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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

4 min read

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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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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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

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

6 mins

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

Making the men behind the machines: We reveal the physical preparation it takes to race in Formula One

Herald Sun

They drive some of the most hi-tech machinery on the planet. But Formula One drivers themselves have to be perfectly tuned to withstand insane G-forces and searing cockpit temperatures while maintaining the concentration required to make split-second, life and death decisions.

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The move to McLaren ahead of the 2021 season

Parc Ferme

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.

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Daniel Ricciardo’s Performance Coach Warns Additional Races Will Push F1 Drivers To The Limit

Formula One is set to hold 23 grand prix across four continents next season, following the addition of a race at Zandvoort and a street race in the Saudi city of Jeddah. Concerns have already been raised about mechanics and other members of staff being overworked and having to go weeks

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Michael Italiano’s 5 Points of Fitness Wisdom to Prepare You For 2021

Spending the last 3 years on the Formula One circuit as the Performance Coach for F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo, Aussie-born Michael Italiano is now using his health and fitness experience to take his coaching skills from motorsport racing to personalised fitness coaching. Having worked with clients across the globe

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The Top 10 Fitness Coaches To Watch in 2021

In these extraordinary times of uncertainty, anxiety and stress, taking care of your physical and mental well-being is more important than ever. Fitness is an integral part of living a healthy lifestyle, allowing you to become physically stronger and strengthen your mental resilience.

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How to Self-Motivate Like An F1 Driver

Competitive sport has always been in Michael Italiano’s DNA he says, he started playing football at the age of five and hasn’t stopped competing in other forms of sports since. Although he claims that AFL and boxing are his true sporting passions, he first got involved in the world

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The 10 Fitness Coaches Doing Things Differently

Fitness is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle, and is used by many to not only build themselves physically, but also mentally. Most people have some kind of fitness goal. However, seemingly very few of them ever reach them. Why? Often it comes down to mindset, discipline and accountability

10 min read

Podcast: Dan Churchill’s The Epic Table – How to Train Formula 1 Drivers with Michael Italiano

Podcast: Dan Churchill's The Epic Table

In this episode, Michael delves into his past, starting off his early career as an architect and civil engineer, and how he diverted to fitness and performance. We then talk about the intricacies of how Formula 1 drivers perform, the three biological challenges they face

1 hour 8 min

Podcast: The Abi Khan Show – Michael Italiano – Performance Coach to Daniel Ricciardo

Podcast: The Abi Khan Show

Michael Italiano is the performance coach to Daniel Ricciardo who is one of the best Formula 1 drivers in the world right now. We speak about Michael’s unexpected introduction to the fitness industry and by following his passion had the opportunity to work with Daniel and get to travel the world with him.

49 min

This is how Ricciardo does his push-ups: his trainer gives top tips!

Als de corona-onderbreking coureurs ergens de tijd voor heeft gegeven, dan is het wel trainen. Check de Instagram van de gemiddelde Formule 1-ster en hij werkt zich wel ergens (vaak op een zonnige locatie) in het zweet. Daniel Ricciardo’s trainer Michael Italiano legt in het nieuwste magazine van FORMULE 1

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