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'I Really Want to Push Myself to the Limit'

May 07, 1997|CANDACE A. WEDLAN | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Antonio Sabato Jr. readily admits that he is very hard on himself.

"I really want to push myself to the limit in everything that I do. I love to test myself. And I don't like to work out like any other person," he said.

It isn't enough that the 25-year-old actor has already stopped hearts with his fineness on "General Hospital" and "Melrose Place" or stopped traffic with his black bikini'd likeness on a 90-foot billboard on Times Square as part of Calvin Klein's underwear ad blitz.

"I would hate myself to be weak one day or not have the stamina to do a hard day of work," explained the Rome-born Sabato, who recently finished shooting his first independent feature, "High Voltage."

For a couple of years now, he has pushed himself to work out five mornings a week religiously. Sabato, who drinks a lot of water and never diets, alternates between two Marina del Rey trainers--Chris Steele for two hours of kick boxing at the Steele Boxer gym and Joe Sanceri for 90 minutes of power weight lifting, plus 1,000 to 2,000 sit-ups during the days he's at the Marina Athletic Club.

Sabato, who has a 2 1/2-year-old son (Jack's mother is actress Virginia Madsen) went on to say softly, "You know, for me every day is a fight and every day you've got to live up to your expectations. So, I have to be strong in every aspect and that's hard because nobody's perfect."

No, but some folks are a sight closer than others.

Guest Workout runs Wednesdays in Life & Style.

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