Trainer Diaries: Fabiana Ferrarini
Born in Elizabeth, NJ but raised in Honduras and Philly, Fabiana Ferrarini is on a quest to help as many women as possible reach their health and fitness goals. Named 'F(ab)ulous Fab' by Oxygen Magazine, Fabiana is the first Latina to ever land on the cover of their magazine. She's also a mother of two and is known for her success with helping clients reach goals AND her six pack. Keep reading to get to know your April 18th City Fit Girls Bootcamp Instructor!
What does your daily/weekly fitness routine look like?
I love the gym. Fitness is not just about the physical look for me, it’s a huge part of my life. I am in the gym 5-6 days a week. I love love love (did I say LOVE?) training glutes and abs!! I train the “Bootay” 2x a week, and abs are done almost everyday. Your abdominal area is a muscle that can be trained daily.
What's the most challenging thing about sticking to your routine?
I don’t usually struggle with sticking to my routine, I struggle leaving the house. Some days are harder than others because I am only human lol. And as a mother of 2, there are no rest days or sleep in days.
Here’s an example of my weekly fitness routine:
Monday: Bootay /ABS
Tuesday: Back/ Triceps and biceps /ABS
Wednesday: Cardio/ ABS
Thursday: Shoulders/ Chest
Friday : Bootay
How did you land on the cover of Oxygen Magazine?
Oxygen Magazine held a 90-day fitness challenge where the grand prize was to be on the front cover. I signed up because I am always eager to learn different ways of training. The challenge began in July, which meant summer fun was GONE. It was tough! The summer is the best time to eat, have fun, and go on vacations, and I did just one of the 3…….. went on vacation. Can you imagine being in Spain and Paris on a diet?? Going around asking for egg whites! Yup, that was me. However, I was determined to win.
10,000 women signed up to do the challenge and 4,000 submitted before and after pictures for the cover opportunity. Out of the 4,000 women who entered, ONLY 20 were chosen to go to the next phase. I can’t begin to tell you the joy and all the emotions that ran in me. TOP 20 was a big deal. Me, the little Latina that came from Honduras speaking absolutely zero English had just made Top 20. After the 20 were chosen, it was up to social media to pick the finalist. I had votes from all over the states, Honduras, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, DR, London, Canada, India, France, Italy, Greece, and Albania. The love was AMAZING. I was even congratulated by Oxygen Magazine staff for running such a powerful campaign.
God is good and He gave me this platform because it is in His plans for me. I am beyond grateful.
What's your ideal breakfast? Favorite on-the-go healthy meal?
My ideal breakfast is a bowl of plain oats with cinnamon, egg whites with spinach, tomatoes, green peppers and a half of grapefruit. I also carry instant oats, protein powder, rice cakes, peanut butter, and fruit.
What do you say to women who say they want more defined abs?
Abs are truly made in the kitchen, and revealed in the gym. We all have a nice set of abs, we just need to put in work to reduce belly fat. Eat clean, and remove processed, fried, sugary and high sodium foods. Incorporate healthy fats, carbs and proteins in your meals, workout 3xs a week. There’s no secret.
How do you celebrate achieving a fitness goal and how do you overcome your failures --- or shortcomings?
I set small goals in order to stay focused and on track. Once I reach that small goal, I don’t stop. I keep going and continue to do better by adding more to it in order to build a stronger me. I also celebrate by treating myself to some delicious chocolate ice cream. It’s a must to celebrate yourself. If you don’t, who will? My philosophy is that we have to be able to celebrate every step of our journey. There are so many things that can easily cause it to get left behind. Take a second to constantly celebrate yourself. You deserve it.
When I get upset, I get angry at myself, and at times, I just want to say screw it all. That’s normal and it will always happen. But the key is to never quit. I have never been a quitter. I use my failures as lessons. I have learned that this journey is a trial an error journey and you must find what truly works for you. We are all so different, and what may work for your friend may not work for you.