In the month of July Dai Endurance featured one of our very own trainers’. Who is also a man that has some very big athletic goals coming up in his near future. Domenic D’Acquisto has mainly been a runner his whole life but with a burning desire to challenge himself Dom looks to tackle his first Triathlon. We sent over some questions to see what makes Domenic not just a great coach but a strong and determined athlete. Here’s what he had to say..
- What do you do in real life?
I am currently a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at The WELL and DAI Endurance.
- What are your weaknesses?
Sleep and Eating. I don’t have problems sleeping but it is challenging trying to establish a good sleeping routine. Ideally, I would like to be averaging at least 8 hours of sleep. As for eating, I will eat anything and everything! The hard part is getting enough calories in. Right now I would say I am burning around 4500-5000 calories a day. Sometimes I forget to eat because I get too busy and other times you just get tired of eating. Smoothies or protein shakes come in clutch when you need to get calories in. I make most of my food and love shopping at Winco, Costco and Grocery Outlet. You got to go to where the deals are at.
- Why are you training?
Right now, I am training to do an Olympic distance triathlon in August. After the triathlon, I will be going straight into training for the CIM Marathon.
- Do you partake in any Dai Endurance Classes/Training/Fitting?
I have taken Robert’s Strength and Mobility for Runners class and Mike’s Redcord class. I believe both of these classes focus on fundamentals for daily well-being and for any sport. I also, have had a bike fit done with Julie Young, in which I learned so much about my riding mechanics. If you’re new to competitive biking or plan on making biking a hobby, I highly recommend getting a bike fit to eliminate or reduce any pain/soreness you experience when riding for a long time.
- Favorite piece of technology for training?
I absolutely love my Garmin Forerunner 935. I wear it while I swim, bike, run, plus it helps track my sleep and calories expenditure from my exercise. I also, golf occasionally and it serves as a hole GPS.
- If you could spend 10 days anywhere, where would it be?
A couple years ago I went on a 6 week backpacking trip throughout Europe with my best friend and my favorite place was Croatia. The beaches are beautiful and the Plitvice Lakes National Park is amazing.
- Do you have a pre-ride/run food you like to have?
My favorite pre-ride meal to have is have an everything bagel with avocados, tomatoes and a poached eggs. Most of the time I will have a fruit smoothie too. If I am ballin then I will have smoked salmon on the bagel. My favorite pre-run food is whole-grain toast with peanut butter and a banana.
- What is your favorite food to eat post training?
After any exercise, I love to have a protein shake, a fruit smoothie, and a sandwich from Corti Bros.
- Do you enjoy coffee/espresso or tea? What’s your preferred brand?
I love all three and to be honest I am still learning about different coffees and expressos. Whatever is brewing at DAI is what I like. I will say that I drink coffee to serve as pre-workout.
- Why do you train with Dai Endurance?
I train at DAI because they focus on the individual. It is virtually impossible to have the best training program because everyone is so different. Most programs follow a survival of the fittest or one size fits all approach. This may help in the beginning but there will be problems down the road. At DAI they have a training program that best suits you. They develop training programs that are multi-faceted in that they incorporate tradition of sport, sport science, recovery and individuality.