Marilyn MossVerified 21 Reviews
Helping people like you feel and look better than you ever thought possible and turn back that physiological clock so you feel younger next year has been my passion for over 20 years.
Nothing is more gratifying than when clients report avoiding painful, time-consuming and expensive surgeries and feeling younger and more energized than they ever thought possible.
And I am always honored when corporations like Marriott, schools like Berkeley Preparatory and physicians ask me to create personal programs for patients, boot camps for employees and low back pain prevention seminars for workers.
When I was young, to say I was a couch potato is an understatement. I couldn’t run around the block to save my life, I was always the last one to be picked for any athletic event, and I was tired all the time. In my early 20s I got tired of feeling tired and being “skinny fat.” I looked thin but my body fat was high, and I constantly complained about feeling tired. So, since I didn’t have a natural athletic cell in my body, I started to study the science of exercise (way before it was in vogue) and learn how I could make adaptations at the cellular level so that I could do more. Slowly but surely, I got myself fit. I was so stoked about how I felt and looked that I got my teaching certification from AFFA and ACE and started teaching aerobics at a big club in Atlanta. My class grew and so did my interest in changing bodies by applying exercise science. I got so interested in it that I quit my full-time job as a corporate loan officer (with an MBA) and got a Masters of Science in Exercise Science. Doing what I loved paid off and I graduated at the top of my class and my career helping others followed.
It has been and continues to be my mission for each client to live their dreams of a healthy, pain-free and fit lifestyle.
My favorite client story
Here is a quote from one of my clients that tells a great story.
I 've been working with Marilyn at Functional Fitness Guru for 4 months and I've lost 24 pounds and almost back to my ideal weight. I was a yo-yo dieter and weekend athlete all my life and it wasn’t until I started with* FFG (that's me working with Functional Fitness Guru) that I learned how to eat and incorporate exercise into a doable routine.
I had chronic back pain off and on for the last 10 years but it turned out that it was lifestyle related. She That is me :)) gave me daily stretches and I haven't had any pain since we started and I am getting ready to start yoga again.
It was a lot of work, but Marilyn’s gradual approach and 10 percent cheat rule makes her program something I can live with.
Thank you Marilyn, you are compassionate, caring and tenacious!
My favorite exercise
I have a favorite exercise for each of my clients and every one is different. That is because everyone has different needs. My favorite exercise for me is anything outdoors and aerobic because I love getting my heart rate up and being out in nature.
My favorite quote
"You can have results or excuses, not both"
My training philosophy
I believe that while you must overload your muscles to get results, that it still can be fun and feel good. I believe that you must build your base, understand your body and then once you do you can work harder and know that you are doing it safely. I believe that exercise must fit into each person's lifestyle and that looks different for each person.
My training experience
Fitness Director at Pritikin Longevity Center, Boot Camp instructor for Kick It Up Boot Camp and for teachers at Berkeley Preparatory School, Personal Trainer for over 10 years, ran corporate programs on weight loss, low back pain prevention and stress management.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Weight Loss
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Functional Training
- Myofascial Release
- Cardiovascular Conditioning
- Injury Prevention
NCCA Accredited Certifications
NASM CES, ACSM Exercise Is Medicine Credential Level I, TRX Certified Suspension Trainer, Yoga-200 Hours
MS Exercise Science
Who I Especially Like Working With
Beginners, Brides-to-be, Middle-aged, Overweight/ Obese, Peri/Post-menopausal, Post-rehab, Seniors
Medical Conditions Experience
Anxiety, Back Pain/Issues, Bad Posture, Cardiac Rehab, Diabetes, Golfers Elbow, Headaches/Migraines, Heart Attack, High Blood Pressure, Hip Pain/Issues, Hypertension, Knee Pain/Issues, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Neck Pain, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Piriformis Syndrome, Plantar fasciitis, Postural Issues, Sciatica
Two months ago I was always in pain and my digestive system was always upset. I could barely go for walks because how bad the pain was. Marilyn has helped me completely change the way I eat and I haven’t been in any pain since. I feel healthier and have lost 10lbs! I am so grateful!
Working with Marilyn has been wonderful. I have lost weight and inches, and gained flexibility and stamina. Her willingness to work around my crazy work schedule, which often means last minute changes to workouts, is very appreciated. I recommend her to anyone who wants that personal touch. I am over sixty and have neglected my fitness for years so it is never too late to start.
Marilyn is a pleasure to work with. She develops an exercise plan that is specific to your needs. She is great about checking in with me during the session to make sure that everything feels good. She has even reached out to my physical therapist to make sure that we are doing the best exercise program for me! In addition, she sends periodic texts with messages of inspiration - so appreciated. I am just starting my journey with her, but am already starting to feel stronger.
