So happy we were able to sit down and chat with BICOASTAL MGMT fitness model Marisa M- fitness, health and wellness expert; read below to hear her story and for tips + tricks for healthier living! Also, make sure to check out our new and improved fitness board!
1. Tell us about your fitness journey?
I’ve always been a little obsessed with being physically active. I started to going to Jazzercise at the Roller Skating Rink in my hometown with my Mom when I was 4 and used to get up before school and put on legwarmers and a leotard to do Mousercize on the Disney Channel when I was in Elementary School, at that point I think I liked the outfits more than the workout.
I grew up dancing, I was a competitive baton twirler and gymnast and played 3 sports in high school. In college I majored in Nursing and minored in Dance. I went on to dance professionally and had a traumatic fall early in my career that resulted in multiple surgeries on my back, foot, and hip. I did pilates through my recovery and since I wasn’t physically stable enough for several years to go back to dancing or be on my feet for 12 hour nursing shifts, I started modeling and doing commercials. It was a struggle to maintain my weight without being physically active in a dynamic way so I really had to clean up my diet and stay consistent with pilates and low impact conditioning. I found a niche in fitness modeling and have appeared in multiple workout videos and print for Beachbody, Women’s Health, Reebok, Self, Capezio, Target, and several other companies. This introduction to the fitness industry gave me the opportunity to work with some of the top trainers in the industry and opened doors to become an instructor and trainer myself. In addition to the surgeries, I also have scoliosis and hypermobility issues. After struggling with years of chronic pain on and off, I finally found relief and stability through practicing the MELT Method and bodyART. I’m still doing fitness modeling and commercials but over the past year I’ve transitioned from my dance career to teaching MELT and bodyART, hosting workout videos for Qinetic.com and working with Dancers, Broadway Performers, and Athletes to help them recover from and prevent injuries.
2. What are your newest endeavors?
My newest endeavor is launching a fitness and wellness retreat company with my colleague Becca Pace, REVIVE Restorative Retreats. Becca and I met doing a fitness video in 2013, she is also a bodyART instructor and a trainer for Daily Burn. Since bodyART and MELT are such complimentary restorative techniques we thought it would be a great way for people to hit the reset button with their fitness routine and also recharge and relax in a beautiful environment. We’re hosting our first retreat Oct. 31st-Nov. 6th in Bali, Indonesia. http://www.reviverestorativeretreats.com It’s sold really quickly, we only have 2 spots left…..we’re so excited for this new adventure!!!!
3. Advice for people to change their bodies, energy levels, etc.:
I think consistency is the key to creating change in the body and improving energy levels. Find an activity/class/video you love and do it regularly(2-5 times/week). Even if you’re short on time, it’s better to go for a 10 minute run or turn on your favorite music and dance around your living room rather than not do anything at all. Taking 5-10 minutes to do planks or abs is one of my go to activities on a busy week, you won’t even break a sweat so you can just carry on with your day.
Regarding nutrition, don’t deny yourself the things you love just eat them in moderation. Make sure you eat a diet consisting mostly of fruit, vegetables, whole foods while limiting sugar, meat and especially dairy. When choosing what to eat, think about what it will do to nourish your body. If it doesn’t provide strong nutritional value it better taste AMAZING, like donuts! 😉 I’d rather save the calories for a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s than to eat frozen yogurt 5 nights in a row. One of my favorite nutrition books on improving energy levels is the Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder.
To keep up with Marisa, make sure to check out her website!