It’s showtime on the Far East Side!
Photos and story by: Ricky J. Carrasco
On Wednesday, workers were still putting on the finishing touches on El Paso’s newest movie theater, Cinemark East Montana. The tech people were playing movies and trailers to ensure the picture and sound were perfect. Crews were touching up the building and landscaping to be as clean and presentable as possible. The concessions employees were performing practice runs and polishing up the countertops and every available surface.
This will be El Paso’s 4th Cinemark, but as Jennifer Frederick, marketing manager stated, they recognized that the area east of the Loop on Montana Street is booming. “It’s a good area of El Paso, lots of new housing. TinselTown Theater is pretty close by, but this area needed an entertainment spot and we wanted to be the first to come service the community.”
The 14 auditorium, 2,388 seat theater is part of the company’s “Next-Gen” concept that aims to bring the newest in digital entertainment in all their theaters. All screens are floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall, all digital sound throughout the theater and 7 of the 14 theaters are 3-D capable. The flagship auditorium is the XD: Extreme Digital Cinema room, which features their biggest seating capacity, clearest image and 20,000 watts of sound pouring out of more than 40 speakers from the four walls and ceiling. On opening night, the theater will be showing the “Carrie” remake that opens this week nationwide.
Also new to El Paso is the concession options. Cinemark East Montana features a “cafeteria” style counter where patrons can pick and choose from the standard fare like popcorn and nachos, but patrons will also have options like pizza, pretzel bites and self-serve candy, soft drinks and slush drinks. There will also be a front café area that will be serving Starbucks coffee, beer, wine and even frozen margaritas and daiquiris!
Inside the theater, the seats are all faux leather, which makes them easier to clean and upkeep. All armrests go up and have some movement to be as comfortable as possible. Frederick also wanted to tout the Cinemark mobile App, where customers can look up movie times and purchase tickets. More innovative is the “CineMode” feature that, when activated during a movie, automatically dims your cell phone’s screen and lowers the volume. Patrons who use the “CineMode” app during a movie will be eligible to receive coupons for in-theater use. She also promised that there will be ushers checking for cell phone users during movie running time, as well as checking for underage drinking.
Heath Poe, the theater’s general manager, stated that the business is currently employing 75 people. When asked why the Cinemark company would open another theater in El Paso, Poe’s answer was direct and to the point. “Every theater we’ve opened has exceeded our expectations.” Though Poe has only lived in El Paso for the last few months, he sees the potential in our area. “The market is growing, there are new homes everywhere. You have the military just down the street. You have explosive growth across the border. There’s potential for growth for any business. Not recognizing all the factors that make this area great would be detrimental for business.”
Both Poe and Frederick also expressed interest in serving the area’s regional interests. For example, if there is enough interest in movies like “Instructions Not Included” which is a very bilingual-language movie, then that will be passed down to the corporate level. If people attend that kind of movie, then certainly more will be brought in the future.
Cinemark East Montana will host their grand opening to the public this Friday, October 18th. Prices range from $7 matinee times (before 6pm) to $12 for XD Cinema on Fridays and Saturdays. Check local listings.
World’s Largest Ballooning Event Takes to Skies October 5-13
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta celebrates its 42nd event with over 500 hot air balloons representing 20 countries. The 42nd event taking place on October 5-13, 2013 at Balloon Fiesta Park, in Albuquerque, NM. The breathtaking Mass Ascensions featuring waves of hot air balloons will fill Albuquerque’s morning skies with hundreds of balloons on both weekends and on Wednesday of Balloon Fiesta. Evening events bring dusk to life with balloon glows on the opening weekend then Thursday through the second Saturday of Balloon Fiesta.
Opening day at Balloon Fiesta Park kicked off with the Opening Ceremonies, beginning at 6:45 a.m. The 18th America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race, a cross country competition, also helped commence the opening day festivities.
The hot air balloon competitive flying started on Monday of Balloon Fiesta week, with pilots competing to win cash prizes. Competitive flying will continue throughout the week, taking a break on Wednesday for the Flight of the Nations. The Flight of the Nations will honor the 20 countries participating in the 42nd event, as each flies their nation’s flag from their balloon.
A giant Snow White, chariot, wizard and other unique objects are among the 98 special shape balloons that will take to the skies for their own mass ascension and balloon glows on Thursday and Friday at Balloon Fiesta Park.
