Pete Geracimo is a London-based fitness specialist who has trained some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Directors Bryan Singer and Stephan Elliott; Actors Kim Cattrall, Eddie Izzard and David Hasslehoff. He’s also the trainer that transformed Adele into the confident diva-goddess that she is today.
Specialising in strength-conditioning, calisthenics, movement-mobility, and nutrition, he’s a man who really knows what he’s talking about. With brains and a body to match, we asked him about his training, and just how he keeps himself looking like this!
Were you always a gym buff?
I have been training in gyms consistently and hard since I was 17 years old. Always was fascinated with pushing my body to it’s limits and seeing what kind of transformations I could achieve. It became such a passion of mine that I ended up making it a career choice. I’ve been a personal trainer now for over 25 years.
What turned you onto fitness and the gym?
I have always been an athlete and have played most sports out there. Fitness and sport came naturally to me and I knew from a young age that I could never do a desk job where I had to be sedentary for 8-9 hours a day. Being involved in health and fitness always seemed like the right path in life for me. I found that I was most happy when I was challenging myself physically.
What do you remember about when you first started out?
I remember being slightly intimidated by some of the bigger personalities and bodies that were pushing ridiculously heavy weight! I had very strong legs and a weak upper body. So I would do legs more than anything else because I felt I fit in due to the big weights I could do. I do remember getting great tips and advice from an “Arnold”-type bodybuilder. He showed me some cool exercises and helped me navigate the gym when I was a novice.
How did it turn out into a lifestyle rather than a chore you needed to do?
Seeing as my job is as a Personal Trainer, training has never been seen as a chore. It’s always been a part of my daily routine… almost second nature. Love the challenge of transforming myself and becoming the best possible version of me. Plus training has always been a great stress-reliever for me. Of course there are days when you would rather stay in bed but once I step into the gym, my attitude changes and I’m hungry to train.
What do you love to train and what do you hate?
I love training Shoulders!! Always have and always will. There is just something very satisfying about that muscle group and getting that amazing pump from training them. I really don’t have a hated body part to train. HIIT workouts or any challenging workouts along similar lines I have a LOVE-HATE relationship with. I dread them in the beginning but once I’ve started the workout, I’m loving it.
Whats the main focus of your training?
Now that I am on the latter part of my mid 40’s, my main focus when it comes to my training is (a) Core Strength and Stability (b) Mobility and flexibility and lastly (c) strength. I find my training has completely changed from when I was in my 20’s. Doing more calisthenics and bodyweight training that is actually making my body more limber and stronger than when I was just pushing weights.
Are ABs made in the kitchen or the gym?
This is a question that should be clarified or re-worded. For VISIBLE ABs, then they are definitely made in the kitchen. You can be doing all the planks, crunches etc until you keel over in pain and exhaustion. However, those exercises will not burn off the layer of fat that lies on top of your abs. They will make your abs stronger but not visible. A clean and proper food plan and discipline will help bring out those abs.
But what about doing a lot of cardio?! If you’re eating habits are not in line with your fitness goals, you will just be spinning your wheels in the mud and not make any gains or loses with it comes to your mid-drift fat layer. So my opinion is that visible abs are made in the kitchen.
What do you focus on when it comes to eating right?
When it comes to eating right, I like to be more inclusive rather than depriving myself of food. I love to eat a variety of foods of all different colours, textures and origins. Food is meant to be enjoyed and explored.
AVOID THE BIG 3:
1. Processed Foods
I do avoid all processed foods in favour of raw whole foods. Processed foods are filled with lots of additives and preservatives to help them last longer. Anything that reads LESS FAT or NON-FAT should be avoided! It usually means it’s higher in chemicals and because it’s been man-handled, it’s been significantly stripped of it’s nutritional value.
Sugar is a massive problem with most people’s diets these days. It has been linked to increases in the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
As for Diary, our bodies just weren’t made to digest milk on a regular basis. Instead, it’s better for us to get calcium, potassium, protein, and fats from other food sources, like whole plant foods — vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and seaweed.
Have you found any fitness myths to be total crap?
FITNESS MYTH: When it comes to working out, you’ve got to feel some pain if you’re going to gain any benefits.
Of all the fitness myths in circulation, the “no pain-no gain” ideology has the most potential to do damage. While you should expect to have some level of achiness a day or two post-workout but that is completely different from feeling pain during your workout.
Exercise should not hurt while you are doing it! If it does, then either you are doing it wrong, or you already have an injury. It is also recommended NOT to ‘work through the pain’. If it hurts, stop, rest, and see if the pain disappears. If it doesn’t or it begins again or increases after you start to work out, GO SEE A DOCTOR!
Be sure to check out Pete’s website and learn more about his training and nutrition programs at petegeracimo.com.
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