Andrea Riggs, a native of St. Louis, says the path of her career in the fitness industry has been the result of both the compassion her mother displayed helping people as a nurse and her father’s drive to excel as a business owner and entrepreneur. Her father and brother both succumbed to preventable illness and that spurred her commitment to help others learn healthier lifestyles, nutrition and fitness. She now owns Body Beautiful private fitness training studio in Vinings, appeared on NBC 11-Alive as a trainer for Atlanta’s Biggest Loser, distributes the Get Lean nutrition line to health-food stores across the country, is a spokesperson for the American Heart Association, and has taken on the obesity of women as her personal community health cause, alongside the Atlanta Urban League and the Aetna Foundation. On Jan. 30 at the Cobb Galleria Centre she will kick off Get Body Beautiful, a 16-week health and fitness challenge
for women. For event registration, visit getbodybeautiful.com.
What’s your favorite part of your career?
Providing clients a plan to achieve their health goals and watching that positive energy and success translate into more career and personal success.
Your least favorite?
Pinpointing all the little annoying things that will sabotage your training results.
How did you come to this point in your career?
I merged my 15 years of training experience in track and field with more than 10 years of corporate business success to launch my career as fitness entrepreneur and business owner.
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve ever learned?
You have to meet clients wherever they are—mentally and physically—before you can challenge them to take one step further.
What has been your greatest achievement?
The balancing of my responsibilities as a mother, TV trainer, fitness-studio owner, and distributor of GET LEAN nutrition products in health-food stores.
What’s your No. 1 fitness and health secret?
Feeling and looking good requires a healthy lifestyle, nutrition and
fitness, so never, ever abandon more than one at a time.
What are the keys to your fitness/health regiment?
I plan out what I’m going to eat, I strength-train 3 days per week and always treat alcohol, fried foods, and starches as dessert. This means I don’t have them very often!
Why did you choose obesity and urban women as the cause you champion?
It really disturbs me to see more than 78 percent of African American women overweight and 50 percent not physically active. I see the resulting community, economic and family impacts as African American women suffer from the highest rates of diabetes and other chronic preventable illnesses. I am committed to working with corporate and community partners who can help me inspire, motivate and lead millions of women who need a role model, support, and the right tools to achieve better health. I’m honored and blessed to have that opportunity to help others.
What is your resolution for change in the new year?
If it hasn’t been done, then be the one who dares to do it first!