We all know the routine: join a gym, do some cardio on your preferred machine, feel intimidated by all surrounding gym buffs, muster up the courage to consider strength training, then lose all faith and go home thinking “tomorrow is another day”.
If you’ve sung this song many times, you aren’t alone. Luckily for all of us, tracking down Sara Andari (AKA: Leanology) on Instagram means that with her help, a daily anthem can turn into a one-hit wonder.
Sara proudly identifies as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Body Lifestyle Coach: The two necessary factors for changing your mind, body and health for the better. But what brought her to this career path? “It started off with a medical issue and a lot of stress, causing me to gain weight and keeping me from taking care of myself. Once I got on the gym horse, I eventually saw the positive changes in the mirror. I was hooked!” So with this newfound passion for health, Sara proceeded to educate herself on the topic towards a certification, and thus began her journey.
To Sara, her practice isn’t solely about changing your gym habits – she wishes to spread this education in any way she can. She has a one-on-one way of operating, and describes her services as providing customized mental and physical transformation programs and consultations to not only change a person’s body, but also, the way they approach stress, food, and exercise. “Getting people to love life through activities, rather than rewarding themselves and loved ones with food, is my ultimate pleasure. It is also the key to being a healthy person.”
Part of Sara’s ethos is her ability to reach the public both bilingually, and by staying constant in her social media accounts to provide the best guidance to all of her followers. “I love to give [my followers] daily information, including my day-to-day workouts, food intake and activities. I am truly confident in their ability to prosper, especially because my involvement and accessibility turns most of my followers into catalysts of health and wellness to their family and to me as a person. They motivate me as much as I motivate them.”
And as we find ourselves following suite of her motivators, we pry Sara away from her dumbbells for questioning – or rather, to play our favorite game.
TRUTH OR DARE QUESTIONNAIRE
How would your mother describe you in one word?
How would you describe your mother in one word?
What is the most ridiculous question you’ve ever been asked?
“Do you take Steroids?” Of course I don’t! I don’t believe in them, and I’ve worked hard to achieve my fitness naturally.
What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?
Jumping off a waterfall in Vietnam without knowing if the water was safe to swim in. Best thing I have ever done.
What is your theme song?
“Scars to your Beautiful” By Alessia Cara.
What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had invented?
It isn’t a word yet, but I’d like to invent “Leanology” – LEAN: Fit, OLOGY: Knowledge.
Where would you like to live? What is your dream retirement location?
My native Lebanon.
What is the first famous quote that comes to your mind?
“It’s such a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable.” – Socrates
What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be interested in?
A Penguin! Intelligent, identifies his partner and family, and takes responsibility. They like to spoil and cuddle!
What do you miss about your childhood?
Eating whatever I want without thinking!
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Natasha? People say it suits me.
How would you describe your handshake in one word?
What is the toughest part of your character?
I am perfectionist. I pay attention to details and I think too much.
Who is your favorite historical figure?
What in the world do you least desire?
The fact that material possessions became more important than spiritual values.
What do you think is lacking in the world, which if there was more of would make the world a better place?
Honesty, doing what you really love to do, and self-exploration.
Why do you think most girls/guys like you?
I am a good friend on a personal level, and I am a good mentor on a professional level.
Finish this sentence: “Happiness is a thing called…”
Health—the groundwork of all happiness.
Get out of your rut and follow Leanology @leanology on Instagram and sara.andari on Snapchat for daily inspiration and tips!