If you’re not one of Gabriele AKA GaboSaturno’s thousands of Instagram followers, you need to get acquainted with this Venezuelan-South-Florida yogi. His page includes everything from videos demonstrating his refined workout regimen, to inspiring photos with motivational captions, to an adorable clip with a fluffy pup (we’ll get to that later).
Though we do admire and deeply respect the work he puts in to maintain his physique, that’s not what captivated us most about him. It was actually his authenticity, genuine outlook on life and ultimately kind nature that drew us in. His positive force is magnetic, and we dig that he empowers others to be their best for a living as a personal trainer. But it doesn’t stop there. He’s also a driving force behind THENX Studios as Vice President of content, a Calisthenics Master and ISSA Certified — all at the modest age of 24.
He answered some of our burning questions about how he stays in such phenomenal shape, but also revealed sound advice for those struggling to maintain a workout routine, how to handle cheat meals (yes; he has them) and shared his personal thoughts on using yoga as a catalyst for being vulnerable. Anyone could take a page from Mr. Saturno’s book and apply his insights to better themselves not just physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.
We’ll say what everyone else might be thinking: you are very chiseled. But seriously, how did you get into such fantastic shape, was it with yoga or did it come after you started training?
I have been training since I was 14 years old and got a decent physique over the years. However, it was not until I started doing more body-weighted type exercises along with yoga, which I started three years ago, that I really started to see my body transform.
Tell us, what does your workout routine look like?
This is hard to answer haha. It varies from week to week depending on the season and my current goals. Normally, it starts with my yoga routine in the morning and Calisthenics training in the afternoon. The afternoon training varies a lot but is always a combination of skill training (handstands for example) and strength training. I like circuit style training when I select five-to-eight exercises and do them one after another with little break, then take a couple minutes of rest and repeat the entire circuit two or three times.
Walk us through what a typical day might be for you.
I try to wake up before the sun rises, prepare some coffee and go for a 30-minute walk while listening to an audio book. Right after the walk I do my yoga practice follow by 30 minutes of meditation. If I have some extra time I will do some reading. That’s what I consider my morning routine. 🙂 After all that I usually take a shower and answer some emails, do some work on the computer and maybe spend a little time on social media.
I then head out to train some personal clients at their places. At about 1PM I go to the gym to do work on filming, production and any work that is required that day. At 5 I finish working and do my workout for about an hour. Then, from 6:30 to 8:30 I teach 2 Calisthenics classes. I’m basically at the gym from 1 to 9PM [haha] but I can’t complain about that, though.
So, your diet: what does that look like?
I like fasting a lot, it makes me focus more in the morning and it makes me feel light for my yoga practice. I get my first meal around 1PM then do some snacking during the afternoon and then a second meal when I get home. I do not count calories but I have a pretty good estimate of how much I should eat.
I keep it 80-90% clean and have my treats here and there. As long as I keep the portions in check, my body will stay the same or get better. There is so much I could tell about my diet but that’s it in a nutshell. I keep carbs low if I want to get extra lean and increase them if I want a little more size; listening to my body and changing the diet as my goals change.
What do you allow yourself to indulge in, and do you believe in “cheat” days or meals?
I allow myself to indulge in anything I want to [haha]. I am pretty aware of the repercussions, though. I believe in both actually. If I want to have a massive cheat day I just cut carbs for 3 days prior and one day after. I also fast longer. When it comes to a cheat meal I do not worry about it too much.
At the end of the day is what you do consistently and what your real goals are. If you are lean and you have been for more than six days, a cheat day will not kill you. It ALL depends of “how strict do you behave’’ and “how bad do you mess up,” if you know what I mean. It’s all about balance and knowing your body.
Your Instagram profile says you are an ISSA Fitness expert and Calisthenics Master trainer. Could you tell us a bit about that and what that means?
ISSA Fitness Expert is just a certification for personal training. Calisthenics Master Trainer is a term I use for my abilities to teach bodyweight training and train others achieving their goals in the ram of Calisthenics.
What kind of yoga do you practice?
I used to do my own “intuitive” yoga practice where I just flow as I go. I did that for about 2 years until I found Ashtanga Yoga. Ashtanga is my current practice today along with some strength drills I have learned from the well-known Yogi Dylan Werner.
You have a video on your Instagram profile where you’re doing yoga with a very adorable puppy, and it’s very different from your typical photos and videos. It’s sweet that you’re comfortable with showing your sensitive side to the world, has yoga or fitness helped you become more comfortable and confident in yourself or have you always been this way?
Yoga has definitely helped me open up a lot more. I have always been a sensitive person but maybe not as open as I am now. I believe vulnerability is a sign of strength and that the world is too caught up on repressing their weak side and only expressing their strong side.
We all have insecurities, fears and feeling. That is what make us humans at the end of the day and I am a huge believer that one must not hide them for any reason.
In your free time, what do you do when you’re not doing yoga or working out?
Work on some other stuff, read, play the piano and spend time with my family and the people that I care about. 🙂
Any advice for those struggling to maintain a workout routine or looking to get started?
Always keep in mind the good you are doing to yourself. I workout because it makes me feel good, energized and alive. Do not workout to get a good body, that motivation will last so little. Get a bigger reason: your health, your mental capacity, your overall energy to do other things, how looking good can make you feel good and if you feel good the number of things that will come to you are uncountable. Remember that motivation is temporary so relying on it is pointless… Commit instead. “Successful people do what they need to do, whether they feel like it or not.”
In just a few words, what does yoga mean to you?
Getting rid of anything that you do not need in order to see yourself, others and the entire world around you as it is and being able then to think, act and behave in a way that will bring peace, joy and happiness to you and to everyone around you.
That’s powerful stuff. What are your plans for the future?
Of course, I always have future plans! Currently working on deepening my backbend, opening my inner hips and expanding my inversions. However, even as they sound like “physical goals,” my main focus is always on expanding my awareness and understanding myself so I can take my practice off the mat and share my love to everything/everyone around me every single day. 🙂
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