Welcome to Workout Wednesdays! Each Wednesday, we will be providing you with the inside scoop on all things fitness! This week read about Crunch’s latest dynamic circuit class crafted by pro athlete and fitness advocate, Andia Winslow. When you begin The Games, you will be channeling your inner Olympian and increasing your strength, power and speed as you are challenged to partake in individual and team challenges. 

What made you partner with Crunch for this event?

The team, the spirit, the energy! Crunch offers traditional gym equipment and individual  programming, sure, but the group fitness classes are known for being true “experiences” for attendees. In my own fitness and sports performance practice, I seek to educate and empower my clients. It’s exciting to partner with a company that makes exercise fun for and inclusive of all! Here’s to Marc Santa Maria, National Group Fitness Director, and his entire team!

Tell us about your background as a fitness instructor?

Brooks Johnson, my own Olympic Hall of Fame sprinting coach, was instrumental in inspiring my love of marrying sport and science to assist humans in doing what their bodies were built to do best—move! I’ve also been greatly inspired by working with the Women’s Sports Foundation and American Heart Association to empower youth and adults to maintain active and healthy lifestyles. Whether working with private clients, small groups or large conditioning camps, I’m truly walking in my purpose!

What’s the one thing you always do when planning a workout?

Make certain that workouts are properly balanced and purposeful and explain the terms to my athletes. The more engaged they are mentally, the more their bodies will respond in turn. Oh, and the playlist must be on point. Music is movement! It’s a playing of scales, just as working out can be a playing of intervals.

What is your ultimate health/fitness tip you swear by? How you avoid being critical on yourself?

Commit to self-gifting in the form of movement, at least once per day, each day. Folks often think of indulgences or “treats” as things to be acquired or consumed. That dessert or that watch. Instead —or in addition— how about the luxury of a five-minute stretch when the stress at work is driving you towards a panic attack? Consider a 15-minute walk in the evening to decompress. Perhaps the morning begins with a 2- minute seated meditation. Interstitial moments. Those that align brain and body. Find them. Savor them. Repeat.

What is your favorite workout move?

Box Jumps have always been one of my favorite ways to work on power, timing, and mental/physical execution.

I always tell people who are intimidated to try a new workout or push themselves to?

Get off the sidelines and get in the game! If they try it and don’t like it, so be it. If they try it and it was difficult, challenge means growth potential. If they try it and love it, excellent. But not trying something for fear of embarrassment or failure leaves you in the exact position in which you started. We want forward motion!

When I’m feeling unmotivated to work out I?

Meditate on what a gift it is to have an able, pain-free, spri body and the freedom to use it! I also remind myself that inactivity causes me acute stress. If I’m inactive —even for a day— I feel misaligned.

Can you share any upcoming partnerships/or news with us?

-Master Instructor for SPRI, assist with product ideation and programming

-Oxygen (TV) Office Workout content

-Health Magazine video workout content

-Ambassador for the National Park Foundation and Every Kid In a Park

-New episodes of “Check Out the Workout”

-New #TheFitCycle film


Photos via Andia Winslow/Instagram user @andiawinslow

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