Current Spotlight – Molly Merryman

Molly Merryman, the Mount Fitness Challenge winner, balances a busy career and family life as she crushes her fitness goals: losing weight, being more physically fit, and, most importantly, being active and “having energy now and into my retirement”.

As the director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at Kent State University and documentary filmmaker, Molly sits for long hours at a computer and travels frequently. She also cares for her family, ten acre farm, and rescue animals, all of which requires balance and energy. Molly notes, “I am in my mid-50’s, and wasn’t working out as hard as I once did out of fear of injuring myself. As a consequence, I gained weight and lost strength.” She began working out at Get 2 the Core Fitness approximately one year ago, and there has found inspiration through Sonia’s expertise, motivation, and support.

In addition to an exercise program tailored to her specific needs, Molly began a vegan version of a keto diet approximately three months ago and has been losing an average of 1.2 pounds per week. However, she reminds herself that it is not just about the numbers- she feels more physically fit which in turn gives her more energy to remain active.

Molly notes that one of her greatest challenges has been to find time to work out six days a week while working 50 hours a week. To overcome this, she realized that exercise time is “me” time, and therefore becomes a priority. She specifically blocks out a one-hour block five days a week, and one 2.5-hour block with Sonia. Throughout the day she adds brief walks when she has a break. She notes, “The Mt. Fitness challenge showed me how much those 5 and 10 minute walks can add up in one day!”

Molly notes that having a personal trainer has helped her achieve her fitness goals with education, expertise, and motivation. She notes that Sonia helped teach her how to work out for her “middle-aged body” rather than the way she worked out in her twenties. Molly appreciates Sonia’s weekly assessment and feedback on her progress and notes, “on those days when I’ve had a twelve-hour workday, I will still work out when I get home, because I know [Sonia] will check in with me and hold me accountable.”

Congratulations to Molly for her incredible climb up Mt. Fitness and for her success in reaching her fitness goals!


Previous Spotlights

Kim Spoonhower – Sonia helps strengthen your core, and with that strength comes the confidence to conquer the world, one small goal at a time.

Judy Moore, Trailblazer – Join Judy and set a goal for your own fitness this fall and blaze your own trail in a local park or neighborhood!

Be Your Own Supermodel – This summer, put on your shorts, pull on your swimsuit, and define beauty and health for yourself! Make the most of the long, sunny days and get out and get active!

Kate Wartko – Kate’s motto is, “I want to be like a sunflower, so that even on the darkest days I will stand tall and find the sunlight.”

Bridgett Rinalli – Her long road to recovery reminds us to give our bodies the gift of time to heal and strengthen. “Never lose sight of sight of your goal, even when its really, really hard! Stay the course.”

Donna – Donna is 60 years old and enjoying life after she adopted a lifestyle of fitness, nutrition, and healthy living. Donna’s favorite color is yellow, which is “bright and warm” like the sun and the warmth and inspiration her story offers others.

Carol Cain – Carol offers the following advice to others with similar goals of improving their fitness: “Every journey up a mountain runs into rainy days or even landslides. But one keeps climbing by alternate routes to the summit”.

Connie Bradley – Connie Bradley exemplifies perseverance along her path towards health and fitness. Connie began her remarkable journey six years ago, and along the way lost 140 pounds, completed two half marathons, and one ultra marathon.

Judy Moore – Judy Moore is mother to three children and a volunteer at Akron Children’s Hospital for over twenty years. She has been a client at Get 2 The Core Fitness for the past 2 ½ years where she has worked to achieve improved balance, strength, and stamina.

Beth Brinkley – Beth Brinkley began working out at Get 2 the Core Fitness two years ago, and is proud that she feels more comfortable in her clothes, she makes better choices with eating and exercise, and most importantly, she feels healthy.

Alisa Shepard – Alisa Shepherd is a cancer survivor, a new grandmother, and in the past year of working with Sonia, Alisa has been meeting her goals of improving her health, losing weight, gaining strength and improving back and leg pain caused by spinal stenosis.

Don Eagon – With dogged determination, Don Eagon, an avid cyclist and cancer survivor, persevered along many difficult roads on his health journey.

Pep the Elf – Those holidays are just hard to get through without getting off track. Pep the Elf has found some tricks to try to help you get through them with him.