invest in yourself

By • Feb 27th, 2007 • Category: People, Quinta Lifestyle, Sports

When you find a personal trainer who makes you want to get up in the morning, you have found someone special. When you find a trainer who doesn’t let you feel self-conscious about the softer bits on the underside of your arms, you have found someone extra-special. When you find a trainer who does all of that, listens to you and understands what you want, and helps you overcome your own anxieties, you have found Antonio.

a personal trainer who makes you feel great!

invest in yourself 01 invest in yourselfAntonio is a personal trainer who possesses that rare quality found in the most motivational of people, the ability to inspire without appearing at all intimidating. On paper, he should be totally scary, as his resumé reads like an A-Z of martial arts (from Taikwando to Kick Boxing, including a black belt in Karate). But his warm and encouraging manner is so gentle that it contrasts with any image of him as a fighting man. Antonio could have easily devoted his career to combat sports, but his interest in sport was much wider and took him to university in Covilhã where he graduated in Sports Science. This wasn’t enough for him, however, and he went on to gain a post-graduate degree in Tourist Sport in the Algarve.

After graduating, Antonio taught a wide variety of activities to people of all ages, from cycling and abseiling, to swimming and gymnastics. He found that most people exercise best when they are allowed to concentrate on themselves, without feeling self-conscious or in competition with anyone else. He discovered that he could really make a difference to someone’s life and level of fitness if he could help them train in a small group, or a one-to-one session.

Located within the Pinus Ria Hotel, close to the entrance of Quinta do Lago

Joining forces with his wife, Mari, he took over a gym, built on the gym’s original services offering new, exclusive and tailored personal training. The gym is located within the Pinus Ria Hotel, close to the entrance of Quinta do Lago on the Vale do Lobo road. In addition to enabling clients to take advantage of Antonio’s talent and experience, it offers exclusive (and sought after) spinning classes – for a maximum group size of five, free weights, natural strength machines, yoga, pilates and massage. There is also a wet room with a sauna, Turkish bath and jacuzzi.

invest in yourself 02 invest in yourselfAs a part of his service, Antonio monitors weight and body fat, as well as assessing levels of strength, general fitness, blood pressure and nutritional needs. He doesn’t restrict clients to his gym, also conducting sessions in people’s own homes, encouraging his clients to take full advantage of the excellent gym facilities found in many of their homes.

Superfit and energetic, Antonio is a natural and gifted teacher. His classes are great fun. They are always different and he uses fantastic, uplifting music. And should he ever wish to advertise his work, he need look no further than his select group of clients, who simply glow with health and enthusiasm.

Antonio Ribeiro
Telephone: 289 356838

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- Director - Kerstin was born in Switzerland and educated in various European countries. She joined her sister Alison in July 2005 after 15 years of selling high profile properties in and around Quinta do Lago.
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