“At thirty, I found myself out-of-shape, creaky knees, and struggling to participate in the outdoors lifestyle of my sphere. I started going to the gym 4-5 times each week with friends, my motivation simple. I got in shape quickly, turned to mountain biking, and rode trails on occasion. Off and on didn’t work. I drank 4 mochas a day, smoked, and partied. In summer 2003, my doctor mentioned the “C” word (cervical cancer). This scared me.
I cleaned-up my lifestyle, started bicycling 5 days per week on Alki Beach (Seattle), got a trainer in February 2009, and adopted a balanced approach that includes clean-eating, regenerative nutrition, Chiropractic care, therapeutic massage, acupuncture, and designed simple workouts without fancy equipment or gym.
Now 46, accountability is vital to my success. I built a community of health-seekers to support my new lifestyle. I attend continuing education events, harness the power of technology, social media, and blogs to stay informed about innovative fitness approaches, nutrition, and a plethora of fitness related content to stay engaged, educated, and moving.
Physique athletics competition is challenging me to a new level of discipline, and requires fitness protocols specifically designed for lean muscle mass development, strength, and conditioning for bodybuilding competitions. My first time on stage November 5, 2011, was a huge confidence-builder, and offered a learning experience. Wins and trophies are only part of the prize. Each season presents new challenges. In 2015, I’m focused on expanding my reach and affecting positive change. I’m honored to be among amazing, natural athletes with whom I share a great passion for maintaining abundant health and fitness for the long term.
We’re building wellness communities for those seeking personal ownership and responsibility in optimal health, fitness and lifestyle.”
-Marlina Velasco, Metabolic Fitness Coach, Competitive Athlete
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