Hi! I am Marion. I am a proud wife, mom, step mom, step grandma, a clean eating chef, fitness entrepreneur and live streaming addict.
Ultimately, my work is about helping women feel comfortable in their skin.
Because the world needs strong, healthy and confident women.
It pains me to see a woman who does not feel good, amazing and proud of herself.
It is my mission in life to touch and transform the lives of as many women as possible.
I love what I do. I am proud of what I do. I am strong, healthy and confident.
I have had a pretty incredible journey.
When I was 19, I dropped out of college and moved to Boulder Colorado. The freedom of the mountains was calling my name. I had no cash, no support from my family and no cell phone.
Within a couple of days, I got a job making and serving falafel in the local mall’s food court. This is where I quickly discovered my passion for preparing and serving food. The best part of the job was getting to know the customers who came back to talk to me every day. Suddenly, Falafel Man became the joint in the mall with the girl from NYC that everyone purchased falafel and got advice from.
Similar to a bartender pouring drinks while listening to woes, I was slinging falafel while creating deep connections and relationships with my customers.
After several more restaurant jobs and attending Jacque Pepin’s French Culinary Institute, I opened a catering company. A New Yorker at heart, seven years in Boulder was enough, and the energy of NYC was calling my name.
Back in NYC, I was working every day to try to figure out my next career move. One day in a spinning class, I overheard a man talking about how cool it would be to have a ‘spinning only’ studio. His idea sounded like a fantastic plan to pursue. The next day I was scouting locations. Two months later, I was opening a studio with him and and his fiance, who was a spin instructor, in East Hampton, NY called ZoneHampton aka Ride the Zone. Two years following this, I owned the studio on my own, and was teaching classes to hundreds of people a day.
Again, I rediscovered my passion for listening to people and, hearing their stories, only this time I was doing it through indoor cycling as opposed to serving food
Over a decade later, a marriage, two incredible kids, a divorce, four studio locations and a captivated customer base, I proudly sold my studios to a larger company – Flywheel Sports, where I worked for three years teaching classes. Everything was going great. I was in my mid thirties, I had built and sold a successful business. I was in a new, healthy relationship. But then suddenly, my health took a turn.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I came home from teaching my Thanksgiving morning class. As I started preparing Thanksgiving Dinner, I found I couldn’t hold my knife. I had lost my grip in both of my hands. Eventually, the lost grip developed into overwhelming joint pain, horrible swelling of my ankles, knees and hands which lead to severe nerve damage. I was searching for an answer. Having seen several specialists, diagnosed with at least five different autoimmune diseases and prescribed about ten separate courses of steroids, I decided to take the matter into my own hands. I could not fathom a life of doctor visits, cortisone shots and rounds of steroids.
I had always considered myself super healthy. A lifelong vegetarian/vegan, I cooked most of my food and ate well balanced meals. As I started to do some of my own research, I discovered some of the foods I was eating could have been linked to causing the symptoms. An elimination diet was in order. After three days of only eating leafy greens, sea vegetables and drinking herbal teas, I was a different person. Over time, I healed myself through making major changes to my lifestyle and diet. I am happy to say I never filled any of those prescriptions.
I immediately enrolled into nutrition courses to learn more and completely immersed myself into the lifestyle of living and eating clean. While all this was going on, I was still teaching spin classes.
Desiring more of a challenge than just teaching classes, I later co-founded Peloton. At Peloton, I was able to combine both my interpersonal and indoor cycling skills with technology that steamed live spin classes into people homes. The experience was fantastic, however I was ready to make REAL change in people’s lives, far beyond a workout and losing weight. I wanted to use streaming in a more substantial and influential way.
In order to expand on my knowledge of food and the healing powers of nutrition, I studied at the Integrative Institute for Nutrition, the David Wolfe Nutrition Program and the T Collin Campbell Plant Based Nutrition Program. My certifications also include INHC and AADP.
I created the “Marion Roaman’s Feel Good” programs to utilize my life journey’s as well as knowledge and love for healthy eating, technology and fitness. As I have always been open to the possibilities in front of me, I aspire to introduce women to the possibilities in front of them. As I have never been afraid to jump and see where it lands me, I hope to push women out of their comfort zones, trusting themselves to land where they need to land knowing I am there to hold their hand.