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You do not need to spend two or three hours in the gym. There’s only a certain period of time where you’re going to be able to maintain your mental and even your physical push.”

Don Saladino Interview: Robert Piper

GETTING PEOPLE TO MOVE ROBERT PIPER: WHAT’S YOUR BEST RECOMMENDATION FOR PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO WORK OUT? Don Saladino: One of the projects I was just involved with, we put out a series of “turbo workouts”—really short workouts, from five to fifteen, twenty minutes. I think my whole purpose in this industry is to teach people that you do not need to spend two or three hours in the gym. There’s only a certain period of time where you’re going to be able to maintain your mental and even your physical push. You’re not going to be able to go too much longer than forty-five minutes to an hour and a half; after that, quality starts diminishing. A lot of the workouts I set up, we’re in a circuit, something that’s going to give you a lot of bang for your buck. So you might look at a goblet squat, a swing, a row, a push-up. You might turn around and pick a number that you can comfortably achieve on all four of them and just continue to do rounds. It’s that simple. This is about throwing wood on the fire, the fire being your metabolism. So if we can get them in on a Tuesday, when they would normally say, “I only have fifteen minutes before I have to get in the shop,” we get them doing something. In time, they’re going to notice that their appetite changes, their metabolism is going to change a little bit. Their energy level is going to increase. So I think it’s a whole chain of events, but I think you nailed it right on the head. I’m saying less is more, and it really is, most of the time. DRIVECLUBS.COM 46 ORIGINMAGAZINE.COM

RP: WHAT KIND OF WORKOUTS DO YOU DO WITH THE CELEBRITIES THAT YOU TRAIN? DS: I pretty much design my routines in blocks, so a block is anywhere from one to three months. And what I do is I really rotate. I try to incorporate a certain level of strength training and functional training. One block might be something that is just a little more athlete-based, as if you’re trying to get someone to be an athlete, to get someone to move better. And then, I do throw in bodybuilding blocks, because it’s a different stimulus. I think the biggest problem with trainers is that they go to one tool or they go to one thing. I know people who will just train with a kettlebell. We almost have them regress to get these people to move better to where they can do these specific movement patterns so we can get them to do things that are more advanced. I think a good trainer is someone who comes in, screens a client, assesses, sits there and discusses with a client what their goals are and then you as a trainer, looking at the individual, finding out what they actually need. Then you have to blend it. You got to combine it, and you got to keep them excited, and you got to keep them intrigued. Don Saladino is a celebrity personal trainer and gym owner (Drive 495) based in SoHo, Manhattan. He’s trained Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, and Ryan Gosling, to name a few. PHOTO: JEFF TSE

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