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FITNESS MODEL: Tiffany Giusti 

Occupation details: 2nd Grade Teacher 

Fitness GoalsMy fitness goals are always to feel and be the healthiest I can be and to inspire others to not simply look good, but feel and be healthy.  I am always striving to lean out (it is a never ending battle) and I’ve realized throughout my fitness journey that I cannot out-exercise my diet.  I need to have a balance between healthy eating and exercising in order to achieve my goals.  

 

My fitness goals are always to feel and be the healthiest I can be and to inspire others to not simply look good, but feel and be healthy.

 

Bio: I was born in RI and have two amazing and talented siblings, along with two supportive and loving parents.  I grew up playing sports and my parents put me into gymnastics at the age of two because I would climb on everything.  I started competing at the age of 7 and also started playing soccer at that time. I competed in sports throughout middle school and high school, ranging from competitive gymnastics, Varsity soccer, cheerleading, track and field and dance.   

In college, I went on to play Division 1 soccer at Valparaiso University (located in Indiana) and also joined the hip hop dance team during our off season.  

I graduated with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Public Speaking.  I then returned back home and became a personal trainer, as well as a Zumba and Spin instructor.  While I was working as a trainer, I put myself through grad school and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching.  I started my teaching career in 2013 and currently teach 2nd grade.  

I am extremely close with my family, as my husband and I live two streets away from my sister (and her husband and soon-to-be niece or nephew), two streets away from my brother (and his wife and two daughters) and one mile away from my parents.   

My husband and I just got married! July 22, 2018.  We met when we were 11 or 12 years old, as he used to wrestle with my brother!  

I have goals of training with unbelievable fitness instructors such as Shaun T, Tony Horton and Autumn Calabrese from beachbody, as well as Rachael Newsham and Dan Cohen from LesMills and becoming a part of their mission to help others become healthy and happy individuals.  I would LOVE to develop my own programs to promote healthy living for others.  That would be my ultimate goal!  

I have goals of training with unbelievable fitness instructors such as Shaun T, Tony Horton and Autumn Calabrese from beachbody, as well as Rachael Newsham and Dan Cohen from LesMills and becoming a part of their mission to help others become healthy and happy individuals

 

Thoughts on HIIt, Power lifting, TRX, Yoga, bodybuilding, other. I love HIIT training.  It is fast, it is effective and you feel amazing after completing it! I don’t do much power lifting, but I have used the TRX while I was a fitness trainer. I have a love/hate relationship with yoga.  It feels amazing once you have completed a yoga session, but it also gives me enough breath throughout the workout to verbally protest it! I love body weight training.  I’d much prefer to use my own body weight, as opposed to weight training, perhaps because of my gymnastics background. I enjoy face-paced workouts and muscle fatigue from burnout rounds. 

Describe you lead up to the Worlds. When I qualify for Worlds, it is going to be such an amazing feeling.  I have trained my entire life (mentally, physically, emotionally) and realize what it takes to be, “the hardest worker in the room.”  This has been and always will be my motto and this is what I would bring to my training regime, while training for worlds.   

 I have trained my entire life (mentally, physically, emotionally) and realize what it takes to be, “the hardest worker in the room.” 

 

Describe your coaches and team and your involvement? My coaches, Tiffany and Sean Larson are remarkable.  They tailored every meal and program directly to my needs, my strengths, my weaknesses.  I could email, text or call any time and they would get right back to me with words of guidance, direction and new plans of action to help me reach my goals.  They are both genuine people, who not only support you at every corner, but also push you to be better.  They each bring a different element to coaching and they see the potential in all of their clients. 

My teammates were encouraging and supportive of one another.  We had a few training sessions together and everyone in there helped push one another to the next level.  I made some great friends along the way! It is inspiring to be around such positive and strong young woman. 

Every time I am with my coaches or my team, I try to bring the level of intensity up and elevate everyone’s performance, including my own.  I complete all of my workouts in my basement or at my parent’s personal gym, so it is exhilarating to be able to workout with other people.  

What does it mean to you to be part of such a wonderful team? It is always such a special feeling to be a part of a team.  This is one of the main reasons I decided to play college soccer, rather than gymnastics.  To have the support of teammates, who are all working towards a common goal and grinding it out with you, is a unique feeling.   

Special skills? I’m not sure I have any special skills, although I do tend to believe that my MMA training with LesMills combat qualifies me to be a real ninja.  My husband (former military) calls me Super Wonder Woman because of this.  Perhaps my special skill is believing that I can achieve and be anything, regardless of the amount of times that I fail.  I will continue to try and believe in myself. 

I will continue to try and believe in myself. 

