The Turning Point
What started out as an opportunity to spend more time
with my HUSBAND AND TRAINER, ended up being
THE TURNING POINT in my life.
I am not one for "contests" or "beauty pageants". They last for
a moment. Health and Fitness should be for a lifetime. But
what caught my eye with the Met-Rx World's Best Personal
Trainer Contest were the words "This is not a beauty contest".
That really gave me the idea of how I can take personal training a
step further than just fitting into the "right" clothes. It can
create character, build confidence, increase self-esteem, fulfill
dreams, bond relationships, and yes, build a better body.
I know I'm not alone when I say spending to much time learning and
practicing your craft can put a strain on your personal life. It
almost ended my marriage. My story is how I overcame this and
created a new and wonderful life for my wife and myself. Friends,
family, and co-workers all gave me the same advice. When I saw the
Met-Rx ad I thought lets tell
the world and give personal trainers who may be having the same
problem a better more productive option.
My wife Carmela was born and raised in Palermo,
Italy. Up until when we started the contest the heaviest weight
she ever lifted was a ten pound meatball at the end of her fork.
So teaching her safe, efficient, and effective muscle mechanics
was a priority. This, along with my progressive staircase 3-phase
system helped us reach and surpass our goals. I taught Carmela as
I do all my clients and students.
To take one step at a time and get as much out of that step for as
long as you can. Everyone wants to go right to the top step
like it's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Like it's
perfection. There is no top step. Make each step your own "top
step". Your own "perfection". Carmela said the weight
training was nothing like she imagined. She felt powerful and in
control. I taught her that the power was within, not without.
Start feeling better about yourself and you will start feeling
Nutrition is the part Carmela really sank her
teeth into so to speak. She went from binger to frequent
eater. I taught her to count portions not calories. You simply
divide your dish in half and then quarters. Half she filled
with vegetables, the quarters she filled with a protein and a
carbohydrate. On the side she may have had a piece of fruit
and a slice of whole wheat bread. This supplied all her needs
for proteins, carbs, fats, vitamins and minerals in the
correct amounts six times a day. The calorie problem takes
care of itself when the meals are balanced this way. The
Met-Rx line of food products and supplements took the guess
work out of getting the balanced nutrients she needed when she
didn't have time to shop for and prepare six quality whole
This approach to exercise and nutrition resulted in her body
fat going from 29% to 18%. Body weight from 129 lb. to 112 lb.
With a 3 pound muscle gain. ALL IN 12-WEEKS! She also canceled
a rectal operation, varicose vein operation, and dismissed the
idea of liposuction for cellulite. Everything was cured by the
Carmela's life just hasn't changed physically. She has been
certified as a Nutritional Counselor
and works with me by providing post-exercise meals to my
I feel the private studio concept is the trend of the future
for personal training. Now with Carmela's help my dream is
coming true. We have opened one from our home which includes
cooking classes, nutritional counseling, post-exercise meals,
resistance training, and educational workshops. The doors are
open not only for the general public and special populations,
but also for personal trainers wanting to expand their
knowledge and for the many people that are too ashamed to step
out of the house, much less be seen in a crowded gym.
Needless to say, all of this has brought
Carmela and me so much closer together. Gone are the days when
she used to resent and envy my interest and commitment in
fitness. Who ever said personal training and fitness was just
about fitting into a size "3" dress.
Train Smart, Safe, and with intensity!