First name: Mark
Last name: Raimondo
State: New Jersey
Weight: 160 lbs
When did you start working out?:
When I was about 15. I started because I thought it’d help me out with swimming.
How many days a week do you work out?:
Usually 6 days a week, but if I’m too bored on my rest day, I just do cardio and core work.
How long is your average workout?:
I spend about an hour weight training, two muscle groups per day, and at least 30-45 minutes of cardio.
Favorite muscles to exercise:
Legs! I hurt my knee in high school and haven’t been able to workout my legs consistently until recently. I love seeing them get stronger and trying new exercises I wasn’t able to do before. Plus it’s a relief knowing people won’t call me chicken legs anymore haha.
Least favorite muscles to exercise:
Right now I’d have to say my chest. I switched gyms recently and I’m still getting used to their equipment so I haven’t been getting the best chest workouts in.
Do you have any fitness goals? If so, what are they?:
At the moment I’m trying to slim down a little. I’m giving fashion modeling a shot and I’m a bit too bulky for the industry. Plus its almost impossible for me to find shirts that actually fit me right now.
Do you have any fitness inspirations? If so, who are they?:
My inspirations aren’t anyone famous really. Most people who inspire me are people that go to the gyms that I’ve been to. I’ve met all kinds of people who’ve overcome all types of adversity. There are a lot of people out there with some pretty inspiring stories.
What supplements do you take or recommend?:
I’m only taking multivitamins and ACG3 as a pre workout on days I’m feeling sluggish right now. Other than that I try to stay away from supplements.
Can you give a brief overview of your diet?:
For breakfast I like to eat oatmeal and whatever kind of fruit I have in the house at the time. During the day I’ll eat tuna or turkey on wheat with some fruit. For dinner it varies, but I usually try to incorporate lean chicken and lots of veggies. You always need to have a cheat day though. Oreos are just too damn good!
Do you have any workouts that you specifically like, that you believe are very affective?:
I just started doing Ab Ripper X from P90X and so far it’s the best ab workout I’ve ever done.
How much cardio do you do? (Per day or per week):
I do at least 30 minutes of cardio 6 or 7 days a week. I like to switch it up depending on what I’m in the mood to do that day, but generally I stick to the treadmill or stair climber.
Do you have any tips for people who are trying to reach their fitness goals?:
Just remember what works for someone else might not work for you. Experiment with different exercises and different workout routines that fit your goals and don’t be afraid to ask for advice or tips from people. The more knowledge and experience you have, the easier it’ll be to reach your goals.
Do you have any other things you would like to say? (Comments, suggestions, etc)?:
I have two. One is be patient. I feel most people don’t meet their goals because they don’t see results fast enough and give up. And the second is that weight is just a number. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen people get discouraged because they aren’t seeing numbers drop or go up on a scale. If you see and feel positive changes in your body then you’re on the right track. Just keep at it.
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