Antonio is an American personal trainer who was inspired to pursue a career in fitness after his college track days. He talks to Sundried about life as a personal trainer.
Have you always been into sport?
Throughout my life, I’ve had the opportunity to play football, basketball, baseball, and track.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
The journey started back in college when I was competing in track and I knew that I wanted to compete at a high level so I had to learn how to get the most out of my body.
What are your training goals now?
I am currently training myself in order to run some 5k and 10k runs. I also want to be able to one day be in great shape where I can run some marathons.
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:
When I work out, I always listen to 1980s rock music.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
I would have told myself to enjoy the process and go at your own pace because it’s easy to compare yourself to others.
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
I practice intermittent fasting whereby I fast for 16 hours a day and eat in an 8 hour window. I also try to be mindful of what I eat day to day.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
I tell all my clients that it is a process to get to your goals and every thing you do counts from when you wake up to when you go to sleep. I would tell others that even though you may not see the results right away, just know that you’re getting better every day you train.
Talk us through your training regime.
I go running 4 days a week and take off 3 days. Throughout the week, I try to run at least 10-15 miles to be sure my body is getting the right reps in.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I’m always taking time throughout my day to read articles and books in order to be able to learn from each day. I feel that it is important to be able to grow, you have to keep learning.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
1. Have a goal.
2. Give your best effort in everything you do.
3. Have fun and enjoy the process.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would eat veggie burgers. They never get boring and they're delicious!