Angela “Angie” Ferraro is open about her addiction and enjoys sharing it with others.
So if you’re eager to strengthen your golf swing, improve your core strength, balance and flexibility, rehabilitate from orthopedic surgery, train for a marathon or simply get into shape and drop a few pounds, Ferraro wants to enable you.
“Personally, I am addicted to exercise,” Ferraro confesses.
She’s a personal trainer who has more than 16 years of experience in the fields of fitness, wellness and sports medicine. Ferraro recently decided to pull together her comprehensive arsenal of skills to start her own personal training business.
“In order for me to progress professionally and financially, I needed to go out on my own,” said Ferraro, who worked in a local gym for three years until she decided to run with her entrepreneurial spirit.
She didn’t really need all the bells and whistles of gym anyway.
“I’ve learned over the years to be very creative, so I don’t need a lot of equipment,” said Ferraro about her multitude of exercises. “People think a lot of time that they need to be on these machines, but actually, most of the time (with) those machines you don’t use your core at all. Every sport that you do, you have to use your core.”
The Minnesota native has been migrating to warmer, sunnier North Naples to work for eight months during the year for the past three years.
Ferraro graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in kinesiology and worked for six years as a physical therapist assistant until she went back to school to get her master’s in teaching at Hamline University. While in graduate school, Ferraro was personal training on the side.
After getting my master’s, “I worked as a physical education and health teacher for a couple years in the school system and decided that my passion was personal training,” she said.
Now, with National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer and yoga instructor certifications under her weight belt, Ferraro offers orthopedic rehabilitation and total body fitness training and teaches Vinyasa yoga.
“She’s very good at what she does,” said Marge Perez, who has been a client of Ferraro’s for two years. “She’s had a lot of training in the past, and she’s just very good.”
Perez, who is currently doing yoga with Ferraro, meets with her once a week.
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions,” said Perez, who has a hard time motivating herself to work out on her own. Ferraro “doesn’t allow me to get away with being lazy.”
Ferraro went through a five-month yoga instructor course last summer, and chose to specialize in and teach Vinyasa yoga because it concentrates on increasing you heart rate while improving core strength and flexibility.
“I just wanted to get deeper into my yoga practice, and a lot of clients were requesting and wanting to do yoga,” Ferraro said. “You should be sweating a lot when you’re done.”
Roughly 50 percent of her clients are golfers, so Ferraro is also a certified level two fitness pro instructor for the Titleist Performance Institute.
“When I was in Bonita Bay working at the fitness center, I was seeing ten clients a day, and a lot of them were golf-specific,” said Ferraro, who also has a passion for golfing.
MyTPI.com is the largest free information Web site on golf-specific fitness, and golf swing biomechanics. Ferraro uses the program to build custom golf fitness regimens for her clients based on their individual physical limitations that hinder the improvement and development of their swing. Many of the exercises she uses proactively prevent injuries.
“Well first I put them through a physical assessment or screening process, so I put them through about 20 different movement assessments that are all related to golf.”
Ferraro then takes the data from the physical assessment tests, which measure golfer-specific abilities such as shoulder and neck range of motion, coordination, core strength and balance, and plugs it into the program on the TPI Web site.
The program “compares them to a PGA professional, shows areas where they need work and what swing faults they may have due to those (physical) limitations,” she said.
Not only does Ferraro create an individually tailored workout regimen for when she meets with her clients for a training session, but they also have access to 18 individual workout session instructions, pictures and videos through the Web site.
“It just pinpoints the (physical) deficits that they have, and we work on those,” she says.
For all her other clients Ferraro created a general physical assessment test that identifies each clients strengths and weaknesses.
Her physical therapy and kinesiology background provide her with knowledge about the average or normal ranges of motion that the human body is capable of.
“I can manual muscle test their strength in their shoulders and their different areas so I can tell where that’s supposed to be as well,” she says.
Although Ferraro trains people of all ages, the majority of her clients are more than 40 years old, and many of them have injuries.
“You should contact their doctor or physical therapist because they’re always open to talk to you,” she says.
Ferraro consults with her clients’ doctors or physical therapists in order to customize workout regimens around their injuries.
“People feel confident in me with my education and experience and everything,” said Ferraro, who likes to push her clients to a safe limit that she knows their bodies can handle. “They know that they can trust me and that I’m not going to injure them. They’re not going to get injured doing these exercises.”