Today we welcome Justin Sabato as our At Health Australia 'Fit Foodie of the Month' to share his journey to health & fitness.
Justin is a Personal Trainer + Nutritionist and runs his business RedefineMe out of Plus Fitness in Corrimal, NSW. We love that Justin not only shares his passion for fitness but also provides personalised nutritional support with a realistic approach to good health.
Read about Justin's journey to good health, everything from his training schedule to his fave breakfast recipe go-to!! Enjoy your lil slice of healthy inspo for today!!
We love that you run your own Fitness Training + Nutritionist business RedefineMe… and I also know how much your clients love training with you! When did you become a Personal Trainer? Tell us about your career!
My journey began just over 2.5years ago. At the time, I was working as a Research Assistant at the Australian Catholic University, working on a range of health initiatives (ie. reducing underage drinking, improving mental health issues across university students).
After working in this industry, I had decided I wanted to take an individualised approach to improving health and deal with people directly. I was offered an opportunity here at Plus Fitness Corrimal, and grabbed it with both hands.
Have you always been this fit and active? What has your fitness journey been like?
I’ve always been involved in some sport during my teen aged years. I did things like swimming, surf club, tennis, martial arts...but it wasn’t until I joined my first gym that I really started enjoying sport. From this point, I guess you could say I ‘caught the bug’. Fast forward to now and I’ve competed in numerous powerlifting meets…placing in the top three in all four meets, including NSW State Titles (hitting over triple bodyweight in deadlifts).
What is your biggest personal challenge when it comes to staying fit or healthy eating, and how do you combat it?
TEMPTATIONS. Whether it’s the weekly shopping run, at home or around and about my exposure to unhealthier food can be a big challenge. The worst thing you could do, and this is from personal experience, is to go groceries hungry. I fight within myself to control my purchasing habits.
How would you describe your diet?
I really don’t follow any specific diet…it’s more of a lifestyle approach. ‘Diets’ are generally associated with starvation, restrictions and unhappy eat habits. I choose to eat clean quality foods, with a small hint of sugary options. Why?? Because I feel that this is sustainable.
We know it's important to have health & fitness goals... What's your current fitness goal or challenge?
My goals are forever changing. A lot will depend on how I’m feeling, functioning and looking. At this present time, I’m looking to drop some body fat, and maintain as much lean muscle as I can. I’ll probably do this for another 7 weeks or so…and then revert back to a lean bulk. Keeps things interesting, and I don’t get bored.
How many times a week do you work out, and how long do you typically train for?
I like to keep active every day of the week. It’s become something I really love and enjoy, so why not? Generally, over the course of the week it looks something like this;
What are your 3 favourite ways to work out?
1. Powerlifting: to build strength and power
2. Bodybuilding: to tone, shape and add size
3. Strength and conditioning circuits: to drop weight, increase fitness and stamina
What is your favourite healthy treat?
Chickpea Chocolate Cake. Gluten free, and lower in sugar then your traditional chocolate cakes this is surprisingly tasty.
> OMG I've never heard of this!! We SO need the recipe!!
What are your favourite Protein Smoothie ingredients?
1x Cup Unsweetened almond milk
1 Med Banana
1x tsp Natural Almond Spread
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
I generally eat overnight oats. It is simple, easy to make and nutritious. For instance, try mixing rolled oats (50g), cinnamon (1tps), At Health vanilla protein (3/4scoop), unsweetened almond milk (1cup) and blueberries (50g) and add desiccated coconut on top…I guarantee you’ll love it.
Who inspires you and why? ie: could be in a career / healthy eating / personal context.
I grew up admiring two of the biggest actors in the fitness/film industry; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone. If you have a look into their history and how they came to be, it’s truly amazing. Their overall motivation and drive is inspirational.
Best advice you've ever been given?
One of my mates growing up always said you never fail, whatever it is that you did, it didn’t work, so learn from it and move on…
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“If you put in the time and effort, you will see the results”
On that note, thanks Justin for being our At Health Australia 'Fit Foodie Inspiration of the Month' - We LOVE seeing people follow their passion and teach others to become the healthiest version of themselves!!
Make sure you follow Justin on Instagram @redefineme.au to follow his surfing and adventures!!
Alexis & Trent - At Health Australia
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