Natalie: Hello, Everyone! My name is Natalie Ledwell and this is the Inspiration Show. Today, we have an awesome show. Actually, this is one of the live versions of our show. So, if you are here live and would like to ask questions, make sure you add them in the box at the bottom and we’ll do our best to answer them here on the show live for you. Today, we’re actually talking about a very unique way to approach coaching. My special guest today is Paula D’Andrea and Paula has like a very unique of being able to help people not just through their life but through their fitness and things as well. So, welcome to the show Paula. How are you?
Paula: Hi Natalie. Thanks so much for having me today. I’m doing great and look forward to having a great conversation with you.
N: I know. I’m so looking forward to it as well, because what you have or what you have developed is actually quite unique. But why don’t we start first with your background and your story on how you got to doing what you do?
P: Oh okay. Well, I’m originally from the east coast in Rhode Island. I have a pretty extensive background in fitness, that’s where I actually started training. That got me to get an action and start looking to expand my career and I was looking for a resort area may be Hawaii or Arizona and I ended up in California for a week and at the end of the week, I was like, I’m going to stay another week and then on the second week, I was like, you know what this is close enough to rock and roll for me, so I ended up just staying and really (1:41) into a really abundant and fun fitness training career in Los Angeles. (overlapping with Natalie) transformation for me is just that, I had made this in starting, when I was starting training back east, I was training by another trainer who was a natural body builder and he really gave me a fantastic foundation. I changed my body. It was actually people coming up to me and saying, hey, can you write a routine? Can you train? All these got me interested in going, well, I should be looking at this and started getting into a training career. And then that kind of launched me into moving, which was also something on my docket, more or less. It really just blossom from there and really flourished for it.
N: Yes, because what you do now is not just fitness, does it?
P: No. it’s an integration of truly a wellness scope, pretty holistic and intuitive aspect to it. So, truly my focus is on helping people being healthy. So whether you know, it’s freedom to get in better shape, get a hand on their weight issues or get a lot of pain or some type of darkness that they’re in, in their life or you know, career transition or whatever it may be, it’s that transformation that they’re looking for and then looking to transition in their lives. So, it’s about focusing, of course, on the physical aspect as well as the spiritual aspect being really be strong on who they are to align with their core values so there’s enough flow. So, it’s totally being in harmony with the different dimension of someone to bring them into that area of health that really makes them rock solid and living the way that they really want to that’s really congruent for them.
N: Yeah. I always find that when I’m fit and healthy within myself, then I actually have the energy and I have the motivation to be able to look at the other areas of my life and make sure that I’m really performing in there as well. So, tell me, your program is called FIT, what does that stand for and why is that different to most other program?
P: Well, the acronym is Freedom, Integration and Transformation. So, it really is the focus, you know, while I have the opportunity to train hundreds of people and coach as many people as, it’s really, it’s about being able to tap into them and see what they were looking for in their life, what their bottomline was. And really, a lot of it was, people repeated the same cycles. You know, they were self-sabotaging all the time. They have the same limitations. They had the same issues with weight and it’s really like, what’s wrong with this industry? So, how about, get into what the core issue is in (4:48)? And then, really change that story and get walking on a new persona so to speak and really start living a life that is probably what’s in their heart of hearts but may be clouded by outside zones, whether it be cultural, upbringing, religion, family values, anything like that or even a past event that really had them kind of like looping in this same kind of story kind of a thing. So, it’s really about that. It really is more of an energetic, intuitive type of approach that, kind of like a bootcamp approach. So, it’s one of the biggest differences there. It’s very comprehensive. I have a very in-depth skill set. So, it really allows me to go down to a lot of places with. I just love being able to help somebody make that change that they’ve been looking to change for a long time and they go at it several times and didn’t quite get it. So, you know, I just want to take them and just walk them out and totally lift them out to where they’ve been and be free of that. That’s the freedom aspect of that, could be free from their past, free from a relationship that isn’t a good fit for them or could be freedom from being more confident so that they could have other things like good relationships and more money or you know, that over-all health in their life as well, but it really is feeling good about themselves. So it’s really more an integrated process and you know, the transformation being able to make the transition that isn’t just for the time but really a lasting type of a change.
