Name: Abel Albonetti
Location: Hernado, MS
Weight: 180 Lbs
Occupation: Personal Trainer And Fitness model
I have had the opportunity to travel all over the U.S. and work with some amazing photographers over the past year doing fitness modeling and working with a nationally known clothing line. The greatest achievements so far in my career would have to be the clothing line I did this past spring. I also launched my website (www.abelbodygym.com) earlier this year and landed a cover for a Europe magazine called Shock Magazine. Qualifying to compete in a national Men’s Physique Contests is something I have been working hard to do for the past 2 years. My goal is to get a Pro Card in the Men’s Physique category. Obtaining a Pro Card would be an amazing step in my career. To be officially recognized, as a pro among the ‘best of the best’ is definitely something I’m working toward in 2012. I qualified to compete in Chicago in June, and will be competing in Atlanta in November.
When did you get started with fitness?
When I was about 14 or 15, my Dad told me I was old enough to start working out. He had a small home gym in the house, so I just started out there working out by myself or with friends when they were over. Like a lot of kids we started lifting just to compete with each other. Everyone wanted to be the strongest and see who could lift the most. The more I worked out, the more I like it. I never really liked watching TV that much, so it gave me something to do. Over time, it went from me liking it, to becoming a passion. I saw myself making some gains, so when I was 17 I decided to join the local YMCA because it was close to the place where I worked part-time after school. I made some friends who became my workout partners. I kept getting bigger. The bigger I got, the more I loved it. After learning what worked for me, I began to share what I learned with others at the gym. I think that’s what motivated me to want to go into personal training. It was great to see myself getting stronger and fit. But when I saw others I was giving advice to do the same, it really sparked something in me. I have a really strong desire to help others get in better shape now. My ultimate dream right now is to be one of the top fitness models in the industry and own my own local gym.
How do you stay so motivated? What drives you?
This is one of the most asked questions I get and for good reason; it’s really the key to anything you do in life. If you’re truly motivated in any area of your life, not just in the fitness sense, you can accomplish just about anything? Sound about right? As for me I don’t think so. I think it’s more about passion. Being motivated is just a state of mind that can change on a dime, but passion is something you can’t really explain. It’s something that pushes you through the times you’re not very motivated or seeing any results. Yes, being motivated is something you can use but I believe it’s only a small key when it comes to accomplishing your goals in life.
What does your current training schedule/program look like?
I usually workout six days a week and work one body part each day. I do abs for about 15 minutes after each workout and cardio in the morning most days. I lift heavy year-round. Normally I do around 4 sets, 8-10 reps. Here is an example of a typical week:
Friday: Legs or Chest
Saturday: Biceps & Triceps
Sunday: Off day
Give us a breakdown of your daily diet.
Typically it’s 6-7 meals a day, including my protein shakes.
Meal 1: Oatmeal (50g), Protein Pancake (25g)
Meal 2: Chicken (135g), Broccoli,
Meal 3: Fish (210g), Broccoli, Sweet Potato (130g)
Meal 4: Pre-workout – Protein Shake (20g), Rice Cake
Meal 5: Post-workout – Protein Shake (35g), some simple sugar
Meal 6: Fish (220g), Spinach Salad, (no carbs)
Meal 7: Casein Protein Snack just before bed
Do you take any supplements to reach your fitness goals?
Protein, BCAA, Multivitamin, Fish oil and Glutamine are the staples that I take daily. I also take creatine, and CLA, L-carntine, I change brands from time-to-time just to mix it up.
Is there anyone in the fitness industry you look up to?
Greg Plitt and Rob Riches…..Both of these guys have been a great inspiration to me. Their dedication, work ethic, and willingness to share knowledge with others is unbelievable. I have learned so much from these guys. There are others too, but they are the best of the best!
Name a fitness “Myth” that just isn’t true no matter how many times you hear it?
The biggest myth for me is that you have to eat a lot of carbs in order to grow muscle. I am here to tell you that is not completely true! I have gained muscle over the past year on a very low carb diet, without having to put on so much fat. Yes it is harder to do it this way, but its well worth it in the end. You have to remember I am not a big body builder looking to get huge in a normal six-month ‘off-season’. I’m a Fitness Model, so I like to stay very lean year round. I do go through what I call a “building phase” when I have a little time between shows or shoots. That’s when I’ll just concentrate on building by doing more compound movements and consume a few more calories and lay off on some cardio.
Tips for our readers to achieve their fitness dreams?
Diet – Learn what works for your body type. Everyone is different. I tried so many different diets before I found what works for me and am still finding what works best for me.
Persistence – Never give up. Like everyone, I have days I really don’t want to work-out, eat clean, or do cardio. But I find if I push through those low times and force myself to do it, within a short time I get motivated again.
Consistency – I rarely take more than one day off from training and only occasionally allow myself a cheat meal, never a cheat day! Being consistent over the past 5 years has allowed me to transform by body from a skinny teenager to what I am today.
Set goals – Set short term and long term goals. Ask yourself where you want to be in 6 months and in 2 years and learn what it will take to get there, then DO IT!
Don’t compare yourself to others – Everyone is unique. Consider your body type and set a goal to be the best YOU can be, not to be something that’s not realistic or unachievable.
Always try to learn more – don’t ever have the mind-set you know everything. Even the best of the best are still learning. I always listen to people and read up on stuff as much as I can. In this game knowledge is a huge key!
These are the principles I live by every day, and it’s what has worked for me.
”The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens”
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