About Andre

 

As a certified personal trainer my first step is to get to know you and your individual needs. Our first session is all about discovery and assessment of what you can do at the beginning of our journey. I use the skills that I have perfected over several years to create a personalized fitness plan that is comfortable, incorporates your goals and helps you become and stay fit. 

 

My clients continue to work with me because I make the process easy and enjoyable. They stay with me because they are very pleased with the results. Our rapport is excellent because I care about each person and know how to make our sessions fun as well as successful. I motivate with gentle encouragement.

 

Even though I am qualified to work with all ages my specialty is middle to older adults and seniors because there is such a need to stay active as one matures. I have an extensive knowledge of the practices, exercises and movements that are needed in this group in order to improve overall wellness, fitness, energy, flexibility, strength, balance, posture and nutrition.

 

As a creative trainer I use isometrics and stretch bands to enhance tone and strength. I mix these alternative methods with the traditional use of weights depending on what works best for each person. I have extensive knowledge in the safety and use of all fitness equipment.    

 

As a student athlete in college I played basketball and ran track. I have never given up my love for sports and exercise. I decided to become a personal trainer at an older age than most in order to use my skills and resources to help my clients keep fit by learning what I have always practiced.

 

My prior professional experience was as a social worker where I helped at-risk youth become independent. Later I turned my attention to adults and seniors as a fitness and activities instructor. I am also an avid golfer.

 

EARLY MORNINGS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST! 


Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Muscle Gain
  • Posture
  • Wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Stress Reduction

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

CPR/AED

Education

BS, Oakland University

Who I Especially Like Working With

Overweight/ Obese, Post-rehab, Runners, Seniors, Student-athletes

Medical Conditions Experience

Back Pain/Issues, Hip Pain/Issues, Joint Pain, Obesity, Postural Issues, Shoulder Issues

Training Areas Served

Andre is a great trainer who knows how to customize the routine to fit your needs, and knows how to push and motivate you. Moreover, he was a great person to have around who connected instantly with other gym members and staff. I decided to hire Andre as I had three months in between jobs and knew this is a rare opportunity to improve core strengths as well as muscles. Other than the weeks I had to travel, I would work with Andre three times a week. Andre really knew how to work all the muscles, as well as incorporate cardio to improve the burn rate. Some specific aspects that I really appreciated were: (1) Through playing soccer, my knees were starting to hurt. Andre paid special attention to that and incorporated 2-3 exercises to specifically improve my knees. We kept adding weights as I progressed, and I could really feel the improvement. Two weeks ago, I went skiing in Lake Tahoe, and I really didn’t have any fears about hurting my knees again. (2) I have broken both my wrists in the past. As we added weights to bicep and triceps exercises, it became clear that the pains in my wrists were hindering further improvement. As soon as he saw that, Andre incorporated exercises specifically designed to improve wrist strength. In the beginning my wrists would start to hurt after 1 round of 7 reps, but after 2-3 weeks I could do 20-30 reps. I wouldn’t have been able to realize how much of a bottleneck my wrists were if Andre hadn’t pointed it out Andre is a kind and caring person. He would push me whenever he felt I was trying to get away easily (“come on, young man, 10 more reps!”), but would always stop me before I hurt myself. I am sad that I cannot work with Andre any more as I have found a job that takes me away from New York City, but I wholeheartedly recommend Andre to anyone who wants to work on a well-balanced menu of exercises designed to improve every aspect of your body.

Hiroyuki M.

Andre made it easy for me to sign up and start working out in the weight room. Previously I had felt a bit insecure to go in there, but having Andre guide me through the equipment and show me the proper usage of the machines changed all of that. What I liked about working with Andre is that, first and foremost, he has a sincere wish for people to succeed. I saw his true desire for me to do well. He'd get just as excited as I did when I was able to get to the next level and achieve a certain move or increase the weight or do another set of reps. The other thing that was important to me was that he listened. I have a couple of issues with my knee and shoulder and he took these into consideration when planning our workouts. He didn't force me to do certain exercises if he saw they didn't work well with my previous injuries. That was really key for me. I noticed my body starting to change, getting more defined and I was feeling much stronger. My energy levels increased which affected my overall wellbeing and this was an unexpected but welcome surprise. I would definitely recommend Andre as a personal trainer, for all the reasons stated above and that he is a true professional. He definitely walks his talk.

Patricia G.

When I hired Andre as a personal trainer I specified that since I live near Central Park I would like to work out there. I wanted something close to home and I love being outdoors. Andre approached this with such creativity. He had stretch bands and other fitness equipment but the best thing is the way he utilized the park itself. We used the trees, hills, stairs and grass as our gym and the workout was tremendous. I built my strength, gained flexibility and lost weight. He also helped me lower my stress level and appreciate being outside by beginning each session with quiet breathing, observing nature and finding my center. He definitely takes the holistic approach to training and it worked for me.

Stephanie B.

For the past 6 months Andre Brewster has been my husband's trainer. He is a delight! And very competent. He has worked to build Don's strength and improve his balance. . . and Don has improved greatly. He is much steadier on his feet and can get out of a chair more easily. Although Don protests that he doesn't like exercising, he looks forward to Andre's sessions.

Joan G.

Thank you for all your enthusiasm to take on the huge challenge of working my parents out. I just spoke to my mom and she was extremely happy and told me they both loved the session with you and had a great time. I am so happy - you don't know how reluctant they've been about working out and now they're looking forward to your next session! Thank you so much!

Isabel S.

Slow and easy. Not having trained for over 45 years I needed a trainer to show me what and how much to do. Andre fulfills that role splendidly, concentrating on building core strength slowly and steadily. Find your trainer, proved to be a good connection. After a slow start getting into a booked routine, all is good and I am glad that I used them to find a trainer who could meet in my own gym.

