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Meet Beverly Hills Fitness Pro: Marcelin Jurbina

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marcelin Jurbina.  Below you’ll find edited excerpts of our interview with Marcelin.

Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.

My mother put me in Dance class at the age of two. I’ve been moving ever since. I studied competitively through high school and then received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara. After graduation, I moved to LA to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. I got a “day job” at The Sports Club LA and then the rest just kind of naturally progressed. I had been exposed to yoga and Pilates in college as part of our training and also for injuries I had acquired over the years. It felt very natural to continue into a field where movement was the key element and focus. I fell in love with it all and just kept going from that point forward.

Has it been a smooth road?

As a dancer, I was not always the kindest to my body. Also, we didn’t know as much back then as we do now regarding how wear and tear affects you in the long term. I’ve endured and overcome numerous injuries and conditions. At the end of it all, these situations have provided me with a deeper understanding of connection within my own body that I am able to apply to my work with clients dealing with their own personal adversities and goals.

What are your plans for the future?

I am excited to see what the future holds for me and movewithMJ! I look forward to further my knowledge in movement, fitness, and the mind-body connection. I plan to do as many kinds and as much exploration in movement as I can fit in. I love trying new types of modalities and I also love diving into workshops or activities that have applications in my field. The more I grow, the more I can share with my clients and colleagues to further our journeys in healthy, active living! I am also super excited to be a part of FitnessFashionMagazine (FFM)! FFM is a high-end fitness fashion focused blog/publication that is set to be launching its first print edition this fall/winter!

Let’s dig a little deeper into your story.  What was the hardest time you’ve had?

It’s so amazing to see where your road takes you. I never thought that I would be in the Health and Fitness industry. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, I had never really gone to a gym! I spent my entire childhood and teens focused on my competitive dancing and academic commitments. I was never one of the “favorites” so, I felt like I had to work very hard to prove (to myself and to others) that I was worthy. I lacked a lot of the ‘natural talent’ in my dancing, scholastic courses and even in my extracurricular activities. I had to put in the time and commitment to train, focus, study and performance to achieve the goals I had set before me.

When I went to UCSB, again, I was not one of the “most cherished” in the Dance department. I was even held back in some of my ballet technique classes for “lack of readiness.” Ironically enough, the first professional dance job that I booked was based on a ballet audition! But being an artist in this town was hard, so, obviously I worked multiple jobs to pay all the bills. My first “day job” was at the key desk for The Sports Club LA. I got hired on my 21st birthday. Being that my career at the time required me to be at the top of my physical game, I thought to myself, “well, you work at a gym and you have a free membership – I guess you should use it.” And so, my journey began…

Do you ever just stop and think WOW – I’ve made it?

I continued to do both dancing/modeling/acting as well as pursuing my new career in fitness. I soon discovered that this was the path I was meant to go down. I’ll never forget the day I woke up realized that I had finally been able to given up all my “side jobs” and was pursing fitness full-time. It was a dream come true. To do what I love and make a living from it. To be respected by my peers and clients for my work. Hell, a year ago I even started to dye my hair green and other crazy colors because A)I loved it and B)I didn’t have to fit into any “box” or look like my headshot. I was free to be whatever I wanted and do what I wanted. I couldn’t be happier. Movement is a permanent part of my life, in whatever form it presents itself. I’m excited to see how it continues to morph and grow within my journey and share it with all who will join me.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.movewithmj.com
  • Email: movewithmj@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @movewithmj
  • Twitter: @movewithmj
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/movewithmj

Check out her work below:

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