You don’t need 20-inch biceps, a 200-pound bench press, or designer fitness apparel to look and feel at home in the gym. You just need to understand the unique and specific set of rules that govern gym culture. Don’t worry; it’s mostly common sense.
My name is Gennaro Ferra. I’m a former NABBA Mr. Australia, world natural professional bodybuilder and more recently placed 3rd in the NPC Atlantic States Championships here in NYC. I’m a fitness and nutrition coach here in NYC and also have a degree in Physical Education. I was born in Naples, Italy but grew up in Melbourne, Australia.
Fitness expert and Team BSN athlete Scott Herman* partners with Puritan’s Pride to demonstrate a beginner’s bodyweight exercise routine.
Amino acids are the ‘building blocks of life,’ meaning that we cannot live – let alone thrive – without them, as they are necessary for overall health and wellness.* Certain ‘Essential’ amino acids are only available in our diets through the foods we consume, and other ‘Non-Essential’ amino acids are available in food as well as are produced by the body as they are needed.
Take it one day at a time, focusing on each meal and each workout as they come. Rome was NOT built in a day! My second piece of advice is simply to be YOU. Work hard to be the best possible version of yourself; don’t look at athletes and fitness models that you aspire to look like and feel that you have to look exactly like them to be successful. Focus on yourself and making positive lifestyle changes – now THAT is success.
While one can argue that anything that gets you off the couch and into the gym is a good thing, a trend by definition is bound to be more stylish than sustainable. How does your fitness routine stack up? Are you in it for the long haul, or are you doomed to a lifetime of fitness-themed New Year’s resolutions? Ask yourself these 5 questions to find out.