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personal trainer

Marques Manuel



As a Fitness Coach, Marques excels in empowering individuals to move and feel better, emphasizing the importance of pushing beyond physical and mental comfort zones. A Duke University graduate with majors in Philosophy and Sociology, Marques holds a certification as a Personal Trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He’s pursuing additional NASM certifications in Corrective Exercise, Nutrition, and Performance Exercise.

Before joining Empower, he discovered his passion for fitness through his personal health journey. He particularly enjoyed training for Spartan Races and helping others prepare for similar challenges. With a focus on functional and mobility exercises, Marques specializes in improving everyday movement and wellness. He’s adept at creating efficient workouts tailored to diverse schedules and goals. 

Beyond training, he’s dedicated to Spartan racing, enjoys movies, music, and trivia, and passionately supports sports teams like Duke basketball, New Orleans Saints, and LSU football. Additionally, he’s an internationally ranked ax-thrower, often accompanied by his girlfriend, Andrea.