Meet Andrea “The Whoomp” Baldi

Enjoy our new segment in the Weekly Grind so you can meet and learn more about our fighters! This week, meet Andrea “The Whoomp” Baldi!

  1. When were you diagnosed with Parkinson’s?

    In the spring of 2020, 4 years ago.

  2. When did you start coming to 110 Fitness?

    In the Spring of 2021.

  3. What’s your favorite class or activity at 110?

    I like Tuesdays as well as BOXH2O in the pool and drumming on Thursdays. Brett changes things up a lot so the workouts are never boring.

  4. What do(did) you do for work?

    I was a Professor at Curry College for 30 years. I just retired 4 years ago, and it was the best job in the world! I worked with college students that had learning differences in the college’s PAL Program (Program for Advancement of Learning). The first of its kind college program was established in 1970. These students who attended struggled with writing, reading and executive function skills but still wanted a college degree.

    The program was founded by Dr. Gertrude Webb a true visionary who gave me a chance in the early 70s as a student and later as a teacher. My work with students had a special twist, which was that I too attended the college’s PAL Program in the early 70s. Growing up in the 50s and 60s with an L.D. was not fun but Dr. Webb gave me a shot and I met with success. I went on to earn two master’s degrees and later a Doctorate in education.

  5. What would you like us to know about you and your family?

    I am an only child. I will be 72 in June, and I currently live in Norwell with my partner of 38 years. We have loads of Godchildren that we spend time with. Lots of little league baseball games.

  6. Any fun hobbies you’d like to share?

    I enjoy walking, doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, and socializing with friends.

  7. How has 110 Fitness impacted your life outside of the gym?

    For sure it helps with the loneliness and fear of having Parkinson’s because I know when I get to 110 Fitness my gym buddies will be there ready to share an experience or a feeling that I too can relate to.