Thirst Quench

Yogi trainer Joe Andrews on hydrating and getting in shape for the New Year

This post is part of a series of Queerty interviews with models, trainers, dancers, and, well, people who can inspire the rest of us to stay in shape this holiday season and beyond.

Name: Joe Andrews, 31

Occupation: I quit my job as a municipal bond analyst and dropped out of business school in order to become an independent personal trainer so this is my main gig now. I am so grateful to wake up every day and actually live the life of my dreams. Also, I occasionally teach group fitness and yoga, but personal training is my bread and butter.

Home: San Francisco.

Favorite Gym: DIAKADI Body in San Francisco, duh!

Favorite Work Out Song: “Get Up 10” by Cardi B

Recommended Work-Out Foods: 95% of the general population just needs to learn how to eat well. F**k keto and all the trendy diets. Simply eat organic, whole, unprocessed food. If it comes from a box or a package, regardless of whether it says organic, it’s still a processed food.

My clean eating recommendations:

  • Lean protein (think: chicken, beef, pork, fish, eggs),
  • Complex carbohydrates (sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, root veggies, whole grains, beans, legumes)
  • Vegetables/Fruits (eat as much as you want within moderation and reason)

Favorite athletic outfit: Vuori Shorts.

How do you balance staying in shape and having fun? I balance staying in shape and having fun by training and learning from other trainers within my industry. If you are the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room. We have some of the best trainers in the Bay Area so by simply dropping my ego and becoming one of their clients I develop stronger relationships within my professional network and eventually pay it forward to my clients.

Tip for staying in shape: Drink tons of water. Until you get into the rhythm and daily habit of drinking water it’s easy for the deconditioned body to confuse hunger for thirst, which could lead to overeating, weight gain and exacerbating dehydration without realizing it.

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Getting ready for Dore Alley like…? . . Dore is def one of my favorite events of the year. It was the first festival I attended upon moving to San Francisco and the first time this city actually lived up to its hype as “wild & crazy”. Living in NYC I thought I had seen all walks of gay life living their best lives; owning their kinks and sexuality, but this festival disabused me of that notion. I’ll be out and about this weekend chasing the good times so San Francisco show me your teeth! ? What’s everyone doing for Dore!? ?: @gmvaughan #dorealley #sanfrancisco #flexfriday #weekendvibes #blackboyjoy #sexuality #kink #doyouboo

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“There are ?? types of giving and taking. . . 1?? If you take ?% and don’t give anything in return, you can be called a thief. . . 2?? If you take ?% and give fifty percent, you’re a debtor. . . 3?? If you take ?% and give ?%, you’re a good business person. . . 4?? Next, if you take fifty percent and give ?%, you are called a righteous person. . . 5?? But if someone takes nothing and gives even ten percent, fifteen percent or ?% —whatever possible—what do you call that person? A yogi.” – The Living Gita . . So often we are ‘takers’. What do I get out of this situation? What’s in it for me? There’s so much more satisfaction & humility in being a ‘giver’. Instead of thinking about what you can gain, think about what you can offer others in your relationships and daily interactions. ?: @jasontawiah

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