Mark has always been active growing up but his focus on his health changed after he was diagnosed with Cancer at 37 years of age. Now cancer free, Mark stays active for his health with cardio, strength training, functional training and other variations of training.
Check out Mark’s full story below!

Mark’s Story:

Growing up, I was always physically active and was involved in exercise and playing sports. For the past 25 years, I have belonged to many different fitness clubs to help me stay fit and healthy. 

Fifteen years ago, at the age of 37, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and my focus on fitness changed. After treatment and recovery, I got back into fitness with more of a focus on cardiovascular and functional training activities versus traditional strength training. As a result, I gravitated to classes that helped raise my heart rate and kept me moving, without running too much. 

I joined Active at Reed’s Crossing when it opened in 2022 and I tried a variety of classes. I found all the staff to be very engaging and encouraging. I really enjoyed Victoria’s HIIT Express class and attend the classes whenever I can fit them into my schedule. I found the class to provide me with my desired cardiovascular objectives as well as providing body weight and core exercises. I enjoy that her class is challenging for any fitness level as Victoria always provides options for each of the exercises. I try to push myself outside of my comfort zone by trying the different training level options she provides. Although I don’t like running, I don’t mind when Victoria adds those exercises into the class. 

In addition to the HIIT Express class, I have been involved in strength classes, functional fitness classes, as well as indoor cycling, rowing and doing a hike on the treadmill. 

I’m glad to say that my cancer has remained in remission, and it is something I don’t worry about anymore. Being physically active is a staple in my life and is part of my daily process. It will be something I always do. I look forward to expanding my horizons and trying some Pilates and Yoga classes to help me continue to achieve my fitness and health goals.

Thank you for sharing your Active story with us, Mark! We are inspired by your dedication to your health, your consistency and seeing you work hard in every class you’re in. We are so happy to have you in our Active community!