Angie is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She brings nearly 10 years of industry experience to her work as a wellness professional. Her specialty is dance fitness, & she has been teaching WERQ.dance.fitness.workout since its' Chicago based beginning in 2011. Angie and her choreography were featured in WERQ fitness videos from 2011-2016. She launched the WERQ brand in Buffalo, NY in 2012.
Angie was named one of Chicago's Hottest Personal Trainers by RACKED CHICAGO in 2014. She teaches classes at Urban Athlete, Cheetah Gym Andersonville, and trains clients privately. Angie is known to bring fitness to very unique settings like parties, parks, and nightclubs.
My Take On Wellness
I spent a lot of years on the wrong side of wellness. You read that right. The wrong side of wellness! Even though I had an education based in sports medicine, I still spent YEARS invested in society's obsessive ideas of what it means to have a "fit body". I would engage in extreme meal discipline and obsessive exercise habits. I developed a disordered relationship to food, workouts, control, and my body. I didn't realize that I was using fitness and wellness as a means of an escape. I was driving away my loved ones with my "commitment to fitness". I used exercise and food to distract myself from coping with the real issues: thoughts that I was unworthy of meaningful relationships, fears that I would never amount to the creative opportunities I wanted, and coping with a sexual assault I experienced as a teen.
When I discovered that I was tricking myself into a vicious cycle of "health", I took some steps back to re-evaluate. I started treating myself like precious cargo. The minute I treated movement as medicine, everything changed for me. I realized I didn't have to beat my body down or eat the minimum amount of food possible to feel powerful. I found the exercises that felt GOOD, and I did them. Consistently. I began to fuel myself with quality foods that nourish me, and fully indulge in the foods I love. I stopped blaming myself. I disassociated myself with "being bad" or having a "bad eating" days.
I realized, as a trainer, I am not alone in having a distorted view of what exercise should be. I started tapping in to what my clients were FEELING. Rep by rep, exercise by exercise. I was inspired to develop exercise programs that helped clients to feel confident, capable, and strong. Not "lose weight for that wedding!" or "body shame yourself into dropping 50 lbs!"
I am very passionate about enhancing my clients' quality of life. I want to provide them with safe, FUN, creative movements that will keep their bodies healthy and functional for many years to come. Regardless of background or age, I strive to help my clients feel vibrant in their bodies, and become fully aware of whatever might be holding them back from reaching their highest potential. I care very deeply about the clients I train. It's called personal training for a reason!
I also consider music to be the driving beat and oxygen behind my workouts I believe a good playlist is the key to anything.