Dallas based Magical Fundraising looks to bring educational enriching shows to schools in El Paso. David D’angelo started his career with the navy for 10 years. After his completion he got a job at Norwegian cruise lines that led him to drive from LA to Florida for work. Upon his stop in El Paso he read an article about high dropout rates in San Antonio and Texas that led him to develop his magic shows towards youth impact.
Today D’angelo works in the Dallas area and is now also in El Paso working with various schools. D’Angelo’s “Magic of the heart” show is based on interpersonal relationships that show children the importance of respect for one another. D”angelo states that “we want to teach kindness. You can never ben to nice to someone and years to come when we are older, we appreciate those that were nice to use”. This already successful show in the Dallas metroplex is currently gaining traction here in El Paso.
Schools can contact D’Angelo directly at Magicdavid14@yahoo.com 214-349-4946
More information can be seen at www.magicfundraisinginc.com
“Filling the gap”
Story and photos by: Ricky J. Carrasco
According to numbers provided by Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture (CESLAC), there is currently only one Latino dentist for every 10000 possible Latino patients. In some years in the past decade, no Latino students have graduated as dentists from California universities, which is an alarming number since he says that by 2030, Latinos (from various national backgrounds) will make up half the population in California. According to Dr. Serrata from EPCC, half of one percent of the Latino population is graduating with medical, dental or law degrees.
Dr. Bautista was in town to speak with Dr. William Serrata, President of the El Paso Community College system, exploring the possibility about starting a future partnership with EPCC and other area schools, like UTEP and the Paul L. Foster Texas Tech School of Medicine, in creating a larger brain-trust on Latino Health issues. He also promoted beginning a program where more Latinos can find their way into the medical profession.
Through CESLAC, Dr. Bautista also heads up MEDPEP, the Medical Preparation and Education Pipeline program where Latinos in California’s community colleges are assisted and directed toward entering the medical field through UCLA’s medical schools. The 10 year old program gets around 50-70 enrolled students every year from southern California. The students have to attend seminars and programs on the UCLA campus. Bautista estimates 140 students so far have gone through the program, through medical school and are currently practicing professional doctors.
According to Dr. Carlos Yates, Math professor at El Paso Community College, who facilitated the meeting between Dr. Bautista and EPCC and several other educational entities in El Paso, “There is a vital need to have physicians and dentists that understand the culture of our people, the way to talk to them, their extended families, their diets and behaviors that all have a deep impact on the health of a patient.”
Bautista says Latino students may not be attracted to the medical field since they have so few role models. “If you have a physician in the family, then idea of medical school is not as intimidating. Often, we find that many of our students may not even have a family physician, much less a Latino one. The idea of not only graduating with a bachelor’s, much less a doctorate, seems so far away.” Bautista’s program gets students who may come from the inner city or from rural areas (where their parents may be farmworkers), and introduces them not only to Latino physicians and lecturers, but also medical students, thereby creating a support system with them and their own peers, further de-mystifying the notion of medical school.
Dr. Serrata stated that he was enthusiastic to begin the partnership in whatever form necessary and as practical to the El Paso area. He explained how the idea of directing, then mentoring, students towards a medical field is even more feasible in El Paso, since EPCC has a track record of educating and mentoring students from the high school level, having various campuses and programs where high school age students can achieve college credit, even associate degrees before their high school diplomas. “What we want to promote is that dreams can become reality for this population. In most medical schools, few of the students are from the area. We have the unique opportunity here because we now have a medical school in town because we have a need, so what are we going to do to build that pipeline to get these students into that school? Ultimately, we know that El Pasoans wish to remain in this area, if the jobs are here. We can produce doctors here that know our demographics, our people and our culture. We don’t have many role models for our students. We have trailblazers like Dr. Bautista, but then there is a big gap, and we need to be able to fill that gap to provide opportunities for these students.”
Dr. Bautista was hopeful about the meeting and the future of such a program. He explained that he had met with UTEP and Paul Foster/Texas Tech personnel. In Texas, 70% of students, 80% of minorities, enter higher education via a community college, so the seeds of a program are landing in very fertile ground here in El Paso. “Whenever I introduce the idea of MEDPEP to a campus, it doesn’t become a clone of what we’re doing in UCLA. It depends on what people want to do here. That community has to own it. I’m just glad that we were able to get the schools together, even to just consider in joining efforts to create a sustained intellectual concentration on researching Latino Health. And if, through that effort, we get the medical students to come down to the colleges, and then to the high schools, and sharing information all around, then I think that’s the keys to kingdom.”
