Becoming a beast...

I also train supervillains! I’ve been lucky enough to work with Drew Powell preparing him for his role as the zombie-like supervillain Solomon Grundy in Gothamon FOX .

Our goal was to make Drew look a little more intimidating. Just like all my clients, we worked from the inside out. It all starts with energy; we made sure Drew was sleeping, eating quality food and recovering.   

With the right training in the gym we built him a physique he could be confident in. Now he’s taking his shirt off, getting in the ring for his own stunts and feeling great doing it.  

Drew is so much fun to work with, he’s in the gym with me almost everyday lifting, laughing, getting stronger and creating habits that will always inspire his boy to follow his footsteps to health!

Watch the video to get an inside look at the work I did with Drew and train with me on my Playbook app and I'm sure you're gonna love this guy as much as I do! Also follow Drew on Instagram as @realdrewpowell .

Client Pride: David Harbour Looks Amazing As ‘Hellboy’

The first photo from the set of Hellboy just hit the internet and I think we can all agree that David Harbour looks amazing!

Getting David ready for this role was an absolute blast for me, and he came to Drive495 ready to work. The sessions weren’t easy, but like all of my clients, I made sure that he felt great at the end of every day. By the end he not only put on some real muscle, but also was more flexible than ever.

The program that we used to get him bulked up is available on my Don Saladino App. Check out an inside look of one of our workouts in this video.

A healthy way to indulge.

Protein bar cake pops recipe! 

I love my sweets! Believe, I'm a big fan of desserts. However, my rule of thumb is quality ingredients, no matter what I'm snacking on. You're body will appreciate you for giving it natural, non-processed ingredients! 

The video below I share my "Protein bar cake pop recipe!" Let me know what you think. If you make a batch, please email me a picture or tag me on Instagram! 

You have to try my favorite morning shake!

One of my favorite things for us to do as a family is to wake up and start the morning by making our favorite smoothie.

 This time together is very special to me, and that is because not only are we spending quality time together, but I also know that my family is putting something healthy into their bodies at the start of the day!

 I love this particular recipe for the fact that by mixing in the fruits and honey we are able to mask some of the ingredients (spinach!) that the kids might not love as much :)

Get Fit Fuel

  • 2 cups Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  • 1 scoop Garden of Life SPORT Whey Protein Chocolate
  • 1 cup Frozen Blueberries
  • 1 cup Frozen Banana Chunks
  • 1 Tbsp. Honey
  • 2 Tbsp. Almond Butter
  • 1 handful Spinach

Serves: 1-2

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Try it at home and let me know what you think on my instagram, using the #suitup!


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Hellboy Boot Camp with David Harbour Begins!

Coming off his acclaimed role as Police Chief Jim Hopper on “Stranger Things”, Drive495 client David Harbour is launching into preparation for his newest gig as Hellboy. Fans of the popular comic book series know that Hellboy has three distinct physical qualities: red skin, horns, and the insane musculature of a MMA fighter. David already has the frame, standing at 6’3”, but getting prepared for this character calls for an intense body transformation. The workouts are being documented on my Fitner channel, and here on the blog we will be sharing insights from David and myself into the process, so that you can follow along at home with our journey!
First I wanted to give you an idea of how great a guy David is, and so we gave him a few questions to answer about getting started and staying motivated.

Why are you excited to go through this process at Drive495?
David: There is something very special about Don as a person and a trainer. He brings great creativity to the workout regimes, which in the past have usually terrified and bored me. His methods are unique, as well as heavily researched. Not only that, but they are even fun, despite the challenges you are taking on.
What has been your relationship with training in the past?
I was a chubby kid growing up. Straight out of college, I did my first play, which I got pretty in shape for, but I let that go completely. So from about the time I was 26 years old, to about now, I haven’t really been training at the gym seriously at all. Then I met Don shortly after turning 40 a few years ago, so I still consider myself a novice at this.
Is this the most extreme physical role you've taken on?
Yes, by a long shot!

What kind of results are you hoping to see?
I’d like to discover that I have abs! Even if those abs are a bit fleshy. I’d like to look like I could hold my own in a ring with a heavyweight.
What is keeping you motivated?
The fans are what are keeping me motivated through everything. As well as the audience that will come see the movie and the haters out there who have decided to make their opinion known before a scene has even been shot. I’ve got something to prove to all three. I really want to do justice to this character and create a Hellboy that everyone can get behind.

