If you are dedicated to living a healthier lifestyle, then you should have a conversation with Andre Tate. Andre Tate is Professional Personal Trainer and provides personal training lessons to those serious about crushing their personal fitness goals. Andre enjoys getting to know his clients, and is someone you should learn more about. Below is Andre's story thus far, and it's only just begun.
Q: Tell us about yourself in general
I’m someone that loves to be around people, and help them achieve their personal fitness goals. I work extremely hard, but I haven't forgotten how to relax either. The demands of personal training keep me running around all day so it’s always great to kick my legs up and relax, when I have an opportunity. I love to watch scary movies, and anything starring Will Farrell. I’m originally from Minnesota so I love the outdoors. I played football at the University of Minnesota and relocated to Chicago because of everything this city has to offer! There is never a dull moment in Chicago.
Q: Why do you do what you do?
At the age of 5 I remember watching college and NFL football on the TV and being in awe of the specimens I would see. They were so fast, so strong, so cut, and athletic all at the same time. I quickly knew I wanted to be a football player, the problem was that I was never the strongest nor the fittest. I worked hard in the weight room trying to get stronger and catch the eyes of coaches, but I worked even harder behind closed doors when nobody was around. It was that work ethic that closed the gap on competition and earned me a full football scholarship to the University of Minnesota.
When football ended there was a void. I am a competitive person, and I missed trying to bring the best out of my teammates and them bringing the best out of me. I quickly realized personal training correlates closely to Football. I could apply my knowledge of the weight room, and lessons learned on the gridiron to motivate others and help them achieve their goals. I found a profession and love that fills the void I had when I lost Football. I’ve created friendships that will last a lifetime with all of my clients, and they help me just as much as I help them!
Q: What do you do? What is the service you provide?
I am a NASM certified personal trainer. I help people of all ages achieve/ improve weight loss, muscle growth, muscle toning, mobility enhancement, and speed and agility!
Q: What is something you want people to know about you?
I think that a lot of people assume that because of my background with college athletics that I’m going to train them at an extremely intense level, when they aren’t ready for it. I want people to enjoy their workouts when they train with me while achieving results! I am constantly monitoring and verbally communicating with my clients to make sure they are getting the best workout to help them progress, without pushing them to the point they could harm themselves. Any trainer can make push their client's too far, it’s the great trainers that can get fast results while keeping their client as comfortable as possible.
Q: What problems have you run into? And how have you solved them?
I have ran into many problems. I think the biggest challenge of the job is identifying the best way to motivate an individual. There are so many different personalities, and as a trainer I have to be able to communicate and have a productive relationship with each person.
Q: What inspired you to start this? What inspires you to continue?
Originally personal training was to fill the void of losing football. As that is still true today, what I find even more inspiring are the countless texts, calls, and hugs I receive when someone is explaining how I have changed their life. I never thought a weight room could have such an effect on an individual, however I found a way to use fitness as an instrument to make people and families happier and proud of themselves. Making a person understand that WE hit their goals as a TEAM is what inspires me. People have no idea what they are capable of and I love being a part of their journey to finding their best self.
Q: What is the impression you want to leave on your clients after a workout?
I want my clients to walk away and know that I’m someone that cares about them and their success. I think there are a lot of trainers in the industry that use training as a means to get by, and they are not fully invested in it. My clients’ goals are MY goals too. When they stand, I stand. If my clients fall, I fall. I hope my clients know I will always be there to pick them up.
Q: Where can people find you?
Q: What does the future hold?
Right now I am happy with life. I’m taking nothing for granted, and seeing where this beautiful thing called life takes me!
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