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FEATURED PERSONAL TRAINER: MARISA

Posted on Monday, 17 February 2020



Marisa has worked in the fitness industry for over a decade. Marisa was a two-division bikini model world champion winning the 2015 International Body-Building Association Natural Olympia championships in Las Vegas. Marisa is also a Fitness Australia ambassador.

1. What makes C-life Health Club different from other health clubs?

The culture of C-Life Health Club is very welcoming. Our service is authentic, and we have a genuine care for all our members. C-Life has a supportive, encouraging and inclusive environment offering additional member services which include free health checks, access to many classes and friendly staff who are always willing to help.

2. What are some of your best workout tips?

  • Focus on resistance training
  • Challenge yourself
  • Invest in some good headphones and create a great workout playlist
  • Stretch after your workout
  • Stay consistent
  • Stay hydrated
  • Train with a friend

3. What are your fitness goals for the rest of 2020?

My main priority for 2020 is to build muscle to compliment my physique. I want to get my body into great shape to compete in my 11th physique competition early next year.

4. Why did you decide to become a personal trainer?

My interest in becoming a personal trainer came from my journey of being an unfit and out-of-shape mum to getting into the best shape of my life. I loved the positive effects that daily exercise and healthy eating had on my body and wanted to share the benefits with other women, especially mothers so that they too can become the best version of themselves.

5. What is the biggest challenge as a PT?

The biggest challenge for me as a PT is the hours – super early morning starts, late nights and split shifts, while also being a mother and trying to fit in my training can prove to be a bit of a balancing act… but I make it work!

6. What do your pre and post-workout meals consist of?

My meal plan all depends on my current situation. If I am in “off-season” (not prepping for a comp) my pre & post-workout meals will consist of a good amount of lean protein with some complex carbs, such as sweet potato or brown rice. This will help to support my muscle building goals and to gain the most out of my training sessions. During “comp season” I will eat similar foods but taper down the amounts in the lead up to my competition.

7. How do you keep motivated?

I set myself goals! I have found that I can’t always rely on motivation. There will be days when I am keen to get to the gym to smash out a workout and then other days when I simply can’t be bothered. Having a goal gives me the extra incentive to push through on those “bad” days and the determination to keep going to achieve my goals.

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