Marie’s Success Story

We sat down with Marie to ask her about her fitness journey.

What is your current workout routine?

I usually try to lift by myself about twice a week, outside of once-a-week personal training. About three mornings a week I meet up with my bestie for either a BodyPump/Flow class or just to walk, then Zumba on Sundays! I also go to another HIIT class with my mom on Sundays. I try to keep a variety in my routine so I’m never bored.

What keeps you motivated to continue your exercise routine?

The improvement. I love coming in one day and being able to do something I couldn’t before. I’ve realized my body is actually capable of so much and is very much a reflection of how it’s treated. I really enjoy working out by myself, but a big thing that keeps me going is going with a friend! There is no way I would get to the gym by 6 on a snowy morning in the dark if I were just going for myself. Meeting a friend adds a huge layer of accountability to it and has really made a difference. It’s also been such a good thing for our friendship to work on fitness together and set time out of our busy days a few times a week to walk on the track and catch up!

Do you have advice for those just getting started?

Take advantage of the variety of opportunities here! I’ve never had a solid gym routine since I started getting involved here. Group classes, training, challenges, there are seriously so many things available to fill the gaps excuses are made out of. It never hurts to just work on you, getting up and actually starting is just all the difference.

How and when did your fitness journey begin?

I’ve always worked out on-and-off but didn’t decide to really get serious about it until this past October. Nothing too significant really happened. I had finally just gotten sick of feeling ‘meh’ and decided to actually get up and make a change rather than complain. My health is totally in my control, so why not? I decided I was never going to get more motivated just sitting there, so it just took a final snap to get up and do something about it.

What has been your greatest accomplishment during your Personal Training experience with Darcie?

Definitely feeling comfortable using all the things I’ve learned when I go to the gym on my own, outside of training. I had been interested in lifting for a while, but always way too nervous to go on the floor by myself. For some reason, I always thought it would be weird to be a girl by myself over there – but it really doesn’t matter at all and I’m so thankful that I’ve learned so much important information about form and weightlifting in general to practice by myself too. I’ve definitely gained a whole new level of comfort both with myself and at the gym. I’ve really learned about making workouts effective, like a variety of exercises I can do.

What’s the greatest benefit you get from exercise?

I just feel so much better as a whole. If I have to pick one, it would definitely be the extra energy! I’ve become a total morning person. My best friend and I are even going to 6a.m. classes together! If you would have told that to us from two years ago, we would never have believed it! This energy has helped my grades a ton too. It’s easier to focus in class, and now I’ll wake up a couple hours early to go to the library and study, and I’m not even drinking a ton of coffee anymore.