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‘Wonder Woman’ Physical Trainer Talks About Freediving

With “Wonder Woman” nearing the US$800 million/677 million Euro mark at the global box office, did you know that one of the physical trainers for the women who played the mighty Amazons is actually also a freediver who trained with the likes of William Trubridge and Martin Stepanek?

According to, trainer Mario Donato opened up recently about the work he did to get those women in shape for the movie.

During the interview, Donato, who was born in the Bahamas and has a personal freediving record of 95 meters/305 feet, talks about meeting greats like Umberto Pellizari, William Trubridge and Martin Stepanek whenever they would come to his home country for competitions.

Donato also talks about the psychology of freediving:

“The thing is, it’s a really slow process to get to that depth. So by the time you get to it, you’ve been doing it repeatedly over and over and over again. You only get a couple of meters every month if you’re lucky. It’s not like you jump in and do 60 feet, jump in do 80 feet, and then jump in and do 200 feet. It’s a day in and a day out process. For me, it turned out being a psychological thing. Because for the longest time I would just continuously hit about 20 plus meters, and one day I was diving in Dean’s Blue Hole, a place in the Bahamas, and at about 100 feet, there’s like a crescent, a rounding, it’s hard to explain, and I always knew I was getting close to 100 and my ear would start hurting, and I was like I don’t know if I can do it. So psychologically, I was psyching myself out and then one day we were diving in shit weather, and I couldn’t see the shelf, and I went right past it. So that’s when it kind of opened up to me that it was more of a psychological thing, but it’s a really slow process. People get into It, and they do really well, and the deeper you get, in my opinion, I mean I’ve been out of it for like seven or eight years now, I still freedive for fun, it slows down. Because the pressures get deeper, and then you need divers to assist you, you need people to look out for you once you get past a certain depth, it’s just not fun anymore, it becomes more technical.”

Check out the full interview at

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.