How To Eat Your Way To Better Abs

I get a lot of questions about how to get that ultimate six-pack, especially during these summer months. I assure you the answer isn’t doing a billion crunches and starving yourself the day before you hit the beach. My belief is that if you adopt a holistic lifestyle year round, with proper diet and exercise, you will be surprised at how easier it is to get that chiseled-looking midsection.
I am posting a great ab program on my Fitner channel, which you can find here, similar to what I have utilized to prepare Ryan Reynolds for Deadpool. But as always, what you do in the gym is only half the battle. The nutrition that you are taking in to build out that muscle is just as important.
Many operate under the notion that the trick to getting lean means cutting out as much as possible, but that can actually have the opposite effect. Instead, support and build out those muscles by eating more consciously. 
Here are a few tips to help you get added definition, along with a sample meal plan to get beach-ready.

Hacking The Carbs
Completely eliminating carbs from your body is the wrong move. This is what your body is using for energy, and if you don’t have any, it will poach from your good fats and proteins. Eating carbs will also help you through the recovery process, and you will bounce back better the next day.

You should still be eating a fair amount, but stay away from them in the morning and evening. Eat them within a 3-5 hour window of your workout. Sticking with the good carbs like sweet potato, gluten-free oatmeal, quinoa, and rice.

Food To Avoid
There are a few foods that will keep you from looking cut at the beach. The first thing you want to do is remove all white flour and gluten. Ditch the dairy, there are plenty great plant substitutes, like coconut or unsweetened almond milk,  out there for your morning coffee.

Keep your foods as dry as possible, holding the sauces and dressings. Check ingredient labels for hidden sugars. Don’t use table salt. If you need seasoning, stick with a little sea salt or a pinch of Himalayan salt.

Get Your Water
One of the easiest keys to keeping your skin healthy and tight is drinking enough water. Keep track throughout the day, aiming to take in half your body weight in ounces.

Get Your Protein
Especially around the time of your workouts, it is important to make sure you are getting enough protein, whether that is through a meal or through a shake. You can’t show off ab muscles if you don’t have any.
Don’s Ab Definition Meal Plan

  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 5 Egg Whites
  • Swiss Chard (cooked in coconut oil) 


  • Chicken Breast (6 ounces)
  • White Rice (1 cup)

Snack Smoothie:

  • Garden Of Life Sport Plant-Based Protein Vanilla (1 scoop)
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk (2 cups)
  • Frozen Blueberries (1 cup)
  • Frozen Banana (1 ½ cups)
  • Cinnamon (2 teaspoons)


  • Turkey (7 ounces)
  • Kale Salad
  • Sweet Potato (4 ounces)

Blake Lively’s Incredible Bikini Body After Baby! Her Trainer Tells All

Just when you thought bikini season was over, Blake Lively proves that it’s still going strong!

The actress, 28, was spotted in Australia last week shooting scenes for the upcoming shark thriller The Shallows in a teeny, tiny, two-piece — and she looks fabulous. Since giving birth to her daughter James in December 2014 she’s been vocal about pressure on new moms to drop the baby weight. “There’s pressure to lose it…I think it’s silly,” she told the BBC in May, adding that she wasn’t “obsessing” about regaining her pre-baby physique at that time. Clearly her strategy has paid off!

So how did she do it? Lively’s trainer Don Saladino (who Lively said knows “how to kick my butt”) opened up to PEOPLE exclusively about the regimen she started in preparation for the upcoming movie. “This is way beyond having her just look great in a bikini,” he says. “That’s important, but it’s about keeping her energy level high and making sure that, day in and day out when she’s shooting this film, her recovery is optimal.”

With only two months to prep for the beachside shoot, Saladino increased Lively’s workouts from once or twice a week to five or six times a week. “We would do an upper body workout Monday, lower body Tuesday. Wednesday was a playful pool workout where she would do laps,” he says. “Thursday was upper body, Friday lower body, and Saturday we were focusing on the accessory movers: the arms, the shoulders.”

Lively started each session with foam rolling and “corrective work” to warm up before jumping into workouts of various intensities that could be adapted depending on how the actress was feeling.

“I told her to listen to her body,” Saladino says. “When you feel great, get on it. When you don’t feel great, shift down a gear. And when you feel like complete crap do really minimal work,” like 10 minutes on the elliptical.