Meet Maria: Marathon Mom and Fitness Enthusiast Explains her experience with OPEX Personalized Fitness Training
12 Sep

Meet Maria: Marathon Mom and Fitness Enthusiast Explains her experience with OPEX Personalized Fitness Training


Fitness has always been an integral part of my life. Growing up I was involved in a lot of different sports, including gymnastics, track and field and swimming. I loved the thrill of competition and pushing myself physically and mentally and still do to this day. I continued running and racing for many years and have 13 marathons under my belt.

My sister introduced me to CrossFit about six years ago and I was immediately hooked! I joined a local box with my husband until we found OPEX Upper Main Line Fitness in February 2017 and we are so glad we did!

As a busy mom to two young boys ages 8 & 9, I feel that staying fit is more important for me than ever before. It helps me deal with stress, gives me more energy, makes me feel stronger, happier and more confident so I can be a better mom. Luckily my husband, Bob, also shares the same passion so it’s something we can do together and be good role models for our boys.

Having an OPEX Coach for the past year and a half has helped me tremendously to become a better athlete. I now have a purpose to my training and have set new goals for myself. Having a coach definitely keeps me on track and makes me much more accountable for my workouts. My diet and nutrition have also improved dramatically since having a coach. I never realized I wasn’t fueling my body properly, now I’m stronger and leaner than I’ve ever been, and I feel like I am in the best shape of my life!! 

In my opinion, the best part about training at OPEX Upper Main Line is the individualized programming and working an assigned coach. Everyone has different fitness goals and there shouldn’t be a "one size fits all" mentality when it comes to training and coaching. Since I am no longer in my 20's, I require a lot more recovery days and need to do more accessory work as a part of my individualized fitness plan, so I stay injury free, and so I continue to feel great coming into the gym each day. Luckily, I have a coach who can manage the levels of volume and intensity within my plan and if something is tweaked or bothering me I can discuss these issues with my coach and he can modify my training as needed for the time being. 

The coaching staff at OPEX Upper Main Line Fitness have had a positive impact on my life. From my first time meeting with the owners, Cody and Emily, I felt their genuine desire to want to help me reach my fitness goals. Not only are they very knowledgeable, but I also love that they are so passionate and believe in what they do. They truly embody the core mission of OPEX Fitness which is “to inspire people to live larger lives through fitness.” They certainly have done this for me and I feel honored and privileged to be part of their journey and the OPEX team.😊

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