Thursday, September 22, 2011

Gals We Admire: Pam Mazzuca Prebeg


Pam Mazzuca Prebeg loves motivating others to become active in their everyday lives. Get inspired to be your best by learning more about this fitness writer and personal trainer's daily regimen.

Name: Pam Mazzuca Prebeg
Profession: Fitness Writer, Fitness Model, Personal Trainer, Lolë Clothing Ambassador

Describe your typical work day, from start to finish
I wake up with my seven-month-old and two-year-old daughters and we hit the ground running—literally. We have breakfast, get dressed and then I pack the girls into my jogging stroller and we head out for a quick run. After my run, the morning is devoted to the girls—playing at home, going to the zoo, walking through the local farmer’s market, or running around the park. Shortly after lunch I put the girls down for naps and then I sit down at my computer, replying to emails, blogging or writing articles. After nap time there is more playtime and dinner to be cooked, eaten and cleaned up and usually another trip to the park with my husband before bath and bedtime. Once the girls are down for the night I sit down in front of the computer for a few more hours to finish up my day’s work before heading to bed.

On days I have photo shoots with Canadian Living magazine, I get the girls up and ready for a day with Gramma before heading out to the studio. At the photo shoot, I get my hair and makeup done (thank goodness) and then we start shooting. We break for lunch and then we film the fitness videos. Once we wrap, I rush home and jump into the shower (I hate makeup and hairspray) and then jump back into “mommy-mode” for the rest of the day.

When you were a kid, what did you want to grow up to be?
I really wanted to be a vet when I was a kid, until I found out that vets have to euthanize animals. After that I really wanted to be an orthopedic surgeonthe human body has always amazed me.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I know it’s cliché but I really love helping others. I love being able to help others achieve their health and fitness goals and maybe even motivate and empower them along the way.

What do you find to be the biggest challenge in your profession?
Everyone is always looking for a quick fix and immediate results—unfortunately, that’s not how it works. Everywhere you look a magazine or trainer is promising the world—"get a six pack in six weeks", but the cold, hard truth is that a fit body takes time and effort, and not everyone is blessed with the genetics to sport a six-pack.

Do you believe you had a "calling" for your profession?
Absolutely! I have been an athlete my whole life and I have always been in awe of what our bodies can do. I love motivating others to find a way, and a will, to fit fitness into their lives. I know we are all busy but if you don’t take time for yourself today, you will have to make time for illness later!

What are the three most important pieces of career advice you would give to other Canadian Career Gals?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Know your limits and when to say "no".

Have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and know why you want it, the how will come.


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