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Life & Work with Maria Mager

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Mager.

Hi Maria, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I love working out. I love it so much that I quit my cushy TV Job and took a severe pay cut so that I could pursue my passion, fitness. Just to put that in perspective, I really loved working in television for almost 20 years but it was time for a change.

I used my spare time getting my personal training certifications and taking courses to improve my group fitness skills. I was already teaching 5 classes and was really “jealous” of the trainers that worked at the gym. I wished that I could spend all of my time there. I knew I’d be a good Personal Trainer.

I retired from TV and left my Cable Network job.  I had a few clients, but now it was time to fill my schedule. I just had to remember that this was my dream job, besides working for Sesame Street or being a full-time baker. Having fun is my most important goal!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
At first, being a personal trainer was pretty easy, as people at the gym knew me so I didn’t have such a hard time getting clients.

When gyms closed because of the pandemic, I had to pivot my business so I could still teach. Because I really missed it. I started offering online one-on-one sessions and BootCamp classes. The biggest lesson was that I learned that I could go out independently.

It was hard to go back to the gym at first, but I knew it was a better situation as I didn’t have a perfect space to train and most of my clients loved working out with their gym friends.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. I love what I do because I enjoy helping people move better. I specialize in cycling classes, functional movement, and mobility. I love using bands, medicine balls, TRX, furniture movers, and other non-traditional equipment.

I also hold a certification in training Prenatal and Postnatal women. When I talk to new clients, I want them to make a realistic goal that doesn’t include losing weight. I want to help my clients believe that they can accomplish good health through movement and eating without any restrictions. Since my other passion is baking and cooking I want people to enjoy all food without thinking that they have to “work it” off.

As I’m a triathlete and endurance runner, I love helping people just starting out in their chosen sport. I want them to have an excellent first race experience. I walk them through every step in a race, including training, nutrition, race day tactics, and transition area guidance, for triathletes. I’m so proud to see these clients run through the finish line with a sense of accomplishment and a huge smile on their faces.

I’m also very proud of my efforts with Athletes Serving Athletes (ASA). I’ve been helping people with disabilities across the finish line of mainstream races for several years. Serving as a Captain and a Wingman for ASA has been the most rewarding and fulfilling volunteer experience of my life.

How can people work with you, collaborate with you, or support you?
I currently work at Merritt Clubs Towson, but I train several people who aren’t members of the club. I do virtual sessions, small group training, and one-on-one sessions. I also, teach cycle and Bootcamp for group fitness.

Pricing:

  • 30 min session $50
  • 45 min session $65
  • 45 min Small group session 2-3 people $40 per. person
  • Tribe Team Training $118 for 8 days, $219 for 16 days

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Image Credits
Harry Bosk

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