Finally, Dr. Bautista reiterated that he would not be the architect for such a program at EPCC. “I think the people are here to do it [implement such a program]. I can be a coach, I can share experiences, I can cheerlead, but that’ll have to be created here. I think the people are here to do it. I get a sense of the will. I certainly get a sense of the need.”
An Autumn Magic Show
El Paso Museum of History Presents
An Autumn Magic Show
The El Paso Museum of History, located at 510 North Santa Fe Street, is pleased to present Fall into Magic: a Celebration of Autumn. Join magician Bob King on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the museum Seminar Room. Come see feats that will astound and amaze you!
With the start of school and summer beginning to wane, everyone looks forward to the cool temperatures of autumn. Spirits are regenerated as the smell of wood smoke fills the air. The cottonwood trees are changing colors and suddenly the air is filled with magic. Bob King will help set the mood for you as he performs magic tricks that will keep you mystified as well as howling with laughter.
Bob King has been in the business of magic since he was eleven years old. For a year and a half he hosted a television show on local Channel 4 entitled The Soda Fountain which ran everyday Monday through Friday. At one point in his career, he became Ronald McDonald, the famous clown for McDonald’s hamburgers. As the only Spanish speaking Ronald in the system Bob was invited to make appearances at McDonald’s restaurants throughout Central America.
For more information and to reserve a seat, contact Sue Taylor at 915.351.3588 or email@example.com.
THE KUGLER ERA- UTEP FOOTBALL
The Kugler Era has finally arrived. UTEP showed a strong offense in this 42-35 loss to UNM. Everyone was nervous about this game setting the tone for the season. The end result was a loss but it was a hard fought loss that proved UTEP has a lot of talent and should be competing with anyone in the newly changed Conference USA. Coach Kuglers first game as a Head Coach needs work on defense. Defense plagued miner teams were a big part of Mike Price’s time here. The first game jitters are gone so lets see how the Miners do this weekend against the Aggies on defense.
UTEP was behind much of the game but then finally took the lead 28-21 in the 4th. Jameill Showers had a great game completing 15 out of 20 passes. He also had 119 yards with zero interceptions. Freshmen Aaron Jones finished the game with 127 rushing yards. Both were not enough for a Miner squad trying to gel with what is pretty much a new team with new leaders. Both UTEP newcomers are showing promise for a very optimistic season.
The next game for UTEP is against rival New Mexico state which should be an easy game. Although NMSU looks soft, you can never count out a team at home during a rivalry game. This game will be at this saturday(Sept 14th) at 6pm at NMSU. Next week the Miners start conference play against C-USA newcomer UTSA. The roadrunners are lead by former University of Miami coach Larry Coker.
Mayor and First Lady Make First Charitable Donation
Mayor Oscar Leeser was happy to announce that First Lady Lisa Leeser has selected the Children’s Grief Center of El Paso as the first non-profit that will receive a donation as part of their newly created charity. The Mayor and First Lady’s charity was created after the Leeser’s committed to donate his mayoral salary during the Inaugural Ceremony in June. The presentation took place in the Mayor’s office on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
UTEP Climbs to #7 in National University Rankings
The University of Texas at El Paso has broken into the Top 10 of a national ranking focused on “true public interest” and based on social mobility, research and community service.
Washington Monthly announced today that UTEP will be rated #7 overall in its 2013 College Rankings to be published Sept. 4. The University, which begins its 2013 fall semester today, is ranked between Stanford (#6) and Harvard (#8).
UTEP moved up five slots from the previous year and earned the top spot in the social mobility category for the second year in a row. Social mobility is described as recruiting and graduating students of modest means, and is a measure of how well “the school performs as an engine of social mobility.” The research component includes annual expenditures (in excess of $76 million) and the number of undergraduates who continue to earn doctoral degrees. The service rating is based on how students are taught to give back to the community whether through volunteer hours or participation in community service organizations, including ROTC.
“We are extremely pleased with the latest Washington Monthly rankings because they reflect the growing national validation of the important work that has been under way at UTEP,” President Diana Natalicio said. “This ranking recognizes UTEP’s success in fulfilling our public research university mission by successfully offering both access and excellence to the highly talented and mostly first-generation Hispanic students we serve.
