Meet the Wellness Professional: Marco Day
Personal Trainer at the River Valley Club
Every week I will be highlighting someone in the Upper Valley who falls under the title of Wellness Professional - trainers, nutritionists, therapists of all kinds (physical, psychological, massage), and creators of healthy products, to name just a few. I'll give them a list of the same 20 questions and they can choose to answer as many of them however they'd like.
This week I'd like to introduce you to Marco Day - Certified Personal Trainer and Movement Training Specialist at the River Valley Club
What is your fitness/wellness philosophy?
My philosophy is not very rigid. I like to do healthy activities that I enjoy like biking and hiking, and I enjoy cooking healthy foods for my family because that make us feel good. But I am not against having some Ben and Jerry's to offset all the clean eating (it keeps me on track). I suppose my philosophy is to do the best I can with the energy and time I have in the day, but to not be too hard on myself.
How did you get to where you are now?
I became a Personal Trainer at the River Valley Club in 2009 after studying Exercise Science in college. I have been at RVC ever since with a one year stint at a digital health start-up company called ImagineCare.
Did you ever have any setbacks and how did you get past them?
Many setbacks. I broke my hip when I was 12 years old. This has affected me ever since and I constantly have to do stretches and exercises to keep the pain away. I use this as motivation to overcome my problems and better myself.
What makes you unique in your field?
What makes me unique is my experience at a young age. I am 31 and have been a trainer since I was 23. But even though I have worked with more than 100 clients, each one is unique and I need to draw from my experience to solve problems and help my clients become pain free, or lose weight or whatever their goal is.
What's your favorite (Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Dinner, Beverage):
DINNER! Dinner foods are the most tasty.
What's your favorite place to eat out in the Upper Valley? What do you usually get?
Sushi Ya in Hanover. I usually get three salmon mania rolls after a long bike ride.
You're trapped on 12A in West Lebanon starving and you only have $8. What do you buy to get your through your errands?
I go to Panera and get a "you pick two" sandwich salad combo.
What's your guilty pleasure (food or otherwise)?
What's something health and wellness related that you wish you'd known years ago?
I wish I had known how to do certain exercises properly and a proper warm up before strength training. That would have saved me some minor injuries.
What's the best health/wellness/fitness advice you've ever received?
To be consistent and patient. We always want our health and fitness goals to happen immediately with just a little bit of work, but that's not how it works.
What's your favorite quote or mantra?
"Don't talk to me about problems I don't have." Basically, try not to worry about things and you will be happier.
Who or what gives you inspiration?
The Day twins
What's something you wish your clients/class participants knew? Or did? Or didn't do?
I wish that they knew how much their success means to me.
If you could only have one piece of fitness/wellness equipment what would it be?
It would be my road bike. It's a beautiful piece of machinery.
What's your favorite non-gym physical activity?
What are your passions outside of your field?
I enjoy being outdoors, my dog, and working on my blog.
What's your least favorite exercise? Your favorite?
- Least: Leg Press
- Favorite: Pull ups
What are one or two tips you can give to help people be successful in their wellness journey?
- Get knowledgeable about what you are trying to achieve.
- Ask for help from friends and professionals.
Where can people learn more about you?
Website/Blog: How To Health With Marco
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