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Introducing McKenze TerVeer, Fremont native and new fitness specialist at Tamarac Center for Health and Wellness
February 15, 2023
FREMONT, Mich. – McKenze TerVeer, B.S., ACSM-EP, is the newest fitness specialist at Tamarac Center for Health and Wellness, the nearly 44,000 square ft. comprehensive fitness facility located near downtown Fremont and operated by Corewell Health Gerber Hospital. TerVeer, who received her undergraduate degree in exercise science from Grand Valley State University, recently joined the Tamarac staff and is excited to offer residents of Fremont and surrounding communities a tailored approach to fitness.
For TerVeer, health and wellness were a big part of her success as a competitive athlete in high school and college. As she progressed in her athletic career in college, she was growing stronger, both mentally and physically. She now is passionate about helping others experience that same success through working as a fitness specialist at Tamarac.
“I wholeheartedly believe that had I not fallen in love with the fitness aspect of my training during college, I would not have been as successful in my athletic career,” said TerVeer. “This turned into a passion of mine, and I knew I wanted to help others build a love for health and wellness like I did. It is very empowering, once you start seeing the results of your hard work and achieving the goals you have set for yourself. I want others to feel the same and to help grow their confidence.”
Terveer didn’t always have her sights set on being a fitness specialist. She recalled when she was younger, she aspired to become a marine biologist.
“I always loved the water and learning about marine life. Sea turtles were my favorite, and I wanted to be involved with marine life conservancy, to help save sea turtles.”
Even though she still loves marine life, she discovered that her true calling is helping people of all ages achieve their health and wellness goals.
“From supporting student-athletes and individuals looking to begin a training regimen to working alongside physical therapists and assisting patients who are in rehab, it is so rewarding to see everyone’s progress. It’s truly transformational,” she said.
TerVeer said she enjoys working with everyone who comes in seeking help with their health and fitness goals. She also works with members who are healing from sports or work-related injuries.
“I love being a part of their journey and seeing the growth of their physical and mental strength,” she said. “Injuries can lead to all sorts of psychological fears, but with the proper strength training and the right encouragement, you can overcome those mental obstacles and become stronger than you were before.”
When asked what she enjoys most about being a fitness specialist at Tamarac, TerVeer said she enjoys making a difference in people’s lives.
“The health and well-being journey is hard to endure, especially alone,” she said. “If I can help individuals grow and feel better about themselves, both mentally and physically, that is all that matters to me.”
And her philosophy is simple.
“Never let the hard days win. Too often we let the hardships of life bring us down. We let those hard days keep us from bettering our health and well-being,” she shared. “It is easy to become overwhelmed with those days and say, ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ But if you can take the time to come into the gym, even if it’s for 20 minutes to walk, you have won the battle.”
Tamarac, which recently celebrated its 15th anniversary in December, is located at 1401 W. Main St. It is one of three certified medical fitness facilities in the state where members can work out using a large variety of equipment such as treadmills, weight machines, free weights and bands, swim in the heated pool or relax in the hot tub, attend fitness classes, and meet new people while enjoying a meal or snack in the café. There is also a full-service spa at Tamarac where community members can get a massage, a facial, skin treatments and more.
If you would like to connect with TerVeer at Tamarac Center for Health and Wellness, or discover the many fitness classes and amenities available, visit tamaracwellness.org or call 231.924.1600.
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