When I first started working out with Marilyn six months ago, I had severe back pain and poor balance. After one session my back felt much better and I canceled my orthopedic doctor appointment. She was also able to help me with a terrible knee problem. She decided it was coming from my balance issues and started exercises which gave me wonderful relief. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to get fit safely. She follows up with videos and complete instructions. The videos she gives me are not generic, she customized them for me! I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Marilyn is great! She's been doing this for a very long time and it's clear from the first time you speak with her that she knows what she's doing and you're in excellent hands. Everything you do is extremely well catered to your current fitness level and is very flexible with the programming if something starts to go wrong. After 5 months or so, I'm as strong as I've ever been and doing exercises I wouldn't have even dreamed of doing even in high school, 10 years ago. Do what she says and you will see results.
Marilyn is truly my guru! I've been thru chiropractic, physical therapy, and orthopedics and occasionally using a cane, spending a great portion of my life in pain. But since I have been stretching with Marilyn, my back has never felt better and the cane went back into the closet. She knew how to design a program to fit my abilities and my limitations, as well as my schedule, and she is always available for questions and assistance. This is a great program!
Marilyn is my Functional Fitness Guru and I am seeing measurable improvement and progress each week. I am most impressed by her knowledge of the body’s muscles and how to soothe any tenderness I may feel any where. The continuous check on my body’s feedback makes me confident that I have Marilyn’s focused attention throughout our time together. This is the best exercise program that I have undertaken in years!
Marilyn is great! Super attentive to her client’s needs. My back has been hurting due to long hours at work, and the stretches we do during our workouts have been really helpful in reducing my pain. Couldn’t recommend enough!
Marilyn is the consummate professional and has been a pleasure to work with. She's customized a work out, nutrition and stretching plan that is a great fit for me! Seeing good results quickly and looking forward to a more healthy future!!
I initially reached out to Marilyn at functional fitness guru because of nagging back pain. I am pleased to say that our workouts alleviated my back pain very quickly. Once the back pain was gone, Marilyn increased the intensity of our workouts to help me reach my new goals which included participating in adventurous Travel. Workouts are always tailored to meet my needs. They are hard work but a lot of fun! I actually look forward to working out now and feel a huge difference in my overall well-being! When I began working out with Marilyn, we did it locally and in person. I have since moved out of state and our workouts are now virtual. I was initially a little bit wary about virtual workouts, but they have been every bit as good. And, as an additional benefit, the virtual training has made it easy to fit in extra workouts that may only be 15 to 30 minutes. I get my best workouts with Marilyn! She is knowledgeable, professional and fun and I highly recommend her!
Working with Functional Fitness Guru has really helped me get on track and stay there. The Guru is excellent at communicating with me, is very professional and cares about me as an individual and what works for me. Highly recommend!!!
I have been working out with Marilyn for over 11 years. I am 74 years old and I’m indebted to Marilyn for having kept me in great shape. She’s a personable trainer with an excellent knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. Early on I was having knee pain and she felt it was coming from my back. Sure enough my knee pain resolved after we worked on the appropriate muscle groups. She is A+ all around!
I was able to get rid of lower back discomfort I was having! Great service highly recommend!
Marilyn will turn exercise and fitness into an experience and hobby that is truly sustainable and manageable for yourself. She ensures that it is fun and interesting while making sure you're getting a great work out and building your fitness.100% would recommend to everyone.
I have used Marilyn as a trainer for several years in person and virtually. Our virtual sessions 3x per week are great! My fitness level has improved even more than before as we are very focused during our sessions. Marilyn is very responsive and modifies my workout as needed to deal with any issues I may be having. I highly recommend Marilyn at Functional Fitness Guru!
I have been working out with Marilyn for two years. She is a very kind, caring and compassionate person. She is also very knowledgeable in the anatomy and physiology of exercise. She goes above and beyond to help you meet your goals. She is by far the best personnel trainer I have ever had. I look forward to our weekly sessions. Because of her I have learned to love exercise.
Functional Fitness Guru has been extremely helpful in helping me achieve my fitness goals. I noticed the difference in my weight and endurance in a short time after starting. The online program really made a difference to me with my busy schedule. And it was personalized for my needs, which I loved. Thank you, Marilyn!
I have been training with Marilyn at Functional Fitness Guru for several years. She personalizes each workout to my needs and diligently adjusts exercises as needed to achieve the desired goals! She even helped me with my rehabilitation after I experienced a sports related injury. I fully recommend her whether you're a beginner or someone who is experienced in fitness and wants help moving to the next level!
I 've been working with Marilyn at Functional Fitness Guru for 4 months and I've lost 24 pounds and almost back to my ideal weight. I was a yo-yo dieter and weekend athlete all my life and it wasn’t until I started with FFG that I learned how to eat and incorporate exercise into a doable routine. I had chronic back pain off and on for the last 10 years but it turned out that it was lifestyle related. She gave me daily stretches and I haven't had any pain since we started and I am getting ready to start yoga again. It was a lot of work, but Marilyn’s gradual approach and 10 percent cheat rule makes her program something I can live with. Thank you Marilyn, you are compassionate, caring and tenacious!
Marilyn is a true fitness professional. I told her my fitness goals and she created a program that was perfect for my initial level of fitness. After 3 months (18 sessions), I am leaner, stronger and ready to conquer my next fitness goal!
Really inspiring to communicate with my trainer through the app. I like how she can change and post my workout and help me change things up!
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