Steffan Fusco, one of Ireland’s leading personal trainers, speaks to us about motivation, seeing results and his favourite motto
Are you looking for some #SundayInspo? Then this interview with trainer Steffan Fusco is for you.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Have no regrets. This actually has a double meaning. Of course everyone will take it up that you should chase after the things you want. This is definitely something that has helped me in making decisions to take chances. People also spend too long focusing on the past and quite often the things that have gone wrong, so learn to let your mistakes go.
What motivates you?
With what I do, it’s seeing people change their lives, seeing them get to a stage where they can get to do things that they thought they never would. For myself, I focus on being better than I was yesterday. You should never aspire to be like someone else, just be the best version of yourself. Take inspiration from others, but do not make them the yard stick which you measure yourself by. Don’t waste time on what went wrong, focus on what you can do to keep moving forward.
What advice would you give anyone who’s interested in starting to work out?
Focus on the basics. I’ve always told people starting out, and even those who have been working out for years, there’s a reason the basics work. They always have and they always will.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Believe in yourself and don’t sweat the small stuff. It’s so important not to get so bogged down in the small things that actually in the end don’t matter and make you lose sight of the bigger goal. You shouldn’t get too caught up in what other people think, but instead focus on what it is you really want and what it is you want to achieve.
Is there a phrase, quote or motto that you live by?
Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard. I really believe in this and to me it means that you can achieve anything as long as you’re willing to put the work in for it. You may not be the biggest guy in the ring or on the field or the naturally most intelligent person in the room but if you put the work in, put your head down and focus, there is nothing you can’t achieve.
What’s your favourite exercise in the gym?
For me, nothing beats a pull up. Fundamentally this move should be one of the corner stones of everyone’s program. It’s a great exercise for people to aspire to be able to complete, and gives such a sense of accomplishment. That sense of accomplishment is something that working out should give each and every one of us. As a coach I want all my clients to have a hard workout. But I remind them that each time they leave our sessions or their own workouts, they should always leave feeling good about themselves and that they have achieved something.
Steffan is one of Ireland’s top personal trainers, we works with leading names and talents in sports, fashion and showbiz. His passion lies in helping people achieve their goals, through simplified functional training and a convenient, healthier lifestyle. For more information visit steffan.ie