Heartwood Montessori School

Fitting in Fitness with Marisa Park

Join Marisa Park, Heartwood parent and certified personal trainer with Camp Gladiator, for a fun, fast-paced, free workout aimed at helping even the busiest of us fit fitness into our lives. Cardio and strength-training will combine with strategies and tips to manage stress. 

While childcare is not available for this meeting, children 7+ are welcome to participate!

More From Marisa:
I started Camp Gladiator when my son started preschool at Heartwood—I was seriously struggling to fit in workouts alongside my work schedule. I loved exercise and needed it in my life every day to stave off the anxiety and depression that were always at my door.

My first workout, I thought the trainers were straight-up crazy. Who has that much energy and spunk before the sun has risen?! Who leaps around and goofs off and high fives random strangers?! But…I LOVED the workout. And the people, crazy as they were, were really nice. I signed up soon after.

A few weeks later, my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and spent a month in the hospital—the doctors did not expect her to make it out again. CG was the bright spot, the thing I looked forward to each day during that dark time. (My mom is now in remission, and is doing great, over 5 years later).

I know for a fact that the combination of exercise, being outdoors, and the community I found held the darkness at bay. Going through hard times is so much easier when you’re not alone. At the heart of CG is a community: not everyone is the same, and yet everyone belongs. We’re parents of young kids, no kids, all ages and walks of life, all sizes and fitness backgrounds. But we’re all the same in the things that really matter.

My time with CG has seen my son grow from the little three-year-old who drove his dump truck across everyone’s mats to the 8 year old who tells me “I NEED to work out! I NEED to go to camp!!!”

CG has changed my outlook on what I’m capable of. I didn’t start out fast. I didn’t start out strong. I remember a time when carrying my 14 lb son was exhausting. I remember a time when I had to modify every push-up. But my trainers spoke confidence and belief into me.

If you’re lucky, someone comes into your life and tells you, “I believe in you; I see something in you that you don’t,” and it lights a fire in your life. Now I train for CG, and I can’t imagine a more fulfilling career. No matter where you are in your fitness journey, come join us for a workout and chat about stress relief with fellow Heartwood families!

Date: 05/02/2019 (Thu.)

Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT

Location: Darden House

Created by:   Ginny McCollum
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Workout (adult)

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Jody Trainor
Ginny McCollum (2)
Ginny and Mikey
Vanessa Hanley
Amy Cutler (2)

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Must be at least 7 years old to participate

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Ginny McCollum

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