Puma Trainer, Angela Parker, founder of Body Inspired Fitness in LA! (Photo courtesy of Body Inspired Fitness)
Can't be at the games this year (okay, perhaps some of us won't ever get there!), but go for the gold in your own backyard with our hardcore Summer Games circuit workout featured in our July/August 2012 issue! I met trainer, Angela Parker, founder of Body Inspired Fitness in Los Angeles, while we were in Miami for Puma's BodyTrain girl's getaway weekend. During Angela's workout, her upbeat personality and can-do attitude was enough to make me do my best to impress, and her bootcamp training style meant I was being told to work harder every single step of the way. I knew this lady would be loved by you guys, even if you can't experience her one-on-one like I did. Her backyard bootcamp, created exclusively for FITNESS readers, has you competing against yourself (or the clock) to eke out more reps. Meet the trainer behind this kick-butt routine:
What was the most surprising thing you learned about your training style from watching yourself on Chelsea Settles? What was surprising is that it captured the emotion and the connection that comes from working so closely with someone over such a long period of time. How you saw me on TV is exactly how I am in real life. I am passionate, I am focused, and I don't let anything get in the way of others' success. I am learning how to not want it more than my clients want it.
What's your favorite workout outfit? Head to toe: I’m an ambassador for Puma so I’m a big fan of their workout gear. Of course I love my new Puma BodyTrain Slim Capris, especially the gray ones with blue and green stripes. I like how they give me an extra super flat tummy. I love pairing it with an oversized puma tank like this one. I love the cheap sports bras from Target. I always wear colored socks, which is a great way to add flash to a boring workout ensemble. Anytime I workout outside I am always wearing a visor. There is nothing sexy about wrinkles or skin cancer. And my favorite funky workout accessories are crazy nail polish and colored leather bands around my workout watch.
Favorite pre- and post-workout snacks? My favorite pre-workout snack is Paleta's 100 calorie bar. A great post workout snack I enjoy is my banana coconut smoothie. 1 cup coconut milk, 1 banana, 3/4 cups frozen pineapple, 1 tbsp almond butter. It's cold, it's refreshing, it's hydrating and it's the perfect snack to replenish and refuel me!
What's the one or two best nutrition tips you tell your clients? Don't deprive yourself. Load up on veggies. Drink lots of water.
What's in your gym bag? My Gymboss timer, heart rate monitor (my favorite is by Polar) , sunscreen, visor, bug spray, water, PowerBar energy gels, fully loaded iPod, baby wipes, and my written workout.
Goofing around in Puma! (Photo courtesy of Body Inspired Fitness
Describe your workout heaven. Wake up at 5:00 a.m., grab a Peet's coffee, drink it at the beach, go for a 60-minute run while the moon is still out, followed by a killer raw foods breakfast at RAWvolution, then a 45 minute free weight strength training session outside, then an hour of hot yoga. I would finish the day walking with a girlfriend. Wait!?! I do this three days a week. I am in workout heaven!
What's your workout hell? Being in the gym next to some guy wearing cut off jean short (jorts!), boots and a headband, while on his cell phone. This has actually happened to me more than once. Hence why I'm not the biggest fan of the gym.
Must-do move every woman should be doing: Side plank.
Favorite music to get pumped up with (top 3 songs on your playlist)? Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen - it gets everyone moving! Pumped Up Kicks -- Foster the People. Easy Lover -- Philipp Bailey & Phil Collins Here are more of my favorite playlists.
What's one thing your clients would agree on about you if I asked them to describe your workout style? I’m efficient, always working two or more sets of muscles at once; non-judgmental, because I understand that people are at different fitness levels; and always fun!
Angela in sunny LA teaching her popular bootcamp class. (Photo courtesy of Body Inspired Fitness)
Fave moment for you on a client's success? When my clients who started working with me at a young age tell me as adults that after they worked out with me they had the confidence to try out for sports teams when they once thought it was something they could never do.
Besides workout out, what do you love to do? I'm a total foodie. I love hitting up new restaurants and tasting new cuisines and flavors. I'm always on the hunt for my new fave place to eat!
Name one celeb you'd love to whip into shape (and why). Mark Zuckerburg. Because that dude just needs to get in shape! Can you imagine if the Facebook creator was hot? That would rule!
What's your favorite vacation spot? Italy. Its all about the food and love. Two of my favorite things!
Your favorite indulgence? Chocolate and wine.
Hardest workout you've ever done? My FITNESS Backyard Boot Camp Workout. Umm, have YOU done it? It's tough!
Most challenging boot camp move? Burpees. I just saw a shirt that said, "It's OK, burpees don't like you either." I LOVE that!
Favorite way to end a workout? A great song. The perfect amount of sweat. Hitting the 500 cal mark on my heart rate monitor. And still having 20 minutes to stretch and not rush into my day.