Meet the Fitness Club Board – Vice President Ron Marquardt

Ron Marquardt has lived in Oakmont for 2 years and has been on the Fitness Club Board for almost that long.
What got you interested in fitness?
I played football in college, and it wasn’t fitness – it was survival. You needed to be in great shape to compete. After college I played pro ball and it again was a matter of survival. We worked out to keep fit and to ward off injuries. We worked on strength, agility and speed. Even with that our bodies took an awful beating.
After playing professional football, what did you do?
I got engaged in presenting seminars to companies. My neighbor had been the head coach at Berkeley. We came up with the idea of presenting leadership seminars to big companies. He had an impressive list of contacts, and I had a PhD in Education Psychology. Corporate America was looking for ways that they could educate and train their top-level managers. Our enterprise, MVP Seminars, has a team of over 400 speakers. Our topics range from leadership, ethics and conflict management to anti-harassment, diversity and presentation skills and a host of other topics.
How did you come to be on the Fitness Center Board?
When my wife and I moved to Oakmont, I was looking forward to working out in the gym. This is not the first over-55 community we have lived in, and I always liked using the gym.
I thought the Oakmont gym was pretty good, but it doesn’t have some of the features that other over-55 communities have had. I began to talk to John Phillips, and in no time at all I found myself talking to Joy Bellomo, the President of the Board. Joy very kindly asked me to bring my ideas and concerns to the Board and I am now on the Board!
Are you enjoying serving on the Board?
I am! I’m learning how the Fitness Center is organized and I have a real appreciation for the time the Board invests in their commitment. I also look forward to helping to modernize and, hopefully, enlarge the Fitness Center. It’s a great asset for Oakmont and all the residents.
What’s your fitness routine like today?
I exercise every day. I usually do about an hour and a half of cardio and another 15 minutes of weights and working on core strength. After having two knee replacements, I understand the value of staying strong and flexible.
If you could change one thing about the Fitness Center, what would it be?
I think most people don’t really enjoy working out. They do it because they know they must, or the doctor told them to. I would like the Fitness Center to be larger and more modern. I’d like to see a few TVs to distract folks, so they’ll spend a little more time working out. I’d like to make the Fitness Center somewhere that people look forward to visiting.


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