Somerville Personal Training Spotlight Sunday: Frank Pellegrini

Happy Sunday post snow-storm. I hope all is well with you.

We’re back with another awesome edition of the Durbrow Performance Spotlight Sunday. I think they are all awesome, but I guess I’m a little biased ūüôā

Check out Frank’s great transformation story here….

My life has been centered around the family business for as long as I can remember. ¬†For most of you who do not know, my family and I own an Italian bakery/deli. ¬†I pretty much grew up in that place. ¬†Since I was 12 I have been involved in one way or another. ¬†Even before then, I would go and just hang out with my family. ¬†These surroundings undoubtedly contributed to my health. ¬†Even though I have always been athletic and play hockey regularly, it couldn’t hide the fact that I used to eat 2 pounds of butter cookies every other day. (2lbs would be about 20 of them!) ¬†That is just one example of the diet I used to have.


I wouldn’t say that I was fat before, but I guess I am a bit vain and never had the body that I wanted so badly. ¬†You know, I wanted to go to the beach and not worry about taking my shirt off and things like that.


So as time passed and i went further along into my 20’s the desire for me to change my body grew and grew. ¬†I tried everything. ¬†Weightlifting, running, weird creams you rub on your body, playing sports 4 times a week but nothing worked. ¬†The most successful I had ever been was was when I had a workout partner and we would go to the gym regularly. ¬†We’d lift and lift and I got really strong. ¬†It was great except that I didn’t care about being strong. ¬†I wanted to LOOK strong! (remember I am vain) ¬†I mean who cares if you can lift up a car if you have two pounds of fat on your stomach and arms no one will know it anyways.

So later on my workout partner needed some time off and I didn’t want to work out alone. ¬†I was looking for a trainer to kick my ass because i was to lazy to do it alone. ¬†I found Callie on the internet and I signed up. ¬†I remember I knew Callie was cool because when I first met her we had like a little interview she asked me ” so Frank what are your goals?” ¬†And I responded “I want to look like Achilles in the movie Troy.”


Well she didn’t laugh in my face so I knew she was cool! ¬†I started going twice a week for the first little while and even though I enjoyed the workouts I just couldn’t get into a rhythm and get consistent results. ¬†I was the typical dummy who figured oh if I just go there it will be enough. ¬†Well that was a very expensive and time consuming lesson because I wouldn’t say I really buckled down and worked hard until about 5 or 6 months in. ¬†So guys when Callie tells you that just training alone is not enough she couldn’t be more correct.


I would say that I didn’t hit rock bottom until one day I got weighed and I actually put on weight. ¬†I remember that moment vividly and I don’t think I have been more disgusted with myself in my life. ¬†It was during the Bruins stanley cup run and every other night I would be eating fast food and drinking too much. ¬†From that moment forward I really bought into the lifestyle change mentality.


Since then I don’t exactly know how much fat I have lost. ¬†I can tell you on the days I don’t work out in the morning I don’t feel the same. ¬†I really enjoy many of the exercises Callie uses but none more then pushups. ¬†Sometimes when I feel good I feel like I can do 100. ¬†Plus I never realized there are so many ways to do them. ¬†Wide, declined, with weight on you, medicine ball etc. ¬†I’m also really into the new exercise ¬†where you have the val slides on your feet and you are crawling through the gym. ¬†I forgot what it’s called but it’s extremely painful and I love it for some reason.


Part of my new lifestyle involves eating healthy 5 or 6 days a week and only going out once or twice a week. ¬†I feel that I am enjoying my life this way so much more because I feel so much better about myself and I really don’t care about eating badly because I know I will be in the gym the next week. ¬†I also have a new reason to work out besides wanting to look good in really nice clothes; ¬†I want to be an inspiration to the people I care about. ¬†I want them to see the changes I have made and know that it is possible for them as well. ¬†I have some overweight people in my family who are younger then me. ¬†I want to make my body so outstanding that one day they will come to me and say “Frank how do you do it? Man I want to be like you can you teach me how?” ¬†And I will then go on to explain how you need to change your lifestyle and so on.


Here’s Frank before….

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Here’s Frank after…


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