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The 3 Most Important Factors That Impact Health, Fitness, and Longevity

By Michael Italiano

There are a ton of myths surrounding health, fitness, and longevity. From ‘Fit’ tea and fat-burners to meal frequency and dieting, finding what truly matters in the grand scheme of things can be challenging. But, whether you’re looking to achieve peak fitness, live more, or simply feel better, three factors will play a more significant role than anything else. So, let’s talk about them

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Top 10 Signs You Are Stressed

By Michael Italiano

We’ve all had to deal with stress in our lives. It’s only natural because emergencies pop up, we have to deal with family issues, and there are always deadlines to chase at work. The first step to managing our stress better is understanding that we are suffering from it. To that end, we’ve put together this post with ten signs you’re dealing with stress. Let’s take a look.

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Daniel Ricciardo’s trainer reveals how you finely tune a Formula One driver

Just as the cars have been prepped, checked and tweaked prior to the new Formula One season, the same goes for the men inside them. When Daniel Ricciardo wakes up in his hotel room in Bahrain on Sunday, ahead of the first Grand Prix of the 2022 Formula One season, he will do as we all do and check his phone.

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Daniel Ricciardo: From withstanding searing heat to ‘fighting tension in the body,’ how F1 star’s performance coach prepares driver

Australian personal trainer Michael Italiano previously had little knowledge of Formula One, but that soon changed when he received a surprise text message from an old acquaintance. That message came from Formula One Daniel Ricciardo at the end of 2017

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Podcast: Performance Coach to Formula 1 Driver | Michael Italiano

The Neuro Experience with Louisa Nicola

It’s well known that F1 drivers are some of the fittest athletes in the world, but how do they train and what do they eat? What I didn’t know was that necks, shoulders, and an athlete’s overall core is under tremendous strain through every turn on every lap for the entire 90 minutes of a race.

40 mins

The F1 secret behind Jess’ 40kg transformation

When Jess Fleay’s doctor told her she had a 20-40 per cent chance of not making it to 60 compared to someone her age who was in a healthier weight range, she knew she needed to do something. Jess, who is from Perth, WA, had struggled with her weight for most of her life

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Lavender spray and saunas in tracksuits – getting fit for Formula One

For Daniel Ricciardo, Christmas Day was more about intensity than indulgence. The Formula One driver spent December 25 locked in quarantine with his personal trainer, Michael Italiano, pumping iron and working hard on the spin bike.

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F1 drivers are admittedly one of the best-trained endurance athletes on the planet. They have to be physically and mentally ready to race for hours in an uncomfortable position while manoeuvring some of the fastest vehicles men can drive.

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10 Lifestyle Factors Affecting Your Fitness Results

By Michael Italiano

Training is like a Jenga tower: when stabilising blocks are removed or strained, the structural integrity becomes compromised. You must play strategically to ensure your tower remains strong. There is no one formula for a balanced life.

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10 Tips to Stay On Track and Focused With Your Diet Over the Christmas Period

By Becs Sandwith

December is upon us, which tends to mean more socialising, more meals out, more temptation to overindulge, and for some, a time when there is increased fear around food. There will be times when you may not necessarily be able to control what food is served in front of you

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Express: Daniel Ricciardo coach on Saudi Arabian GP red flag mayhem – ‘Glad to be out of the drama’

A leading F1 performance coach has opened up on the “mayhem” caused among team staff in the pit lane by red flags, after last weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was stopped twice due to crashes. Given the nature of the new super-quick street circuit,

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Express: Daniel Ricciardo has enjoyed Ferrari battle as McLaren defeat labelled ‘a good thing’

Defeat in McLaren’s quest to finish at the top of the midfield in the F1 constructors’ championship will be a good thing for the team in the long run, according to Daniel Ricciardo’s performance coach. Michael Italiano, who has worked with the Australian racer since the end of the 2017 season

2 min read Daniel Ricciardo coach on ‘mayhem’ of Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen Saudi Arabia fight

Daniel Ricciardo’s performance coach Michael Italiano has weighed in on the ‘mayhem’ surrounding the Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen drama in Saudi Arabia. The Australian revealed what took place when the chaotic race in Jeddah on Sunday was red-flagged not once, but twice.

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CoachMag: 5 Rules For A Healthier Lifestyle

Personal trainer Michael Italiano, who works with F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, shares his tips for long-term, sustainable fitness gains. Being a Formula One driver is tough. Away from the glitz and glamour of racing in some of the world’s most desirable locations, drivers have to prepare their bodies to withstand

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Here’s How Formula 1 Drivers Stay Fit and Focused

As a renowned performance coach to McLaren F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, Michael Italiano knows a thing or two about elite level fitness training. For the past three years Italiano has devised specific training programs for Ricciardo, tailoring sessions to target the muscles he uses most and advising him on how to physically manage the ebbs and flows of the Formula 1 season.

