My name is Amber Pagano and I am a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Functional Strength Coach. I am labeled as a personal trainer and massage therapist but I believe theres more to it than just touch & movement. I help my clients heal and strengthen their bodies through the power of movement and massage modalities. I also help facilitate activating your bodies highest potential by raising your vibration and moving you not just on a physical plane but on a spiritual plane as well.
All About Me
I was born and raised in Sag Harbor, yes a true Hamptons local. I started teaching group fitness classes at the local gym in Sag Harbor when I was 18 years old, back in 2012. I fell in love with fitness and knew that this was a career path that I needed to be on. My mom was the manager of the American Fitness Factory back in 1994 and I was basically raised in the gym setting. There are people, to this day, that come up to me and say "I remember when you were in your carseat on the front desk at the gym." It was destined to be.
I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life after high school, just like all of us, so I didn't go away to college but stayed local. I attended Suffolk County Community College, where I took all of my prerequisites for nursing school. At the same time, I volunteered for the Sag Harbor Ambulance for about 4 years and received my EMT-B, but soon realized that this very rewarding job wasn't a career I wanted to pursue. I received my personal training certification, but had no idea what to do with it. I taught small group fitness and spin classes while also being the assistant manager of the facility. I then continued on the more holistic route by receiving my Holistic Health Coaching certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, but still didn't know what to do with that. My whole entire trajectory changed when I was then connected with a gym in Bridgehampton. This is where my career took flight. I became fluent in corrective and post rehab exercise which led me to become a Certified Functional Strength Coach, FMS certified, Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified, Girls Gone Strong certified, and I even went back to college and attended Pacific College of Health and Science in NYC to become a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist. My brain wants to explode just by writing all of this down!
My strong intuitive spiritual connection mixed with my years of education landed me to create Activated Wellness, because fitness is more than just picking things up and putting things down. It is about raising your vibration on a cellular level through the power of breath, muscle activations, and exercise movements to help you live your every day life pain free, strong, and with confidence. When you start to activate the muscles in your body that you didn't know you had you start to feel genuinely good about yourself, which leads to more self-love and self-care practices. You want to actually take care of yourself and those around you. Trust me, I used to HATE working out because it was so time consuming, and I used to convince myself and say "whats the point, it's not working". But when you look at strength training in a different approach you start to build the appreciation for what movement really is and how it affects our day to day lives.
This is why my slogan is "Get Activated", because its more than just fitness, its activating your highest potential to have the confidence to be the person you are meant to be in this world! Let's raise your vibration and activate your life's purpose!