Marxel Leobez has trained well-known celebrities including James Franco, Ireland Baldwin, Zac Efron and Nina Dobrev just to name a few. He is also the founder and creator of Power Xutra. Marxel’s Power Xutra is a mind-body fitness experience with a fusion of multiple fitness and traditional yoga techniques. The intelligently sequenced class styles are structured to address elements of functional strength training, body sculpting, body restoration, mind body alignment, balance and self empowerment. Through this process his students live a lifestyle of unparalleled athleticism, having an “ I can do it ,” attitude…especially via his Power Xculpt classes. Needless to say Marxel made a perfect fit for the NMFIT Fitness Files considering we are all about training the mind and body! Continue reading Marxel's interview below.
NMFIT: Has fitness always been a major part of your life or was there a catalyst/point in your life when you made it more of a focus and priority?
Marxel Leobez (ML): My personal journey to where fitness became a priority and a passionate focus in my life came slowly but surely. But most importantly it happened when I changed my mind set from fitness being a competitive hobby to a lifestyle that I love and appreciate.
Fitness became a lifestyle for me shortly after I took my first Yoga class in college. The idea that there was importance in maintaining a mind body connection led me to educate myself and align aspects of wellness to my physical activities. This led me to cultivate a true sustainable fitness practice that went deeper then just looking good but feeling good as well.
I guess you can say yoga was the catalyst for me really embracing a healthy active lifestyle as fitness practitioner and fanatic. The point which fitness became a priority in my life was when I realized I wanted to share with people the importance of joy of a healthy personal fitness practice.
NMFIT: What are a few of your go-to healthy snacks/drinks that help keep you on the straight and narrow?
ML: I teach and train a lot of people around LA on top of having my own lifting routine. So I always have to pack some quick healthy sources of protein , complex carbs and other essentials for my long days.
My favorite quick healthy snack is Grilled Asparagus wrapped in Turkey breast w a side of spicy chicken quinoa salad. To avoid high sodium content I get my turkey breast from a local deli on the west side. This little food combo is packed with nutrients and is a great pick me when when I am on the go in LA.
For Hydration I usually stick to water that I has been steeped with some cucumbers, mint and lemon for an extra kick.
NMFIT: At Nadia Murdock Fit our motto is “Train Your Mind, Change Your Body” so we must ask: How do you train your mind and stay motivated?
ML: Its very true when there is no mind body alignment it is hard to stay consistently motivated within your fitness practice. Yoga does the trick for me. But when I teach so much yoga it can be a challenge to fit in a time to just zen out and take for the sake of taking.
I like to diversify my mind body regime. I do this often by taking a hike , connecting with the wilderness getting away from the hustle of LA . I usually top off my hike with some yoga and meditation at the end of the hike. I do this about twice a week. This really helps me clear my mind, visualize my goals , prioritize and train my mind and body to stay motivated together.
NMFIT: How do you change your body? What are your fitness favorites?
ML: As a male with a mesomorph body that can plateau and/or can change very quickly I always have to stay ahead of the curve to keep my body guessing.
I do this by diversifying my work out routine and trying something new things every 3-4 weeks via gym, or group fitness classes to both educate me and also keep my body lean and sculpted.
My fitness favorites are Orangetheory Fitness in Brentwood. The metabolic burn I get from their style of HIT training classes is incredible. I top it off by integrating some very technical 6 pack abdominal work that that requires resistance bands and thera balls.
The metabolic burn I get from Orange Theory helps me prep to create visible abs with my own Power Xculpt Technique. Collaborations are amazing and is unforgiving if I have to much of a “ cheat meal.” It also means that my body can easily plateau and gets used to a specific routine. For starters I always like to diversify my workout routines to keep my body guessing. I love Group Fitness class My body always needs some great clean sources of protein , complex carbs and other fuel for my long days.
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