Gemma Notarangelo

Head of CRM - Weight training, HIIT and Yoga

What sport/discipline/Fitness activity do you take part in? Why? How long?

Weight training, HIIT and Yoga for about 9 years. Before that I did dance for most of my life and completed my degree in choreography and performance. After university, I became quite unfit and quickly made the decision to change this, so I enrolled with a PT at my local gym, focussing on resistance training and cardio to improve my fitness. I haven’t looked back since!

What’s your current goal?

My current goals are improving my general fitness levels as well as being able to do an unassisted pull-up. Alongside this I’m focusing on maintaining a healthy relationship with food. I have struggled with the latter for some years. I’ve come a long way since then and as a result, my overall performance is so much better.

How often do you train?

6 times a week with daily walks in-between.

How do you train?

Currently I do around 3-4 weight sessions a week, with 2 of them being more intense/HIIT-based, 2 yoga sessions a week and aerobic development through cycling and running. I also do around 2 stretching/mobility sessions a week; about 2 years ago I had a hip operation due to injury, so it’s become an important part of my training regime.

What’s your biggest training tips?

Never miss your warm-up and cool-down! It’s just as important as the workout itself, probably even more important. It doesn’t take long, and it will ensure you have prepped your body correctly and reduces the chance of injury.

What’s your biggest bit of advice for someone starting?

Find something you enjoy doing. There are so many ways to stay active and keep fit but it’s difficult to stay motivated if you don’t take pleasure from the activity. If your goal is weight loss, I would also avoid jumping on the scales every week and being disheartened if the numbers don’t change; focus more on how exercise makes you feel and eating balanced, nutritious meals most of the time. And NEVER feel guilty about the food you eat – you have full permission to enjoy yourself!

What’s your favourite thing about your sport/discipline?

Genuinely, it’s about how it makes me feel mentally. No matter what is going on in my life, I can always fall back on exercise.

What’s the goal for 2022?

I’m always up for a challenge and to train my body in a different way. I’m competing at Hyrox in April so I’m currently preparing for this which is very intense. I’m also lucky enough to be part of our company’s London to Paris cycling event next July so I’m focusing on getting both miles and my endurance up on the bike.

What’s your biggest achievement to date? In sport or general?

I hit some great PBs in the gym before my operation, including being able to hip thrust 103kg. My weight training goals have changed somewhat though throughout my recovery. Cycling 300 miles to Paris and Hyrox in London will certainly top this though!

What or who inspires you?

When I see someone at the beginning of their fitness journey. It doesn’t matter what size you are or how strong you are, but just the intent to go out there and do something to improve your health is amazing.

What’s your favourite product from PhD and SiS?

My favourite PhD product has to be either a Choc Peanut Butter Smart Bar (tastes like a Lion Bar!) or a Blueberry Smart Jack. I eat at least one of these every day! My favourite SiS product is definitely REGO Cherry; it’s been a life saver when recovering from intense workouts.

What do you love about being a part of SiS/PhD?

Everyone at work has a genuine passion for sports or fitness, so it’s a great place to be around like-minded people who truly believe in our brands.