Andrea “Dre” Nichols-Everett is quickly becoming one of the most prominent African American women in the world of fitness. For more than nine years, Dre has inspired men, women and children to make up their minds to get fit and stay fit by creating boot camp fitness workouts that include daily exercise and a healthy dose of motivational and spiritual affirmation.
Dre was born in 1971 in Blue Island, Illinois but was raised on the east coast in Meriden, Connecticut. She enjoyed an active childhood and was very athletic in high school, participating in several sports including, volley ball and track. It wasn’t until Dre began college in 1989 at the University of Virginia that she slowly began gaining weight. Poor eating habits coupled with an inactive life style caused her to pack on an extra 30 pounds by the time she graduated.
In 1998, she married the love of her life, Dwayne Everett, and continued to live unhealthy. At the time, Dre was working as a professional pharmaceutical sales representative for Johnson and Johnson based in Raritan, New Jersey. Because her career was her main priority, busy days and long work nights kept the excess weight piling on.
But something remarkable happened on April 12, 1999. After taking a long hard look at herself and the women around her, Dre decided to change the focus of her life and make healthy living a “number one” priority. With a made up mind, she joined the YMCA and started working out on a regular basis. That same year, Dre dropped a whopping 30 pounds and five dress sizes.
After only 5 months of consistent work-outs, something clicked and Dre decided to fulfill a life- long dream of becoming a certified aerobics instructor. Eventually, she found part-time work as a step and kick box instructor at Gold’s Gym, the YMCA and Xsport Fitness. Because of her strong ability to motivate others to take their health and fitness seriously, Dre’s classes were always filled to capacity.
In 2005, another life changing moment gave Dre’s life as a fitness coach and trainer a whole new meaning. Her mother was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease and because of Dre’s health conscious life-style; she was the only member of her family healthy enough to donate a kidney to save her mother’s life. The experience motivated Dre to do more. She wanted others to feel the same way she felt after shedding 30 pounds so she made it her mission to help as many people as she could live better, stronger and longer.
In 2007, she formed D3: Dre’s Diesel Dome, LLC. The company’s tag line, “Life Changing Fitness for a Made Up Mind,” has become her personal and professional mantra to define her approach to health and fitness. She believes that only when a person truly makes up their mind to be healthy and fit, will they be able to successfully achieve and sustain their fitness goals. Dre also believes that getting fit should be affordable for everyone. Her boot camp classes are offered at a tiny fraction of what the average person pays for a personal trainer at a popular gym. For only ten dollars a session, Dre is changing the lives of people who are in need of the extra care and motivation provided by a personal coach. Her boot camp classes are held in a group setting but each member feels as if they are in their own special personal training session.
Enhancing the quality of life for all of her members who have “Made up their Mind” to live healthier is what drives Dre to keep spreading her fitness message. As a result of her unwavering dedication, her grassroots approach is catching on. Since D3: Dre’s Diesel Dome, LLC opened its doors in 2007, more than 350 men women and children have accepted Dre’s challenge to “Be Fit, Fabulous and Blessed!” Additionally, Dre provides on-site fitness training for local Chicago schools and corporations such as Harpo Studios and The Princeton Review.
Dre has been featured on WYCA radio, 1st Impressions Magazine and in 2008 her unique boot camp classes were voted the “Best Alternative Workout” in Chicago according to CitySearch. Dre has plans to expand her fitness concept into Indiana and Wisconsin by 2010.
Andrea “Dre” Nichols-Everett is certified and trained in the following: group fitness, children’s fitness, personal training, CPR and first aid. If you would like more information about Andrea “Dre” Nichols-Everett or D3: Dre’s Diesel Dome visit http://www.d3bootcamp.com/.
“Be Fit! Be Fabulous! Be Blessed!” – Andrea “Dre” Nichols-Everett