M.S. Exercise Science, Fitness and Wellness Promotion- California University of PA
NASM- Certified Personal Trainer
Precision Nutrition Certified– Level 1
B.S. Health and Physical Education- Slippery Rock University of PA
Power Plate Certified
CPR/AED– American Red Cross
I have been passionate about health and fitness for as long as I can remember. When I hit the 8th grade, fitness had become a key part of my life and I knew I wanted a profession in the health and fitness world. I started Rita Giegel Fitness, LLC in August of 2017. During this time I was a middle school Health and PE teacher. In 2019, after my 7th year of teaching, I left teaching to pursue my passion and make Rita Giegel Fitness, LLC my full time career.
Through Rita Giegel Fitness, LLC, my mission is to inspire and empower others to reach their nutrition, fitness and wellness goals. I do this by providing education, support and an individualized coaching experience, so clients can change their health and change their life.
Currently, I work in person and on-line with nutrition/fitness coaching clients and personal train and teach group fitness classes. In addition, I work as an adjunct professor in the Health and PE/Exercise Science Department for Harrisburg Area Community College.
Why am I so passionate about health and fitness?
At a young age, I started experimenting with exercise and controlling my eating habits. Like most middle school kids, I struggled with fitting in and being “enough.” I used what little and mostly inaccurate information I had about health and fitness to control how I looked, so I could be acceptable, popular, pretty- you get it! I realized very quickly how confident and energized I felt from exercise- I needed to spread the word! Once I became hooked on this amazing feeling and the wonderful benefits of exercise, it quickly became my passion. I wanted to learn all there was to learn. Unfortunately, even though I had good intentions, my informational sources weren’t the best. I watched infomercials on the new fitness programs and diet fads, listened to advice from my middle school friends and absorbed bits and pieces of information from T.V., movies, peers etc. This led to a life of malnourishment, extreme hunger, restriction, bingeing and poor body image- definitely not what I had set out to achieve.
As time went on, I was still very passionate, but knew this restricting/never good enough way of living was far from “healthy.” I knew there was something I was missing. With all the inaccurate information on the internet and my past experiences, I didn’t know what to believe. I knew I needed to educate myself appropriately.
I earned my undergraduate degree in Health and PE, went on to earn a Masters of Exercise Science, my NASM Personal Training Certificate and my Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certification so that I could finally understand truth, rather than clever marketing schemes and fad diets that proved to be more damaging than helpful.
Through my education, experience, personal struggles and challenges, I am proud to say I have helped hundreds of people learn this truth, reach goals and make lasting change in their health and in their life.
I specialize in body composition change, weight loss/ fat loss and healthy living. However I have worked with many clients with various fitness, nutrition and health goals. I would love to help you stop this back and forth game so many of us have played our entire life of that “on again, off again” approach.
I am here to shed light on real information, nutrition and fitness strategies and listen to your unique needs, so you can reach your personal health and fitness goals and experience what health should feel and look like.
Thank you for helping me live my passion by choosing to work with me or by sharing my purpose with others.