Welcome to Heart & Soul Fitness

Angela Ripolo OwnerAbout Angela

As a child growing up in an Italian house, bread and pasta were always the staple of my diet.  I can still remember eating heaping platefuls of pasta with half a loaf of my mother’s homemade bread.  There was no such thing as a serving size, you just ate everything on your plate and then some.  Although I loved my sports and was quite active I always had some extra weight that haunted me leaving me quite insecure.  When I entered high school I refrained from joining any of the school sports because the uniforms were just too small for my liking.  I couldn’t bear the thought of showing so much skin and the thought of everyone watching how much would jiggle terrified me.  Needless to say this was the end of any type of physical activity besides my P.E. class that was mandatory until Grade 10.

In 2009 I finally became a certified personal trainer.  I knew that I didn’t want to work in the bar industry forever and was really quite passionate about fitness.  I took my own training to the next level and maintained a healthier lifestyle than ever.  I was in great shape, working as a personal trainer and still working part time as a bartender.  I was getting great experience but I still felt like something was missing.

In July 2012 I gave birth to a baby boy and everything changed from there.  I had gained 30 lbs of fat while I was pregnant but did not waste any time trying to burn that fat right off.  One of the benefits that I had going for me was that I remained quite active during my pregnancy so I was actually working out the first week after I gave birth.  The first month back at training, I was adjusting to having a newborn and getting workouts in here and there.  I set a goal for the second month after I gave birth to do my first ever challenge.  I committed to the Insanity challenge and followed through for 60 days.  I lost about 15 lbs of fat but was not seeing the results that I really wanted to see.  Yes the fat was coming off but my body responds better to weight training and I believe with all my being that everyone’s body responds better to weight training.  This is when I decided to set up a little studio in my son’s future bedroom.  I also thought to myself, why not just start up your own little business from home and see what happens.

This really was the best decision I ever made.  I finally felt like for the first time that I was doing exactly what I was meant to be doing.  I didn’t have that feeling like something was missing anymore.  I get to be a part of changing people’s lives for the better every day and that truly is such a rewarding feeling.  I really believe that you can have, do or be whatever it is that you want in life and if you want to take your fitness to the next level then I am here ready with the tools to help you get there.

WHY CHOOSE US

If you are viewing this site and are ready to take your fitness to another level, you have come to the right place. We all need that extra push, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or even advanced. In our non-intimidating studio, you will reach higher and achieve goals like never before. If you are willing to give it your all, than we guarantee to give you nothing but the best.

  • Over 15 years training experience
  • BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer
  • BCRPA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
  • CPR/First Aid Certified
  • Continuous education in the industry
  • Frequent changes in routines to prevent a plateau
  • Various top of the line equipment
  • Highly motivated
JESSICA WILLIAMSVancouver, BC
Angela Ripolo has been my trainer for 7 months now. She is one amazing person to work with, and is exceptional at keeping me motivated. I started working out with Angela because I wanted to get fit and heard that she was very knowledgeable. Angela has been very supportive, patient and is there for me when I need her. She has helped me so much with setting my goals, accomplishing them, and going the extra mile.
before and after fitness photo

Before and After

Gaining 30 pounds after giving birth was the best thing that ever happened to me. I envisioned exactly where I wanted to be and knew that I was going to work harder than ever before to get there.

Exercise and eating clean helped me get back to where I was before I got pregnant. I decided that I was now going to enter a bikini competition because it had been a long time goal of mine. I knew that this was something I had to do and nothing was going to stand in my way.

Preparation for competition began 12 weeks out from the date. I was enjoying the process and everything was going great. Unfortunately at 5 weeks out, my Father became very ill and everything in my being had forced me to pull out. The only thing that mattered now was spending all my time with whatever time he had left. He passed away 6 weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Within one year I was blessed with a beautiful baby boy and then my Father had gone to heaven. This added fuel to the fire and only encouraged me to work even harder than ever. I signed up for the next competition and did it.

This experience has taught me to live every day to the fullest. We all have set backs in life, but we only get one life to do what we want. My aim is to strive for excellence, learn from my mistakes, be inspired by others and to give it all that I have.

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