Christian Miranda’s client list reads like a who’s who of Sydney’s celeb scene, having sculpted the enviable bodies of Laura Dundovic, Stephanie Rice and Isabelle Cornish to name a few. Christian is also the founder of ONE Personal Training Solutions and an ambassador for adidas. We chatted to the inspiring personal trainer about his approach to training, how he stays healthy while travelling, his obsession with hoodies and his secret love of coconut oil.
How do you start your day?
I wake at 5am to be ready for my first session of the day at 5.30am. The girls in the juice bar at ONE Personal Training Solutions make me my favourite green smoothie and protein cookie and I work through till my breakfast break at 8am.
What does being healthy mean to you?
Waking up energised and motivated to attack the day ahead. Feeling fit and athletic and, most of all, happy!
How do you nourish your body?
I’ve experimented with different dietary approaches in the past, and the one thing I’ve learnt is you mustn’t let your nutritional choices dictate how you live your life. By all means maintain focus and an element of discipline, but I simply eat to function. This ensures I get in all the nutrients I need to do what I need to do each day!
Do you cook? If so what are some of your go-to healthy meals?
I’m a man that loves my BBQ. So for me, with the hours that I work, a quick and easy meal of marinated eye fillet beef (double thickness so that it’s extra tender), asparagus wrapped with prosciutto, steamed greens and brown rice with tamari sauce is one of my favourites.
Any health secrets you swear by?
There are no secrets. If you focus on these things you will live a healthy life: sleep, hydration, nutrition and physical activity.
What’s your approach to exercise?
Coming from a competitive sporting background which saw me participate in and enjoy plenty of different sports, I like to keep things varied. I focus on strength and conditioning and functional high-intensity training.
How do you train?
Hard! I love to smash myself. Nothing satisfies me more – other than seeing my clients learn to do the same. I enjoy strength and conditioning training, mixing it up between traditional weighted movements, Olympic movements, kettlebells and bodyweight exercises. I train one to two times a day; 30 minutes of strength and an hour of high-intensity conditioning.
Biggest mistake most guys make when it comes to health and fitness?
Not listening to and understanding their own bodies. Find what works for you and be committed to that. By all means gain inspiration from the approach of others, but stick to what works for you.
How do you describe your personal style?
Casual. I really enjoying shopping for clothes and like to dress well and suitably for any particular occasion.
What are some of your fave active wear labels?
I’m fortunate enough to be an ambassador for adidas which means I’m usually dressed head-to-toe in their Performance and Originals ranges. Adidas Energy Boost shoes are a must for anyone that hasn’t tried them – great for running! I’m a shocker with hoodies too. I own about 20 hoodies and jackets and manage to wear them all quite regularly.
What’s in your grooming kit?
Coconut oil as a moisturiser.
What’s your fave healthy indulgence?
A high calorie meal, similar to the BBQ one above, after a hard days work and training hits the spot perfectly!
How do you beat stress?Any tips for bringing more balance into your life?
By taking action! I’ve found indecision to be the biggest stressor in my life. It isn’t until I make a decision, commit to it and act on it that I free myself of the stress that was previously there. A nice drive out to the beach with my dog, Samson, is always a good stress relief too.
How do you stay healthy while travelling?
My lifestyle is pretty basic when it comes to how I eat and train. So I’m able to enjoy myself wherever I am in the world and not rely on anything fancy to get by. I love checking out new restaurants and cafes and use running as a way to familiarise myself with new environments when overseas. I’ll take a note of interesting places I see while running and visit them properly later in my travels. Having so many friends and like-minded contacts through social media also means I’m never lonely wherever I am in the world. I find getting in touch and knocking over a training session with a local is a great way to try something new.
Do you have a personal motto or quote that resonates with you?
Things are never that bad.
Unless you, or someone you love is dying – and even then people find extra strength to deal with it – things are never quite as bad as we build them up to be in our own heads. Get some perspective and do what needs to be done to succeed and be happy!
Name three things you can’t live without.
Family, friends and my dog Samson.