#SweatProfessionals we Love - Q&A with Danielle Pacente

Posted on 14 January 2015

Photo credit: Carbon38

Tells us a bit about yourself? What inspired you to become a PT?

I was a competitive athlete for as long as I can remember, so playing sports was just something I have always done!  When I was done with my college athletic career, I wanted to transition into something that still involved sports, training, helping others, and making it a career.  I graduated with a BA in Psychology and went on to get my training certification shortly after.  Fast forward 6 years and I completely fell in love with training and creating a brand in the health/fitness industry.  It is such a rewarding experience to see clients transform and create a better lifestyle.
How do live an active life?
I’m literally always training!  Even when I’m not training, I’m doing something active.  From training my clients, to testing out the hottest new workout methods, or shooting with a sports company that requires physical activity on set…..there is never a dull moment.  My typical workout consists of running (anywhere from 3-4 miles) followed by 30-45 minutes of circuit training or high intensity interval training. 
What’s your active life mantra?
As cliché as it may sound, I continue to go back to the quote “The only bad workout is the one you didn’t do.”  I hold myself to fairly high workout standards but even on the days I’m super tired or just got off a long shoot, I try to sweat for even 15-20 minutes.  You don’t have to be an all-star at the gym ALL THE TIME.  You just have to get there and make it happen.  Once I get there, it all falls into place.  So even if you only plan to do a 10 minute workout, you may be pleasantly surprised what happens after you get going.  If you literally don’t have time, then my motto is to just take the stairs or go for a walk at some point throughout the day.  If you are on a work call, walk and talk around the office.  If you are going somewhere close (lunch , dinner, etc), opt out of the car and walk!
What’s your favorite healthy treat?
I have a HUGE sweet tooth so I love frozen yogurt.  When I am trying to opt for a healthy alternative to that, I love greek yogurt with goji berries and dark chocolate chips.
What’s always in your gym bag?
Gum.  I have to chew gum when I workout!  Coming in at a close second is dry shampoo.
Favorite post workout snack?
I make a mean post workout protein smoothie (chocolate/peanut butter/banana).  I’m a peanut butter LOVER so anything with peanut butter is my favorite.  If I can’t make my smoothie, I will take a nut bar or a couple hard boiled eggs for refuel.
What’s on your Vie Active wish list?
The Libby black leopard hoodie…..AHHH…..MAGICAL!
What are your favorite healthy cafes?
 My best kept secret is this little place in Santa Monica called Pulse Café. It’s this tiny organic Boba cafe on Montana Ave.  They advertise the Boba smoothies the most, but the food is INCREDIBLE.  If you are local, go there and order a chicken coconut wrap and a “dating anyone” smoothie.  Another popular “go to” for me is True Food Kitchen.  Everything on that menu is good and I have tried it all haha.
p.s. When we saw the menu for Pulse Cafe - we were in heaven!
It’s almost the holiday season, what are your tips for staying fit and healthy during the holidays? 
Can you share a quick workout with us? 
Both of these answers can actually be found on my social media networks.  Holidays are my favorite because you can really get people on board the health train!  I have tons of free workouts on my Instagram and FB pages.  I think my number 1 tip for the holidays is to just treat it like any other day.  People mentally get themselves psyched out for the holidays.  They convince themselves that because there are so many social gatherings with food and drinks, that they need to indulge at every single one.  Simply said…..continue doing your workouts, stay hydrated, eat healthy 80-90% of the time and when you feel like you want to indulge then do it and be done with it.  It doesn’t have to linger the full 2-3 months of the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is 1 day.  Christmas is also 1 day.  Some people take extended vacations and I totally understand that.  But extended vacation doesn’t have to mean extended cheat on my diet and workout.  Indulge for the day and then get right back on the routine.  Your body will take well to the indulgence and probably fuel you for a great workout the following day.  I love treadmill sprint workouts so I've attached one here and you can find many more on my Instagram!

Where can we find you?
Instagram: @DaniellePascente

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