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By Michael Italiano

We’ve all encountered some form of fitness barrier in our lives, and the realisation that it takes a degree of mental toughness to haul ourselves through it – sometimes while kicking and screaming! Here are 5 of the most common fitness barriers and my advice on how to overcome them.

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Podcast: Dermott Brereton in Conversation with Michael Italiano

The Conversations That Could for R U OK?

Join Dermott Brereton and our guest tonight Michael Italiano. This program and R U OK? are proudly supported by Dare Iced Coffee. When your mate bottles it up. . .a Dare fix won’t fix it. . .but a conversation could. Ask R U OK? Michael is the founder of MI Coaching and is a performance coach

48 mins

What Should I Eat After My Workout?

By Becs Sandwith

Our last article covered what to eat to fuel your workout — so now we’re going to look at what happens after your workout. Post-workout is just as important for maximising the effects of your training and improving recovery. There are three main points we want to think about

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Debugging the Female Myth: Lifting Weights Will Make You Bulky

By Michael Italiano

We’ve become increasingly knowledgeable about training and nutrition over the last couple of decades. We no longer avoid carbs after 6 pm for fear of getting fat. We also don’t avoid cardio as much, despite being told that it leads to muscle loss. And, most of all, we no longer

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What Should I Be Eating Before My Workout?

By Becs Sandwith

What you choose to eat in the window before you begin training makes a huge difference to your performance, how you feel during your workout, and your recovery between sessions. Fuelling efficiently for a training session is an underrated training tool, so we will dive into the what, why, and how!

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10 Best Ways To Burn Fat Effectively

By Michael Italiano

Regardless of whether you’re new to the fitness game or a seasoned veteran, shedding fat is most likely one of your top goals. And despite what many articles claim, there’s more to it than fad-diets, ‘magic’ powders and lots of cardio. With all the biochemical reactions, hormonal responses

4 min read

Grand Prix Radio – Backstage with Michael Italiano

Grand Prix Radio

Om in de koningsklasse van de autosport mee te kunnen komen moet je als coureur goed fit zijn. Daarom staat achter iedere Formule 1-coureur een trainer die hen helpt fit en op gewicht te blijven. Op het gebied van trainen is het door Covid-19 ook een apart jaar geweest.

8 mins

GQ Japan – Michael Italiano Interview

GQ Japan

F1 racing drivers have to run for two hours without rest in extreme stress. In addition to strong physical strength, mental strength is also required. They have a performance coach who trains their body and mind. The reporter interviewed Michael Italiano, performance coach of Australian F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo

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Parc Fermé – Michael Italiano interview

Parc Fermé

We caught up with Formula 1 Performance Coach, Michael Italiano, ahead of the 2021 season and the move to McLaren. It was great to learn more about Michael’s work, his relationship with Daniel Ricciardo and his own online training platform.

12 mins

The ABJ: 10 Lifestyle Factors Affecting Your Health

The Australian Business Journal

There is no one formula for a balanced life. There are many individual factors that contribute to our lifestyles which, in turn, affect our training. Being aware of what’s working with, and against you, is the first step to building a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Having risen to the forefront

6 mins

Podcast: Michael Italiano on being an Aussie F1 performance coach

The Aus F1 Show

Michael Italiano – On being an Aussie F1 Performance Coach. Join James & Tommy as they chat with Aussie F1 Performance Coach, Michael Italiano!

66 mins

Podcast: How to achieve your highest potential with Michael Italiano

Muse with Kevin Fernandes

Michael Italiano, performance coach to formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo talks about his journey from a civil instruction engineer to personal trainer and entrepreneur of an online coaching business. The conversation includes his tips and tricks about following his passion, what it takes to make it work

44 mins

Podcast: Sector 1 – Are F1 Drivers Athletes?

Sector 1 Podcast

We are so excited to introduce our first guest on the podcast, F1 Performance Coach Michael Italiano! We had a really interesting conversation about the physical and mental demands of Formula 1, Michael’s personal fitness journey and how much COVID has impacted his training schedule with Daniel Ricciardo.

59 mins

Podcast: Cut to the race

Cut To The Race F1 Podcast

On the ‘Cut to the Race’ podcast this week, Oli, Matt, Callum and Emma are joined by personal trainer and performance coach Michael Italiano. Michael is best known for working with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, and opens up about how he became interested in becoming a performance coach.

50 mins

8 Ways To Get The Best Out Of Your Home Training

By Michael Italiano

Homebased training found its way into the spotlight in 2020, though it has never been limited to a pandemic-specific option. The rapid rise of home training is unsurprising, given its convenience and effectiveness and, of course, the current global circumstances. Suppose you’re new to the training from home lifestyle, welcome.

4 min read

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