Name a six-foot-something, strong, confident game changer with a flowing flaxen mane. Nope, not Clay Matthews. We’re talking FOX College Football anchor Erin Andrews. Made Man met up for a workout with this leading lady to learn how she stays fit and rocks a male-dominated industry, plus the simple secret to becoming part of her playbook. Read on for tips and pics.
MADE MAN: Did you play any sports when you were growing up? ERIN ANDREWS: I didn’t, but I was a dancer. I danced through college.
MM: So where did your interest in sports come from? EA: It was from my dad. He has such a passion for sports and just being a daddy’s girl, I’d watch him watch sports. And then it became our thing that we’d sit on the couch together and cheer on my dad’s team’s and my dad’s favorite athletes.
MM: And you mentioned your dad’s a Packer fan, right? Did he grow up in Green Bay? EA: My family actually grew up in New England but my dad is a Packer fan. He loves the Packers. He had a Bart Starr jersey and he broke his arm in it so that’s where it all began. But he’s also a Red Sox and Celtics fan.
MM: Did he prepare you well for a career in a predominately male industry? Do you ever feel like you had to prove yourself? EA: Oh, I still feel like that, every day. It’s the reason I have the work ethic I do and why I try to study so much. Being a female and in the public eye, in the spotlight, in an industry that’s male dominated, you’re always under pressure to prove yourself. But for me, I think that’s good. That made me prepare better than I did in college and high school—I’ll tell you that.
MM: What fitness regimen do you follow in order to be camera-ready? EA: I’m really into barre classes recently. I like to change them up and try different ones, but Physique 57 is my go-to right now. Being between New York and L.A., it’s easy to grab classes there. And they offer online classes through their website, which I love doing especially if I can’t get to the gym. I’ll just sweat my brains out doing the routine.
MM: What’s your diet like on the road? Do you eat well? EA: The first year I was in sports broadcasting, I did gain the “freshman 15” yet again. Being one of the girls working mostly with men, you want to fit in with the guys, so it was like, sure I’ll eat the filet every night, and yeah I’ll take the potatoes gratin, and why not kick in a dessert.
MM: Is that one of the reasons you teamed up with Subway? Has it helped your on-the-go eating habits? EA: Yes. I’ve since learned about portion size. Subway sandwiches are all over the country, and it makes it a lot easier to control what you’re putting into your mouth versus going into a drive thru and getting a supersize, number ten, with sweet and sour on it… which used to be fun!
MM: What’s your favorite thing about being part of the Fox Sports team? EA: At Fox, they’re all about you being yourself and your own brand. And we have such great characters! Michael Strahan is a dear friend, and Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and all those guys are such amazing personalities. And what do we do on Sundays? We all watch football!
MM: What tips would you give to a guy struggling to work up the confidence to ask out a woman? EA: Drop the bad lines and just go talk to someone. It impresses me when someone makes an effort and just walks up to say hello.
MM: Would a guy have to like sports in order to date you? EA: It helps in terms of mindset, especially if I’m frustrated about something or if I have a question about something. But it’s probably a good thing if they don’t know everything about football because then we may get into some heated arguments.
MM: What would be your advice to anyone looking to get into the sports broadcasting industry? EA: Study as much as you can! And make sure you really love sports. It is a glamorous job at some points, but living out of a suitcase and missing your friends’ weddings and missing holidays is tough. It’s a grind, so you really have to have a passion for sports because if you don’t, you won’t like it for long.
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