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Marieta is basically PumpUp's guardian angel - PumpUp Spotlight Series


@_Marieta_ is one of the most wonderfully inspiring and positive members to have ever joined the PumpUp community. Like a guardian angel watching over the PumpUp universe, Marieta continues to support and encourage other members despite not being able to post as frequently as she used to. Similar to our other terrific spotlight members, she has touched the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of others since she became a part of the community in May 2014. “I joined to help myself with personal workouts, and to gain help and support,” she explained. “Now it feels like I found my second family.”

Despite the fact that Marieta had never been overweight nor underweight, she was nevertheless struggling with eating healthfully and lacked the motivation to exercise as often as she would have liked to. “I’d only dance once a week—that was it for my workouts,” she elaborated. “Though I am a generally positive person, I lost almost all of the energy that I used to have within the span of a year. I would catch myself feeling sad or aggressive for no reason.”


Everything changed when she found the motivation that she needed on PumpUp. “When I saw all of the different people on PumpUp working hard at school, at work, at home (especially the amazing fit-moms on the app) who still found the time and energy to squeeze workouts into their crazy schedule and to cook healthy food, it changed everything,” she confessed.  “This community and its beautiful members brought me back to life.”

She relies on a stream of constant and daily inspiration thanks to PumpUp members such as @nystrongest, @_harleyjade_, @hotchilipepper, and @kathreena. “It was a big surprise for me when I realized that everybody on PumpUp could share their progress with each other,” she revealed. “The best part of it is that no matter how you look, people will support you and give you tons of motivational words and healthy tips.”


For those looking to lead a more active lifestyle, she advises that positivity is best way to stay committed. “You can always find a million reasons and decide to NOT do something, and it always seems impossible until you find one tiny reason to say yes,”she insists. “Find this reason, believe in it, believe in yourself, and start working. You and only you are responsible for your happiness. Your mood should not depend on the weather, nor on other people who weren’t nice to you.”

Despite not being able to post as often, Marieta is constantly on the app for her daily dose of motivation. “If mothers who work 6 days a week can do it, and if people who have been through tough surgeries can do it, then you can do it too,” she affirmed. “Don’t let excuses hold you back. That’s what I continue to tell myself every single day. I could never imagine that there were so many positive, kind, and beautiful people in this world, and PumpUp just puts all of them in one place! Couldn’t be more inspiring!”

Motivational Mantra
“Life is too short to spend it on sadness and negativity. Love your family and friends, love yourself. Live a full life. Carpe diem - seize the day. That’s what my tattoo says!”

Favourite Exercises
“Squats and lunges with a barbell, leg raises, donkey kicks, hip raises and the plank of course. With these ones you can really tone up your body.”


Favourite meal

“I love bananas (I could eat them all day long)! I also love quinoa, tomatoes, spicy food and meat.”

Marieta’s Protein-Packed Mixed Berry Smoothie

“Yogurt, 2 bananas 1 cup of frozen berries, 1tbsp of pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp peanut butter.
One day I hope to have my own small café with delicious healthy food and drinks!”


Keep track of Marieta and she’ll keep you motivated on PumpUp @_marieta_ and on Instagram @marietamulata


For No Excuses November, let’s kick out bad habits. Think of a bad habit you’d love to quit  (ex: no complaining, no putting yourself down) and make sure you don’t do it for the rest of the day! Thanks PumpUp member @doniaaly for the positive and energetic photo!


Your No Excuse Workout Plan

This is a guest post by Danielle Shoom, Personal Trainer. Visit Danielle’s website here

Some weeks are busier than others and some times you just feel lazy! However getting in your workout can make that busy, stressful week seem not as bad or your lazy day can turn around with just 30-60 minutes of exercise. Here are 4 tips on how to get your workouts in, no matter what!

Get Into A Routine

On Sunday nights I will sit down and think about what I want to do for the upcoming week. I always change it up but I’ve made a pact for myself to work out every day between Monday and Friday. This way, I have a routine. I like to workout first thing in the morning, so this is how I schedule it: running on Mondays, Barre class on Tuesdays, and so on. This really keeps me motived all week long!

Schedule Ahead of Time

Schedule yourself into a class and be committed to it! Most gyms have a 12-hour cancelation period (once you’re in you’re stuck!)   Whether or not you’re in the mood to exercise, I promise you that you will never leave a workout feeling worse than before.

Buy A Gym Package

Buying a package at a gym is not cheap! They usually start at $100, and that’s normally just for  a 5-pack! By investing in a package, that means you have to use it! Buy a 5 pack at one gym, then find another place to exercise next month.  Changing up your workout will keep your mind and body guessing.

Grab A Friend

Schedule to meet up with a friend at the gym or at the park, and work out together. This will make you both accountable and force you not to bail on each other. You’ll be killing two birds with one stone (metaphorically of course) by catching up with each other and staying fit together!

Danielle Shoom is a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and nutrition enthusiast based in Toronto, Ontario. Visit Danielle’s website at