My name is Alex Moreno, and I am a Certified Personal Trainer & Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as well as a full-time student at Bemidji State University studying Marketing Communication.
I have been exercising since 2010, and have spent time focusing on various areas such as speed, endurance, strength, hypertrophy and weight loss. After getting inspired by my mom, who I thought was a fitness freak, I first went for a jog in my no-support Lakai skate shoes. At that point, I fell in love with the feeling of putting forth so much effort to complete something physically challenging, as well as the feeling of completing it.
In 2014, I enlisted in the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program, then my senior year of high school came and went and I shipped to boot camp June 8th, 2015. I unfortunately fractured my left fibula during a training event one month in, and had to spend five extra months, for a total of eight months, in boot camp. Thankfully, I did not completely lose my mind while in rehabilitation.
In 2016, I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety and Insomnia. As time went on, I had realized no amount of medications, counseling, group session, etc. were going to help. At this point, I was separated from the Marines and moved home to Minnesota, and began attending college. At this point, I was lost in life. I began focusing on the one thing that has stayed consistent for years in my life, which was exercising. So, I directed as much attention as I could into that.
The last week of 2017, I moved once more, away from all of my past friends to Bemidji, MN in order to be closer to family. Exercise began to be my main focus; just better myself every day since that was really all that I had. Family is just over an hour away, and I prefer to keep a small friend group. It took moving away from everything that I have known, to a completely new location with new people, to find out who I really am and be able to realize a vision:
To inspire others into creating a change for the better in themselves.