If you follow @golfbabes on Twitter, where we've retweeted her, you might better know Gina Cellucci as "Gina Marie Sophia." That's the name (her middle names) that she uses on social media. Speaking of which, you can follow Gina on:
But just who is Gina Cellucci? You might say she's a hybrid: part fitness babe, part golf babe - all babe.
Gina is a fitness professional who has Titleist Performance Institute certifications and works with a lot of golfers. But more on that in a minute.
A great athlete, Gina grew up playing just about every sport she could find: soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, track and field. She later ventured into more extreme sports like wakeboarding, surfing, snowboarding, dirt biking, trail running - she's even played ice hockey and polo.
She went to college at Southern Illinois University, but now lives in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, where her activities include frequent hikes up Camelback Mountain, and where she embarked on a career as a fitness trainer.
Gina only took up playing golf as she was achieving her Level One certification from the Titleist Performance Institute, a training program that focuses on fitness specific to golfers and the golf swing. And while other sports came naturally to her, Gina says that golf has been her biggest challenge: "Golf has challenged me the most," she told Golf Babes. "I feel that I enjoy golf so much because it is that challenging game that keeps me coming back for more. I am a very naturally competitive person and golf was the perfect game for me to get into and try to master."
And she quickly got her handicap down to 10. A few shoulder injuries have since got in the way of further improvement on the course, but haven't dampened Gina's love of her (relatively) new sport. She plays, she practices, and becoming a golfer herself has certainly helped her help her golf clients.
"I feel that obtaining the knowledge (of golf) and adopting the philosophy of TPI into my personal training has tremendously benefited all the athletes I work with," she said.
Gina has also since moved up to the next level of certification within the TPI program.
"I currently play on the weekends as much as possible, usually with friends like (Arizona Cardinals wide receiver) Michael Floyd and other professional athletes trying to better their golf game in the off season," Gina said. "I also try to get a practice session in here and there during the week. I am not the greatest golfer, but I would consider myself a great golf fitness trainer."
Gina currently trains clients at a private gym in Scottsdale, Ariz., called Premier Fitness Systems. If you're in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area and interested in golf fitness training or other training, you can visit the gym website - premierfitnesssystems.com - to contact Gina.