N: Yeah. You bring all the important point about the relationship between our mental health or the way that we think and how that reflects in our body like how do you see that playing out with the people that you work with?
P: Well, what I see is a lot of people carry a lot of things in their body and that’s what happens…the simplest example would be this, I think everybody could kind of relate to is the kind of, at some point in your life you might have been in an argument with somebody and everything is escalating, your emotion is high and may be some tightness in your face, your blood pressure is going up, you know, all these things and the other person is like gives you the hand or walks away or something or hangs up the phone and you, and you’re like up here (gestures) and it just goes like this (gestures) and you just close everything to your body. There are examples like that and it’s happening over and over again. Even if somebody cuts you off of traffic, it’s the same thing, your hands grip on the steering wheel, you know you get that tightness in your face and you know, you have that adrenalin rush, your heart starts beating fast like that and all of a sudden it settles in your body. It really is all about, a lot of it living and going in a cellular level, people who aren’t dealing with emotions, people who aren’t dealing with energies that all becomes trapped inside the body. It can eat you. On-going chronic pain, sabotage cycles, flare ups, all those types of things and then it just brings you out of focus. So, when you’re dealing with all of that pain, you are able to see everything else that’s right in front of you and that becomes, there are people, who are, I don’t know, automatic pilot like with that, works like a subconscious painting and they’re so used to it that it’s just how they live. One of the things that I found out, Natalie, is that, for years with working with people is that, people, oh I have a bad back, you know, tight ham strings, all these type of things, really it wasn’t anything inter related or anything like that. A lot of it would either be an emotion pocketed in an area and then it also became a postural deviation. So, those two things coupled together really put people out of sync.
N: Yeah, absolutely. I know personally with me, if anyone has seen videos of me from earlier last year, I actually, my husband and I separated in august of last year and I dropped twenty pounds in 3 weeks. I don’t know how but I know a lot of it was because I have this release and I was happy. We both wanted the decision, it two good friends, business partners and it is all great, but just having that, oh my god, I’m feeling happy and excited about my future completely changed my body shape because for some reason I was holding on to that weight while I was in that relationship and since that was no longer an issue, I was able to release the weight. And I say release because it hasn’t gone back and not even, nowhere. So happiness level also has a big influence in our body as well, right?
P: Yeah, yeah, most definitely. It’s interesting what you brought up too because what I see quite a bit is, people have that release and then everything about sort of matrix kind of a thing, you know, (makes a gesture and sound) it’s kind of like lines up and things just leave and I think that’s really when you are able to, chemical release in the body, so all of that sort of just drains right out and it just disperses. And it is just amazing to watch somebody who looks 5 years younger, they look like 10 pounds lighter. So, it’s yeah…
N: Cool. So do you recommend that most people like you know, when they work with you, are they working with you as a personal trainer? Or can they do the work in person or do you work online? How do you work with people?
P: I work formally, I do work online. A lot of it is really coaching. I made that transition from fitness training into transformation and personal development. I do a lot of global coaching and we do energy work. We get into a lot of areas and I also do nutritional paths for people and do routines as well. And where I get really hands on is when I get VIP sessions, so that is an in-person, you know, where people here in LA will come and visit or people who are regional that really want to get together and do want that hands-on. So at this point, my time on the gym floor is really is geared towards those VIP sessions and that’s where I get really hands-on. I have a move that I kind of like developed, I called the body wrap and it really is the ability to get in and to be able to release a lot of these trapped energies in the body and do that in the cellular level. So that it starts to get out of the body. So, it’s really, it’s working in getting trapped energy, emotionally, physically and you know, letting everything released from the body and you know put everything in, you know, use light and love meditations and that helps to bring in a whole new energy for somebody and that really comes from, again that connection back to them. And I think that really is, you study the law of attraction and for me, I say, people love because it’s really that law of vibration and that’s really, you know, wanting them to be really rocking that kind of vibe. So the more that you are able to resonate with who you are, that’s really a lot of energy, especially people who are really used to, you know, who have been through stuff either illness or loss of loved ones, divorces, anything that’s kind of, you know, or even if it’s work transition or move or something like that or something that just affects you at a deeper level, as you know, you’ve experienced that, it allows them to kind of rewrite this story a little bit to get rid of that past, to get rid of all that pain and really bring in something new and bring in where they are now. So that really complements who they are and what they really want to be living.
