This month we’re celebrating one of our amazing members, Marni Gonzalez. If I could describe her in one word, in relation to how she is in the gym, I’d say tough. By definition, I mean that she “demonstrates a strict and uncompromising attitude or approach.” When presented with any challenge in class, she always creates a strategy, implements that strategy and then very successfully completes the challenge. Just. Like. That. If you’ve taken class with Marni, you know that she maintains her strong pace evenly, keeping her focus on the goal. It’s quite impressive.
Having been a member at Fuse since March 2015, Marni has without fail, (unless she is traveling, which is one of her passions) showed up and stuck to her very consistent schedule, for a total of 345 times, logging in just over 300 hours of working out. Consistency and keeping a schedule for working out is what gets results, and Marni has that figured out.
That’s just a glimpse into Marni’s gym life–as you can see, she is hard-working, disciplined and goal oriented. I’d wager to say that her tenacity probably has something to do with how she became a neurologist. Just a guess on my part 🙂 She has been a practicing neurologist since 2006 and is a senior physician at Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. She also led the creation and implementation of The Memory Center, where she and other team members provide medical and social support for patients with dementia.
So yeah, in one word I’d say this woman is tough. But since I don’t have to only describe her in one word, I’d also like to say that she is incredibly sweet, supportive and I love having her in class. Marni has made a serious commitment to her health since joining, both with her workouts and her diet, and she has really transformed her body. She’s super strong, works really hard, motivates everyone and inspires us all. And I love how devoted she is to her family and her faith.
Here are a few words from Marni about her fitness journey:
“Approaching middle age prompted me to contemplate my future self. Do I want to be a “healthy” and “active” 65-year-old, enjoying retirement? Or, do I accept the alternative? At this crossroad in my life, I made a commitment to get healthier, physically. I joined Woohoo Fit in June 2012, two months after my 39th birthday and have been working out consistently ever since. When Woohoo Fit closed in the Spring 2015, some of us former “Woohoo-ers” transferred to Fuse Fitness. I am so thankful that I decided to do so! It was a pretty seamless transition for me. The challenging classes, wonderful trainers, and community of fellow “Fusers” make this place very special. I felt welcomed from the beginning.
“I realized that exercising regularly does not necessarily result in weight loss. Don’t misunderstand me – I know that it is essential for cardiovascular health. However, working out three times a week while I continued my undisciplined food habits gradually but surely resulted in a size increase in my clothes! I also felt I reached a plateau in my fitness level.
“Fortunately, last February 2016, I committed to a change in my approach to food. I also increased the frequency of my work outs (from three to four times a week), threw in Monday night yoga sessions with Kelly, and exercised even while on vacation (which I never used to do). Now, also thirty pounds lighter, I don’t think I have been stronger and more physically fit in my life.
“I am very grateful for the phenomenal trainers who so patiently worked with me over the years at Woohoo Fit and Fuse Fitness – Eva, Kelly, Amy B., Kristen, Pasha, Gail, Beverly, and now Michelle. My life has forever changed!”
Marni, we are grateful for you and the example you set. Thank you for being such a wonderful and integral part of the Fuse community!
Yours in health,
Kristin at Fuse Fitness
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