Marla was born and raised in sunny Santa Barbara and, whether on the basketball court, soccer field, or on the coastal running trails, she's always loved challenging herself. Throughout her time in high school at Laguna Blanca, she excelled in cross country, qualifying for the Mt. SAC Southern Section State Championships and other notable state-wide races over the four years. Her passion for running inspired her to become a Santa Barbara City College Vaquero as a Track and Field team member, thriving in both long and short distance events. In 2016 she left California and landed in the tropics of O’ahu as a transfer student to the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, to major in Kinesiology and Rehab Science. Over the past 9 years she has enjoyed training clients to help them improve their overall quality of life by prioritizing their health and fitness goals. She received her NASM certification in 2018, and is currently finishing up her CSCS certification. After working with incredible clients in Hawai’i, she’s back in Santa Barbara to spread her passion for health and fitness to the community that raised her.