Andrina Santoro is a Swiss fitness model and online coach, known for her awesome body transformation. Andrina initially began lifting weights to improve her “flabby and skinny” figure, as well as her health.
Andrina hoped that through weight training, she wouldn’t only improve her physique, but also her overall health and well-being. After months of strenuous training, Andrina was able to become stronger and healthier – achieving her personal goals.
Following her own success, Andrina set new challenges for herself. Determined to help others achieve their own fitness transformation. With this thought in mind, she opened her social media profiles where she began giving fitness advice to her followers.
While initially, this was only a ‘hobby’ for Andrina. It eventually became her full-time job as her popularity grew year on year.
This is her story:
“I am half Italian and half Swiss my passion is fitness, I love food, and travel, and hell yes I also love to party. The big difference – I work my ass off and keep the balance in everything I do.”
Full Name: Andrina Santoro Weight Height Age Date of Birth 115 - 125lbs (52.2 - 56.7kg) 5'3" (160cm) 30 November 2, 1992 Nationality Profession Era Swiss, Italian Fitness Model, Online Coach, Fitness Competitor 2010 Weight 115 - 125lbs (52.2 - 56.7kg) Height 5'3" (160cm) Age 30 Date of Birth November 2, 1992 Nationality Swiss, Italian Profession Fitness Model, Online Coach, Fitness Competitor Era 2010
“Let’s be a little bit more positive. Let’s take care of ourselves, our health, and our environment. Don’t take everything too serious, avoid negative people, tolerate no bullshit, and laugh more often!”
- Brand Ambassador
- Social Media and Fitness Influence
“Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things. Believe in yourself. Do what you love and be kind to others!”
Andrina’s Early Journey
Andrina Santoro, aka, andrinafit was born and raised in Bülach, a town near Zurich Switzerland. Throughout her youth, Andrina was involved in dance, especially hip hop, jazz, salsa, ballet, and pole dancing.
However, despite her active background, Andrina wasn’t happy with the way her body looked. In Andrina’s own words; “I was always skinny and flabby, and I wanted to have a fit body with sexy curves.”
Replacing Dance with Fitness
Determined to improve her figure, Andrina left dancing behind to pursue fitness and weightlifting. In order to achieve her body-transformation goals, she began carefully watching her nutrition and training protocols.
As Andrina recalls, she started replacing processed and calorie-dense foods with healthier options, such as lean chicken meat, egg whites, blueberries, kale, spinach, quinoa, etc.
By following this type of diet, Andrina was able to tone and strengthen her figure. After several months, she looked better than ever.
However, it wasn’t only Andrina’s physique that improved. Thanks to her transformation, Andrina came to realize the importance of setting goals and staying committed to them. As a result, she was able to improve her overall mindset and outlook on life too.
Andrina Santoro’s fitness transformation.
Sharing her Transformation with the World
After accomplishing her own fitness goals, Andrina became motivated to share her story with other people on the internet.
Consequently, she opened her social media profiles and began posting pictures and videos of her workouts. She continued to upload her motivational posts for months, gradually attracting more followers.
By 2017, Andrina became a social media star, growing her influence more than she’d ever expected.
“I am so happy that I decided to start with fitness! You see that not only your body will change – everything will change. Your mind your confidence the way you live! Start Today!”
Andrina’s Favorite Type of Cardio
Andrina’s favorite way of doing cardio is in intervals, aka, HIIT. After she finishes her regular workout, Andrina will do a minimum of five high-intensity intervals. This form of cardio improves her stamina, health, and overall body composition.
However, Andrina says she only does HIIT when dieting down. Meaning, she’ll rarely do this type of cardio when she wants to gain weight.
On occasions where she wants to gain muscle, Andrina will do steady-paced cardio, such as walking or treadmill running.
3 Best Exercises for Muscle Building and Fat Loss
According to Andrina, these are her top 3 exercises for achieving a toned and lean physique;
- Cable shoulder raises – Andrina says, cable shoulder raises give her an incredible ‘pump.’
- Leg Press – Andrina does leg press at the end of her leg workouts, and as she says; “after that, my legs burn so much.”
- Split Squats – This is Andrina’s favorite glute-building movement.
In Andrina’s opinion, developing curvy glutes starts with a solid warm-up. No matter which body part she trains, Andrina makes sure to warm-up properly before doing heavy exercises. She does this to prevent injuries, and also to improve blood flow to her muscles.
Next, Andrina ensures she puts all of her focus on her glutes. She squeezes the muscle hard while performing any glute exercise – keeping the tension throughout the entire movement.
When doing leg press, Andrina pushes with her heels instead of toes. By doing this, she puts the most emphasis on her glutes.
