Height: 5' 10"
Pregnancy Weight (highest weight): 212
Off season weight: 145-148, size 6-8
(15% body fat)
Competition weight: 136-138, size 4-6
(8.5% body fat)
Angie Gooding was your typical wife and mom and with her second pregnancy, had a life changing moment that would inspire her to take control and become a fitness force to reckon with.
Her story: Angie grew up in a small town in Washington State, was active, and played high school sports. She went on to college where she continued to stay active and studied education. She was a high school teacher in Seattle for four years and then moved on to work in the wedding industry. Throughout this time period, she got married and had two children. After giving birth to her two children with no meds, she realized how powerful and capable the human body was. I love her story already! Even though her pregnancies were great and easy, she did not enjoy being pregnant, big, and uncomfortable. Can all you moms relate? She decided to see how far she could push her capable body, and leave the discomfort of pregnancy far behind her. See before/after pics. She had always been athletic, but she started to learn more about weight training, and how it can improve the shape and function of the body. Pregnancy really was the turning point for her. While trying to get back in shape after pregnancy, she started lifting weights regularly and really started noticing changes in her body. Some of you need to start weight training... She decided to hire a trainer to learn more and coincidently, there was a bodybuilding show three months after she hired her trainer, so she figured it was a good goal. It was a fun experience for her and she learned so much through the process regarding the training, nutrition, dedication, and hardwork it takes to prepare for these events. After this experience, she decided to pursue health and fitness as a new profession and became certified as a personal trainer.
Angie now owns and runs her own personal training business in Marysville, WA – Inspire Fitness & Training. Appropriately named, don’t you think? Through her previous various career paths she learned wonderful teaching experience and marketing knowledge that helps benefit her newly formed profession in the fitness field. As a trainer, her clients have now lost a combined 501 pounds and counting since January 2009. She is also currently represented by Sports Unlimited, a Fitness Modeling Agency out of Portland, OR.
Angie is definitely a fitness inspiration. Her clients get results and Angie obviously leads by example. As a fellow fitness professional, I admire her journey and story. She is a wife, a mother, an entrepreneur, and a professional. Many of us can relate to the schedule challenges, and hectic events life can bring. We all have to learn to juggle it all. She is a No Excuses person and finds time to make health and fitness a priority. She is extremely dedicated and willing to do what it takes to be a leader as a fitness professional.
We checked in to ask a few more questions for Angie:
How do you balance family, fitness, and running a business?
Good question…I balance it very carefully! I train out of my home, and clients come early in the morning before my children are awake. I also train in the afternoons, and we have a neighbor girl come to watch the kids. I do not work past 6:30 so that I can have dinner with the family—even though I could have additional clients later in the evening, it is a commitment I have to my family to be there for them. I tend to fit my own fitness in when I can—I do not take clients on M/W during the day, so I go to the gym then and my son plays with little friends at the YMCA. I also am committed to weekend workouts. Lastly, I do not cook. I worship the Crockpot, and do not use recipes. I just throw in healthy food and hope it turns out. I also make HUGE salads that last four days and drag them out every night for dinner. My husband BBQ’s so I save a lot of time by refusing to cook. If I do cook, I make triple batches of everything, and freeze the leftovers for future dinners.
Any advice for those struggling to get the health & fitness goals they want?
Get real, be honest, and be consistent. Select a group of people to support you, write your goals on paper, and refuse to use excuses.
What’s on your music playlist right now?
The Ting-tings, Nickelback, Pink.
What is in store for Angie Gooding in the future?
Time will tell! I would love to get into fitness leadership of some kind…do more bodybuilding shows, run a half marathon, and support my children with their own healthy lifestyles!
A true fitness inspiration and success story. What's your success story?
Best in health-