Five Minutes with: Andrea Piotto

Andrea Piotto is proud of her contribution to the Burdekin’s booming fitness industry, but it’s interacting with people that makes her love her job.

Whether she’s organising a fundraiser for men’s health, getting a relay team together for Relay for Life, or helping to organise the award- winning Row for a Cure, she’s always full of energy to give back to the community she’s been a part of her whole life.

“I grew up in Ayr, andI think the community gives me so much, so I just love giving back to the community, and why not? It just feels better to give than to receive and I’ll keep doing that. Plus, hey, it’s fun,” says Andrea.

Originally a hairdresser, Andrea got her start in the fitness industry after her first child was born, studying a Certificate three in fitness and working at a local gym.

From there, she made the decision to branch out on her own.

This week, she celebrates the ten year anniversary of her gym, Nrgize fitness.

“It has been a slow build, anyone who’s started a business will tell you that you have to start at the bottom and work your way up.

“It feels unbelievable. I can’t believe it’s been ten years, and I’m also very grateful to all my instructors over the years, the team that I’ve built.”

Andrea runs group fitness classes and boot camps, as well as relax and restore pilates classes.

She says that the fitness industry in town has come a long way since she first started, welcoming the new competition.

She adds that the fitness industry itself has shifted from exercise focused on aesthetics to a greater focus on overall health and mental health.

“Competition around town right now has never been bigger, and the fitness industry has just grown bigger and bigger, which is perfect,” says Andrea.

“Nobody has an excuse in the community not to exercise. I welcome competition; I just think it pushes you to strive higher and better.”

Coming from a competitive family background of highland dancers, Andrea regularly performs in her sister, Fiona Christie of FC Caledonia’s dance group.

It’s a love of fitness and staying active that carried forward in her fitness career.

“I love being up the front on the stage. I was used to being up there for competitions and stuff,” said Andrea.

She adds that she’s loved both her 20 years of hairdressing and ten years running Nrgize.

“I just love the people. This is a place where people choose to come to get away from work and just have some time out.

“I got a lot out of hairdressing because you’re making people feel good, and it’s the same with this industry. You get to make people feel good about themselves.

“That’s the thing that relates with both of the careers I’ve had, and I’ve loved both of them.”

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