Major back surgery at 19 fueled Angela’s lifelong passion for health and fitness. Following a BS in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, she worked in a physical therapy office guiding patients through rehabilitation exercises. After a few years in the rehab setting, her career path took her in an opposite direction behind a computer. Eventually getting her career back aligned with her passion, she feels her time in an office environment gave her a deeper understanding of how to mentor those in corporate settings reach their full health potential. She enjoys strength training and has also completed 13 marathons injury free. Angela has taken advanced coursework in Pre- and Postnatal exercise training to educate her pregnant and/or postnatal clients on proper and safe exercise and breathing techniques to get them back to feeling strong and doing what they love to do. Her personal moto is: “Think Like and Athlete!” Learn more about Angela in our Q & A below:
What motivated you to become a trainer?
- When I was 19 I had major back surgery. Before that, I was in near constant pain from the ages of 16-19. I discovered early on that working out was the only time I had relief from pain. I quit high school sports my junior year and asked for a Women’s Workout World membership. From then on, I fell in love with the “gym” atmosphere and the feeling of being strong. I knew early on I wanted to help others feel that way too, but I also wanted to show people that many back problems can be avoided or helped simply by being active.
How would you describe your training personality?
- I don’t think of myself as an “in-your-face” drill sergeant, but I do enjoy pushing clients to “dig deep” with ONE MORE rep or squat just a little bit deeper. When I see them work that much harder it makes me genuinely excited! I always watch for correct form, I cue when I see the movement is off from what I want, and if I see a grimace I make sure my client isn’t in pain. I want to motivate and push clients to their very best, but never at the sake of their bodies abilities on that given day.
What advice do you have for people that are just getting into fitness?
- Find a trainer that you can connect with and have a relationship with. It makes your workouts enjoyable and rewarding. Find a trainer whose lifestyle you find inspiring as well. Your trainer’s passion for health and fitness can help fuel your own new better lifestyle choices. Every choice you make, every day counts so find someone to enjoy the ride with!
What’s your favorite workout and why?
- I love to be strong so I enjoy strength training. Strong is the new beautiful!
What do you like to do for fun?
- I have 3 kids so I don’t get much free time for fun! I really do enjoy training for marathons because those long runs are my time all to myself. If I’m not training, I love eating and discovering new and fun vegan restaurants in and around the city.