 

What do your parents mean to you? What did they teach you? I would be lost without my parents.  They are the reason I am the person I am today.  Throughout my life, they instilled in all three of us, the importance of hard work, discipline and a positive attitude.  They were always supportive of every goal that I have tackled and also gave me tough love to help me learn and mature. They taught us work ethic from a very young age and that has carried into adulthood.  

What separates Status from other fitness magazines? Status Fitness Magazine is such a unique fitness magazine because it features athletes with stories that are relatable.  They focus on all different people, with various fitness backgrounds and goals.  They inspire athletes to be better than they were yesterday. I love reading the articles, seeing the experiences other athletes have had and learning from them.  It is truly a great professionally development magazine.  

What would it mean to you to become the next Status Fitness Cover-model? It would be a dream come true.  I have always wanted to be on the cover, to inspire my family, friends and those that I don’t even know.  It would mean the world to me to see all of my hard work throughout the years, showcased for others to be inspired by and even more incredible to show my students (perhaps when they are a little older) that you can achieve your dreams with hard work and dedication.  

If you meet Status Editor-In-Chief, Rodney Jang, what question would you ask him. I had the pleasure of meeting Rodney Jang and he is a genuinely kind individual and truly invested in each athlete.  You can feel his passion for what he does and it is refreshing to see someone so thoroughly involved! If I spoke with him again, I think I would ask him what kind of an impact does he want to make being the Editor-in-Chief to Status?  What are his goals and aspirations for the magazine and what or whom does he hope to inspire along the way?  

What was it like working with photographer Ali Sohrab? Ali was amazing to work with.  He was kind, he was supportive and he was funny!  He made me feel comfortable and allowed me to be myself at the same time!  He had some awesome and creative ideas and I had a ton of fun shooting with him! He is a true talent!  

Six things people would not know about you. 

  1. If I find a specific menu option, I will rarely stray from that choice.  Instead I will almost always order that item if I enjoyed it!  

  2. I have only ever broken my toe.  I broke it while playing college soccer and there was nothing I could do about it, so I just kept playing.  It is slightly larger than my other toe now.  

  3.  I love watching every and anything action-related.  I try to watch Romantic Comedies and almost always settle for an action movie instead.  

  4. I take that back, I could also watch Disney movies all day long!  

  1. Up until about age 12, I thought you were only allowed to eat potatoes on Thanksgiving.  Being Italian, all we ate was variations of different pastas!   

Who inspires you? My family.  100 percent.  My students.  Professionals that are at the top of their game because of hard work.  

Who do you wish to inspire? As a teacher, I wish to inspire my students and children.  As a person, I wish to inspire my family, my friends and those that need someone to help them on their way.  

As a teacher, I wish to inspire my students and children.

 

Transformation story. My personal transformation story would probably be transitioning from someone that was always “almost” good enough, to someone that started believing in herself more and more.  I have always been confident, but I’ve also always felt I’ve held myself back just a bit.  I have learned that I am capable of WAY more than I ever thought possible.   

Life goals. I would love to develop workout programs that are used around the nation and around the world to help others realize their full potential.  I have an ultimate goal of working with Beachbody and becoming an instructor.  I think that would be simply fantastic and I could reach so many people along the way!  

Five lessons you have learned 

  1. You cannot out-exercise your diet (no matter how hard you may try) 

  2. Every single person is capable of much more than they give themselves credit for.  

  3. You can change your mindset one workout at a time. 

  4. You never know who you may inspire. 

  5. Enjoy the journey and appreciate each progression, as well as each obstacle you may overcome!  

5 most important attributes you see in a person? 

  1. Positive 

  2. Insightful 

  3. Genuine 

  4. Open Minded 

  1. Focused 

Every single person is capable of much more than they give themselves credit for.  

 

Advice you can give to children who want to start training? Set small goals for yourself and celebrate those successes.  It is vital to set goals that are just out of your comfort zone, but also attainable. Then set another goal and go after it even harder! Always believe in yourself, especially when you have doubts! Stay focused and always work hard!  

Favorite Quotes 

Always be the hardest worker in the room.  

Where can we connect with you on social media? 

Instagram @tiffany_giusti 

Twitter @tiffany_giusti 

Facebook Tiffany Giusti Salvino 

About Ali Sohrab

Holding a Master degree in Stage and Lighting design, with 20 years delivering exceptional photography to clients, print publications, and organizations, has put Ali Sohrab as one of the top inspiring published photographers around the globe.

Ali’s signature lighting, his creative eye, and his mastery in body language, not only makes your photoshoot fun and exciting, it will turn your photos into a great investment towards your carrer.

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