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Meet Trailblazer Cheryl Marconi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Cheryl Marconi.

Cheryl, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
After a career as a writer and editor, I realized that health and fitness had always been my true passion. I entered a fitness competition, and there was no turning back. I spent six months preparing: intense workouts and strict nutrition led me to shape my body into something I was very proud of. More importantly, standing on that stage and facing my fears helped me to realize that I could do absolutely anything. After that, I started my personal training business, which grew into a larger business and now is a thriving center for fitness and wellness.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been anything but a smooth road! I knew early on that at some point in my life, the proverbial shit would hit the fan. In my case, it was when my husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Instead of letting the disease take us down, my husband is fighting hard. He is an inspiration to everyone who knows him. He does Crossfit just about every day in order to stay off heavy-duty medications and works hard to help the Michael J Fox Foundation raise money to find a cure. I deal with the emotional challenges head-on by teaching boxing to people with Parkinson’s in my gym. Every week, we hold Rock Steady Boxing classes that help people with Parkinson’s literally fight back against the disease. Some days are incredibly uplifting, while others are emotionally challenging. Knowing that we are helping one person at a time to fight their individual challenges keeps me inspired every day.

We’d love to hear more about LIFT Personal Training and Rock Steady Boxing Dover.
As a trainer, I obviously consider it my job to make people stronger. What sets us apart at LIFT is that we understand that every single person who walks through the door has a story, and it’s our job to figure out what makes that person thrive and what holds him or her back. We work with people dealing with huge issues: from teens who have lost a parent to women recovering from breast cancer to people with Parkinson’s. It’s all the stuff life throws at you — we’ve all got a story. That woman who walks through your door might tell you she wants to lose weight, but it’s probably got a lot more to do with what’s going on inside her head and her heart than the size of her thighs. It’s my goal to show every person who walks through my door that she can fight anything that comes her way if she chooses to. Physical strength builds confidence and emotional resolve, both of which give you power.

So much of the media coverage is focused on the challenges facing women today, but what about the opportunities? Do you feel there are any opportunities that women are particularly well positioned for?
Although most of the news today makes me cringe, I do feel that the silver lining is that women are poised to literally take over the world. We just watched it happen in both Massachusetts and national elections as young minority women beat solid incumbents. Beneath all the noise, the atmosphere is changing. No longer are women going to stand for the status quo. It feels like a turning point, and soon, we will break through all the glass ceilings.

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Personal photo: Paul Buceta, Fitness America show photo: FITISIN Photography

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