Return to the Gym

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Photo by Raúl Colón Text using Over at Dynamic Martial Arts Center in Isla Verde Carolina, Puerto Rico

For some reason when we leave the gym it is so difficult to go back. I guess thinking of what we have to sacrifice to get back to where we left off can only make it harder on us. The reality is there are no shortcuts when it comes to fitness.  Your best bet is to focus on where you want to be not where you have been.

I have not trained in a Gym since before Daniela was born. I lost my biggest client at about this time two years ago and then I ended up not having a reason to be near the gym (which is 1 hour and 15 minutes away from what was my home).

Why not go to another gym closer to home?

I became loyal to my personal trainer and the great results I use to get training with him. I could not bring myself to finding someone who came close to his training techniques in the south part of the Island.  Instead of seeking other alternatives I took the easy route and I completely gave up on the gym.

Thanks to a recommendation by my friend Melvin, I went to Dynamic Martial Arts and Fitness Center in Isla Verde and the owner Mike Oreza was nice enough to offer me a one-week free trial.

I am sure there are many other gyms close by but I will definitely consider a recommendation from a brilliant friend and trustworthy guy like Melvin.

Making such a tough decision to go back to a gym and pay for a membership is not an easy sell for any Gym management or owner. Having satisfied customers like Melvin makes Dynamic Martial Arts and Fitness Center a place where they have the opportunity to scale business by having their customers spread the word and market their services via word of mouth.

Keeping a gym running is no easy task.

Keeping a gym’s members happy is even more complicated. However Dynamic seems to be a place where I will end up being happy and it has many other benefits to it. Just the fact that Mike Oreza reached out and gave me a trial week shows he has a very different attitude than other gym owners in the area.

As I prepared to go train for the first time in a gym, I can only think of what other things Gym owners or subscription based businesses have to do to bring clients and more importantly keep those clients coming back.

After using the one-week free trial I have to say I was very happy with the service, how clean the gym was, and I was able to train without too many people.

Thanks again to Dynamic Martial Arts and Fitness Center for giving me a one-week free trial.

So if you are staying in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico and need a gym to go train, do Yoga, and a variety of Martial Arts, feel free to visit their website.

Also find Dynamic on:

  • Twitter: @mydynamicent

Disclosure: I received a Complimentary One-Week trial which they offer to guests of the gym. Even though the one week free trial was an invitation by the Dynamic Martial Arts we don’t feel that this influenced the writing of this post in any way.


  1. Prometeo on September 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

    I want to go to the gym again. Got to squeeze that into my tight schedule. While I find time for the gym I am still running three miles 2 or 3 times a week. Sometimes I run more.

    • Raul Colon on September 9, 2012 at 10:20 am

      That is great that you are getting some exercise… I need to continue visiting the gym. We always have to make time for those things my friend! Especially you I want to have you as a friend for many decades to go!