Angie Roos is a personal trainer, golf-lover, competitive athlete and #TeamTrifocus Brand Ambassador. We catch up with Angie to find out what motivates her, how she stays in shape, how Trifocus Fitness Academy helps her in her competitive career and what advice she has for others looking to enter the fitness industry.
Angie’s Basic Stats
Weight: 50kg (Stage weight – 47kg)
Tell us more about your background in the fitness industry and your journey so far
Ever since I can remember I’ve been active in the gym. From a young age I started with aerobic classes with my mother while I was still in primary school. As a family we also did road running. Every weekend we would do a different event.
My dad did a few fitness courses and became a spinning and pure pump instructor at our gym.From the age of 12, I did all the classes with him. I also participated in school activities such as cross country, athletics and hockey. The pure pump was my first experience training with weights. I loved the feeling, the way my muscles burned. The result was the I pushed harder and went heavier.
I stopped everything in my first year atuniversity and gained a lot of weight. I had to start my fitness journey all over again. I did a lot of cardio but it didn’t get me where I really wanted to be. In 2010, I decided to start weight training seriously and I have not looked back.
Last year I made the big decision to start competing. I won my first show as well as provincials and ended up in the top 10 in South Africa. At the moment I have an amazing fitness coach who is guiding me. I’m very excited to get on stage this year.
Tell us more about why you love playing golf and why it is great for physical exercise
My husband is a professional golfer and he taught me how to play. We played in the World Club Pro-am together as a team this year, an international golfing event held in Durban. It was my first big tournament I played in. For me golf is something my husband and I can enjoy together. Playing a round of 18 holes you walk more or less 9km while carrying or pushing your golf bag. I love the nature on a golf course, the peacefulness, sunshine and fresh air.
How has #TeamTrifocus advanced your career?
Trifocus Fitness Academy has given me the opportunity to study their personal training fitness course. This is something I have dreamed about for so long. To be a #TeamTrifocus brand ambassador is beyond amazing. A great team that is always supporting me.
The learning material is so easy to work with. I can honestly say I enjoy every moment of studying and doing assessments. Trifocus Fitness Academy has helped me to learn more about the human body, what happens during training, eating and resting. I’ve learned new exercises and corrected my posture on some of the exercises I was doing incorrectly. I’m not only keeping my body in shape but training my mind as well. I believe knowledge is power.
Whenever I feel a little demotivated on some days, a #TeamTrifocus social media post always motivates me. I’m going to start with my nutrition course soon and I can’t wait to make the career change into the fitness industry.
Which #TeamTrifocus fitness courses did you do?
I did their Personal Training Diploma.
What is your favourite exercise and why?
I love the leg press machine as it helps me tone and shape my legs well.
What is your favourite body part to train?
If I really have to choose a favourite body part to train it would be shoulders. But everyday I train different body parts and enjoy the challenge of getting stronger.
What is your prefered type of exercise/training?
I enjoy strength training but like to add the occasional high-intensity (HIIT) training session. At the moment I’m following a training programme that my fitness coach worked out for me to get stage ready.
How do you stay in shape?
Every morning my husband and I start our day in the gym at 5am. At the moment I do my cardio in the morning. It makes it so much easier for me for me that he goes with me. After work I do my weight training. I do small things like taking the stairs instead of a lift. When I coach some of my sport teams I do fitness activities with them. Even when I’m feeling lazy or tired I know that I will feel so much better after training. That keeps me going. The more you do the more you can do.
Do you have any advice for aspiring fitness models or someone looking to lose weight/get fit?
It is so important never to give up. There were times in my life, and I still get them, when I just want to give up because I’m not where I want to be yet. However, when you get to that day and start seeing your hard work is paying off it makes it worth it. There is no greater feeling that being proud and comfortable in your own skin. This is more important than what you weigh.
What is the most valuable knowledge you have gained from your #TeamTrifocus fitness courses?
The most valuable thing I have learned about are the different types of training. Everyone does not have the same fitness goal and with my personal training course I am now able to assist any person with any goal. I learned different methods to test a person’s fitness level before we start any training, your clients’ health always comes first. You can’t give every client the same training or eating programme. Everyone is different and on their own level. In this fitness course I also learned about the anatomy of the human body. I now have the knowledge to help people who have an injury or any other fitness-related problem.
Motivation is very important. As I have a passion for fitness I always feel motivated to be active. However, there are a lot of people who are not motivated. #TeamTrifocus teaches great methods to motivate your personal training clients. You must make sure that your attitude is positive and really push these type of clients. Not only will it make it easier for them to reach their goal, they will have more confidence and will enjoy life more. Monitoring your clients can also be a great motivational tool, if they see results they will work harder.
Another great tool to use – which I learned on my #TeamTrifocus personal training diploma – is helping your clients set realistic goals. Their fitness goals must be S.M.A.R.T:
- Time bound
Which Trifocus Fitness Academy course/courses would you recommend to others, and why?
As I did my Personal Training Diploma through the fitness college, I would recommend this course to anyone who has a passion for fitness or who want to help others reach goals. I chose the diploma to have the advantage of more knowledge because I believe knowledge is power. This is the most enjoyable course I have ever done. Even after a long day I can’t wait to open my Trifocus Fitness Academy books to learn more. The online assignments are very easy to access. You do not need to waste any time searching about where to go. While you study there are also videos in each module which you can view that will help you have a better understanding of what is expected. I personally enjoyed the quizzes.
I feel Trifocus Fitness Academy’s Personal Training Course is the stepping stone into the fitness industry. This qualification makes you hungry for more knowledge which is why I cannot wait to start my Specialised Nutrition Course.
If you are also working like me, and want to study a fitness course, don’t worry! Trifocus Fitness Academy accommodates people like us with the correspondence and online options. You can study in the comfort of your own home and when you have the time.
What advice do you have for newbies/people just embarking on their journey in the fitness industry?
Remember that it doesn’t happen overnight. Fitness is a lifestyle change. You make time for you training and what you eat is very important. You will feel your overall health will increase over time and you will also feel happier when you are healthy. Do not compare yourself with anyone. Everyone is unique and has their own journey they are working on.