Meet your trainer and specialist...
Hi there! I'm Marya Hopman and I am personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist who’s not that into exercise! I'm interested in living an active life, free from pain and confident to do whatever I want to do. I am also the founder of the OptimalMe studio in Taradale, Hawkes Bay.
I retrained as a personal trainer in 2010 because I was looking for a career that would be good for my own health, rather than being stuck behind a desk. I'd heard the industry was looking for trainers that a wider range of people could relate to. As an “older” woman who wasn’t a fitness fanatic, and as a person who loves to help people, I fit the bill.
Surprisingly I found my purpose!
It's taken me a few years to truly understand that what I now offer is very different and has the ability to change lives. I've combined rehabilitation and exercise with consistent and relentless education because this really seems to be lacking. I found people didn't really understand the exercises given to them by their trainer or physical therapist. With just a little extra time taken on explaining how it should feel, how with very small adjustments they could get a better result, clients have been blown away. People regularly ask me "Why haven't I been told this before?" and I don't know the answer!
What I teach is common sense and should be common knowledge, so it's my mission to make it so because I believe it can change the health and fitness of everyone.
Give me a call, email or text and let's have a chat.