10.23.14

Every good story includes a turning point. Usually a lemons-to-lemonade type of situation; a change in pace from the norm, turning a negative experience into a positive breakthrough. For Ballet Bodies founder Andie Decker, her turning point came when a surgical procedure to remove her lifelong struggle with scoliosis ended her career as a ballet dancer – one she had build for herself in record time and had taken her to the prestigious New York City Ballet.

While the surgery left her with a full set of permanently fused vertebrae, Andie had over a decade of good fitness and health habits to help her healing process along, get her back to full strength, and begin her new career as a ballet teacher and personal trainer. It was at that point her passion for dance morphed into something deeper: a desire to help women transform their bodies through the dance, Pilates, and fitness training she knew and loved so well. And so Ballet Bodies, now a staple in West Hollywood’s fitness scene (and fave of celebs like Ginnifer Goodwin and the Black Swan herself, Natalie Portman), was born.

We love Ballet Bodies for its all-inclusive approach; no form of exercise is off-limits as long as it keeps you strong, lean, and injury-free. Whether you’re on classic Pilates equipment (reformers or Cadillacs) or utilizing just your body as your prime mode of movement, each class draws its main inspiration from a pro dancer’s impeccable form and graceful lines. Here’s Andie to dish on her secret weapon, her favorite mantra, and what makes her style of sweat so special.

Name:

Andie Hecker.

Studio:

Ballet Bodies.

My specialty:

Ballet- and Pilates-based personal fitness training.

Favorite class to teach:

One-on-one private training, catered to each individual’s needs.

Favorite class to take:

Romi’s ballet class – great workout to great music!

Moment I fell in love with fitness:

My first ballet class at age 10.

When you leave my class you feel…

Physically worked and mentally refreshed.

My secret weapon:

My deep understanding of the mechanics of the human body. I can figure almost anyone out.

Go-to workout gear:

My onesie sweatsuit has become my own, unofficial personal uniform.

In my gym bag:

Ballet shoes and Vans.

Favorite workout move:

Penché to plank. It’s a combo of ballet and Pilates that works the entire body while giving the legs an amazing stretch.

Biggest inspiration:

Music!

When I’m not in the studio, I’m:

Painting. Yep, closet artist here.

Favorite post-workout fuel:

Fave quick workout outside of the studio:

Swimming! Everyone should swim every week. It’s the healthiest, best workout going. I should be a swim coach, but people seem to hate getting wet. Bummer!

Current mantra:

No self-deprecating at Ballet Bodies!


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