BROCKTON — As sweat drips down Fabiola Garcon’s face during her last volleyball game in her senior year at Brockton High School, she tells herself as the scoreboard time counts down to zero that one day she will be a professional athlete.
Garcon, 26, found motivation to be the most outstanding athlete she could be because of volleyball.
Her love of the game and the effort toward becoming a professional athlete eventually led Garcon to find her true passion of personal training and entrepreneurship after graduating from college.
As a Brocktonian it feels good to come back to your city and make a difference one client at a time, Garcon said.
Garcon specializes in step cardio, dance fitness, weight training and yoga and is a certified deep tissue masseuse.
Crunch Fitness in Brockton is the main gym where Garcon trains her clients using a guest pass but sometimes she will partner up with gyms like Body Prime Fitness and teach group dance classes.
Her fitness journey began when a Brockton High volleyball coach told the young athlete if she wanted to be a professional volleyball player, she had to play the part, meaning training more frequently, being smart, being disciplined, eating right. Being the best athlete she could be.
The conversation with the coach put in perspective how vital it is to learn more about the body to get maximum results.
Garcon decided to attend Franklin Pierce University, earning a health science degree and majoring in sports and recreational management.
During her colligate volleyball career, Garcon worked closely with the strength and conditioning coach, and he appointed her as his assistant. Her duties consisted of creating a daily workout plan for students in the gym and any assistance the coach or the athletic teams needed.
As her daily workout plans continued throughout the semester, students gave positive feedback to Garcon, making her want to find more ways to help other students.
“I studied my body, and I learned how to train myself in different ways. I went on to Google and educated myself and read many books. People started noticing me at school and asked me to train them. It wasn’t until I started training people, I noticed I needed more of an educational background to enhance their results,” Garcon said.
The popularity of her personal training grew around campus, and Garcon and a classmate started Ravens Fit Club. Garcon spent hours researching how the human body works to create individual custom workouts for her peers.
“I enjoy training people. I love every month doing check-ins, and they see how their muscle went up, or their weight went down, and clients seeing their weight drop on the scale and their clothes fitting better makes me feel so good as their trainer,” Garcon said.
The Ravens Fit Club met twice a week for an hour session of explosive conditioning in the dance studio. Working as a strength and conditioning assistant gave Garcon more tools to excel and teach her class techniques. Ten people on average would show up to each class, Garcon said.
“Each week, we let everyone know what part of the body we were working on through social media, and they were always super excited,” she said.
After graduating from Franklin Pierce University In 2017, Garcon worked on her fitness app Fab Fit Ready for nine months, continued training clients and coached volleyball at North Quincy High School, where she still works.
The app failed a few months later due to the price of upkeep and lack of clients using the virtual platform, she said.
The failure of the app was a blow to Garcon’s self-esteem but pushed her to try again. She is currently working with a new web developer and is running a test trial of her app with her clients, and so far, many are enjoying the new features, she said.
“No offense to me, old app, but it has nothing on my new app. This one has so many capabilities. I can upload demo workouts for my clients to do, the app has a self-timer for reps, the ability to upload before and after photos, meal prep, and so much more,” Garcon said.
The newly improved app allows Garcon to track 20 of her clients seamlessly and guide them without physically being with them.
“The app allows my clients to be independent but always have me in their corner. That’s the best part,” Garcon said.
Garcon said the Fab Fit Forever app will officially launch in the app store sometime in June or July.
“I’m satisfied with seeing my clients smile. I love hearing how they couldn’t do two push-ups when we started, now they’re doing two reps of 20 of them straight, or some clients who couldn’t squat anything now can squat over 100 pounds,” Garcon said.
In the future, she envisions her app bringing her financial stability to take care of her family and help people achieve their fitness goals.
Once the app is launched, there will be a few plans that clients can choose from, including a V.I.P. membership for $150 a month, which includes three in-person training days and full access to meal plans and workouts.
The second plan is a more basic one costing $30 a month and is a 12-week cycle that includes new at-home workouts every week and checks-ins from Garcon weekly.
“My main goal when it comes to training people is to teach people how to be self-sufficient and self-motivating but also believing and challenging themselves. A lot of people want to do something but won’t take the necessary steps to get there. But with a little motivation I can get you there,” Garcon said.
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