Grab yourself a cuppa and get to know Vitalita Health & Fitness founder, Sam Scibilia
Why did you become a PT?
After nearly 20 years as an electrician working in construction, my body was slowly shutting down. I was constantly suffering from lower back pains, and after being bedridden twice in the same year (2011), I thought it was time to reconsider my future as a sparky.
Georgina (that’s my smokin’ hot wife and the other half of the Vitalita team) and I spoke about what I really enjoyed doing. All I could think about was being active and exercising. Not long after we arrived back in Oz from 10 years in the UK, I started working out again and shed 8kg in just under four months. I thought that maybe I could help other people do the same. So, I enrolled in my Cert III & IV in fitness at TAFE and I literally handed in my notice the next day!
What would you be doing if you weren’t helping people become fit, healthy and happy?
To be honest, I’d probably still be a sparky. But, in saying that, I do consider myself a big foodie. Maybe something in the food industry (other than just eating!).
If you could invite three influential people to dinner who would they be and why?
Jamie Oliver because I appreciate the work he is doing to educate people about healthy eating and encourage schools, hospitals and food manufacturers to reduce sugar. I’d also tell him his 15-minute meals take me 30 minutes!
Randy Hetrick, a former Navy SEAL Commander, is the creator of the TRX suspension straps. I’m a massive fan of the TRX and I’d love to pick his brains about how he came up with that. Such a great piece of equipment!
Roger Federer… just because! After falling in love with tennis nearly 35 years ago, I’ve played and watched a lot of the game. But Roger Federer is simply amazing. He’s not only one of the best all-time tennis players but he also seems like a genuinely good guy off the court.
What is something interesting not many people know about you?
I was born with two forehead bones and the doctors had to remove one when I was only 2 months old. All those years ago, I think that would have been a pretty ‘out there’ operation!
What is your favourite mantra or quote?
“You are what you eat,” followed by a close second, “If it’s not challenging you, it’s not changing you.”