Fitness Playground Marrickville | Michelle Pilao - Personal Trainer

PTs of the Playground: Michelle Pilao

 

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Michelle is a founding team member, with us since the start of Fitness Playground. Now a resident PT at our Marrickville gym, Michelle is all about putting in the hard work and getting those results you deserve.

Without fail she brings energy into any room. Her classes have our core members back week in week out, always leaving each session sweaty and smiling. Join her in Road Warrior (45 minutes on the bike) and Team Commando and Athletica (HIIT training 45 minutes).

We get nosey, with one of our most sought-after, dedicated and popular personal trainers.

Why did you get into Personal Training?

I got in to Personal Training because I loved to exercise, and I wanted to help others. I really enjoyed the social aspect of Group Fitness and I love to put workouts together with my favourite music and inspire more people.

What is your favourite thing about Personal Training?

My favourite thing about Personal Training is seeing the client’s journey. Watching them start, their progress and educating them more and more as time goes on.

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What are your fitness goals?

  • Squat double my body weight
  • Deadlift 2.5 x my body weight
  • Bench press 80 kg
  • 10 x wide grip pull ups

What are 3 of your favourite exercises?

Squats, Pull ups and Deadlifts. You can bundle this into a full body Strength/Hypertrophy based workout.

  1. SQUATS – 3 REPS (5 SETS)

    This is my holy grail of exercises because it is a productive exercise that works your entire body (if done with the correct form which is very important to avoid knee and back pain). It takes practice to nail the technique. Remember if you have errors with small weights, this will turn into big errors with big weights! It’s always best to get someone to check your form before starting out or even if you’ve been squatting for yonks, it doesn’t hurt to get a checkup.

  2. CHIN UPS – 6 REPS (5 SETS)

    This second exercise will not only work on strength but also muscle endurance. Over time my body will adapt and allow for me to increase the amount of chin ups I can do. If you’re starting out, use a resistant band for support or head to the assisted pull up machine.

  3. DEADLIFT – 10 REPS (4 SETS)

    Finish your workout off with deadlifts to induce muscle growth. This is another one of my favourite exercises because the deadlift helps build muscle, burn fat, increase athleticism, or you can focus purely on gaining strength. In short, it is an effective exercise to build total body strength, and it improves posture. Also, for girls – the sumo deadlift is a amazing for the glutes! Again good form is really important in this so if you’re just starting out, ask a trainer to help you.

Who are 3 inspiring people you follow on social media?

Kelly Starrett – Mobility Wad
Gracyanne Barbosa – Fitness Model
Michelle Lewin – Fitness Model

The best part of waking up is?

Waking up to a job I love – which is helping others and seeing progress.

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What is your favourite cheat meal?

Pasta and hot chips!

Favourite Artist?

Bryan Kearney

Interesting fact about you?

I never played any sport or was physically active as a kid.

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QUICK SIX

MORNING OR NIGHT? Night
SWEET OR SAVORY? Savory
COFFEE OR TEA? Coffee
CARDIO OR WEIGHTS? Weights
COUNTRY VS. CITY? City
DOGS OR CATS? Dogs 

Get in touch with Michelle

Mobile: 0405 747 080
Facebook: Michelle Pilao
Instagram: michelle_pilao

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