A Few Moments With – Toni Filipone

toni020107_0320This is an interview that was published in the June, 2009 issue of IN THE ZONE. This is a visit with Toni Filipone. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, owner of  TrainingwithToni.com, and creator of 3 Minute Crush®


ITZ: What is this about your path to becoming a trainer starting with a Christmas present?

TF: It’s true. My sisters were very overweight as children and I was able to understand at a young age how weight gain not just effects your physical health, but your emotional health as well. It hurts your self esteem etc. I was WAY into
professional wrestling at the time (Hulk Hogan Era) and I begged “Santa” for a Hulk-a-Mania workout set to train my sisters with. He delivered and my passion started at age 8!

ITZ: Aside from the Hulkster, how did you get started in personal training?

TF: I actually started as a group fitness instructor. I so badly wanted to be in a gym, that at age 15 I started as the towel girl (That’s right) at a local Bally’s. From there, I started teaching classes and by senior year of high school, I was teaching and had become a certified trainer and I trained at a local gym on weekends. I found that I liked customizing plans because everyone’s body had different needs. I still loved teaching group fitness – but new individual needs
needed to be one on one designed.

ITZ: How did you come up with idea of your training program, 3 Minute Crush®?

TF: There’s got to be a better way! That was the question that rang through my head 3 years ago while I was on my 3rd mile running on the treadmill. I thought to myself, there is no way that I have to keep myself and my clients on a cardio machine for 30-40 minutes 5 days a week and then a full hour of weight training to get weight loss results. It takes too long and the risk of a plateau is just too high.

I then started experimenting with different variations and methods to training styles and techniques. After years of hard research on heart rate levels, metabolism shifts, muscular development and so on, I created my own style of
training that not only transformed my own body, but all of my clients’ bodies as well.

3 minute crush incorporates cardiovascular training, strength training and core training in 3 minute circuits with a total of 10 circuits per workout. Yes, the workout takes a total of 30 minutes. So for 2 to 3 half hours a week, you can
receive the same results as training 5 days a week for 60-90 minutes.

People do not have the time to be at the gym 6 days a week for 2 hours. It is just not realistic in anyway. I developed a fun, fast moving and result producing fitness system that has a proven track record of 100% that clients are raving

I have designed this program for all fitness levels; from the absolute beginner to the elite athlete. It can be done in a Health Club or in your own home, office or even when you travel. All you need is a set of weights and your own body

To reach people all over the world, I developed an online training program that comes equip with your 3 minute crush workout that accelerates in levels every 12 weeks to avoid a plateau and helps your body continue to lean out and get strong. You will have access to a “members only” message board to communicate with other “crushers” for constant support and guidance. And finally, you have access to fitness tips and to communicate with me personally.

ITZ: What is 3 Minute Crush®?

TF: The 3 minute Crush is a series of ten circuits, each 3 minutes long. Within those 3 minutes, you will target specific muscle groups for definition and muscular endurance, enhance cardiovascular conditioning for a strong heart and essential fat burn for intense weight loss, and finally, you will focus 1 solid minute on deliberate core strengthening exercises for trunk strength and solid abs. It’s easy to follow, fun to execute and allows for fast results.

ITZ: You train clients in person, including boot camps, as well as online. What is next, a workout video perhaps?

TF: Actually I am filming DVDs in August and I am possibly going to be on Exercise TV.

ITZ: Who are your biggest influences?

TF: I have a ton of people that influence me. My mother, Gin Miller, ALL of my clients and friends. And everyone that reaches for their dreams and overcomes all of their obstacles.

ITZ: What advice should everyone follow?

TF: My advice is just start moving and STOP thinking you can’t. Stop with excuses and be true to yourself and let that person who you really are shine. We all have it in us.

ITZ: What do you do to relax?

TF: Watch really bad reality shows.

ITZ: Favorite book/movie?

TF: Book- Return to Love
Movie- Along Came Polly or Power of One. Can’t decide.

Toni, thank you so much for spending some time with us.

Be sure to visit TrainingwithToni.com and sign up for your personalized 12-week 3 Minute Crush® program. You can also follow Toni on Twitter at Twitter.com/TrainerTFitness.

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