Irina Andreaa

Quick Info

Toronto, ON
Area of Focus
Strength & Conditioning, Yoga, Mobility, Bootcamp
Nike Trainer, REV MMA, Holistic Edventures
Favorite Motivational Workout Track
Lately, the oldies! INXS, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, etc.
Favorite Yoga Pose
Cat & Cow Poses
Favorite Power Snack/Meal
Chia bread topping with olive oil, zataar paste, avocado, tomatoes and sprinkled with sea salt and hemp.

You teach many different types of classes, from Yoga to MMA conditioning, from Bootcamps to Natural Movement. Are you noticing a lot more crossover between these realms than in years past? If so what do you credit this to?

There is definitely more cross over between the realms as I think people are becoming more open-minded when it comes to staying active. But ultimately it all depends on the coach and their style of teaching. I personally love pulling from different disciplines as needed to suit the individual needs of my clients. Everyone is built differently and will respond in their own unique way as their bodies are put through different physical stimuli. Trainers have to be mindful of this to ensure they are progressing their clients safely.

As a woman, thriving in an industry that has traditionally been dominated by men (Strength and Conditioning / Athletic Conditioning / Coaching) how have you broken through the barriers women face and become a fitness leader who is highly respected and sought after both locally and internationally?

I think having a background in different styles of training gives me more of a holistic edge. When it comes to training, you’re not just training the physical body but the emotional and spiritual as well. This is very important to me.

In the past I used to dwell on my limitations and compare myself to other trainers thinking I would never be good enough. The day I started using my limitations a motivation everything changed. I wanted to be better not just for myself but for my clients because they trusted me with their health and wellbeing. Plus when you truly love what you are doing, there is no reason not to be the best at it

Trainers / Instructors often speak of burning out mentally (and sometimes physically), having to act as a motivator/inspiration for others all day. How do you stay motivated and energized in your own training and fitness goals after a long day of training?

I really really value my “me” time and make very good use of it. Whether it’s spending time in nature, trying a new activity or simply putting my feet up and unwinding on the couch with Netflix, I enjoy it to the fullest.

A lot of pseudo-science and myths exist in the field of nutrition. If you could dispel one myth specifically in the diet / weight loss realm what would it be?

Low fat, low sugar, low carb...

Anything with a “low” in front of it is a lie and will never replace the health benefits you get from REAL food. These processed foods may be low in what they claim but high in additives, carcinogenic substances, hormone disruptors and a whole bunch of ingredients many of us can’t even pronounce, let alone understand.

What is the most rewarding moment you’ve had working with a client and/or clients in your career?

Results are always rewarding but seeing long-term lifestyle changes in and out of the gym is the best reward. Training and living a healthy, active life should be a lifestyle not something you do a few hours a week with your trainer.

What achievement in your life / career are you most proud of thus far? What goal are you striving for and do you hope to achieve in the next five years?

Before I got back into training for the second time I was at a very low point in my life; physically, emotionally, financially. I was living everyday with no direction and no purpose while trying to maintain an image of having it all together. Recognizing that I needed something to change and doing something about it was my greatest achievement. That journey brought me to where I am today and I’m so proud of the person I’ve become.