Current Spotlight – Dave Wartko

Dave Wartko, an active husband and father, is a terrific example of being the best advocate of your own health. Dave is an avid runner and walker for the past seven years. In 2016, he noticed that what he normally ran without difficulty had become difficult. Although he had no overt chest pain and doctors were initially reluctant to do tests on an otherwise active runner, because he could not exercise at the level he usually did, the doctors were able to discover that he had a 95% blockage of his right coronary artery. A stent was placed and he has been running at his best ever since. He credits exercise for saving him from a heart attack or stroke. 
In 2017, Dave tore his bicep away from the bone and underwent surgery to fix it. Unhappy with his progress in physical therapy, Dave has been working with Sonia and is recovering his strength well. 
Exercise and the attention of a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Medical Exercise Specialist has helped Dave maintain his active, healthy lifestyle and recover from injury. He recently completed a leg of the Akron Marathon Relay, and we are certain will log many hours on the treadmill this winter.

Previous Spotlights

Patty Wartko – Patty summarizes the importance of resiliency and health when she says, “I recommend anyone that has had a life changing occurrence to look for a focus besides the illness or situation, whether it is depression, physical illness or family troubles”.

Kathy Nolan – Kathy Nolan exemplifies gratitude and resilience.

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”.

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.