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Rebeka Haren, lead trainer, PAC, says a health journey is a marathon, not a sprint. PAC saw 100 members eagerly return Monday after nearly a two-month closure. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Rebeka Haren, lead trainer, PAC, says a health journey is a marathon, not a sprint. PAC saw 100 members eagerly return Monday after nearly a two-month closure. SAM FOWLER | PLEASANTON EXPRESS

Rebeka Haren, Lead Trainer, PAC (Pleasanton Athletic Center) said on Monday, “Today, we got to open our doors. We could not be more thrilled! I heard a client say that they will never take this for granted again. I think we all feel that way.” Haren said that PAC saw at least 100 excited members return their first day open.

Gyms closed across Texas with a day’s notice on March 20. Haren who has worked at PAC for eight years, knew how important it was to stay close to her clients during the closure due to COVID-19 so she immediately started holding Zoom meetings. She did not want the COVID-19 quarantine from the gym to further get in the way of members’ health and physical and mental well-being. She said that we only get one body and we have to take care of it.

“I know a lot of people feel like they have fallen behind the last couple months,” said Haren. “But I encourage you to quit focusing on that and focus on what you can do today. Feed your body nutrient-dense food, functionally move your body and be patient.”

She said that a health journey is a marathon, not a sprint. “During a marathon, runners often hit walls that they have to dig deep and overcome,” said Haren. “Consider the last couple months a wall. We can overcome and move forward.”

Haren said that she has learned over the years that everyone who walks through the doors of a gym has a story. “There are a million different reasons,” said Haren. “I have heard it all. Some reasons that would absolutely break your heart. I’m so thankful God allows me to be on the other side to serve our community. I definitely don’t deserve to be in such a unique position. It is definitely all the Lord, not me and my fragile self. It truly is a ministry and God is at work in a million different ways.”

PAC, located at 1202 W. Oaklawn Road, Pleasanton, has been open for 17 years and is owned by Robert and Karen Fuselier.

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