The Athlete: Andy Speer
Profession: Coach, Trainer, Motivator
Fitness Style: Sports Conditioning, Gymnastics, Traditional Strength Training
Go-to Exercise: Cleans (all variations and modalities)
Favorite Workout Song: "Machine Head" by Bush
How did you get started in fitness and Team Performix?
I've been involved in sports my whole life...as a gymnast early on and a track athlete through college. I was addicted to training and competition and eventually found my way to the personal training world. I met the CEO of Performix, Matt Hesse, while personal training. I was impressed by his drive and attitude and how he embodied the Performix brand. I came on board two years ago and it continues to be one of the most positive experiences in my life.
How are you driven in fitness and in life?
Fitness is my passion. Motivating others is my purpose. I do my best to share and motivate others every day.
What advice can you give to our fans who are just starting out or looking to get back to the gym?
Learn to appreciate the small steps and achievements you make along the way to your long term goal. Getting to the gym is an achievement—don't forget that. Adding one rep to your max pull ups is an awesome achievement. Keep tacking those together and things are looking pretty good three months down the road. Also, don't beat yourself up about messing up, not making a workout or not eating perfectly. Address it, learn from it and move on.
If you had to pick only three exercises what would they be and why?
- Pullup—upper body pulling, very functional, tons of variations.
- Clean and squat (with a barbell, dumbbell or kettlebell—really any implement): This challenges both strength and power in the lower body.
- Pushup—upper body pushing, functional, tons of variations.
All three are great moves for improving core strength.
Follow Andy on Instagram at @andyspeer.