N: Yeah. So, basically what you are doing is helping people get healthy for life. But you’re doing for people that’s, the ones that would want to work with you, the one’s that would have been, like I know, on my 30s, all my predominant thoughts was all about trying to lose weight, you know, about my body. It tried everything. I was exercising most days. I was doing everything I thought was right and it wasn’t when I changed my happiness levels that I would see those difference. So, you’re coming in not just for the fitness point of view but a holistic kind of thing, getting our spiritual self, our intellectual self, our physical self and our emotional self all connected to one, working together so that we are working at our most optimal pace, right?
P: Absolutely, absolutely. It’s something that, you know, the bottomline is I worked with people from all over the world, from a whole sorts of different walks of life and really it comes down to everyone wants to be healthy and everyone wants to feel good about themselves first and foremost. It doesn’t matter if it’s a man or a woman. Sure, there is like certain body parts that they’d like to enhance and everything, but really it’s absolutely, they want to feel good about themselves, I mean, really good about themselves and that’s really where you know, the focus is on that aspect to round somebody out, to really just let go of those things that aren’t serving them anymore. So it’s like, you’re doing workout for women, it encompasses usually arms, abs, thighs, you know things that need your manner, a little bit more on the chest and back, you know those guns and things like that, so it’s really anyway you look at it it’s a transformation of the body. I did it for myself. It was amazing how that changed my life from where I was living and then actually the confidence to come to LA and I don’t know a little of being naïve even, just a willingness but I really put myself out there in a bigger way in a city of angels, that’s full of trainers. I’ve had an amazing career and met, you’ll appreciate this, when I was going out, my entire bedroom was a vision board, of course that wasn’t the word given to it at that time, but it was like you know, all the way around, top to bottom, there was everything that I wanted in my life, which at that time when I was growing up wasn’t really the greatest career design for me and so I kept this in front of me and that’s also, I think a lot of people do the manifestation and looking to see it out and when I moved to Los Angeles, it really brought my dreams to life and brought my walls to life and I met some people that are around there like Mohammad Ali and Fay Donaway, you know, I was in the mix, I was in the music industry and then the film industry and everything like that and it was really exciting to do that. And even with the glitz, the glamour, the money and everything like that, it really just comes down to people just wanting to feel good about themselves and to have their health, you know the old adage that if you’re, if you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything is so true, as well as life is too short. That’s, you know, those are things that I have experienced first-hand as well, with an accident that has left me with 4-knee surgeries and a (16:38) infection in the middle. So, I know that full well, recovering from that and I also lost my sister in a night club fire, so it really, really brought home that message that life is too short. You don’t want to wait until something goes wrong. You want to get out. You want to have that zest for living. You know, you want that every single day be making the choices that make you happy and that are fulfilling for you.
N: Excellent. So, Paula, if people want to work with you to get like permanent transformational change. Where can we send them?
P: My website is pauladandrea.com and my email is [email protected]
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N: Well, I think you said it. Thank you so much for joining me today. I think you are right on the fact that, we just go to the gym all the time and slugging it out, if you don’t get it anyway, chances are there is a part of your life or your body or your connection to spirit, that’s lacking. The fact that you do is such a holistic approach is just amazing. So thanks again for joining me.
P: Thank you. Thanks for having me. It was good to be here.
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