You may have seen Giulian around the Ascot Fitness studio. He’s the tall one, known around the traps as the guy who’s always busy and late for team meetings. Whether you’ve met him or yet to have the pleasure, get to know him better in this interview.
How did you get into the fitness industry?
I’ve always been interested in sport since I was a kid, 5 years old, maybe even younger. I played soccer and I’ve done cycling and boxing. I did a fitness course because it coincided with my interest in sport. I’m still boxing at the moment too and am expecting a few fights this year.
What interests you?
Rehabilitation is something that really interests me. I know so many people with back pain – acute and chronic. Many of my clients experience these sort of problems and I work with them to get them through it and to help them improve. It’s a challenge I’ve gone through myself. I injured my back playing sport and with the right exercise and rehabilitation I was able to get it right again by myself.
What motivates you?
I love helping people and I enjoy helping people have a better lifestyle, that’s what motivates me. The environment at Ascot Fitness is amazing and so are the people. Eveyone wants to achieve a similar goal and everyone can relate to each other. People here want to be healthy and they want to live better lives.
Something people may not know about you?
I am an excellent dancer.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
I take my dog Pedro for a walk. He’s a legend. I have to take him in the morning because he’s still a puppy and when he sees other dogs at busier times he just doesn’t listen to anything I say.
Happiest moment of your life?
Whenever I’m travelling. I love travelling because you’re out of your comfort zone and in a different environment.
There are so many things - how do you even choose? The first thing that comes to mind is ice cream but I shouldn’t say that. I should say steamed veggies cooked in coconut oil. In all seriousness, it has to be bacon and eggs. I can’t survive a week – even a day – without eating bacon and eggs. I eat it most days with a short black. I have to say, I make some good poached eggs with slabs of bacon, spinach and mushrooms too. If you want a decent meal, come to my place and I’ll help you out.
Greatest challenge to date?
When I was 18 and I had finished school, I went to Argentina to do volunteer work by myself for three months. I met a bunch of people over there that were so different to me and they all had completely different backgrounds. Adjusting to them and their personalities was quite difficult. Those three months were hard because I was still trying to find my feet.
Tell us about your volunteering experience.
The organisation was called Life. I helped kids in poorer areas of Argentina, about an hour out of Buenos Aires. I played soccer with them, taught them how to draw, how to read. I even helped build a playground for them.
TV show of choice?
Too many to choose from! If I had to narrow it down, I would definitely say Game of Thrones followed by Homeland.
I love raiding my mates’ pantries for chocolate, lollies and pastizzis.
What are your hobbies outside of training?
Outside of training I like going to festivals, reading, beers, music, poker, socialising and hanging with my dogs.
How would you spend your last day on earth?
The day would to start with the usual bacon and eggs with the lot (I would go extra hard on the bacon). Lunch would include a choripan completo with extra chimi churi (the best). Then I’d play "big two" - a card game - for a few hours followed by an epic house party (not at my house) with all my friends and family. I’d finish the night with an after party at my house with only a select few. Those people know who they are.