Hardcore workout has holistic approach

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – A hardcore workout with a holistic approach doesn’t sound like typical exercise but it’s reshaping the lives of several people.

Up to three times a week, loyal fitness buffs head to Transformed Health & Fitness in Bloomfield and are whipped into shape by a former marine who is beating the odds of a debilitating disease.

Band resistance training is at the core of what Coach Kelvin Moore preaches.

“To give them both the muscle strength, functional strength, functional training, agility, flexibility, dexterity,” Moore says of the regimen.

But there’s more to this demanding workout.

“Eighty percent of all medical issues are associated with being overweight,” Moore said. “I help them to understand you got to get stronger mentally, and that will help you get stronger physically.”

The tough love holistic approach to building muscle stems from his ongoing battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

“You’ll lose muscle and muscle strength,” he explained. “That has happened in both of my hands.”

Moore credits a strong daily exercise routine to slowing down the progression of ALS — as well as other steps he self prescribes, such as “proper nutrition, certain supplementation, making sure I’m staying on top of my vitamin D – my probiotics.”

Sonja Matchen sweats it out for her own health reasons.

“Both my parents passed away at age of 70 due to high blood pressure and diabetes,” she said. “I remember my parents with all the pills laid out on the counter, taking the finger pricks and sticks and stuff like that and I remember that and I didn’t want to live like that.”

Matchen shed 100 pounds to beat the odds.

Liza Ramirez had a tough pregnancy and recovery after giving birth to her son.

“He’s very active and it came to a point, I couldn’t keep up with him, running around and playing,” Ramirez said of her son. “I was getting very tired, a lot of fatigue.”

Working out with Moore led to competing in a bikini contest.

“My self confidence, my self esteem is at a whole different level right now,” Ramirez said. “I feel good about myself.”

Moore stressed that “90 percent of it is psychological and so when I come in here, I teach them it’s not just the body, it’s about mind and spirit.”

Moore also has a big heart. On Saturday, June 7, he is hosting a fundraiser from noon to 2 p.m. at the fitness center for Emmanuel Ramos Jr., the son of Hartford Firefighter Manny Ramos Sr., who is fighting a rare blood disorder. The cost is $100.

For more information on “A Fight for Fitness of Emmanuel,” call Moore at 860-250-9314 or visit transformed4lyfe.com.

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