.” I graduated college in 2007, spent 3 months in Tanzania building a hospital, coaching soccer, and teaching preschool. By January 2008 I was in Hollywood with a college degree working two mind-numbing retail jobs, trying to “make it” as an actor, and I was unbelievably broke. Even now I can sometimes feel a twinge of guilt when I spend money on things. I have to remind myself “hey, its ok, you aren’t broke anymore, just relax, enjoy.” But, back then the difference between $3 at the grocery store for a dinner of rice and beans and spending $5 for something with actual taste meant I was going to be short for rent. I had to calculate everything so precisely that sometimes I would have 3 cents left over after I wrote the rent check. I would have to swallow my pride and call my father and ask him to send $10 or $20 so I could buy food until my next paycheck. A change had to happen because it was not sustainable. How did I make it through the “dark times?”

It was partly stubbornness that I did not want to admit defeat and move back to North Carolina and partly an amazing family that never criticized my reasons for being here and only ever offered support.

Lastly, I would say the main catalyst for change was a conscious decision on my part to take ownership over my life and happiness. That meant saying goodbye to being an actor, but I got to say hello to being happy. The journey from my initial decision to become a trainer to becoming a moderately successful trainer was not simple by any means and I don’t think it will ever be an “easy” job. The important thing for me, at that turning point in my life, was finally knowing that I was in charge of my future. I had a clear path to follow. Throw in some incredible clients that took a chance on me and have followed me from gym to gym, and I am coming on 6 and a half years as a trainer!

Pricing:

  • Single Session $85
  • Two Person Session $110
  • 10 Sessions $800
  • 20 Sessions $1500 

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Check out his work below:

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