Personal trainer Marcus Flores has been a professional personal trainer for two and a half years, but he said he has dedicated his entire life to some key fundamentals: Faith, fitness and family.
One of personal trainer Marcus Flores’ favorite Bible verses in Isaiah 40:29 – “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” – which is fitting, as Flores has dedicated his career to helping strengthen his clients, body, mind and soul.
It was his strong Christian faith and love of fitness that inspired him to open the Primal Strength fitness studio, located at 2518 E. Griffin Parkway in Mission. The gym, which he co-founded with his business partner, Connor Friedrichs, had its “soft” opening this summer, with a grand opening in early September.
Flores has been a professional personal trainer for two and a half years, but he said he has dedicated his entire life to some key fundamentals: Faith, fitness and family. His new gym, he says, brings all three of these elements together.
“We are a small gym, so the atmosphere is very personal. There is a lot of comradery and it is very uplifting. We’re like a family,” Flores said. “We’re all here to accomplish our goals and live a healthier lifestyle. And the faith we have in this gym, it has brought us so many blessings.”
On an average day, Flores will lead several small group classes, with about 12 to 15 participants. He also trains clients one on one. His workout style really packs a punch – he uses high intensity interval training to maximize calorie burn, carve out muscles and build strength, stability and stamina - all in under 30 minutes. For his more advanced clientele, he mixes classic strength training moves, such as dead lifts, bench presses, push presses and squats with functional “primal” movements that incorporate bending, twisting and jumping.
The term “primal” fitness refers to exercise and diet that is more like the way our ancestors lived – building functional strength and eating a clean diet, free of processed ingredients and the excess of salt and sugar that pervades the typical American diet.
“Fitness is about 20-percent in the gym and 80-percent of what you eat,” Flores said. “You won’t have great results with a bad diet.”
With that in mind, Flores and Friedrichs introduced a meal prep and planning service for Primal Strength members. Meals are cooked, prepped and packaged twice a week and contain high-quality lean proteins and healthy fats and fresh produce. There are low-carb options available for all the breakfast, lunch and dinner options.
Flores said his clients see a much greater rate of success than they have had in the past because he is personally involved with each one, helping them stay accountable, track their diet and stay consistent with their workouts.
“I challenge them to be goal-oriented and reach those specific goals they set for themselves,” Flores said. “I help set them on the right path.”
Flores also incorporates his Christian faith by sending out inspirational Bible verses via email and text messages – and with the gym’s prayer wall, where clients can leave their prayer requests and find comfort and inspiration through Scripture.
“Anything they are struggling with, we put on that wall and we dedicate their workouts to that,” Flores said.
Member Cynthia Anaya said that Flores’ passion for faith and fitness shine through in his classes and training.
“Marcus has been so wonderful! He always shows interest in his clients and is there to help inform them,” Anaya said. “You can easily tell how much he loves helping others, and will ensure that you meet your goals.”
By Stephanie Scott