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Wellness of Mind, Body and Soul Are Crucial Components to Being a Fitness Influencer for These San Diego Ladies

Written By: Jessica Young
Photography Provided By: @fitandy, @madelynrgordon Fitness Influencers in San Diego

Summer is here, and it’s arguably the best time for fitness! Sunny days bring short shorts, bikinis and tan lines. Longer days and sunnier skies leave more time for sweat sessions, especially for San Diego’s workout warriors. We caught up with three local ladies—our poll winners—who are paving the way for San Diego’s fitness scene and helping others find their perfect “fit.” 

Andy Arnold | @fitandyy Fitness Influencers in San Diego

With two young daughters, Andy Arnold (aka Fit Andy) has learned that a relationship with health and fitness is constantly evolving. An athlete since adolescence, Arnold has always focused on her health. Her wellness journey has evolved into a social media presence that offers recipes, workouts, personal stories and product recommendations. On her website, readers can follow her fitness pursuits, whether they are workout based or focused on mental pursuits. They can also check out her recipes, each with their own anecdotes, as well as check out a wide range of products she uses—covering everything from nursing bras to running shoes. Overall, Arnold credits her place in life to her emphasis on well-being, both inside and out. “My dedication to fitness and health has made me a better person, wife and mother. It has taught me patience, drive, focus and dedication,” Arnold said.

Mandy Burnstein | @zengirlmandy Fitness Influencers in San Diego

For fitness influencer Mandy Burnstein, health is all about balance between physical and mental exercise. “My life’s work is to positively influence the health and well-being of my community. This includes all the layers—mental, physical and spiritual fitness, and helping others maintain a sense of balance and flow while trying to live in this modern world and accomplish their big goals and dreams,” Burnstein said. With a background in sports—both dance and cheerleading—Burnstein was familiar with the physical demands of maintaining good fitness, but after nearly a decade as a certified yoga instructor, she has learned that feeling healthy is a process that starts from within. “I was always very active, but never made the connection between feeling strong and loving my body. It wasn’t until I discovered yoga that I began to associate movement with confidence and pride in my physical being. It calmed my mind, gave me clarity and vision for my future, and helped ground me in a way that I could keep perspective and focus on the big picture,” Burnstein said. 

Madelyn Gordon | @madelynrgordon

Working to empower others on their own fitness journey, Madelyn Gordon finds motivation in providing authentic support and feedback for those around her. After hanging up her professional ballerina shoes, Gordon wanted to find a way to stay connected to health and fitness, but in a more realistic and less taxing way. She started by gaining her 200-hour Power Yoga Instructor certification. She’s moved on to gain a RYT 200 Power Vinyasa and Yoga Sculpt certifications, and is working towards her 200-hour Hot Power Yoga certification. Gordon enjoys combining the benefits of strength and stretch, and creates workouts that blend the benefits of both types of training. Her ability to influence the health of others encourages Gordon to promote her efforts within the wellness community. “It’s important to me to inspire others to follow their goals and cultivate wellness through positivity and gratitude. I believe it’s important to stay true to yourself and keep an authentic viewpoint as a member of the fitness industry,” Gordon said.

Fitness looks different for everybody. These ladies are working hard to build beauty, health and wellness from the inside out. “It’s important that we elevate the conversation to include mental and spiritual health as equally, if not more important, than what our exterior physical shell looks like. It is crucial to keep your heart pumping and your muscles toned, but in my opinion, we need to bring a lot more awareness to the conditions of the mind, heart and soul,” Burnstein said.