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Nash's Health, Fitness and Wellness offers personalized support

BANGOR Only hucksters and snake-oil salesmen will ever tell you that getting and staying fit is easy. Some people have more challenges in their lives than others, and that's where Nash's Health, Fitness and Wellness can help offer support, motivation and encouragement.

Nash Roy, owner, is not unfamiliar with the struggle to stay fit. When he was 8 years old, he had asthma and other medical conditions that prevented him from being active when he was young.

'I gained a lot of weight due to lack of being able to do anything. If I was on a sports team, I wasn't allowed to play, I wasn't allowed to shoot around I couldn't run or any of that stuff,' said Roy, who is now 21 years old.

When his medical condition began to clear up, he wanted to get back into shape, but was so overweight he didn't know where to start.

'At the age of 16, I found Young's MMA. The sister-in-law of the owner turned me on to it and said I should check it out. I did, and I loved it from the day I walked in. I don't think I missed a week since,' he said. During the course of his training there, Roy lost 100 pounds, and was approached by Chris Young, the owner of Young's, to be a trainer at the gym. Unsure of what he wanted to do for a career, Roy, who had initially studied kinesiology, quickly realized his passion was being a personal trainer, and he became certified.

'I bought the equipment and rebranded we felt like this brand [Nash's Health, Fitness and Wellness] was a little friendlier to everyone. We didn't want to give people the wrong impression. We're helping anyone that wants and needs it and we keep it affordable,' he said. 'Everyone that works here is all about learning new things and ways to do things. I found people that shared that same feeling. We constantly want to find new ways to help people and make it enjoyable at the same time.''

His journey of weight loss has helped others achieve goals that they otherwise may not have on their own.

'I saw a post on Facebook; someone else had been seeing him and had success. I went to the Facebook page and learned about his backstory. I knew I needed someone who knew the struggle of being a bigger person,' said Morgan Drinkwater, one of Roy's clients.

Since going to Nash's, Drinkwater has lost 30 pounds and hopes to continue losing weight and participate in some fitness and endurance competitions like Tough Mudder next year.

Rockel Marquis never had a desire to be in competitive fitness before training with Roy her focus was mainly on weight loss and rebuilding her self-esteem and personal image.

'I recently divorced and wanted to lose weight. I found the fitness classes [at Young's MMA] weren't enough for me. I wasn't losing the weight as fast as I wanted,' she said. After she started her regimen in February, she lost 20 pounds.

'Physically, I'm in the best shape I've ever been in stronger, better cardio. I think the best thing is all the stuff I have tried to do. He really knows his clients and what you're capable of.'

Marquis never considered herself an athlete.

'One of the hardest things for me is that I'm just not coordinated,' she said. 'My mental attitude was I'm not an athlete.' You get over that mental hurdle. Everyone is an athlete when you put your mind to it and train the right way.'

Despite her severe asthma, Marquis she has been participating in various endurance obstacle courses, including Tough Mountain and Tough Mudder, and she plans on participating in a Spartan Race next year. And now, instead of just wanting to get through unscathed, she wants to continually improve. Roy's facility works around her schedule so she has time to train.

For more information, including rates and schedule for structured classes, find them on Facebook or call 951-7477. They are located in the old YMCA building at 127 Hammond Street, open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can also email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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