Andrina Santoro’s Workout Routine
- Lat Pulldown 3 × 12
- Single-Arm High Pulley Row 3 x 12
- Pull-Ups 3 x 12
- Rope Straight-Arm Pulldown 2 x 15
- Reverse Grip Bent-Over Rows 3 x 10
- Bent-Over Rear Delt Raise 3 x 12
- Weighted Hyper Extensions 3 x 15-20
- Leg Press 4 x 10
- Barbell Squats 3 x 15
- Sumo Squats 3 x 15-20
- Leg Extensions 4 x 10
- Walking Lunges 2 x 30
- Adductor and Abductor 3 x 12-15
- Seated or Standing Calf Raises 4 × 15
- Weighted Bulgarian Split Squats 3 × 12
- Hip Thrusts 4 × 12
- Stiff Leg Barbell Deadlifts 4 × 15-20
- Lying Leg Curl 4 × 12
- Standing Single Leg Curl 4 × 15-20
- Seated or Standing Calf Raises 4 × 15
- Dumbbell Overhead Press 3 × 8-10
- Incline Front Raise 3 × 12
- Lateral Raise 3 x 12
- Standing Low-Pulley Deltoid Raise 3 x 12
- Dumbbell Rear Delt Fly’s 3 × 15
- Incline Dumbbell Press 4 × 12
- Decline Cable Fly 4×12
- Alternating Dumbbell Curls 3 x 24
- Cable Hammer Curls 3 x 12
- Preacher Curl 3 × 12
- Overhead Cable Extension 3 x 12
- Rope Tricep Pushdowns 3 x 12
- Tricep Dumbbell Kickbacks 3 x 12
When she was a dancer, Andrina stretched every day. This was something that helped her set foundations for her workouts in fitness, allowing her to stay flexible and injury-free.
As Andrina says, stretching has not only helped her to avoid injuries in the gym. It has also improved her overall blood flow and muscle recovery.
“When I started with fitness it was the goal of getting in the best shape. I wanted to see what I could do with my body, and I put 100% focus on it.”
Andrina likes to alternate between low-carb and high-carb days. She believes that this helps her burn fat better than any other method. Generally, Andrina maintains a lean figure year-round and doesn’t follow any ‘bulking’ or ‘cutting’ program.
In regards to the foods Andrina eats, they are;
- Proteins – Chicken breast, lean beef, legs
- Carbs – oats, sweet potatoes
- Fats – olive oil, avocados
- Fruits/Vegetables – Fresh and frozen broccoli, spinach, blueberries, strawberries
“My fridge is always stocked with lean protein (chicken breast, lean beef, ground turkey), salad, fresh & frozen veggies, eggs and berries that are nutrition powerhouses and are naturally healthy. I never leave my house without my tupperware and I make sure that I eat every three hours.”
Andrina Santoro’s Meal Plan
- 1st Meal: 1 scoop Whey Isolate and ¼ cup Oats
- 2nd Meal: 4 ounces Chicken and ¼ cup Almonds
- 3rd Meal: 6 ½ ounces White Fish, Salad and 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 4th Meal: 1 scoop Whey Isolate
- 5th Meal: 6 Egg Whites, 2 Whole Eggs and 3 ½ ounces of Sweet Potatoes
Top 3 Nutrition Advice
These are Andrina’s top three tips for maintaining a healthy and balanced diet;
- “Weigh your meals so that you have an overview of what you are eating during the day.”
- “Make sure that you have the right balance between protein, carbs and healthy fat.”
- “Prepare your meals for the day. That helps you to eat clean (you will not get int the temptation to buy junk food).”
Andrina weighs all of her foods. She does this in order to calculate how much protein, carbs, and fats she eats throughout the day.
Ultimately, measuring foods like this helps Andrina stay lean without the need to go on a ‘cut.’
Andrina’s Take on Supplements
Andrina is a big believer in supplements. She says; “They help you recover faster and gain more muscle.”
Andrina takes the following supplements;
- Omega 3 fish oil
- Whey Isolate
- Post-workout muscle recovery formula
- Casein Protein
“What is my body goal?? To feel confident and positive. To feel happy in my skin! The focus is good but don‘t get in too much. Stop doing this extreme! Enjoy life and find your personal balance. “
Idols and Influences
The progress Andrina sees in the mirror is something that keeps her motivated. She’s also someone who gets inspired by helping others.
As Andrina says; “I love to see that spark in someone’s eyes when they achieve their own physique goals; it motivates me to push harder and show them that nothing is impossible.” – Andrina Santoro
“Always believe in yourself!! Yes, the struggle is real. Ups and downs are part of our life and this is good! Life would be too boring without drama.”
What we can learn from Andrina Santoro
Andrina Santoro initially practiced jazz ballet, and other types of dances. Although she loved partaking in these activities, Andrina wasn’t happy with how she looked or felt in her body. It was because of this, she ultimately decided to abandon dance for strength training instead.
Throughout the months, and years, of intense weightlifting, Andrina was able to get what she wanted – a curvy and lean figure, alongside a healthy mindset.
Andrina Santoro is an example of what can be achieved with enough commitment to your goals. Work hard, never give up, and keep your dreams alive – that’s one of Andrina Santoro’s mottos.