Meet the Wellness Professional: Andrew Gunberg
Director of Tennis, FITshop Manager, and the Café RVC Director at the River Valley Club
Every week I highlight someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of "Wellness Professional" - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I give them a list of the same 20 questions and they choose to answer as many of them however they'd like. [Want to be featured in "Meet the Wellness Professional"? Email me at RVCAmy at gmail dot com]
This week I'd like to introduce you to Andrew Gunberg, Director of Tennis, FITshop Manager, and the Café RVC Director at the River Valley Club
I wear multiple hats at the River Valley Club. I am the Director of Tennis, FITshop Manager, and the Café RVC Director. My fiancée, Lauren, and I moved to the Upper Valley two years ago from Colorado. We both are from Colorado and are loving the Upper Valley. We got married this September in the area and loved having all our friends and family visit and see the place we now call home. We currently live in Enfield with our dog, Lady, and our cat, Murphy. I came to RVC as the Head Tennis Professional and after being here a year I took over and Director of Tennis.
What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?
To work toward being a better and healthy person, but to make sure you are doing it in a way that you enjoy doing. If you don’t like it, you won't want to do it!
How did you get to where you are now?
I grew up playing multiple sports, tennis was not one of them. I picked it up in middle school and totally got hooked. Going into high school I gave up other sports to play tennis all year round and to work at the local athletic/tennis club to help fund my tennis passion. During that time I learned that I wanted to make it a career, not on the playing side, but on the teaching, coaching and education side of tennis. With that goal in mind I went to Ferris State University to play college tennis, but to also attend their Professional Tennis Management program. Since then I have taught at tennis clubs, created my own tennis academy, managed tennis clubs and am now at RVC! Since being at RVC and in the Upper Valley, I have been nominated and awarded the United States Professional Tennis Association New England Regional Pro of the year.
Did you ever have any setbacks and how did you get past them?
I think we all always have setbacks, but it’s how we handle them and how we move forward with them. When I was younger, setbacks frustrated me and it would take me time to move past them. Now, I face them, embrace them and work through them immediately.
What makes you unique in your field?
I focus a lot on the community growth of the sport of tennis. I believe that if a community as a whole moves forward in education, ability, and in participation in tennis, everyone will improve and become better.
What's you favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?
Molly’s, their Steak Tacos!
What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?
A cheese burger from a fast food joint!
What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?
To have better life balance in all areas of your life!
What's your favorite quote or mantra?
“DBS” Dream, Believe, Strength. You’re never too old to have dreams, believe that you can reach or obtain those dreams, or have the strength to go for them. AG
What's something you wish your clients/class participants knew? Or did? Or didn't do?
Something a lot of them don’t know and probably could not see - I grew up on a small ranch with horses, pigs, a goat, and raised pheasants. I traded in my Wrangler jeans and cowboy boots for a tennis racquet, but still have a lasso in the back of my truck.
What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?
Hiking and being outside with my wife and dog.
What are your passions outside of your field?
My family and my friends!
What is your least favorite exercise?
What is your favorite exercise?
What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?
Believe that you can do it. Believe that if you set your mind to it that you can achieve it!!
How do you make better bad decisions?
Always be learning the decisions you have made! Whether good or bad.
Where can people learn more about you?
- Website: RVC tennis website