Cranston’s Angela Gargano returns to ‘American Ninja Warrior’ regional competition -The Boston Globe

Cranston’s Angela Gargano returns to ‘American Ninja Warrior’ regional competition

08namesninja -- Angela Gargano, who will be competing for a spot in the finals of American Ninja Warrior Season 10. (Ian Barnard)
(IAN BARNARD) Angela Gargano
From opening her own gym to gracing the cover of Women’s Health Magazine, Angela Gargano, 27, of Cranston, R.I., is something of an American warrior already.

Now Gargano is returning to the “American Ninja Warrior” obstacle course for the regional qualifier for Season 10, the show premiering on NBC on May 30. She was on Season 7 back in 2015, but her previous stint on the obstacle course was not televised.

“After 3 years of working my butt off to get on again after competing on Season 7 I get another change to compete on the course,” Gargano posted on Instagram in April 17, accompanied by photos of her smiling in an ANW jacket. “Time to step up my training and make this happen.”

Moments before she posted on social media, Gargano got the call.
“I was called maybe an hour before I posted,” she said. “I was freaking out because I really didn’t think I would qualify. I had been trying and submitting every year” since 2015.

The fitness guru owns AG Athletics, a training space in Cranston that combines weights and traditional classes with gymnastics and so called “ninja training.” Before the full-time switch to fitness, she worked for pharmaceutical company Genzyme, having graduated Rhode Island College with a degree in biological chemistry.

“I was going to go get my PhD but didn’t get into the schools I wanted and was getting upset,” Gargano said. “During that time I was also doing fitness competitions and then I was helping friends train and thought I would really enjoy doing this for a living. So I just quit my job and I started teaching parents at the gymnastics studio I was at and it all emerged from there. It was a big switch and a big risk, but I’m really glad I took it.”

To add to her accolades, she also holds the titles of Miss Fitness America 2016, Miss Bikini New England 2016, and Miss Fitness Boston 2013 to name a few.

Gargano heads to the regional “American Ninja Warrior” competition in Philadelphia at Richmond Power Plant on Friday and Saturday, and if she makes it through both days of competition (only the top 10-15 contestants will make it past both nights) the next step is the national finals held in Las Vegas in June.

Sophie Cannon can be reached at sophie.cannon@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @the_grandCannon

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