Introducing our SLINKII babe of the month... Andrea Somer. This L.A. babe is a sunchaser, lover of all things to do with health and fitness and is on a mission to encourage those around her to live better, fitter and happier lives. SLINKII was lucky enough to have gotten the chance to interview her. Keep reading to get to know this kick ass babe.
Describe an average day in the life of Andrea.
Right now my average day consist of waking up and either going straight to the gym or hiking in Runyon canyon. Thereafter I go to work in Beverly Hills. I am taking my personal training license in August so I try to balance work with studying and preparing for that. After work I go to the gym again. I try every day to inspire the people around be to live a more healthy life weather it is by better food decisions or exercise. My whole day consists of improving my own knowledge by studying and researching, to try to get one step closer into turning it to what I do for a living.
Best thing about living in L.A.?
The best thing about living in LA is the feeling of endless opportunities. You never know where you can end up or who you will meet that can have a huge positive impact on your life. I think that was the first thing that struck me when I first moved out here 3 years ago. It was something I never experienced in Sweden where I am from. Another big difference from there is the weather of course. I love the warm California weather, the palm trees and the ocean. I am a beach girl at heart.
How did your love for health and fitness begin?
My mom had a big interest for health and fitness when I grew up so it definitely rubbed off on me. I was always active with dancing, horseback riding and I got a gym membership as an early teenager. However, the biggest change came after travelling in Australia for 3 months after graduating high school. I travelled by myself and I was not healthy at all with either food or drinks, which led to me coming home with a lot of stomach problems. After several doctor visits they established that the change of the bacterial flora led to IBS and I had to change my eating habits completely. I created a nutritional plan for myself and made exercising and “diet” into a lifestyle. I fell in love with it and how it made me feel, and have continued this life of living ever since.
What inspired you to get into personal training?
What inspired me to get into personal training was my own passion for health and fitness and my realization that I want to spread this knowledge and passion to other people. Taking nutrition classes when I first moved out here opened up my eyes to America’s lack of knowledge of nutritional value. I feel that there is not enough education about this and if I can contribute in any way, I want to do that. I also know how amazing I feel when I work out and push myself harder, and I want to make other people feel the same way. I want to help people find the happiness in pushing their limits and achieving their personal goals. I also had a lot of friends and people at the gym and Instagram asking me for workout programs so I decided it is time to get that license.
Any advice on how to keep workouts exciting and interesting?
In order to keep workouts exciting and interesting I think you have to find something that you really enjoy doing. My workout is usually the favorite part of my day but not everyone feels that way. There are endless types of workouts you can try and I can assure you there is at least one thing that you think is fun. One thing that always helps is having a workout friend to go with, who can motivate you when you need to or come up with different ideas. I personally always try to research new types of training and switch up my exercise routines. It all depends what kinds of goals you have with your workouts. If you are trying to reach a certain goal the way there will not always be all fun and you might not like it sometimes, but it is important to remember it is all worth it at the end.
Your biggest source of motivation is...
My biggest source of motivation is all the other women that work so hard to make their dreams come true whatever they might be. I think it is amazing to be a part of this generation of women who are not afraid to go after what they want. All of them motivate me. I also sometimes feel guilty for living so far away from my family so a big motivation for me is to create a life that will give me the freedom to see them more often and creating the life of possibilities I moved here for in the first place. Motivation for me is also to look at our own journey and how far we have come. It starts within you and even though it is hard sometimes in this generation of social media influencers, we need to remind ourselves what we are capable of and try not to compare ourselves to others.
Your secret to happiness is...
My secret to happiness is freedom. Everyone has different perception of what their freedom is. I believe it is about creating a life where you can feel you can achieve anything. If I am not where I want to be at the moment, I remind myself that most of us are only one decision away from an opportunity to change that. Whenever I lose that feeling of freedom I know I have to change something or do something to make me feel free. I try to live by to always follow your gut feeling and everything will turn out the way it supposed to. I try to live by the quote “follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there where only walls”. Some days are harder than others, but that is life. Never stop trying to achieve the greatest level of your happiness.