Fitness through a recovery mindset™
Fitness through a recovery mindset™


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Welcome to One Rep at a Time – the website that blends fitness information with the challenges faced by those in recovery from some sort of addiction. 

Having “put down the spoon and picked up the fork” so to speak, many people don’t know where to begin or what information to trust in regards to getting fit. 

Many times this may be the first time ever someone decides to work on building their body up after years of abuse.

But again, the question looms, “where do I begin?”

With a lot of false information or conflicts of interests out there, it’s hard to know who to trust.

While I am not “God’s gift to mankind” – just a guy who’s worked some steps and has an academic, professional, and practical history surrounding fitness – I feel I can provide a unique perspective with trying to sort through the seemingly endless piles of information and relate it in a manner than can help others; especially if some sort of addiction is in your past.


Who am I?

I’m Marv, I’m 31 years old, and I live on the US West Coast.

I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science earned in 2010.

I am an addict and an alcoholic, dependent on your views.

My sobriety/clean date is in June, 2013.

I am also a “self-loathing narcissist”, an egomaniac with an inferiority complex, and a self-victimizer….when left to my own devices outside of the fellowships I attend.

I would consider myself an utter fitness fanatic who studied fitness in school, worked in multiple fields of fitness and health, and been a work-out junkie for years.

What is my past & what was it like?

Well, June 2013 is not my first clean/sober date, but God-willing it will be my last.

I bounced in and out of the rooms for several years prior to that date before I finally decided to quite “TRYING” to get and stay clean/sober.

In fact I had known by the time I was just 19 years old I was a major alcoholic/addict.

So I did what many of us do and put in place all sorts of rules to justify my behavior for the next 8 years….of course these rules were slowly broken one by one.

As a result of this, I was institutionalized more than once.

After another serious relapse following a brief stint as a “static addict” or ”dry drunk,” I found my GOD – which was the “Gift Of Desperation.”

I finally reached this point after I had tried that one last theory of why and how it was going to be different with my using/drinking.

I could no longer fool myself that what I was doing would ever work; or that I would even survive another few months at the rate I was going….yet again.

Since that random day in 2013 when I had finally surrendered I have thankfully never looked back in regards to actively using/drinking.

Today I am involved in various 12 step programs as the foundation of my Recovery process – while this is what works for me, it does not mean this has to be your story.

What is my history with fitness?

I have had a love affair with working out and fitness for over ten years now.

I have done the right things when taking care of my body and my physique; I have also done the wrong things.

I have done everything from competing in organized sports to triathlons to amateur bodybuilding shows.

I have seen first-hand the true nature of the fitness industry; I have also fallen prey to the fitness industry.

For years when I first started weight training I was a slave to the tricks of the trade – giving my hard earn dollars to feed a shameless and greedy lie machine that unfortunately and sadly is the fitness industry.

Frustrated with my progress along with a heavy dose of self-loathing and impatience; I quickly turned down a path that the fitness industry does NOT want you to know exists.

What is it like now?

Luckily, after endless hours of non-biased research, soul-searching, and step work; I have been able to completely change my approach not only to fitness, but to nutrition, body image, and overall sense of well-being and spirituality.

For years I have only wanted to help people.

Today I have finally found my calling – this company.

To give back what was so freely given to me after I found recovery.

This is my only concern and the whole reason I created this company from scratch.

Important information

While I do write the majority of my pieces with those in recovery in mind; it is not necessary to be in recovery to benefit from each entry I post.

I choose to do this entire site under a pseudonym for two reasons:

1.) I choose to follow the traditions of the recovery fellowships I attend and remain anonymous.

2.) I want to be able to discuss my past in detail in order to help others without bringing harm to my family.

Yours Truly!
Yours Truly!

My promises to you

As the sole author and creative mind at One Rep at a Time, I promise to bring you the very best information regarding all aspects of fitness; along with being completely transparent and honest about what my past experiences have been – both good and bad.

I promise to refrain from posting pictures of when I was amateur bodybuilding or frankly any of the years surrounding the time I was “on gear” because it purveys unrealistic expectations of what one can achieve following the advice from this site.

I promise there will be no “Adobe Games” where I Photoshop my physique/results.

I promise to make every effort to present accurate information that is applicable in the real world.



Since launching this blog I’ve been featured on or written for: The Huffington Post, Addiction Unscripted, Substance for You, Drunkless, The Unruffled, and Life to be Continued, and many more!