“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 44, 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. Going into 2015 season, has been challenging, expanding my reach, and increasing my knowledge in the fitness industry. 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, Lifestyle & Metabolic Fitness Coach, Competitive Bodybuilder