About Jaime: "Jaime Andrews is a self-proclaimed fitness fanatic! After years of working in corporate health clubs, she founded Jaime Andrews Fitness with a mission: To get people excited about exercise in a friendly and non-intimidating environment! Jaime specializes in boot camp-style workouts, small group classes and 1-on-1 personal training. Whether you're looking to lose weight, rehab from an injury, de-stress, or simply make a new friend, Jaime has a program for you. Jaime attended the National Personal Training Institute and holds a variety of certifications from CrossFit, AFAA, Mad Dogg Athletics, Concept2 and FiTOUR. Jaime also has a BA in Political Science and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. For more info, daily workouts and fitness tips, check out Jaime’s website, follow her on Twitter, and like her on Facebook."
Jaime was kind enough to answer questions for us in the latest segment of our Featured Trainer series.
Share a little about your fitness background. How did you become a personal trainer? How long have you been a trainer?
I became a personal trainer about 9 years ago while living in Orlando, FL. I attended the National Personal Training Institute and thought training would be a part time gig for me as I pursued other goals, but as soon as I graduated, I was hooked! I moved back to DC about a year later and started working for VIDA Fitness. While at VIDA I wore multiple hats. I was the General Manager, but also continued to train clients and teach fitness classes because I loved the connection with the members. After a few years, though, I realized that I wanted to develop a closer relationship with my clients and have the opportunity to truly help them reach their health and fitness goals so I left and founded Jaime Andrews Fitness.
What makes your approach to personal training unique?
At Jaime Andrews Fitness, I really emphasize the “personal” in personal training. Often times, gyms and studios design programs that benefit and favor the employee or the facility. My goal is to make it work best for the client! I also strive to provide a very friendly and non-intimidating environment. Starting a fitness program for the first time, or getting back into it after a hiatus, can be scary! There’s also a lot of soreness! My intention is to ensure the client is comfortable, feels cared for and looks forward to a session with me!.
If you could change one behavior you see in your clients, what would it be?
I would wish less stress for my clients! DC is a competitive city with a lot of focus on who you are and what you do. All of my clients hold very interesting and important positions and it’s great to see them so successful, but it often comes with a price. Finding balance, time and space for healthy living is very important and will actually help manage the stress!
What is your favorite exercise and why?
Tough question, but if I have to choose just one, I would pick the kettlebell swing as my favorite exercise. Not only does the kettlebell swing burn a ton of calories, scorch fat, build muscle and boost endurance, it also strengthens the core, helps improve posture and prevents lower back pain. I actually keep a kettlebell in my apartment! It takes up little space and is so versatile.
In addition to personal training, you also offer bootcamp classes. Tell us about these classes and who would benefit from attending.
I think everyone would benefit from boot camp and I’m not just saying that to get more business. (Ha!) I design my boot camps for all fitness levels and they include all of the major components of physical fitness: strength, cardio, endurance and flexibility. Boot camps are predominantly outdoors (weather dependent), which is a great break from windowless offices and cubicles! There a social aspect and strong sense of community at boot camp as well, which makes it even more fun for the client to show up and see their friends. This also holds them accountable to show up!. A typical workout includes some form of cardio like running, stairs or jump rope, then a variety of plyometric, upper and lower body weight exercise and, of course, abs. You can check out our daily workout here!
Briefly describe your weekly workout schedule. Is it seasonal? How many rest days do you take each week?
M-F I attend CrossFit classes at Balance gym, Saturdays are usually rest days, or I attend an evening yoga class at Yoga District, and Sundays, I go for a run. If I’m in training for a race, my Sunday runs are more strict and focused. If not, they’re more relaxed, usually anywhere from 3-5 miles. I have to admit, I don’t love running in the cold weather so my running weans from Dec-Feb.
Outside of fitness classes, what is your favorite Washington D.C. activity? Do you have a favorite hike or run?
I love running out to the exercise course at Rock Creek Park in the summer and doing short workouts on the equipment out there. In the summer, the area is packed with people running, biking, playing Frisbee, etc. It’s fun to watch as well as get to know other active people in the city. I am also an avid reader and love catching a good film at E Street Cinema. When you spend most of your days talking to people, some quiet, alone time is greatly appreciated.
Do you gave anything interesting on the horizon you would like to share with our readers?
Actually I have a few things in the works! Another local trainer and I are launching a series of classes this summer, starting June 1, which we’re calling Summer Camp Fit.Our goal is to bring fun and play back into physical activity through games, relays, obstacles and challenges reminiscent of our summer camp days. I’m also developing a new business called Fitnescapes, which offers all-inclusive fitness-filled vacations and getaways, both planned and custom-designed. Finally, I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a goal to integrate mental and physical fitness. I will be graduating and beginning the licensing process next Fall.