“Achieving both affordability and high quality in a low-resource setting such as the U.S.-Mexico border region requires a deep commitment by all faculty and staff to ensure that students who entrust us with their aspirations are given every opportunity not only to pursue them, but to participate in enriched educational experiences on our campus that will prepare them to compete successfully with their peers from across the globe,” President Natalicio added. “As we celebrate UTEP’s Centennial next year, we’re looking forward to continuing to serve as a model and catalyst for change in public higher education in the 21st century.”
President Natalicio will participate in a Sept. 4 panel discussion organized by Washington Monthly to discuss higher education issues reflected in the rankings.
In its introduction to the rankings, the magazine’s editors praised UTEP for enrolling – and graduating – a large number of low-income students. More than half of UTEP’s almost 23,000 students – 12,116 – received a Pell Grant during the 2012-13 academic year, and 75 percent received some form of financial aid.
“Our rankings aim to identify institutions that are acting on behalf of the true public interest,” the editors wrote. They later added that UTEP enrolls “large numbers of low-income students and graduates more of them than the economic and academic profiles of their students would predict, while charging the kind of affordable tuition that is increasingly rare.”
This is the eighth year that the publication, an investigative, system-analysis periodical based in Washington, D.C., has produced college rankings. The magazine says the rankings reward schools for, “among other things, recruiting and graduating students of modest means – in conscious contrast to the U.S. News & World Report.”
To view the complete listings, visit the magazine’s “2013 College Rankings.”
SS Maikol Gonzalez Named Hitter of the Week
The official statistician of the American Association, Pointstreak, has announced that El Paso Diablos SS Maikol Gonzalez, 27, has been named this week’s Pointstreak Hitter of the Week.
The Maracaibo, Venezuela native is in his third year as a Diablo. Five consecutive multi-hit games meant Gonzalez essentially ran away with this week’s top hitting honors. The shortstop and leadoff hitter was a spectacular 17-for-24 (.708) at the plate, batting from the leadoff position. Gonzalez doubled five times, tripled once and drove home four runs.
Easily the most impressive game for Gonzalez was on Wednesday against Laredo. In the highlight of the week, Gonzalez went 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a pair of RBI and a walk. The Diablos lost the ballgame, but won four of their six games this week, largely thanks to the shortstop’s bat.
The last homestand of the 2013 season is here. The Diablos will be playing consecutive home games at Cohen Stadium, Tuesday, August 20th through Sunday, August 25th. For promotions, live updates, contests and more “Like” our Facebook Page (facebook.com/elpasodiablos), or follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/epdiablos).
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Best in the Nation, Socorro High School NJROTC
Back in June, the Socorro High School NJROTC became best in the nation, being named the Most Outstanding Unit by the U.S. Navy League. Two years ago, Socorro came in 3rd in the nation based on a wide variety of accomplishments such as Navy exams, community service, physical teams and color guards. Not one to rest on their laurels, and under the tutelage of school commander, Senior Naval Science Instructor Michael Morales and the rest of the NJROTC teachers, the unit regrouped and came back stronger than ever, beating more than 600 NJROTC units from across the nation.
Last Friday, the Downtown Lion’s Club honored the unit with a Certificate of Appreciation for their service and their accomplishment. Morales, along with his senior student officers at Soccorro, Senior Cadet Commanding Officer Jose Arreola and Lt. Commander Joseph Perez attended the festivities. The NJROTC (Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps) is a Navy based high school program that teaches students about military service and prepares them for higher education in any military service or college. Many of the students do, but are not required to, enter Navy enlistment.
Morales touted the many accomplishments that the unit has accumulated in the past year, which is in addition to the history of excellence in the Socorro program over the past two decades. Morales was especially proud of how much the students do that is above and beyond their neccessary duty, specifically when it comes to community service. As a matter of fact, Morales said that he was “warned” by the officer who recruited him for the position that Socorro normally does much more than expected, so expectations were high. Morales showed that although only 3500 yearly hours need to be done by the end of the school year, his unit racked up over 9000 hours that were further organized into the following categories: people oriented service, community service, and environmental service. “I never have to worry if I’m going to have enough kids to go to a function. Where some other schools may bring carloads or vanloads, we bring busloads of students.”
