We had the good fortune of connecting with Andrew Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Andrew, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
My work/life balance is a delicate pendulum. I have a 5 day work week rule. I make sure not to work on weekends. This allows me 2 full days off to do the things that I love to do. During the week, I will bust my ass as much as possible to make sure that I stay on top of the current. Sometimes I’m lucky to have a few months where my work eases up, and I’ll have one or two days during the week that are a little lighter than the others, and it allows me some time to get outside and recharge. When I get these short periods of lighter days, I get to work on my hobbies, and other skills I would like to develop. Since the beginning of my business, (which is about 13 years old now) my work schedule has fluctuated from heavy to light, back to heavy, and now I’d like to consider it medium. I find myself rolling with the punches, pivoting with the ebb and flow of the business needs. During this pandemic, I feel that I’ve really needed to be present, and put a great deal of energy into making sure that we stay afloat. 2020 has not been very easy for small business owners, and I’m no exception. With everything going on though, it’s crucial to make sure I have a work/play balance. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a Sports performance/fitness/movement specialist. I’ve been a fitness professional for longer than I haven’t been a fitness professional. I started this career at the ripe young age of 19. Since then I’ve accumulated over 15 different accredited certifications. I opened the first CrossFit gym in the greater Los Angeles area, and have coached thousands of athletes, ranging from children, to the elderly, from pregnant women, to professional fighters, the pitcher for the dodgers, from CrossFit athletes, to competitive body builders, to training A-list celebrities on set for 3-6 months on the opposite side of the world (including Matthew McConauhey, Anne Hathaway, Jared Leto, and Jason Clarke). I’m continuing to learn, and I love learning. I have no intention of stopping. I’m only getting more knowledgeable, and I love what I do.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh boy… If my best friend was visiting town… depending on who it was, (considering that my best friend lives here) would determine the itinerary. If it was an active friend here’s what the day would look like: 5:30am wake up 6am we are heading to Huntington beach to surf. 9am go grab some breakfast burritos from Bluey’s in Santa Monica 10am go take a drive to the Hollywood lookout spot I like off of mullholland dr. 12pm grab some lunch at California Chicken Cafe (easy, and deliscous) 2pm drive out to malibu state park to go climb some rocks! 5pm hike back to the car to drive back to Cafe Habana Malibu 8pm hang out and watch a movie on the couch, cause the pandemic has destroyed any evening plans.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shout out my girlfriend, Malia Reynolds. She has literally been there for me through all the current madness of 2020. She has helped me with perspective, priority management, and keeping my head in the right place, all while working on her master’s degree in psychology. It’s inspiring how hard she works on herself and still has room to help me, my business, and so many of my friends in their own challenges.

Website: www.hollywoodstrengthandperformance.com
Instagram: @andy86thomps
Facebook: /hollywoodsandp
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/hollywood-strength-performance-los-angeles

Image Credits
Sarah Williams Jeff Cleary

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