Feelin’ Stronger Every Day

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Mario Godiva is my friend and trainer. Now, he’s also my business partner.

I’ve been training with Mario for about two years now. He’s introduced me to the wonderful world of rebounding shoes, in which I run, and occasionally train (Note: the boots reduce 80 percent of the weight from one’s knees and lower back).

Mario’s also managed my one-on-one training sessions for a good year-and-a-half. In these sessions, Mario’s pit bull-like barking makes a Marine Corps drill sergeant seem like a shrinking violet in comparison. He’s deservedly earned the nickname ‘Gitmo.’ In fact, I believe our government could break every remaining terrorist subject holed up in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after just one training session with Mario.

Mario’s also developed a nickname for me in these sessions. He calls me Gerber (as in the baby food company). I don’t think that warrants further explanation.

About a year ago, Mario decided the existing state-of-the-art rebounding boot was sadly lacking. So, he decided to become an entrepreneur. He designed his own, vastly improved boot. Mario’s design looks, and performs, like a Ferrari in comparison to the clunky, Toyota Corolla-like current industry standard.

He’d just begun raising money for his new venture when Mario was struck out of the blue like a Mike Tyson right hook: he contracted Stage III non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Undeterred, Mario began chemo treatments, has gone back to destroying private clients such as me (see photo of us after one such session) and is actively fundraising. I’ve invested, and now own a share of Mario (I think I have rights to his right calf).

In any event, he’s only looking to raise $25,000 from a small group of individuals in order to pay for the construction of a Plyo-Glide prototype. Once he has the prototype in hand (or foot, if you prefer) Mario can begin demonstrating the boot’s multiple uses and benefits (which are extraordinary, btw). The boots force you to be in balance the entire time you’re in them, thereby always engaging the core muscles. And, they burn twice the amount of calories in the same amount of time as, say, wearing sneakers would.

I believe in Mario. I believe his next generation rebounding boots will become the next, big fitness trend. And, the beautiful thing is that Mario Godiva is already a media darling. He’s been profiled on everything from “The Steve Harvey Show” to “ABC’s Nightline.” And, he’s an international fitness guru & star as well.

I believe Mario’s greatest ability isn’t his training knowledge or his vision in creating a truly breakthrough, next generation product. It’s his amazing resilience and passion.

I wish I could project one-tenth of what he exudes each, and every, day (this, despite being told by doctors he has a 50-50 chance of living). The uber cool thing is that the chemo treatments are working, and Mario’s feelin’ stronger every day (to borrow the title of one of my favorite songs from the rock group, Chicago).

If you’re curious about Mario, the new boot or possibly investing a modest amount of money, send him a note. He’s at mariogodiva@gmail.com. In the meantime, drop to the floor, and give me 100 push-ups on the BOSU. Now! C’mon, you bunch of Gerbers. You want a beach-ready body for the Fourth of July, or what?

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