We had the good fortune of connecting with Alessandra Eck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alessandra, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Originally, I’m from Naples, Italy. Italians are known to be passionate about their interests. At a young age I discovered a passion for dance. As time passed I met a wonderful person and soon found an additional passion for raising a family that consumed most of my time for several years. My new passion required me to move with my husband in the U.S. Navy and take care of my children. The stress of learning new places, being left alone, and of motherhood required a lot of effort and left little time for anything else. As soon my children grew and I had some time to myself I started to notice I was not in the same shape I was a few years before. I was attracted to fitness, in particular aerobics. I decide it was time to focus on my health. I worked hard, ate healthier, and felt better about my image and decided to help others achieve their goals by becoming a Fitness Instructor. From there many doors opened for me. I was not just able to follow my passion but also to help other to achieve a better life style. Through the years I instructed many fitness formats from Step aerobics, Pilates, Dance and many more. I was featured in Fitness videos, tv and newspapers. (national and international ) I was invited to perform in a Fitness convention in Hamburg, Germany. There I saw something a little different, a format called Fit4drums still in its infancy. I got hooked! After many months of collaboration with the innovator of Fit4drums I decided to register the trademark and bring it here to the States. The Fit4drums program has been featured at KUSI, Channel 6, Fox 5. It has also been showcased in a varieties of settings from VIP mansion parties in Beverly Hills to local schools and broadcast live on Italian TV. I’ve been very active with community fundraisers, teaching classes for wonderful children at the ”Therapeutic Recreation Center” and performing in the ”Special Olympics in El Cajon “Send Off”.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
This last year has brought a new set of challenges. COVID 19 has made us even more aware of the importance of fitness in our daily lives. Healthy habits help the body stay healthy. Government restrictions has made personal fitness more personal and less group oriented. For some I feel it will be harder without likeminded peer support. I hope to continue to use this wonderful and unique fitness format to help others achieve their health and fitness goals in life and am looking forward to use my passion to continue service to the community now and when life returns to normal.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here are some of my favorite places” Definitely visit Little italy, La Jolla Shores, Coronado, San Diego Zoo, Gaslamp and Old town. Then I will bring to eat some authentic Italian food ! My favorite Italian restaurant are L’antica Trattoria located in La Mesa, Mamma Mia located at Pacific Beach and for some good gelato and a “passeggiata”‘ (walk) I will bring them to Bottega Italiana located in Coronado Island.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A big shout out my husband and all my friends in San Diego that are supporting me and my business.
The photos attached are with the Mayor of San Diego and the SDPD chief police and the interview with KUSI Good Morning San Diego