R3VIVE’s Member of the Month, December 2022
Going the route from personal training to classes has proven to herself that creating and following a long term plan outweighs any “quick fix” plan. We hope that her journey inspires you!
Learn more about Merian below:
Q: What made you decide to start functional fitness training?
I decided to start functional fitness training to gain muscular resistance in a general way, increase cardiovascular performance and to avoid muscle imbalance in the future.
Q: Are you a student/working professional/both? What do you do for a living?
I work full time as a preschool teacher and administrative assistant.
Q: What are your hobbies/interests outside of the gym?
I love listening to romantic music and walking
Q: What are some of your favorite movements (name up to three)?
My favorite moves are: back squat, front squat, deadlift
Q: What are your least favorite movements?
My least favorite movements are: Lunges and biking
Q: What movements do you want to improve at?
Clean and jerk and Kipping pull-up
Q: What advice do you have for someone considering our gym?
I would say to them that they should definitely participate in a group training class where they can train in a supportive community with the common goal of achieving optimum health all while having fun.
Q: What’s your favorite “cheat” food?
My favorite cheat food is the Dominican Sancocho that is made of all kinds of meat and vegetables and different carbohydrates.
Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is white bread with avocado and the pistachio and Myers’s rum Raisin ice cream flavors from JP Licks
Q: Do you have any nicknames?
When I was a child they called me “Apirina” and some relatives still call me that.
Q: Tell us an interesting fact that we probably don’t know about you!
An interesting fact about me is that I like to help others. Every year I travel to my city of birth in the Dominican Republic, to make different donations such as donating clothes and toys to children, wheelchairs, walkers, canes and pampers for the elderly. If someone is in a difficult situation, they contact me and I collect so I can help them either with food or some medicine. I love being able to help others!