Meet the PT: Giulia Evenlina Fenci
“Volleyball is one of the most interactive games going, it is an intuition, imagination, improvisation, but most of all, reciprocity, of teamwork.” - Giulia Evenlina Fenci
Structural Engineer, Personal Trainer and Volleyball Coach, it’s a wonder that Giulia Fenci has time for this level of activity and yet she’s super excited and full of beans about everything she has on her plate right now. Next up on the agenda, a pop up session at Float Festival 2018 where she’ll be giving a taster of her coaching sessions with a mixture of volleyball fundamental movements to give guests an effective full-body workout, getting muscles working and heart beats rising from 11am in the Float courtyard. We had a chat with Giulia to find out what gets her motivated, why she’s excited to be at Float and why volleyball is the workout you’ve all been waiting for.
What is your business, what do you and what makes it special?
Actually, I am a structural engineer and design buildings. Outside of my 9-5 job I am a certified personal trainer at High Performance Conditioning and a volleyball coach for the University of Salford and I recently started a blog called A Shot of Ginger! The reason I love personal training is that I know how important it was for me to get into the gym and learn to understand my body and its strength and I want to be there for others that need that support and are overwhelmed by the gym or unsure of how to achieve their goals. Volleyball, on the other hand, has always been a big part of my life as I started playing when I was 10 years old. I have learnt big life lessons from this competitive team sport such as respect, collaboration and working hard towards reaching a common target. Coaching the university teams is a great way to meet people from all over the world and get them to find that team spirit and spark which will allow them to be successful in their games.
Why did you want to be involved in Float?
It is about time Manchester got its very own wellness festival and I could not miss out on such a great opportunity of taking part in an exciting and empowering day in this beautiful city.
Can you describe yourself in one sentence? Enthusiastic about life, always seeking new adventures and forever smiling.
What is wellness to you?
Wellness to me is being strong and healthy both physically and mentally. Learning to listen to my body and understand my needs to find a balance which will make me happy, confident and ready to take whatever life throws at me.
How does volleyball, which you'll be doing at Float make people feel happy and well?
Volleyball is an extremely sociable sport. I am going to try something a bit different at Float and use some volleyball fundamental techniques and conditioning exercises to create a full- body workout where participants will get to know each other and be active together. After all, the best workouts are the sweaty ones where you can have a laugh with your fitness buddies!
Outside of Personal Training how do you ensure you look after yourself and incorporate wellness into your life?
I enjoy doing yoga as it forces me to slow down, focus on how my body feels and take some deep breaths. Otherwise I love going for a good hike up a mountain. Last year I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and it was such a fulfilling experience that I will treasure forever. I am also a bit of a foodie and like to take care of what I eat and making sure I nourish my body correctly.
What is your take on the 'wellness 'industry' today?
I think the awareness that has increasingly grown in the last couple of years around wellness is extremely positive. People are questioning their habits as well as their state of mind and no longer take situations for granted but realise that they are the masters of their destiny and that if something is making them unhappy they can actively work towards changing for the better. Each one of us has a different idea of wellness and there are so many great and, in their own way, unique influencers out there today that everyone can find someone they feel more aligned with to be inspired!
Where can we find you at the weekends?
Eating pizza with a glass of wine during a good catch up with friends.
Favourite exercise or routine to help you feel energised and motivated?
I just love lifting weights ha! If I have to name an exercise I would say that Bulgarian Split Squats are my all-time favourite. They are a great functional movement that target the glutes and the upper leg muscles as well as testing balance and improving core strength.. Bingo!
Do you have any pearls of wellness wisdom to offer?
Our bodies are such an amazing masterpiece, let’s take care of them and find out what beauty and strength they are capable of!