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Train Smarter, Not Harder – Functional Exercise Training and How to Maximize your Workouts with Diane Galati



Diane Galati, RN joins us on this week’s episode, where we will discuss how to train smarter, not harder.  We’ll chat about functional exercise training and how to maximize your workouts to be more efficient and more effective.  Diane is an AFAA certified personal trainer, a group exercise instructor, and American college of sports medicine exercise physiologist, and an RN. She teaches spinning, metabolic conditioning, and high-intensity interval training at the Village Health Clubs in Scottsdale, Arizona. Diane has been teaching, training, and coaching for 30 years. 

We discussed 3:1:1 training consisting of cycling through compound exercises, core training, and HIIT Training. Diane breaks down simple ways to effectively workout to attain maximum benefits and reduce your risk of injury. 



  • What is Functional Training?
  • Balance is key – Why and how. 
  • What is the hinge movement and why is it important?
  • How to exercise effectively and safely. 
  • Exercising for beginners. 
  • The best way to lose weight (differences between men and women).



“I see a lot of people following trends but you have to weigh the benefits of the exercise. What are you getting out of this? What are the risks that you’re putting in?

“People say to me all the time, ‘Oh, I can’t balance so I’m not going to do it’. Well, that’s like saying, ‘I’m too dirty to take a shower’.”