Andre Gordon, a once overweight Auto Sales rep, decided to take matters into his own hands and get fit; he eventually dropped 60 pounds. After meeting his Physiotherapist wife, she encouraged him to become a Mad Dogg Certified Spin instructor; he later became certified as a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor and then took on the vocation full-time. He has worked along with Orthopaedic Surgeons and Physiotherapists in his native Jamaica to assist in the rehab of their patients and has also has worked with elite athletes, clients looking for weight management, and Running clinics. Andre is presently working on his NCCP Triathlon and Swim Coaching certification and in addition his National Lifeguard certification. This motorsport enthusiast (co-driver), marathoner, century cyclist has on his bucket list an Ironman distance event to be ticked off.
When did you know you wanted something different? Post-mourning of a failed marriage; when I realized that I was looking into the “Rabbit Hole” at about 36-37…
What keeps you motivated? The main thing is knowing how hard it was “to climb the mountain,” to move from 245 down to 180+.
How did you get started? Long story, but basically at the time I was taking my son to the nutritionist in an effort to teach him to make the correct choices, thought to myself that I should have been making the same choices. My father has psoriatic arthritis and had to start his own program to control his health/fitness due to the side effects of steroid treatment, this inspired my physical push.
How has your life changed since you decided you wanted something different? Some, I changed from going to party on a Friday to sleeping early on a Friday so I could get up Saturdays to run with the Running club at 5am.
Tell me about your nutrition. Eat healthy, eat in moderation.
What is your definition of old? Age is but a number; or “When life is no longer fun.”
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? I would like to think still Personal Training clients and having a great time doing it.
What do you do to stay Young? See “What is your definition of old?”
How old would you be if you did not know how old you are? I have had people guess my age as young as mid-30’s.
What were your parents doing when they were the age you are now? My father worked as Bank Manager and mother ran her business which would have 20+ years old.
Mark Twain wrote, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Most people eventually find out their “why” which answers why they are here. Do you know yours? If so, when did you discover it and how did that change your life? Can’t say I know why yet, still trying to figure that one out…
What is next for you? Moving to the great metropolis of Toronto in January 2017 and seeing if I can make my ‘mark’ there. Haven’t thought much more as there is some movement in my family structure at this time, hopeful once the dust settles, maybe time for that college degree!