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FITT Q&A: SABRINA ANTOINETTE - TRAINER, MUSICIAN, AND FREE SPIRIT

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MEREDITH O'CONNOR

MAY 14, 2020

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IMAGE VIA @IAMSABRINALIVE | INSTAGRAM

In a recurring series, we’re talking to inspirational people doing amazing things in LA’s fitness scene.

Recently, we caught up with Sanctuary Fitness trainer Sabrina Antoinette about how to set the perfect vibe for the day, staying sane while isolated, and quarantining with her cats Maze and Magnus.

WALK US THROUGH YOUR BEGINNING ON THE FITNESS SCENE.

I’m originally from Houston, Texas, and the music industry brought me to LA. I was signed to Chris Brown Entertainment, so getting in front of people is second nature for me. But fitness has always been a part of me as well. When I got to mix that with the high of making people feel great through fitness, it was on.

I started training clients in both group and private settings and saw it had the same effect on them, too. Seeing that confidence in other people is what got me addicted. And no matter what mood I’m in or what life is throwing at me, after a good workout, I feel like I can take on anything.

DO YOU WORK OUT EVERY DAY?

No. I workout four to five times a week. I’ve learned to tweak the intensity of my workouts in a way that I’m still able to build muscle without having to push myself every day.

And I secretly don’t enjoy cardio, so I get my cardio in when I teach my classes... or at least that’s what I tell myself.

ANY RITUALS THAT HELP YOU KEEP UP THE HUSTLE?

Mornings are my favorite. I like to get up early to set the vibe for the day. My go-to is to put a record on, make coffee, and hang with my cats. I also wash my face with ice-cold water. I keep telling myself I’m gonna take a cold shower but I haven’t worked up the courage yet...

And I'm a huge fan of guided meditation in the mornings. It calms my crazy and is a reset to remind myself that I'm capable of taking on whatever the day brings.

@iamsabrinalive | Instagram

IS STICKING WITH A SPECIFIC DIET IMPORTANT TO YOU?

I’m an Italian Taurus, so food is my jam.

On a serious note, I’m a healthy eater and a believer in balance in my diet. If I want something, I eat it, but I’m also not gonna eat a cheeseburger and desserts three days in a row.

HOW DO YOU INDULGE IN SELF-CARE?

Massage, mani-pedi, repeat. My mom was a hairdresser and I was raised in a salon — having your nails and feet done was mandatory growing up!

Plus, training is really hard on my body. Between teaching multiple classes a day to my personal workouts and the workouts I film, I have to make sure I’m taking care of myself from head to toe.

IN YOUR OPINION, HAS INFLUENCER CULTURE HAD A NEGATIVE OR POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE WELLNESS WORLD?

I think it’s a mix of both. It’s great that there’s a lot more information out there for people who want to up their health and fitness game. But it drives me insane when I see people giving misinformation.

@iamsabrinalive | Instagram

IF YOU’RE HAVING AN OFF DAY, HOW DO YOU LIFT YOUR SPIRITS?

Spontaneous dance is always a great go-to. Life is so serious, so it’s a way to allow yourself a little moment of fun.

I was actually inspired by a book I was reading, Girl, Stop Apologizing. Dancing was an exercise she did and I thought it was silly at the time. But there have been a few moments where I’ve been in a bad mood and made myself dance and ended up loving it. It's also a huge endorphin boost for me.

HOW ELSE DO YOU HAVE FUN OR LET LOOSE?

As corny as that sounds, I seriously love hanging with friends and family. It might be because they're all crazy like me and, anytime we get together, it's a riot.

DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OF A TOTALLY PERFECT SATURDAY?

Postmates, my sofa, a good movie, and spending time with my cat babies. Maze is my little princess, and Magnus is our protector-slash-extreme cuddler.

HOW ARE YOU ADAPTING DURING THE TIME OF COVID?

On a personal level, I'm proud of the self-work I've put in to become comfortable with being isolated. I've learned a lot about myself.

I was also already interested in learning more about providing an online fitness experience. So from a business perspective, I’ve enjoyed connecting with my clients and hosting classes virtually. It’s been exciting and inspiring to meet people from different states and countries that all want to live a healthy, active lifestyle.

Follow along with Sabrina on Instagram, check out her workout playlist, and tune in to the Fitt LA ’gram for more local trainer spotlights and the latest fitness news.

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