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Who is DruFit?
Changing lives through fitness Andrew Randall, is unapologetically setting the pace to turn the health and wellness world on fire. Also, know as "Drufit" Andrew is a proud United States Marine Corps veteran
and certified personal trainer with the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF). Starting his personal training journey two years ago, as a personal trainer with Bally's Total Fitness. Andrew quickly realized the entrepreneurial opportunities available, if he started his own health and wellness company. From this new mindset "Changes in Stages" was born. A fitness company specializing in body building, weight loss, metabolic conditioning, and high-energy boot camps coupled with life coaching and authentic motivation. Changes in Stages also provides online transformation coaching comprised of personalized meal plans and workout programs. Last summer, his company was able to launch a successful summer boot camp series.
While none of this came easy or by chance, Drufit has set the course to not only encourage but inspire his clients with his own weight loss journey. Losing over 50 lbs he understands and can speak from a person perspective on the mental and physical hardship one goes through to lose weight. His fitness pilgrimage has not only helped to motivate others but allowed Andrew to finally compete in his first competition, where he placed second in the novice physique class for the Organization of Competition Bodies (OCB) men's amateur natural bodybuilding competition.
What made you get started in your industry?
I started in the fitness industry as a way to cope with work. The daily stresses would bleed into my personal life until I decided to use my time after work to focus on something else, my personal fitness. The weights and cardio became my therapy couch. It was a way of getting all my tension from the day released and clear my mind to attack the next day. Two years into my 'therapy time' I was encouraged by a trainer to apply for a personal training job at the gym and from there the rest was history.
Walk us through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did?
The process starts with the discovery of a passion. Two years into my personal journey I became a personal trainer at Bally’s. Times were good! I enjoyed the time I spent in the gym, my clients and I had a great relationship, and the side money was a bonus plus a nice supplement to my 9-5 hospital administrative work. I realized the clients love for me and their results was making Bally’s pockets fatter while I’m only taking home a percentage of what I work for. It had to end. I soon quit Bally’s, trained people on my own and extended my reach through social media and online resources. Since departing from Bally’s I’ve started my own health and wellness company – Changes in Stages, launched a successful summer boot camp series, and competed in a novice physique competition.
What do you consider are your specialty?
My specialty would be motivation. Health and wellness starts in the mind before it takes hold in the body. Learning how to approach daily activities with a personally beneficial outcome makes a world of a difference. Motivating people to be confident to make the right decisions, treat yourself and your body with respect, and learn how to become a stronger individual is where my talents peak. Spreading this message is the goal of Changes in Stages.
Do you see yourself making this full-time?
Going full time into this venture is my goal. To live out my days doing what I enjoy, discussing concerns and innovations surrounding wellness, and reaching as many people as possible would make every day feel enriched. Knowing that I had an impact in someone’s life in a positive way pushes the business paradigm to new heights.
What can we always expect from your company/brand?
Authenticity and a piece of me. As a person who’s had their struggles with health and wellness mentally and physically I can speak and present from a point of experience.
What was the best advice you every received and why?
Be true to yourself and your brand. The industry is saturated with different kinds of fitness professionals – those screaming for attention, those scamming for your hard earned money, and a few that actually care about people. Keeping the mantra and name of the business in mind, Changes in Stages, is a reminder to be true to yourself and move at your own pace. God’s timing can’t be budged so continue to be who you are and the blessings will come.
What tips can you recommend that you’d would most likely only share with a close friend or comrade on success?
There aren’t any specific tips outside of doing what comes naturally to you. If you have to force it, then maybe it’s not the path for you. But there is a difference between forcing something that doesn’t fit you and working extra hard for something that doesn’t have a set path. Recognize the difference and make a decision based on your abilities and strengths.
Do you have favorite online resources such as Evernote, Dropbox or app that you use for your business?
I'm a lil old school when it comes to business management so a paper and pen plan is usually first but while I'm on the move I've taken to a few resources. Dropbox is a great tool to house my most important documents, client questionnaires, and photos. The My Fitness Pal app is clutch for food, weight, and exercise tracking. I use it mainly as a calorie counter to balance my meals especially when I was preparing for my first competition.
The book that's been most influential in my life has nothing to with physical fitness but everything to do with being connected on a metaphysical and spiritual level. James Redfield's Celestine Prophecy changed how I interacted with the world and helped me see more of the beauty in it while reinforcing that I am where I am for a reason, every step has a purpose.
What can we expect from you and your company/brand in the next 5 years?
The book that's been most influential in my life has nothing to with physical fitness but everything to do with being connected on a metaphysical and spiritual level. James Redfield's Celestine Prophecy changed how I interacted with world and helped me see more of the beauty in it while reinforcing that I am where I am for a reason, every step has a purpose.
What do you think will be the next big change or shift in your industry?
Since I’ve been a child my Pops always told me ‘prevention is better than cure’ – and since then he’s been right. The trend that we’re in currently supports fitness over fatness to be absolutely blunt. Managing health and wellness through fitness is no longer a suggestion, it’s a way of life prescribed by physicians and supported in the workplace. Even insurance companies have created a system where if you exercise 60 minutes (used to 30 mins.) a day for x days a week you will receive a reduction in your health care benefits. It’s a system meant to push prevention onto the masses. I support it! As a trainer, I’ve witnessed an older client ease off hyper-tension medication simply by working out 3 days a week for 1.5 hours each session. As a son, I can applaud my parents for making the switch to more balanced meals and regular exercise as they approach their 60s. Preventative measures are sexier than taking a fist full of pills on a daily basis. On the technology front, the future is in our hands, literally. Your phone can track your steps, heart rate, and daily activity. With some patience, you can plug in your numbers and find a daily calorie burn, step count, and ton more. Motivation is the missing element there so be sure to have a supportive structure in place and an accountability partner ready to push you through the finish line.
If a young entrepreneur walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
Have patience, be consistent, and be you unapologetically. Don’t let the best parts of you disappear. Be 100% honest with yourself and your abilities. Push as much as you can with what you have, but don’t be afraid to ask for help. Use your resources!
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We hope you enjoy reading as it was an honor to interview a phenomenal purpose driven individual. We are super excited for what's next to come for Andrew and his company as he begins to develop and implements new fitness series into his company.
For more information on how you can make your own changes in stages and start your personal transformation voyage contact Andrew (Drufit) at ChangesInStages@gmail.com, also be sure to check out his Instagram page. Until next time, Happy Reading!!