Personal trainer Melaine Torres didn’t just transform her own life by exercising. She also helped her husband, daughter, twin sister and two of her clients at Cove Fitness.
It all began in 2008 at the grocery store when Torres was standing in the checkout line. She picked up a magazine that featured Biggest Loser recipes and weight-loss tips. She turned around, emptied her shopping cart and bought everything listed in the article, she said. Torres, who is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighed 220 pounds.
“I was determined to show everyone that I could do it, that it could be done,” she said. “My husband was deployed to Iraq and we made a promise to each other to lose weight. When he came home, neither one of us was the same.”
Today, Torres is a personal trainer. Her husband of 17 years, 1st. Sgt. Ray Torres of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 91st Brigade Engineering Battalion, is also a trainer at Cove Fitness. They’ve lost 40 pounds apiece. Torres’ daughter and her twin sister also work at the gym.
But before finding success, life began to snowball.
“It began with an eating disorder in high school because I thought I was too overweight,” Melaine Torres said. “Then my mother-in-law died at age 56 of a heart attack years back. But after my twin had her baby and we weighed the same, I was through. I was plagued by depression.”
She began working out more and more to the point where Ray Torres complained.
“I told him either you join me or you don’t,” she said.
So he did. Ray Torres earned a bachelor’s degree in sports and health science and now teaches RPM and GRIT classes at Cove Fitness.
“I was barely getting by doing PT at work and buying bigger uniforms to hide behind,” he said.
“Now when I see the same shift occurring in people we train and the light bulb goes off, it’s really rewarding. I want people to realize that they are important. We have to be important to ourselves and not just for others.”
Melaine Torres said she still struggles sometimes but is much stronger now.
“Now it’s all about helping others. I know where I’ve been, where I’m going and I’ll never forget where I was,” she said. “I’ve been where they are. I want to be the one who helps.”