What's Her Secret: Andrea Rogers

The Xtend Barre creator talks body awareness, personal satisfaction and what her baby daughter taught her about good posture.

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Andrea Rogers, creator of Xtend Barre (with 170 studios across the globe from Paris to Dubai) talks body awareness, personal satisfaction and what her baby daughter taught her about good posture.

What does wellness mean to you? "For me, wellness is the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of not only myself but my family. Balance is a word I use quite often; finding the balance between the mental, physical and spiritual for myself, my husband and our two daughters. We each have our individual focus, but we really strive as a family to encompass all of those components in our daily lives."

What's Her Secret: Andrea Rogers
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Beyond fitness, how do you achieve that balance? "It's interesting that you say beyond fitness, and I like that. Because of the industry that I'm in, people often think that's all I do to stay balanced. It's not—I still have to work behind the computer and pick up my kids from school and change dirty diapers. I'm not in the studio 24/7. Having a family helps; raising my two girls to be kind, strong, independent women, and I focus on raising my 'third baby,' which is Xtend Barre, to have those same attributes. My goals for my family and my career are very similar."

How does the idea of balance play into the way you eat? "In terms of my diet, I don't count calories or ever go on a diet. I also don't restrain myself from having something delicious like a cupcake or a cookie—I will indulge occasionally. But my choice is to make it as healthy as possible. As opposed to eating Oreos I'll buy Newman's organic. So I try to eat the most clean, healthy foods available, and to cook as much as I can myself. But I don't restrict myself in terms of indulging. And I think that's important in terms of balance, and enjoying life."

What's Her Secret: Andrea Rogers
Source: Xtend Barre

Can you tell us about your fitness routine? "So, obviously, I do Xtend at least three times a week. If I can't get into the studios, then I'm doing it at home. What I love about our workout is, I will sit at the crib and play peek-a-boo with my daughter while I'm doing a chair plié, with the crib, I will be waiting for the bottle to warm up and be doing another series. I incorporate it into my daily life, and I think that's really important that people are not just going to the gym and leaving, and not thinking about their body, health and wellness. When I'm sitting in the car, am I lifting my abdomen up? Am I drawing my shoulders down? That philosophy has been ingrained in me since I was a child, being a dancer, and I try to make my clients enjoy those same benefits. And I also incorporate Pilates on a regular basis. Other than that, I'm outside with my family, going on walks or bike rides; we just did a nature trail this week."

We walk around in our bodies 24 hours a day, so it's sad to lose that connection. "That's so true. You're born with that beautiful posture. I see my daughter and her spine has such beautiful alignment; that natural alignment that we lose as we go through time. I always say to my clients, 'Imagine you're standing there right now in your bikini. Would you hold yourself a little different?' I try to remind myself of that same thing. I think body awareness is the same as mental awareness; finding that perspective. When you're aware of your body and how you present yourself, that goes so far. When you see someone in the room with beautiful posture and confidence, your eyes go to that person. And confidence can enhance every [element] of your being."

What's Her Secret: Andrea Rogers
Source: Xtend Barre

Any other tips to share? "I keep a gratitude journal next to my bed. I've been doing that for years. On the left side of the page I list what I'm grateful for that day or week, and on the right side of the page I list what I'm grateful for as if it already happened in the future. I get that motion out there and give it out to the world. That's kind of how I go after my goals…[I've suggested it to] so many people going through challenging times in their life, or who need a little bit of focus, and they've all said it's really helped them hone in on what their priorities are, and be thankful and grateful."

What's the most rewarding part of your success, and where your studios are right now? "Oh, the people! I get to see our clients in the studio who have life-changing results, losing 50 to 60 pounds in a matter of months and become these strong, confident people. It's so cheesy but it's life-changing. Which is really why I started being an instructor and getting into this business. And on the other end, I get to enjoy watching all these franchise owners, most of whom are women, who were in the corporate world and doing the daily grind, and just…I don't want to use the word miserable, but certainly not thriving in their lives. And now they have this sense of accomplishment and ownership, and they are giving that to the women and men in their communities and changing lives on that level. To see that is quite extraordinary."

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