“We don’t have to hassle the kids about being wherever they’re supposed to be for an assignment or practice.” When asked when he knew his work was cut out for him as the lead instructor, Morales told the story of a competition in Kansas City where the students were outside in extreme conditions at night-time practicing to get their skills perfect…without having to be told to. “They were leading themselves.”
Both student commanders stood at attention throughout the ceremonies and during the interview and remained poised and professional in their answers and in their demeanor. Battalion Commander Arreola plans to join the Navy after graduation and into the Navy Combat Expeditioniary Unit and Lt. Commander Perez, a high school junior, plans to join the Marines and specialize in Weapons Design. Arreola, who has a 94 gpa, says that its not hard to get kids to join, showing that the NJROTC also helps students prepare for college. Lt. Commander Perez hopes to continue the legacy into the future and keep Socorro in the national spotlight. Arreola hopes to be able to come back in the future as an officer and see that Socorro has exceeded even his lofty expectations.
New Media King?
Up until a few years ago no one knew whom Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com was, today he is well known not only because of Amazon and the countless other products and services he has developed such as the popular Kindle e-reader or the streaming movie service or the huge cloud hosting products and services offered by Amazon. Now Bezos will be the sole owner of The Washington Post and other affiliated publications after the $250 million sale announcement on Monday. The sale is expected to officially close later this year. The purchase was made solely by Bezos and does not involve Amazon.
“I, along with Katharine Weymouth and our board of directors, decided to sell only after years of familiar newspaper-industry challenges made us wonder if there might be another owner who would be better for the Post (after a transaction that would be in the best interest of our shareholders),” said Post Chairman and CEO Donald Graham in a press release. (The Graham family has owned a controlling stake in the Post since the 1930s.) “Jeff Bezos’ proven technology and business genius, his long-term approach and his personal decency make him a uniquely good new owner for the Post.”
The deal includes the Washington Post, as well as the Express newspaper, the Gazette Newspapers, Southern Maryland Newspapers, Fairfax County Times, El Tiempo Latino and Greater Washington Publishing.
The Washington Post Co. will keep Slate magazine, TheRoot.com and Foreign Policy, as well as its Kaplan for-profit education division and its broadcast and cable operations.
In a letter to the Post staff, Bezos wrote:
There will of course be change at The Post over the coming years. That’s essential and would have happened with or without new ownership. The Internet is transforming almost every element of the news business: shortening news cycles, eroding long-reliable revenue sources, and enabling new kinds of competition, some of which bear little or no news-gathering costs. There is no map, and charting a path ahead will not be easy. We will need to invent, which means we will need to experiment. Our touchstone will be readers, understanding what they care about – government, local leaders, restaurant openings, scout troops, businesses, charities, governors, sports – and working backwards from there. I’m excited and optimistic about the opportunity for invention.
Only time will tell how this purchase will pan out, but if any indication shows the new Washington Post will certainly be a big portion of the digital news world. If all fails then what’s $250 million to a billionaire anyway?
Bikers Stop at Providence Children’s Hospital During 6th Annual Fundraiser
Providence Children’s Hospital (PCH) saw over 100 bikers cruising through their front parking lot during the 6th Annual Candlelighter’s/Black Widows MC Bike Run, an event to help fund the El Paso Candlelighter’s organization. The bikers visited briefly with children at PCH on their way to other locations around the city. Our patients got to sit on the bikes and meet and greet the bikers as they cycled through. The 6th annual bike run pass through the front parking lot of Providence Children’s Hospital, 2001 N. Oregon on July 28th, 2013.
“We are very excited to welcome the participants of this bike run to our hospital. I’m sure the children will be delighted to hop on the bikes and talk to the bikers. By helping out a great organization like Candlelighters shows that caring and compassionate people can come from all walks of life. They truly are making a difference in our community,” said Nancy Arambasick, Executive director of Providence Children’s Hospital.
The changing face of fitness
Story and photos by: Ricky J. Carrasco
According to recently released social media data, El Paso is one of the top cities in the country to talk about fitness related topics. Fitness has not always been popular in El Paso, but there has been an emergence of it in recent years. Everyday more information comes out about the health benefits of physical activity: reduction of weight, reduction in blood pressure, aiding in diabetic symptoms, reduced possibility of heart conditions, and the list goes on. Working out has always been a staple of men, but recently, El Paso women have had many more opportunities to work out. Women feel it is now more socially acceptable to bust a good sweat using a variety of methods.
