Pacer ProfileAndre Tate'
Now and then we like to sit down with our staff to better understand what drew them to a life of fitness and what inspires them day in, day out. Today we’re sitting down with Andre Tate', one of our Pacers, who’s been training in Chicago for more than eight years.
What drew you to fitness?
Early in my life I wanted to be a great football player—football players fascinated me. They were unbelievably strong, fast, and it seemed everyone looked up to them. I did everything in my power to surpass my competition. I worked hard and I know the coaches watched, but it's the work I’d put in when nobody was around that made the difference. Fitness quickly became a way of life for me.
Describe your favorite type of person to train?
Honestly I love training all types of people. I've trained people that have never touched a weight, to some of the best athletes in Chicago. However, I really like helping people that might be lacking confidence in themselves because they are unhappy with their self image. A lack of self confidence can impact so many different areas of someone’s life—from relationships,to a night out, to the workplace. I love helping people transform their body into something they are proud of, into something they smile about and want to show off. The power of being satisfied about oneself image is truly amazing .
Tell us about a time when you were pushed to your physical limit. How did you face that challenge?
I would have to say that D1A football pushed me to my physical limit. There was a week called "Hell Week,” which was implemented by the coaches to condition the athletes before spring football. You get little sleep and endure dreadful repetitive drills. In all honesty it's to test a player's heart, commitment, and strength. It was a week that broke players down and exposed those players that the coaches did not see fit to be on the team. I even remember several scholarship players quitting the team during Hell Week. This period was the most pain and mental anguish I've ever experienced in my life—and arguably that I ever will. The best thing though is that I learned that my body can endure an incredible amount more than I thought it could.
When do you feel like the best version of yourself?
I feel like my best version when I am embracing every single day. When I'm not taking anything for granted. I wake up and can walk, talk, see, smile and feel. When I can help others have a better day. And, working on being physically fit is a plus ;)
What’s your favorite race or competition you’ve ever trained for?
College football. Coaches and players were constantly trying to expose any weakness. Football is a meritocracy—you either perform or you are off the team.