Who: Justine SanFilippo
Quote: “I’m here to make you hot”
Why she’s awesome: In addition to being a fitness maven, Justine is a nutrition fanatic–giving every client a thorough nutrition evaluation as well as weekly check-ins and challenges. With her, the kitchen as just as important as the gym. PLUS she comes to your home to workout.
Specialties: Weight-Loss Specialist, Nutrition Expert, Weight-Loss for Women, Passionate about helping others be Happy and Healthy! Also, Increase Muscle Tone, Implementing a Healthy, Sustainable Lifestyle Change, Losing Fat, Building Muscle, Looking Lean, Feeling Strong and Empowered, and just Feeling Plain Awesome.
Background: University of Notre Dame – Bachelor’s – 2000. Institute for Integrative Nutrition – Certified Health Coach – 2005. University of Bridgeport – Masters in Human Nutrition – 2012. ACE Certified Personal Trainer. CPR and AED Certified.
Fun fact: Justine educated me on how to get a better night’s sleep simply by making small changes in my diet
Justine came to my apartment on a Wednesday afternoon ready to kick our training session off with a smile. I love that she came to my home–it was super convenient, and helped keep me motivated because whether I liked it or not, I couldn’t “not show up”, (not that I wouldn’t show up, but you know what I’m sayin’, it keeps you invested). Thanks to her having me fill out a comprehensive questionnaire about my fitness and eating habits & goals, we sat down in my kitchen and got right to business. And I don’t mean push ups, I mean an awesome evaluation of my nutrition and how to achieve my goals.
I’ve never been to a nutritionist before, and always assumed that I already knew everything. I mean, I read Women’s Health magazine and the nutrition label on all my foods. Eat whole grains, plenty of fruit + veg, lean meat, small frequent meals, right? What else is there? As Justine went through the list of my answers, it turned out there was plenty more. For example, one of the questions I had to answer was what my blood type was. As I filled that one out, I thought to myself, “Well this is a little personal…”, but in the evaluation Justine talked about studies that show different blood types need different diets. “It’s not conclusive”, she said, “And everyone’s different, but these different blood types appeared over time, and there was different food available at each given evolution period.” My blood type, O, happened to be the original human blood type. People like me do best on a diet rich in lean meats and vegetables, similar to the paleo diet, with grains mixed in sparingly (and little to no gluten). We like vigorous activity (truth! Yoga drives me nuts!) and red meat is an important part of our diets. INTERESTING! I immediately wanted to buy a book about this theory.
Next we came upon my list of what I normally eat in a day. As we ran through the meals and snacks, I felt fairly confident that I was reciting the healthiest diet ever–give or take a cereal straight from the box episode. As I reached the end of my list, I looked up at Justine ready to see her smiling nodding face of approval, when she said, “You need to eat more protein–that’ll stop your body from craving so much carbs.” Oh… so… I’m not eating perfectly? Dammit! I recited everything I just said to her in my head, and she was right. Peanut butter & jelly two times a day wasn’t going to cut it. When she looked at my overall fitness goals of “getting as ripped as Kelly Rippa” (okay, that wasn’t really my goal, but why not?) she said that making sure I immediately take in protein after my workout was going to be game changer for me. Protein powders would be a great solution–not because protein powders were necessary as a supplement–but because it would be super easy for me, the king of “if it takes longer than 10 minutes to throw together, forget it,” (hence all the pb&j’s).
After a thorough walk through of custom nutrition tips and pointers, it was time to workout. I was so excited about all the information I had just received, I immediately wanted to go grocery shopping to start making changes! But it was, indeed, push up time. Plus Justine told me it was best to only implement one big change a week–and in fact that’s how she challenged her clients. Okay, okay, another smart move. Can I put you on speed dial? Although Justine brought equipment for us to workout in my apartment, I suggested we go to the gym in my building for convenience. Once inside, we set up shop in the open space workout area. Justine’s exercise theory is short, sweet, and effective, using only a half hour of her client’s time instead of an hour. We started by warming up with some jumping jacks and running in place. Once we felt good, it was on to the workout.
Here’s a little vid of Justine for ya:
The workout she gave me consisted of different types of plyometric exercises done back to back for two sets. Before each exercise, Justine asked me if I had ever done it before, and what my best performance was (as in, how many, or how much weight). She worked to get me in shape by setting a new goal just beyond my personal best. So if I usually do sets of 10 push ups, she would have me do 12. Which is exactly what she did. We started with lunges and push ups I was instructed to do 15 lunges, and then drop down into 12 push ups. I appreciated the challenge, because I normally wouldn’t have pushed myself past 10. Another circuit of exercises we did was 10 burpees followed by 12 reverse tricep dips off a bench. This was a great mix of a challenging full body exercise and cardio, followed by an isolated muscle exercise. For some reason tricep dips always kill me! And burpees, well, they always kill everyone . We rounded out the session with some ab work. Justine asked me what the longest time was that I’ve held a plank before, and I told her about 45-50 seconds. “Okay, we’re going to shoot for a minute then”. “Oh God,” I thought. To encourage me, she got down on the mat next to me and did the plank right by my side. Together we counted down to 60 seconds, as I tried to think happy thoughts. 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1– FINISHED! Nice, my longest plank just got longer.
When we were all done, Justine told me to remember to eat a protein rich snack right away. Being that I happened to have a sample back of protein powder, that’s what I went for. And I felt great. Thanks for the challenge and the nutrition guidance Justine, I can’t wait to implement your advice!
Justine is offering Mel Runs readers a training session (nutrition evaluation included) for only $25. Wahoo! You can actually buy it right now and schedule a session with her–could it be any easier?
Here are her regular rates (this includes her driving to your home):
- Half hour session for $45
- Full hour session for $65