Jesus Mar manages the Pan-American Roca Fitness. Roca/EP Fitness gyms are probably the most popular gym chain in El Paso, claiming over 90,000 clients in 9 locations. He attributes the recent popularity of fitness to the diversity of options, “There are a variety of classes now like Zumba, yoga, pilates and it’s now more socially acceptable to workout (for women). Many guys used to be intimidated to see girls working out. More people are simply more health conscious.”
Cindy, 20, is a client who became more health conscious after her pregnancy. She says that she was introduced to the gym by her male friends. At first, she only did the cardio machines, but learned by watching what the men were doing at the weight section. “I’ve lost about 15 pounds, but I’ve also gained muscle. Simply seeing progress is my goal.” Cindy states that even though she could barely lift the Olympic bar when she started, she can now do a 100 lb squat.
Halina, 21, is another lady that attends Roca. She is also self-taught and is proud to do weight workouts that were previously thought to be male oriented. “I’ve improved because I’ve actually gained weight, going from about 100 lbs to 120 lbs.” Though she is a bit more toned than a typical lady her age, she works out for strength and definition, boasting a 135 lb bench press and 185 lb deadlift. She states that she has had problems with others understanding her enthusiasm for fitness. “Guys can be more understanding of a girl being fit, though it has taken away some potential dates. Girls sometimes think I’m too strong and I don’t fit the feminine stereotype.” She says that, in the end, ladies have to love who they are, but also take care of themselves.
An option that is geared more towards women is the Zumba studios that deliver a cardio workout based on dance. Vanessa Marquez owns Dance Life Studios, and has also lost weight using Zumba methods. “Women in El Paso are beginning to feel empowered to better themselves. Zumba incorporates dance which many women may already be accustomed to. When you have fun with your workout, your self-confidence is boosted and the improvements will come.” Vanessa, like the other trainers interviewed, espouses the need for a lifestyle change, rather than a quick fix, like crash diets.
Sofia is one of Vanessa’s clients and an example of that lifestyle change that incorporated Zumba. Sofia has lost 80 pounds over the last year, though she says she wasn’t good at sports or even dancing. She says even though she was “forced” to go her first time to Zumba, she is now an instructor. “There’s been more awareness about diabetes and heart disease, so there’s more of an incentive to begin exercising. Women, I think, gravitate towards dance, so it’s easier to come in and start right away. Vanessa and the other instructors are real good to emphasize an overall fitness plan, but having fun makes it easier to do stick to the plan.”
Jason Brison, a trainer at PUSH Fitness, looks over his clients and, with a smile, gently corrects and encourages them. Jason trains his clients in Crossfit, a high intensity workout that combines calisthenics with weight training. He has seen the recent upsurge in fitness activities and believes that the key to success is education. “El Paso is starting to see the value of a gym membership. We have dedicated clients who support one another.” Jason has a UTEP degree in Kinesiology and believes that helps him with his clients. “Properly educated trainers help prevent injury and debunk myths.”
One of those myths is that weight training for women will make them “bulky,” but the ladies who train at PUSH know that’s just a misconception. Yvette, 41, says that when she first came in, she couldn’t do a single push up. Now, a set of 100 pushups can be incorporated into a single workout session. Clients like Jesse, 26, say that part of the reason she came to this gym was not necessarily to be athletic, but merely to learn and to feel accomplishment.
Crossfit at any other time might have been a male dominated, but more women see it as an option. Suracy, 20, began PUSH after her pregnancy. “I had gained 80-90 pounds, of which I’ve lost 60 so far. I had diabetes, I had high blood pressure due to the pregnancy and weight gain. Now, I can do pullups and many other things I couldn’t do before. I think fitness in El Paso has evolved. People are tired of the heart disease, tired of being overweight, tired of being sick. People have seen the benefits of exercise.” As a by-product of her training, Suracy is now also training as an amateur MMA fighter, another male dominated spot, something she says would have been unbelievable a year ago.
The key to a better lifestyle begins with simply making the decision to live in a healthier manner, and then educating yourself about your own health. There are now more options than ever for exercise, whether it is in a traditional gym or a specialty gym or even if you want to strike out on your own. Like Tamara, who attends PUSH, says, “It is now more socially accepted that women are going to be independent and fit. For ladies who are starting out, I would at least invest in a trainer at the beginning.” Part of that independence is each person discovering what is best for themselves in a sustainable diet and exercise program, then finding the resources to make it happen.