Current Spotlight – Bridget Rinalli

Bridget Rinalli discovered running in her late 30’s. Running gave her a sense of freedom and accomplishment, and she improved her times with each 5K and half marathon she ran. Shortly before her fifth half marathon, she experienced excruciating back pain and was diagnosed with a herniated disk. Her long road to recovery reminds us to give our bodies the gift of time to heal and strengthen.

A kindergarden and preschool teacher of 23 years, Bridget returned home to her roots in Canton. She enjoys the outdoors; running, biking, hiking, and going on nature adventures with her niece, nephew, and husband. After her back injury, however, she found herself discouraged, depressed and in constant discomfort. Physical therapy, cortisone shots, and trips to the gym did not provide relief. She was, however, determined to run again.

Bridget discovered Sonia while searching on-line for a personal trainer. Sonia noted that Bridget needed to strengthen her core. Sonia emphasized the importance of strength training, stretching, and getting Bridget to use the correct muscles to relieve pressure from her lower back.

“My recovery over the last year would not have been possible without Sonia,” Bridget said. She is running again and is thankful for each moment of it. She also discovered a love of lifting and is “thrilled to see my increase in weights and sets”.

Bridget says, “Never lose sight of sight of your goal, even when its really, really hard! Stay the course.”


Previous Spotlights

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.