Professional Golfer, Sports Performance Coach, BK LIVE Host and Film Production Company Co-Founder, Athlete and Entrepreneur Andia Winslow is passionate about health and fitness and she is building a brand to inspire the nation to get fit.
In the year 2000, Andia Winslow became the first African American woman to play varsity golf in Ivy League history. In 2006, she became the fourth African American woman to ever play in an LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Tour event.
Andia, what inspired you to pursue a career as a Professional Golfer?
Golf is a game for everyone. Golf is the game of a lifetime. It is my primary sport, though I played several growing up. Something about the game and its inherent quietude, I knew, even at age 10 when just learning, that golf as a game was an eternal challenge that couldn't be conquered. That intrigued me then, and it still does now.
I was raised to explore, commit and execute. In addition to awesome coaches and mentors in the game, golf itself was one of my best teachers. There was always something to be learned; Always something with which to experiment. I knew that incremental progress over time would lead to success and fulfillment of sorts. I played at a high level of international junior competition, collegiately at Yale University and then as a touring professional. Golf has always been with me and it always will be in some capacity.
My grandfather once explained to me that, “the importance of being the first is to make certain that you’re not the last.” I take this responsibility seriously and work every day to grow the game in diverse communities.
Clearly, Athleticism runs in your family, was it organic for you to transition from Professional Golf to training for 2014 USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation as an Olympic Development Athlete?
I grew up in a family of lawyers and educators. Some of them happened to be very athletic! Of note: Kellen Winslow Sr., NFL Hall of Fame Tight End, Kellen Winslow Jr., NFL Pro Bowler / Pro Cyclist, David Winslow, Professional Basketball.
After college, and while I was preparing to join the professional golf ranks, I was invited to cross-train with USA Track & Field and Jesse Owens Olympic Hall of Fame Coach Brooks Johnson. Years of sprint training led to my eventual recruitment to join the USA Bobsled & Skeleton Federation as an Olympic Development Athlete in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Are there parallels between the sports or is it more of a training mindset that transitions?
There are parallels through all sports and skill based activities, in my opinion. For example, football is more like chess than not. Basketball is more like playing the viola than not. Golf and sprinting share similarities that aren’t obvious to many. Sport is about skill, technique, execution and style! It’s about preparation, mental fortitude and competitive callousness. That is why I’ve found the transition between sports and activity so seamless for so many periods in my life. Sport is life for me —and life is sport.
You continue to lead group fitness classes from your recent NFL Superbowl inspired #Touchdown10 workouts at Athleta, or kicking off the “I Will What I Want Campaign” for UnderArmour with a series of classes in NYC including Manhattan Beach Workout at Chelsea Piers, and now your residency at Mile High Run Club, what is it that always brings you back to group fitness?
Being rooted in group fitness keeps me connected to the pulse of the workout scene. I love the energy of the group setting in which people are working side-by-side to stay fit and achieve health goals. It’s reminiscent of elite and professional “Training Groups” and I love helping to create that atmosphere for participants: Feedback; Direct interaction; Creativity; Call and response. And then there’s the music! Group fitness really allows me to play and demo new ideas— mixing my sports performance expertise with a high energy and fun dynamic. It’s also a way for me to take the vision and ideas from The Fit Cycle films to real world movers and consumers.
What’s your best asset as a trainer?
Standard of care is most important to me when working with private clients and when working with large groups. It's exciting to marry sport and science to assist humans do what their bodies were built to do best—move! My professional athletic background, education and experience working with the best coaches and mentors in the world has primed me to deliver the very best to all of my clients and athletes. I'm truly walking in my purpose! Specialties include sports performance, running, sprints, golf and core.
What is The Fit Cycle?
#TheFitCycle is a cinematic wellness endeavor that is inspired by art, music and a culture of collaboration. It works to inspire folks to make the most of what they have –however little, be it time, capital or possessions– to live more active and engaged lives. Our films have been featured by Forbes, CNN, Mashable and SXSW for their innovation. Subway Workout embed code: <iframe width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rrub54-LlDQ?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>. It’s been an amazing experience to create dynamic and viral online content with one of my best friends from college, Monique Walton. What’s better is that the work is making an impact around the world.
What are some of your favorite interviews from BK LIVE?
I appeared as a guest on BK Live one year ago to speak about my Olympic training and the Producers invited me back to host my own fitness and sports based segments. It is a lot of fun! I’ve had so many different types of guests which is definitely why I’ve enjoyed the experience so immensely. From Olympic Hall of Fame Rhythmic Gymnast Wendy Hilliard to the powerhouses of Gotham City Roller Derby — it’s been a great ride!
What’s next for “Andia Winslow”?
Expand the reach of my business outside of New York City and partner with organizations that work on health policy, sport and education initiatives. Continue to raise awareness for health and education non-profits for which I'm an Ambassador, including the American Heart Association and The Jackie Robinson Foundation.
On her Workout Playlist: Nina Simone "Sinnerman" or anything James Brown
On Her Plate: Kale Salad from Barbuto
In Her Closet: Chuck Taylors, Compression Leggings