Chesney Mariani’s weight loss journey began with some socks.
“I was to the point where I stood still,” Mariani told TODAY. “My husband had to help me put on the socks because I couldn’t get to do it. But I didn’t want him to be my janitor, I wanted him to be my partner.”
So the 39-year-old woman started doing what she calls “lifestyle changes” to try to have healthier health. Mariani focused on making healthy eating decisions, taking portion sizes into account and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into her diet.
“And then there was exercise,” Mariani said. “I know losing weight is probably 80% diet and 20% exercise, but I wanted to exercise because I needed an extra 20%.”
Mariani, who has lost more than 70 pounds since late 2019, started walking a few times a week, but was looking for a way to move that he liked.
He then discovered Supernatural, a fitness and virtual reality rhythm game for the Oculus Quest 2, which was played wearing VR headphones and moving to the beat of music in a trainer-guided training routine. .
“I set out to exercise three times a week,” Mariani recalls. “But I liked it so much that three times a week it was nothing. I was in headphones every day.”
When she started the supernatural workouts, which incorporate moving and amazing goals to the beat of popular music alongside movements like squatters and lunges, Mariani says she would only complete one song before resting and drinking water.
“Now I can go through two or three workouts,” Mariani said. “I can do two hours of training and I don’t have to rest.”
Mariani says Supernatural worked well for her because she could do the workouts at home, where she didn’t feel judged by gym attendees or self-aware when she saw her body in the mirrors.
He also loves music, which spans all genres, from 90s R&B to old classics.
“Being able to make the musical moves is a killer,” he said.
Mariani found support on an online Facebook forum for Supernatural users, where she frequently shared updates about her weight loss journey. When Mariani shared a post where she said she had a secret dream of becoming a Supernatural coach herself, the Supernatural team noticed a special surprise for Mariani, who asked her to participate in a customer survey. , but that really put her in line with Leanne. Pedante, Supernatural fitness boss.
“She asked me if they could take me to Los Angeles to train there,” Mariani recalled. “At that moment my vision blurred and I started to cry; I never expected anything like this to happen.”
Pedante claims his team often listens to members who feel like Mariani – they had never felt welcome in the fitness community until they discovered training.
What set Mariani apart was her positive attitude towards her journey.
“One thing that caught my attention from the start was the lack of judgment and criticism in Chesney’s posts,” Pedante said. “So many people make the mistake of trying to motivate themselves by self-criticism or thinking all or nothing, and then when they hit a road hit, like we all do, they fall apart and give up. I don’t. I think people realize that self-love, forgiveness, and non-judgment are the most important tools you can arm yourself with to face a great goal, and the easy way to exemplify that Chesney highlighted to me From the beginning. “
Mariani says collaborating with Pedante and his team to create their own in-game training was an “amazing experience.” In her training, Mariani guides members through cardiovascular movements and rhythm-based games to songs that inspire her, such as David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”.
“In my training, you can expect love, confidence and the ability to come out of your shell,” Mariani said. “Everything people think of you is none of your business. You need to get out of your shell and live your real life.”
Mariani says her journey has not only been to lose weight, but also to gain confidence.
“Now I can put on my own socks,” he said. “I can do a lot of things I couldn’t do before.”
And, Mariani has tips for those who have just started a physical fitness trip.
“Take it one day at a time,” Mariani said. “It’s a journey and it’s a marathon, not a sprint. There will be strokes along the way, but you have control and if you can pick yourself up and continue, you will win.”