Incorporate Outdoors Adventure with Strength and Functional Training for a Fit, Healthy, Youthful Body with Angela!
Angela Petrigni, Head Trainer, provides in-home personal training to Rye, Portsmouth, Hampton, Exeter, and Stratham NH and other southern NH areas
I started out weightlifting in a gym back in 1995. I had no idea what exercises to do and just followed what other people in the gym were doing. That was a mistake since I ended up injuring myself a few times along the way. Then I thought to myself, “There must be a better way”. I decided I needed to gain more knowledge about the fitness industry. I enrolled in the NHCTC’s Exercise Science program and realized how misinformed the public was on exercise and how it affects the body. Once I learned how much I was doing incorrectly, I knew there were other people like me who just needed to be shown the proper form, technique, and follow the best program to reach their specific goals.
After I received my Associates degree in Exercise Science, I continued on for my Bachelors degree at UNH in Kinesiology. At first I was attending school to help myself, and then I realized I wanted to be able to help others as well. My decision to make fitness a career was an easy choice. I am one of the few people that can say, “I love my job”! I enjoy every type of exercise and want to share my knowledge and experience with others.
Once I was able to train myself, I started training others. My first question to every client is, “What is your goal”? I also need to find out where their strengths and weaknesses are then design a program from there. Each person is an individual and an exercise program needs to be designed based on each separate person.
One of my favorite types of training is functional training. Sitting in a machine will not strengthen your core, nor will it help with balance. Our core and balance muscles keep us upright throughout the day. My specialties include: injuries, special populations, older adults, and overweight individuals. I was employed in a Physical Therapy clinic for 4 years as an Exercise Specialist working with all types of injuries and fitness levels. During those 4 years, I also worked with junior high and high school athletes as a Strength Coach for many team sports.
My philosophy on healthy eating is, “Moderation is key”. Eating healthy is a life-long process and we cannot be expected to cut out chocolate all together! Having been injured a few times, my philosophy with exercise is, “Build your foundation first”. This basically states, you cannot add weight or increase the difficulty of the exercise unless you have proper form. Would you build your house without a proper foundation? You should think of your body in the same way.
I am a mountaineer who loves the outdoors and everything it has to offer. Hiking all 4,000 footers in NH and completing the Presidential Traverse are just a few things I have done. My running includes; 5ks, 10ks, and half marathons. I also have completed a century ride and a few dualthons. When I am not outside, you can usually find me at the gym or volunteering at the NHSPCA.
I am available Sunday through Friday.
*Bachelor’s in Kinesiology
*Associates in Exercise Science
Here is what some of Angela's Clients
Have to Say About Training with Her...
"My name is Erika Gifford and my trainer is Angela Petrigini. I found your website through an internet search back in March and was hooked up right away with Angela. I was in pretty decent shape and had lost 12 pounds on my own. I was training on my own for my first National Physique competition. I'd never competed before, but always wanted to try it.
My first goal was a bikini competition. I started training with Angela at the end of March. I was her first competitor that she ever trained for something like this. We immediately clicked. I had complete trust in her that she would get me to where I needed to be.
I just wanted to let you know how great she has been. I am so grateful to have been connected with her. I just had my first bikini competition this past weekend and placed 3rd! She even came there to watch me and I didn't even ask her to. We now have our sites set on a new challenge for me, Figure competing. We are both very excited about it. She has been wonderful and I would not have done as well as I did without her. Thank you very much!"
"I, being a former high school athlete, thought that I would not need a trainer or that I could do it on my own and still get results. I was wrong and not only did Angela show me how I can better myself but she taught me new techniques and workouts as well and because of that I lost 30lbs in a short amount of time. She also taught me how to better myself outside of the gym with eating better. Our short time together I felt so much better about myself and I learned so much. I also gained a pretty cool friend.
Angela's training methods are very effective; in her style of training she finds the level you're at before putting you in a program. Angela is a very down to earth kind of trainer. She can push you without being a real intimidating person. I would recommend her to anyone, whether it's for losing weight or getting back into shape or just wanting to feel healthier, she is the trainer I would mention to anyone of any age."
"How do you get from the couch to hiking, running a 5k, and playing soccer??? You find someone who is a trainer that thrives on sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm for exercise! I had one short conversation with Angela that consisted of me explaining the situation I was in and what I wanted to obtain. Her response sold me. She simply said to me 'give me two weeks!' To my surprise within those two weeks I was doing things I never thought I would ever be able.
Let me give you a brief background. I was an athlete throughout high school that struggled with weight issues. No matter how hard I would train I could never get into shape or keep my weight under control. After high school my weight continued to climb. As time went on my knees began to give me trouble. I have had 8 knee surgeries over the course of 14 years. Though the knee pain and weight never really kept me down, it was always a struggle to be a part of the things I loved and things I long to try. In February of 2007 I had reached my all time high weight of 346 lbs. I had reached a desperate point in my life. That was when I had decided to have the gastric bypass surgery. I had the surgery October 31, 2007, since then I have lost 160lbs. The challenge for me now is to maintain that weight loss. I happen to be searching for someone to educate and challenge me to continue with making healthy choices. Fortunately for me, Angela happened to cross paths with me.
Since I have been working with Angela my life is continually changing for the better. She listens to my desires and enthusiastically challenges me to go after them. She is well aware of my physical issues and works with me to modify the exercises if needed. She has given me to the tools to succeed; it is up to me to make things happen."
Angela's available hours are: M-F early mornings (5-9) and evenings (4-8), depending on distance. However, there is always a possibility for weekends. My distance could be as far north as Concord, west as Merrimack, south as Andover, and anywhere in between from Exeter NH.
Interested in Training with Angela? Please fill out the Quote Request form.