My name is Gina Marie D’Angelo. I am 24 years old. I am a personal trainer and nutrition specialist. I was a personal trainer at a gym for 2 years before I started my own online fitness business. My passion is helping my clients reach their true potential.
Northport, New York.
“Train with me, break all your barriers, learn your true potential”. I want to help as many people as I can become the best version of themselves.
I focus on strength training. I love the feeling I get when I lift weights. It is important to me that I am able to get stronger. I feel empowered when I am training. Training is my escape from the world. When I am in the gym I shut the whole world off. My headphones go in and my music goes on and it’s just me and the weights.
My philosophy with nutrition is that you shouldn’t have to give up the food you love in order to reach your goals. My clients are able to eat balanced meals and still reach their goals. Restriction of all of the foods that you love to eat is not the way to live. For me, personally, I love healthy food. I enjoy the meals that I eat on prep and during improvement season. Eating for my goals is a way of life. The goals that I have in the gym are very important to me which means my diet has to be complementary to the workouts I do.
Taking supplements is not necessary. Eating the proper diet filled with whole foods is the best way to reach your goals. Supplements are meant to work in conjunction with a balanced diet in order to reach your goals. I do take supplements that help me reach my goals. The supplements that I take are from Cutler Nutrition. Prevail and Amplify from Cutler Nutrition is the best pre-workout stack that I have ever used. I am very picky about the supplements that I take. Cutler Nutrition is hands down the best.
Do you prefer to take and recommend all-natural (no sugar, no artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners) supplements or supplements with artificial flavors and sweeteners? And Why?
I recommend that my clients focus on eating whole nutritious foods. I’m not totally against artificial sweeteners but I do not recommend that you overuse them. Everything in moderation!
Is weight loss more of a fitness issue or a health issue in your opinion and why?
Weight loss is a health issue. You have to be committed to working hard in the gym and be consistent in the kitchen. Weight loss is earned and you have to be willing to be consistent. I always tell my clients that they have to make their weight loss journey a lifestyle. You want to lose weight without giving up your whole life. Make small changes that will help you get to your ultimate goal of weight loss.
If you have 100 tokens in total and you could apply them to the following categories, how many would you apply to each?
- Fitness level: 25
- Health level: 75
You need an equal amount of energy devoted to each. Health is the overall well-being of a person. Fitness is included in health. Fitness is only a small part of the overall well-being of a person. It’s important to understand that you can’t outwork a bad diet. Devote time to the gym, your nutrition, mental health, and emotional health.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines:
Status is a magazine that looks to educate its readers about fitness and nutrition. Status is a magazine like no other. Status Magazine is an incredible read and I am beyond blessed to be published. It is an honor.
If you could ask Status Fitness Magazine Editor in Chief Rodney Jang any industry question, what would that be?
What inspired you to start such a unique and inspiring magazine?
Status Fitness Magazine runs model searches across North America including the largest one at the Arnold Classic for the Status cover. As part of the Status family, you will receive a special participation invite. How excited are you about this opportunity?
I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate in this event. I am so excited to have this opportunity. I never thought I would ever be considered for something like this and I am very grateful.
Future fitness goals and plans?
I plan on competing in the NPC this year. My goal is to step on a National Level Stage this year. Fitness will always be a part of my life. Fitness has made me who I am today. My ultimate goal is to build out my business and create an empire for Gina Marie Fitness.
Your transformation story:
I started my fitness journey 5 years ago. I started going to the gym in order to build muscle and get stronger. I was a runner and I got injured due to my lack of muscle mass. I fell in love with the process of building muscle and getting stronger. I found bodybuilding about 2 years ago. I wanted to challenge myself and try to compete in the bikini division in the NPC. I decided to do my first show in 2019. The minute my prep started, I was hooked. The process of getting to the stage can be difficult but it is worth it. Bodybuilding is an art. The process of preparing for the stage has taught me so much. I did not and I do not have a coach. I have coached myself for the entirety of my fitness journey. Coaching myself has taught me so much. I have researched, studied, and devoted my life to learning everything there is to know about bodybuilding. I am always learning and trying to improve.
5 things people don’t know about you:
- I was a figure skater for 10 years.
- I love cannolis.
- I’m 100% Italian.
- My favorite place is the gym.
- I am a cat lover.
If you could inspire one person, who would that be? And why?
If I could inspire one person it would be the everyday working person. I want to inspire busy people to create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.
Who inspires you? And why?
My biggest inspiration is my parents. My parents have worked so hard all of their lives to raise my brother and me. I started my business because of the love and support that they have given me all throughout my life. Being raised by two hard-working individuals has taught me to always work hard and never give up. I am the woman I am today because of my parents.
“Inhale the future, exhale the past.”
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”.
Photographer: Gennaro Brigante