We spoke to Rob from Ranieri & Co, Australia's top podcasting agency! Building a business from scratch is amazingly tough work, and yet, despite all the challenges, Rob has managed to keep his fitness on track. If you're someone who's struggling with time and energy, this one's for you!
What does your average day look like with training and nutrition?
Recently I’ve been intermittent fasting because everyone around me has been praising its benefits. I hate it because I love eating. That said, I’ve seen results that include weight loss and more energy.
2. “I’m on the juice, mate.”
In terms of diet, I really like to juice. I always have to explain that because it sounds like I’m injecting myself with steroids. “I’m on the juice, mate.” Hah, I just realised as I got older I wasn’t necessarily getting all the nutrients I needed, so I make a juice of kale, cucumber, ginger, apple, lemon, and celery.
I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but I know our bodies really aren’t built to eat meat. Otherwise we’d be able to process it raw, wouldn’t need to cook it, and have longer fangs like most meat-eating animals. But I’m an italian boy from New York, so sopressata, prosciutto and red wine aren’t ever going to be completely out of the picture. Juicing is a nice way to find a bit of balance.
3. Gym - daily!
In terms of training, I go to the gym on a daily basis, usually for about two hours in the evening.
"I bleached the hell out of these teeth once I knew Nutrition Warehouse wanted some photos."
So many would say they are too tired and lack the energy to get to the gym. What drives you to make it a priority?
1. Look at timing
The first thing that helped me make the gym a priority was realising I have more energy in the evening and prefer going to the gym then. If the gym is going to be a part of my life, I might as well find the aspects I like more and work with that.
2. Look at priorities
Also, different people have different priorities. I own a business and in some regards, it’s like my child. At times, I have foregone pay to keep money in the business. Other people have real children they sacrifice for.
We only have so much time, and health is a very real priority, but maybe looking like an influencer is not. So that means a very different level of priority and commitment.
Realising you want to have a healthy heart rate is not the same as trying to get down to single-digit body fat.
Rob remembers this inspiring quote, “To curl 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) you need to mentally block everything else out and focus with all your intention as if you’re doing God’s work. Because you are.” Probably from a bodybuilder. Or maybe The Rock.
3. Develop self-awareness
For some people balance is important, and for some people, it’s not. Are you just trying to get back in the door 3 days a week or do double sessions and compete in a few months time? Just that bit of awareness about yourself can help you prioritise appropriately, which I think makes things a little easier.
4. If you're really struggling...
Also, if you lack energy, and I may get crap for saying this, have some pre-workout. Or a coffee.
What advice can you give people looking to improve their health and fitness but struggle to get started?
1. Give up social media pressure
I know sometimes I can feel overwhelmed to get back to the gym. I think social media, and Instagram in particular, puts incredible pressure on how we see ourselves aesthetically. Women have been dealing with this for years, but now young boys are pressured to look like they’ve been working out for 30 years, but have the face of a 16 year old, but not a 16 year old who has acne: one with flawless skin like Naomi Campbell. And if you’re not blessed with her melanin, then you better get in the sun or find a spray tan to contrast your super white, bleached teeth. And don’t forget anime hair. You need to both have mass and be shredded at the same time. The closest we have to this is Jeff Seid, but we all know he was created in a MyProtein lab to sell more amino acids.
That aesthetic is so far away for most of us to attain, but that’s the image we’re constantly fed. And so I think it’s important to remember comparison is the thief of all joy. It’s good to have some inspiration and motivation, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, maybe it’s time to just focus on yourself for a bit.
2. It's OK to ask for help!
It’s also perfectly okay to ask for help. A few years ago I was having a lot of trouble targeting my back, constantly overcompensating with my arms, so I used a personal trainer on back days. He had expertise I didn’t, and it made a huge difference. Asking for help can take a lot of forms: maybe it’s getting advice from someone more knowledgeable, or maybe it’s asking the Google machine to help find some answers and do some research.
There’s a great quote from Joan Rivers: "I wish I could tell you it gets better, but it doesn't get better. YOU get better.” I mention it now because if everything just got better, we wouldn’t need help. But I found life didn’t quite work out that way. The positive is you rise to the occasion and YOU get better. But that process includes other people and other skill sets. We’re obsessed with becoming the independent human “who don’t need no man.” And maybe you don’t need a literal man, but I’ve found I’ve certainly relied on my fellow man.