Suzan Galluzzo is a GTA-based transformation specialist, nutrition expert, Reebok ambassador and owner of two studios, who strives to teach clients from various backgrounds, goals and abilities how to transform their body and mind using exercise and nutrition. Outside of the fitness space she is also a busy mom.
We chatted with her about what it takes to keep up with fitness goals while managing everyday life.
1. What inspired you to get into the fitness space?
Fitness has always been a passion of mine and I struggled with being in corporate. I didn’t feel like I was passionate about corporate life and something was always missing. I used fitness as my outlet to detach myself from everyday life. It was when I was depressed, bored, and I realized I had a great life outside of corporate, that I decided I needed to make this into my full-time gig. I entered my first fitness show when my son was a year old and the rest is history. I then opened 2 studios within a year since that show.
2. How do you juggle your own fitness, work and being a mom?
I have to do it before the day begins. If I don’t fit in my workout before the household wakes up, it doesn’t happen for me. It’s all about prioritizing your own needs, as well as your responsibilities, both inside and outside of the home. Fitness, health, my kids, my career, and family are my first priority so I make sure it all happens. I have to schedule everything and stay super organized.
3. What advice do you have for people looking to start their fitness journey?
Just start. Don’t overthink it. You don’t have to eat clean and go to the gym 5 days in the first week. Buy a fit bit and start with getting around 10,000 steps per day. From there, start eating healthy. Keep meals from sunrise to sunset. Take it one day at a time.
4. What is one health/fitness myth you wish people knew wasn’t true?
Oh, there are so many myths out there that people still believe! But one myth I’d want everyone to know isn’t true is that “You have to starve, or suffer.” You don’t have to. Fitness and being healthy is a lifestyle and is all about balance. You don’t have to overdo it. Leading a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t feel like suffering.
5. From Keto to intermittent fasting, it seems like there’s always some new fad. Do these actually work or are some just nonsense?
I think they all work. You just need to follow it. Some things work better for some people. I’ve had several members who have success with keto, fasting, macro-based or paleo diets. What’s important is finding what works for you. That is the first step. Sticking to it is next.