Abby Maroko is a passionate and progressive 27-year old certified fitness trainer, nutrition coach, and yoga teacher devoted to helping her clients reach their maximum potential.
Growing up in the metropolis of Detroit, she found herself mastering pirouettes on the hard-wood dance floor and adding crossover (step back, pull up J) combinations to her ball-handling arsenal on the hard-wood hoops floor. At age 10, faced with the limits of time, she chose to delve deeper into the game of basketball and this became her obsession. Practicing day and night, devouring texts on the best training methods, and regularly attending Pistons games, she became one with the sport. To compliment her training, she attending vinyasa yoga classes at the local yoga studio, where she watered the seeds for a fitness method that included "the hard and the soft" that would come into full bloom later in her life.
Moving into college at the University of Michigan and still enamored with the sport of basketball, she continued to work day and night to secure a walk-on spot on the Wolverine squad. It took numerous visits to the coaches offices, politely pestering them for a chance, en route to receiving the opportunity to try out. She gave it her all, but did not make the cut. This pitfall proved to be a simple pitstop, igniting her competitive fire and desire for physical mastery 10x. So much that, on the same day of the "we cannot take you on the team at the present time" call, she went for a run in preparation for the Detroit Free Press Marathon, which she decided would be her next athletic goal. Endurance running was always counterproductive (at least physically) to her basketball performance; logging boatloads of miles would tip the balance of slow-twitch muscle fibers above those fast-twitch ones she needed most for the acceleration and quickness demands of the sport. This was her chance to let the endurance woman in her (a.k.a. the gazelle, as she has been nicknamed by her Uncle) free.
After graduating college, having not received her dream plan of being a teacher via Teach For America, she found another way to express her passion for teaching: personal training--a field that eloquently blended her loves for health and fitness as well as educating and inspiring. She hit the books and became certified by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine. Spending ample time in the gym experimenting and molding her own programs as she studied, she found herself naturally integrating the methods and moves of her prior basketball training and yoga with her newly absorbed scientific understanding of exercise and sport. This grew into an exciting array of workouts that she could offer to her clients, and a career materialized/blossomed.
The rewards, high vibes, and relationships created in this field of work spurred Abby on a quest to find more ways to coach her clients to the next level, not only in body, but in mind and spirit, too.
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After a few years of deep work in Detroit, she took off to Europe and Asia for five months, capturing the opportunity to explore her curiosity about sport and training, meditation and yoga, nutrition, and mentality in other cultures across the globe.
In this time, she taught yoga in the spiritual epicenters of Israel, Thailand, and Indonesia:
-priming the pranayama of pre-school kids and mothers in the small Muslim village of Kuala, Sumatra (the jungle, baby)
-demonstrating downward dogs to world-ranging backpackers (from Germany, Holland, Scotland, Burma) and to the students of an international high school in Hong Kong on an organic farm tucked away in the northeast mountain ranges of Chiangmai, a one-of-a-kind place pioneered by a meditation expert and former monk, his wife, and their daughter
-shimmying through sunrise yoga flows with a group of 20-somethings in Jerusalem, and meditating in atop the cold sands of the Negev (desert) and the warm and salty waters of the Dead Sea.
These experiences have fueled Abby with the education, worldview, and abundant inspiration to positively influence other's lives, whether that is via fitness, yoga, meditation, nutrition, or mindset training.
The articles on this web site are a nice appetizer for learning about how to optimize yourself in these aspects of human performance. But we all know (and if not, now you do :P) that often times it takes a catalyst in our lives, that one person who will spur you own to your greatness. Remind you of your potential. Tell you to get up and get shit done, because every moment waited is a moment wasted. In that case, aside from providing real science for you, Abby will be your catalyst.
If you would like to be so bold as to translate this knowledge into action--to generate real change in your life and to morph yourself into the best version of YOU, you can do so by working directly with Abby via in-person training sessions in Boulder, CO or via her online Abbsoulute Wellness 1-on-1 coaching program, which covers fitness, nutrition, mindset, and spirituality all-in-one. Click here to learn more about online coaching options.
One Rep At A Time
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