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Marcus Arias Shares His Amazing Story

By sakoyakinian | In Motivational, Testimonial | on August 8, 2016

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“Let me just start off saying that being fit and staying healthy have always been a big challenge for me, I really like food. “

My workout journey really began when I was 19 years old and saw a billboard for the LA marathon and decided I was going to run it.  That was back in 1996.  I have struggled with weight pretty much my entire life and once I made the decision the run that race I knew I would do it.  I started off running a mile at a time and getting through that one mile was difficult for me.  Fast forward 6 months later, I finished my first marathon and was in  really amazing shape.

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I was 20 and have never felt better in my entire life.  Busy with a full time job, and full time school, and a bad knee injury my running took a back seat  and the weight came back on.  In 2003, being completely done with school, I decided to use that time to start working out regularly again and get back into running.  I was motivated enough to finish 4 more marathons and felt amazing.

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“The birth of my daughter, and other life events took center stage and the weight came back on.”

The birth of my daughter, and other life events took center stage and the weight came back on.  For me what was really necessary to learn was how terrible my food choices were.  I was working out daily, but still taking in more calories with food than I was burning off and I never lost any weight and in 2010 I was at my all time heaviest at 240 pounds.  I saw a picture with my nephew and knew I had to make changes. 

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I became very health conscious and started attending boot camps for the first time.  With these boot camps  I started using weights as a way of working out which is something I never really did before.  Long story short, I went from 240 pounds down to 170, and with the weight training I felt really good.  Over the next few years I attended boot camps at three different places and all did a great job at motivating me, but still with my busy schedule it was difficult to stay on top of my fitness.  Over these years my weight went up and down ranging from the 170 pounds up to 210 pounds and it was all based on how much I worked out and how my body was feeling. 

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In August of 2014, I decided the best thing for me to do was check out No Limit as it was close to my work and I had heard nothing but great things about the place.  I attended No limit for a short time and has a bad work injury that limited me to 6 months of no working out.  At the end of the six months I knew I had to go back to no limit, and even though I had been to many different places for working out, there was something different about no limit.  The trainers took time to know every single person, and were extremely welcoming no matter your fitness level.  What I also really love about No Limit is the fact that they offer so many classes per day.  My experience with other gyms was maybe 2 morning classes and 1 evening class a few times a week, but nothing like what is offered at No Limit.

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It is because of this flexibility with classes that makes all my fitness goals even possible.  I have attended early mornings with Jeff, mid day with Alex and Zack and afternoons with Bri and Justin and every class is equally challenging.  With my busy schedule of teaching, coaching, and being a Dad I need this flexibility to stay focused.  The last year of attending No Limit full time has been amazing.  Being a competitive person, I really like the extra motivation of the challenges the gym offers. 

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“The past 8 week fat loss challenge put me in a place that I wanted to be, which was gearing up to get in my best shape in years as I approach my 40th birthday in the coming months.”

I know myself, and when I have a goal I am usually pretty good at achieving it.  The past 8 week fat loss challenge put me in a place that I wanted to be, which was gearing up to get in my best shape in years as I approach my 40th birthday in the coming months.  It allowed me to stay focused and motivated.  I know with the support of the gym staff, I will do my best to keep this focus even when not in a challenge. Fitness is not easy, it takes work and dedication and support, and I know this as much as anyone, especially with my ups and downs, but I also know with No Limit  being at the center of my fitness goals I am in the best possible place to stay successful.

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