Ross Andrews likes to describe himself as a ‘results-based fitness coach’. Previously a state squash player and qualified masseuse, Ross now works with his partner Diana Tencic at Body Be Well where they aim to provide a total support system for their clients via fitness and food knowledge. Ross is a qualified strength and conditioning coach, spin instructor, team TRX trainer, group fitness trainer and personal trainer. His approach at Body Be Well is all about keeping training uncomplicated.
Tell us how you came to be in the role you are today…
It all started for me when I was 11 years old and started doing aerobics with my mum and sister. From there I started lifting weights (at age 12!) and from that moment on I have always trained and played competitive sport. This then led me into coaching and then training people 24 years ago and have not looked back since.
What would be your best advice to someone starting out on the same career path as you?
To always keep learning and to continuously educate yourself – not just from extra courses but from your clients and other trainers. Always make sure that you are keeping your eyes and ears open, and always seek to increase your knowledge.
How do you relax when you’re not busy answering questions at I Quit Sugar?
Playing with my four kids and a round of golf (when I get the chance!).
What’s the hardest thing about your job?
Cleaning up other people’s weights in the gym – if you use them please put them away.
In five words, tell us the most important qualities for someone in your particular role…
Compassion, empathy, energetic, optimistic, inquisitive.
What do you enjoy most about working in your field?
I get to befriend some amazing people and then help them to feel better about themselves. I am presented with new challenges daily which I absolutely love! I also enjoy the diversity of clients – from doctors to sales people to obstetricians (one of which has since delivered three of my children!).
What’s next on your horizon?
To keep increasing my knowledge, grow our online fitness business (Body Be Well), and to make more time for golf.
If you weren’t a fitness coach and trainer, you would have been a…
A lawyer – I love a good argument.
Why are you such a firm believer in the I Quit Sugar philosophy?
Having worked in the fitness industry for nearly 25 years I have seen many fad diets with no science to support their claims. Now we are finally seeing what the long term damage of excessive amounts of sugar in our diets is doing to the wider community. I believe Sarah has opened many people’s eyes to this. Her books are easy to read, her facts supported by science and her recipes are an added bonus. We absolutely encourage all our clients at Body Be Well to adapt the JERF philosophy.
The IQS Team are coming for dinner. What are you cooking for us?
I hope you guys love a BBQ! For main we would be having a delicious organic steak, plus loads of fresh salads! For dessert it would have to be the Sweet Potato and Macadamia Fudge Brownies from I Quit Sugar For Life cookbook.
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