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Meet David Palermo, Trainer, Sage Institute of Fitness

david palermo from Sage Institute of FitnessExperience combined with super positive attitude, Sage Institute of Fitness Trainer, David Palermo, is constantly on the go. Let’s learn a bit more about David and what’s behind his passion for motivating and educating his students in all things health and fitness.

1. How long have you been working with Sage?

I’ve been working with Sage for 1 month now.

2. What is your background?

For three and a half years, I did strength and conditioning training for Elite Sports Performance, working with elite and sub-elite athletes from AFL, cycling and powerlifting.

I also worked at Apollo Gym for three and a half years, doing one-on-one and small group personal training.

My fitness qualification is a Human Movement degree from RMIT University.

3. What made you become a trainer?

The knowledge that I can somehow inspire and motivate students to be educated in health and fitness is a major reason why I wanted to become a trainer. I love seeing people develop into better human beings in life and become mentors themselves. There is nothing better than helping and guiding others to be the best they can be – both physically and emotionally; and I am very lucky that I am now living this out at Sage!

“There is nothing better than helping and guiding others to be the best they can be – both physically and emotionally; and I am very lucky that I am now living this out at Sage!”

4. What do you like most about your role?

The thing I like most about my role is the simple fact that I am able to educate and develop students (and their careers) via my passion of staying fit and healthy!

5. Are there any particular perks about the fitness industry that you’d like to share?

I love having time off when most people have to work! The shops are quiet and I can be so much more productive with my time. Having to wake up super early allows me to go by a schedule and have more time during the day for my activities too. Getting up early and training always sets me up positively for the day ahead, no matter how much work I have in front of me.

6. What do you do in a week at Sage Institute of Fitness?

At Sage in a week, I teach a few classes, and come in to prepare for those classes which may include marking assignments, understanding the topic inside-out, scanning rolls and organising the day plans. Occasionally I’ll also train before class if I get my priorities right.

7. Who is in your team?

I am part of a great Training Team here at Collins Street, led by the great man Gaz. It also includes Dan, Stella, Aimee, Steve, Paul, Julian and Allan.

8. Do you have any good tips for students learning anatomy?

What worked for me to memorise my anatomical terms was to draw and write them down continuously. It made me remember them more easily but it must be stressed that everyone learns in different ways, so it’s important for students to try a few different learning styles in order to know which one they respond to best.

9. How fit do you have to be before commencing a Fitness Course at Sage?

I don’t think you have to have a certain level of fitness to study at Sage, but you must be willing to better yourself physically and mentally through exercising.

10. What do you think is most exciting about fitness training at the moment?

Fitness training has always been exciting to me. It’s exciting to me as long as I keep up the training myself. To pinpoint one aspect of fitness training that excites me right now would be hard as I learn about trends, styles and methods anytime, so as far as I’m concerned, anything new that I learn excites me at that point in time! Right now, I’m interested in learning more about the role good nutrition has on performance and training.

11. What makes you really happy?

Training with like-minded people makes me really happy. Helping others achieve their goals also pleases me, as does having a good laugh. Something which we can all definitely do more of!

12. If you could come back in another life and in another form, what would it be?

I don’t think I’d come back as someone else to be honest. I kind of like my life the way it is right now! I couldn’t live a better life if I tried and I am grateful for each day that comes about!

13. Where can we find you on Sunday morning?

On a Sunday morning, you may find me out for brekkie (after a sleep-in until 8am), visiting family and friends or chilling with a coffee or almond milk smoothie in hand!

Sage Institute of Fitness – it’s more than a job, it’s a rewarding career.

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan is the Academic Director at Sage Institute of Education. She oversees learning processes, teaching outcomes, resources and course development. A passionate advocate for bettering standards of training in Australia, she is currently writing her PhD thesis on defining quality training in the Australian vocational education sector.
Vicki Tuchtan

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