Every month at True North Strength and Fitness we recognize the efforts of a community member that has broken new ground in their fitness game – either completing a significant event, taking their training to a whole new level, or stepping completely outside of their fitness comfort zone. We hope that by shining the spotlight on their fitness journey, you’ll be educated, motivated, and inspired no matter where you find yourself on your own.

Oh, and virtual high-fives for the featured members are always welcome – because the world can always use more good vibes and high-fives!

This month we’re shining our spotlight on…

What’s your name? Matteo Zanatta

How old are you? 14

How long have you been training and how did you get started? I started in December 2020 and I started because all the sports I play got canceled and I wanted to be able to exercise during the pandemic. I had just finished my only quarter of P.E. at school and would not get any more P.E. for the rest of the year.
What’s your sport and/or fitness background? I enjoy playing ice and roller hockey. I also swim almost every day of the week during the late spring and summer.
What’s your most recent sport and/or fitness accomplishment? Last weekend (June 2021) I swam 50 meters freestyle in 30 seconds. I have been practicing my freestyle for years but the summer swim season just started about 1 month ago.
What does a typical training week look like for you? I swim about 4 mornings a week and 4 afternoons a week for about an hour each, I play hockey about 3 days a week for about an hour each and I come to the gym about 2-3 days a week.
What’s your least favorite exercise? Why? My least favorite exercise is push-ups because if I do too many, I get really tired.
Favorite time of the day to work out. My favorite time to exercise is early because it wakes me up in the morning.
Favorite post-event meal. My favorite post-event meal is a big berry smoothie and a granola bar.
What’s something sport and/or fitness-related you would like to try, but haven’t? I want to try an adult-length triathlon instead of the kid’s course.
If you were a superhero, who would it be, and/or what’s one superpower you would like to have? If I was a superhero my power would be the manipulation of time.
Favorite book. My favorite book series are all of the Rick Riordan books.
Favorite place you’ve ever traveled to. My favorite place that I have traveled to is Mexico.