Fitness Competitor Andi Martin-Wagner
Current Residence: Zionsville, IN (just outside of Indianapolis)
Weight: 120-125 in-season, 130-135 off-season
Education: Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh
Occupation: Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Director at Better Bodies, Inc., formally a Health and Physical Education Teacher for 4 years
Family: I am married to my best friend, Chad Wagner. We have one son, Nash, who was born on 10/19/05.
I guess you can say I am an old-timer in the fitness arena. I have been competing in Fitness America Pageants since 1999, and plan to continue as long as my body allows. I decided to enter my first competition after seeing it on ESPN. I had been a dancer from age 4 through college and fitness competitions seemed like a great way to continue performing and entertaining, which I love to do!
I entered a local competition, and took 3rd place. I was hooked immediately. However, back in those days, resources for fitness competitors were scarce! It was kind of trial and error with everything - diet, tanning, bikinis, etc. - no websites, dvds, or camps to guide us. That just made me work even harder, and in 2001 I finally made it into the Fitness America Pageant National finals. Since then, I have continued to improve my placings, with the highlights being an ESPN Series victory in 2002, and being the runner-up at the Fitness Unvierse in 2003. I did try my hand at the Bikini Universe in 2004, placing 3rd behind the beautiful Alicia Marie and Jennifer Lee. Not too shabby if I do say so myself! That year, I also competed at the Fitness America National competition, placing 8th among a very strong group of girls.
In October of 2005, my husband and I had our first child, Nash. He is the sweetest little man in the world! We are so blessed! With my new role as a mom, I am learning to maximize my time and make sure to get my workouts in. We have a gym in our basement, and for the most part, I am training for my next competition at home. I am still working as a personal trainer part-time, but it is difficult to get any time for myself at the gym. I teach two Spinning classes each week, and I get some routine practice in whenever I can. Throughout my pregnancy I gained 35 lbs. I ended up having a c-section, but I recovered quickly and started exercising again as soon as I was allowed. I am pleased with the progress of my physique, and feel I'm right on track to be stage-ready in May for the Pittsburgh Fitness America show, and in June for the Fitness Universe. I absolutely can't wait!!!!!
I'm looking forward to seeing all of my fitness friends again this 2006 competition season.
2004 Fitness America Pageant National Championships, 8th place