Competing as an amateur boxer, Marita Martina Gumbs knew that in 2010, she wanted to become a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer. Since her early twenties, her desire has been to help people achieve a healthier lifestyle. More than just gaining muscle or losing weight, she acknowledges that “playing ball with my kids, going on long walking tours to explore a new city, embarking on adventurous excursions while on vacation, and waking up in the morning with the energy to seize the day and give her best” is what fuels her and brings her joy.
In 2017, Marita became certified through the Medical Exercise Training Institute (METI) (a part of the American Academy of Health, Fitness and Rehab Professionals) as a Medical Exercise Specialist and is the Founder of Fight 2B Fit DC. Through her company and her expertise, as a fitness trainer, she is able to work with clients who are asymptomatic, but as a medical exercise specialist, she can also work with clients who are symptomatic.
“I’m a black woman who loves my people, knows my people, and understands our history. We have challenges when it comes to improving our health and I am familiar with these challenges and I want to do my part to help others navigate these challenges – whether it be time, budget, family responsibilities, breaking habits, or combating trauma. I’m a fitness and post-rehab specialist, but I’m also a human being who exhibits patience, understanding, innovation, empathy, and passion. Fitness is a tool that can be used not only for physical health but also for mental health and improving or building self-esteem,” said Gumbs.
With her knowledge, when training clients, she takes careful note of past injuries, posture, and movement patterns and designs a program that allows them to build strength, manage and eliminate pain, and become more functional.
“Sometimes it’s overwhelming to figure out where to start when it comes to getting back into a fitness routine after injury or just long periods of inactivity. Marita makes it easier. I was referred to her after physical therapy for knee pain and was impressed by how quickly she can identify weaknesses and posture issues that can cause pain and physical limitations. Not only am I stronger, but I pay more attention to my body in everyday movement. She is genuinely interested in her clients and eager to help us be healthy,” said Amy Copeland.
She reaffirms her clients to believe not to let anything get in their way. Whether it’s their budget, time, or health complications, find a way to make it happen. You can start by making small changes and work within your limitations or circumstances as every little bit will make a difference.
“It is my belief, that with better health we can move mountains, build bridges and break ground. Fitness is about health, good health is about living life, indulging in its greatest joys, and making a positive impact on the world around you.” ~ Marita Martina Gumbs, Founder of Fight 2B Fit DC Founder
If you would like to schedule an in-person training, online training-both on-demand and live, group fitness, small group training, and/or attend workshops, Please visit fight2bfitdc.com. Her training can include post-rehab, general fitness, weight loss, cardio, boxing, and strength building.