When you think of exercise and fitness, what is the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it has always been running, probably because I marvel at folks who can hit the pavement and just go. Perhaps because it’s something that I’ve never been comfortable doing (the jarring impact is too much for my joints), or perhaps it’s the sleek runner’s body that I so jealously admire.
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.
To help ensure you will reap the benefits of positive change, we’ve asked master fitness trainer and MET-Rx® Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Frank Sepe to share some warm weather training tips that can help jumpstart your fitness journey.
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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.