Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Somer.
Andrea, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My fitness journey started ten years ago. I was 19 years old and decided to backpack solo through Australia for three months. It was an amazing experience but as a result of poor nutrition and drinking every day, I came home to Sweden a few pounds heavier and with gut/digestion problems. I had developed IBS and different food sensitivities. I needed a complete lifestyle change and I fell in love with eating healthy and going to the gym.
Fast forward to four years later when I moved across the world to Los Angeles. I went to school for business management & marketing, still pretty clueless of what I wanted to do. I was working in sales and was not happy doing it, so I decided to get my certificate as a personal trainer. A lot more people started to ask me about my workout routines, what I was eating and I started to train my friends. That was when I realized I could actually make this into a career. Working with my passion had just seemed too good to be true, but it turned out to be possible and it is true what they say – “do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life”.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. Moving across the world on your own will always have its challenges. Especially with limitations that come with being an immigrant in this country. There have been a lot of times where I thought about moving home or somewhere in Europe. Being new to America with no real support system in place, while being a full-time student, and not being allowed to work created a lot of financial hardships for me starting out.
The biggest struggle for me during these past seven years has always to be away from my family. My mom and my grandma are my everything, and I miss them a lot. Sometimes I have feelings of guilt and selfishness. It is challenging to find a balance with working hard to build my business up from nothing while also maintaining my relationships with my family and friends all the way on the other side of the world.
I faced my absolute biggest challenge right in the beginning of my career. One month after quitting my office job and pursuing my dream to work at one of the top gyms in West Hollywood, my dad passed away. My whole world was shattered into pieces. I lost three people in the past four years while living away from my family. My grandma died two years before my dad, and in May of this year, his sister (my aunt) committed suicide. In these times, it has been extremely hard for me. But, I believe that I have a purpose and have faith that this is where I should be in this moment. I made a commitment to myself to keep moving forward, to stay focused, and pursue the life I want for myself. I have done so much inner work and it has helped me tremendously.
2020 and Covid could have been a big struggle but I managed to make it into a blessing. It took a lot of redirection and hard work, especially in the beginning when all the gyms closed down and I lost my clients. It was hard, but I believe it enhanced my creativity and it has been the best year of my career so far. The grief and emotional challenges have made me grow into the strong woman I am today. My passion for helping people and advocating for mental health is stronger than ever and I continue to choose happiness and live for my purpose.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My brand is “Body, Mind, Spirit”. I am a certified Personal Trainer, Meditation Teacher & Professional Life Coach. I have been most successful in personal training and something I believe has separated me from other trainers is that I have a very holistic approach to fitness. While helping my clients reach their physical goals, their mental health has always been my biggest priority. I look at all the components of their lifestyle and value the importance of what they do the other 23 hours when they are not in the gym with me. That is what is going to change their life the most. I think the love I have for what I do really shows in the growth of my clients.
I am proud of so many things. I am proud of myself for moving across the world by myself. For going through a lot of hard losses in life but never giving up. For working hard and not choosing the easy way to a “rich” life in a city with lots of temptation. For always choosing growth and to try spreading as much love & light to other people as I can. I am also proud of all my clients and all the wins that they have made. Every time they win – I win.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think Los Angeles is a great city for personal training. Physical appearance is very important, especially in Hollywood and many people can afford personal training. There is a lot of money to be made. There is also a lot of competition and you need to work hard. For me, it was a great place to start, I learned a lot at the gym where I started and the people I worked with. There is a type of grind mentality in LA that can bring you to the top if you do your part. My biggest advice to anyone starting out as a trainer is: ask a lot of questions, keep learning and educate yourself, surround yourself with people that inspire you, do not compare yourself to others, and another person’s light will not dim yours, follow your intuition and hustle for your dream. Do the work.
Now as an immigrant it is a lot harder, but that is not the city – it is the country. Like I mentioned, my first two years out here as a student, I was not allowed to work at all. This makes it very challenging to make it long-term out here, living on bare minimum along with many other rules & laws that seemed to limit my initial growth. Coming from Sweden, I was also used to a completely different government support system and that was a big shift for me here in America. However, after seven years of ups and downs, I am happy everything happened the way it did. It is all about trusting the timing of your life. Everything happens for a reason. I believe good things come to people who work hard with the right intentions. I am grateful for everything that got me to this point in my life.
- Website: www.somerfit.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @andreasomer
- Other: Youtube: Andrea Somer