Michael D.

For a long time I resisted working out. I do a lot of walking and I thought this would suffice to keep me fit. When I began having trouble with my right hip I decided to try the gym and see if that helped. However, I was at a loss as to the best exercises to do. I saw a flyer for Andre Brewster and gave him a call. I began working out with Andre on a regular basis and actually began to enjoy the process. His method is to be kind but firm. He talks to me so that I feel motivated and capable. As a result I am able to walk again without pain. I feel much stronger, more flexible and energized. I would definitely recommend Andre as a personal trainer.

Karen R.

I’m 85 years old. About a year ago I had an accident and became incapacitated. My daughter was very concerned and after I finished physical therapy she decided to find a personal trainer for me. Andre has been the perfect person to lead me back to my old self. At first I was very reluctant to do anything but Andre did not give up and kept encouraging me to start moving. I’m now able to do things that I lost after the accident and much more. I have more strength, get up from my chair easily, take walks, climb stairs and am generally more energized and actually want to do things. My outlook is positive again. Because of Andre’s excellent training I was able to heal from a recent infection that might otherwise have been much worse. I would definitely refer Andre to anybody that wants to work with a trainer who is knowledgeable, caring, understanding, has a great sense of humor and makes working out fun. If you’re hesitant he won’t give up.

Isidoro P.

Andre is especially sensitive to helping senior citizens like me with focusing on those aspects most important to maintaining strength and physical abilities that clients like me need. I was injured seriously in an auto accident affecting my balance. He focuses my workout on balance and range of motion which is important for my golf game. He customizes the workout to my needs and motivates me throughout my workout like a drill sergeant while cautious to avoid any injury.

Gideon R.

Andre Brewster has been a blessing in my life because of his exercise program for senior citizens. It has enabled me to move freely and I am now able to walk great distances pain free. My posture has improved. The exercises are fun and Mr. Brewster has a very uplifting spirit. I would definitely recommend other senior citizens to this program so that they can change their life.

Yvonne B.

I chose Andre Brewster as a trainer because he had experience in working with the older population. I like working with him because he is very easy to get along with and he makes exercising fun. I am now able to move my joints without pain because of stretching and other movement. Because of this my life has greatly improved. In the future I hope to lose weight. I want to get my friends involved in Mr Brewster’s program so that they can also benefit.

Cheryl P.

When I read the write ups for a whole lot of the trainers on "FindYourTrainer" I was looking for someone who sounded "real" and seemed as if I would like to get to know them. Andre noted that he specialized in seniors which sounded interesting. No one else I read about had that as a specialization. It was intriguing!! I've enjoyed working with Andre because he has a mix of humor, encouragement and experience. He shows great caring that the person he’s working with is making progress but not pushing harder than is smart. He has really helped me start to feel stronger all over. I notice that I stand up taller, sit without slouching and just generally feel better. I'm especially glad that my balance has improved. Before he helped me I couldn't stand on one foot for much time at all. Now I seem to get better at that each week. And all those crunches are getting rid of the flab around the waist!! I would gladly refer Andre, telling anyone all the things above!! I look forward to working with him for as long as he wishes to keep on doing it because I don't want to stop this kind of training for many years.

Louisa B.

Andre Brewster is an outstanding Personal Trainer. I have been working with him for over a year now and because of it, I am in much better shape. His specialty is older adults (which I am) and Andre is gifted in this area! I was out of shape and had accumulated about 20 extra pounds over the last 15 years. Although I still struggle with my weight because I need to be more diligent, I know I am in much better shape. I can walk up long subway stairs without holding on. My arms are much stronger and getting tighter every week. I am regaining my core strength. Andre knows how to advance my workouts - challenging me without pushing me too fast. I am secure in his workouts because I know I will not get hurt. He knows what he is doing and he excels at his craft. I feel very blessed and grateful to have him as my Personal Trainer, because if I stick with it, I will age gracefully, confident in the strength his training is giving me (literally and figuratively). I would recommend Andre to anyone older or younger!

Colleen L.

I joined Andre’s senior group fitness class because he wants us to be healthy and free of pain. What I like most about working with him is that he knows just how to push us far enough without hurting us. I am now walking taller, feeling better overall, feeling slimmer and smiling more during and after the classes. I also notice that I am sleeping better and twisting and turning with more ease. Overall the workouts make me feel energetic. Each week Andre gives us different and more difficult exercises to do and we do them all and laugh. I would refer friends to Andre’s workout because he is a no-nonsense trainer who enjoys his work and makes us laugh.

Edna B.

For a long time I avoided exercise, much to my detriment. Now that I am older I realize that it is necessary if I want to stay active and continue going to my job. I started working with Andre and immediately felt comfortable. He is very patient and understanding and gives me exercises at my own speed. As I improve he motivates me to work a little harder. It is very gratifying. Because of his help I am stronger, more flexible and thinner. I feel comfortable when I travel around the city and confident in my ability to get around. I highly recommend Andre as a personal trainer.

Angela

There are three benefits that I have noticed since working out with Andre. My upper body is stronger and I have more endurance and better balance. I am also able to do a lot of crunches which has definitely helped my core. I am part of Andre’s group of seniors. I like the fact that he shows up every week with a smile on his face and a good workout plan to fit my needs so I can stay active and healthy and have fun. I also owe him a big thank you because recently I missed a step on a platform and took a plunge from a pretty high place. But for Andre’s teaching us how to fall I know I would have had a different outcome. I relaxed my body for the fall and as a result I didn’t receive any bodily harm or hurt. In fact I was not even sore the next day. He’s the best. I would recommend him for any age group but he is especially helpful for seniors.

Zella G.

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