My journey from gymnast to biochemist, from fitness competitor to American Ninja Warrior, from one ACL tear to another.
Angela Gargano is a celebrity fitness personality and founder of the Pull-Up Revolution and Warrior Strong methods, helping clients utilize their inner strength to tone and rejuvenate their bodies and minds.
Both NYC/LA Based, Angela is a trainer who teaches special events and group classes based on her Strong Feels Good concept.
Angela is the winner of Miss Fitness America 2016, was a finalist for Women's Health Next Fitness Star, and has starred on NBC's American Ninja Warrior. Angela is known for her relentless pursuit to help her community crush their fitness goals and realize their inner strength. After tearing her ACL on season 10 of America Ninja Warrior, Angela made her comeback stronger than ever. She spent a year rehabilitating herself and now wants to share that strength with her audience and help them overcome any obstacles that get in the way of their dreams.
Angela has an incredible influence on all things wellness: from fitness to injury prevention, to fashion and beauty, Angela is truly a jack of all trades.
As a member of Rhode Island's College NCAA Gymnastics team, Angela graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and utilizes her knowledge of the body to help her clients achieve their health and wellness goals.
She has been featured in publications such as Women’s Health, Oxygen, Shape, Muscle & Fitness, and more.
In 2008, Angela moved from New Jersey to Rhode Island to pursue NCAA College Gymnastics. Angela was a fierce competitor, particularly on vault and bars, and Co-Captain of her team both her Junior and Senior Year. She also excelled in the classroom and consistently held one of the highest GPAs on her team as a Biochemistry major.
As a sophomore in 2010, she suffered her first major injury: an ACL tear. Through her feelings of devastation, Angela used her “career ending injury" as motivation to become stronger from the inside out. Angela pushed herself to learn more about the process to becoming well-conditioned through her entire body.
In 2012, she graduated magna cum laude with her Biochemistry degree, and went on to work at Brown University and Genzyme, creating compounds for rare genetic diseases and cancer.
While working the 12 hour overnight shift at a pharmaceutical company, Angela began competing in fitness competitions. She used her midnight lunch break to run and train, and within a few months of competing, she won multiple fitness titles and her earned Professional Card in both Fitness and Bikini.
While on her new competitive journey, her co-workers joined in with her, inspired to become healthier and stronger themselves. Angela began helping them with their goals, and that's when she started to realize how fulfilling it was to watch others become stronger and more confident.
She decided to get her Personal Training Certificate, and within a few months, left her cushy pharmaceutical job all together to coach gymnastics and open up her own gym called AGAthletics.
While owning her gym, she won the Miss Fitness America 2016 title in the professional division (the highest title you can achieve), and also competed on American Ninja Warrior for the first time.
After deciding to take a break from fitness competitions and focus on her gym, she started doing shoots for several magazines, and became a finalist for the Women’s Health Next Fitness Star. Angela was on the cover of a national fitness magazine and traveled the world, telling her story about how she was made fun of as a young girl for her strong, “manly” arms and how she overcame it.
A year later, Angela was cast on American Ninja Warrior for the second time. She had been training for this by going to multiple local Ninja Competitions and competing in competitive OCR races. She was the strongest she had ever been, and she entered Season 10 with total confidence that she could hit that buzzer.
She made it the top 5 female competitors, and that's when she suffered another devastating injury.
Angela tore her ACL for the second time on national television during her American Ninja Warrior run.
Turning lemons into lemonade, Angela began her epic comeback, became a voice and inspiration for people recovering from ACL tears, and was back on American Ninja Warrior for Season 11.