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Darlene Calabrese

Owner of Absolute Health and Fitness


NPC Competitor

Women's Exercise Specialist

STRONG by Zumba Instructor

Fitness has always been a part of my life since a young age. My mom worked out with her best friend in her basement and I always enjoyed jumping in and making up my own workout for that day. I fell in love with teaching my workout to my best friend (her daughter) and from then I thought I'd like to do something in the fitness industry.

Throughout my life, fitness has taught me so much. First and foremost discipline. I had the discipline to consistently get something done on a daily basis and it became a habit. I had determination to see change. As I got older and into college, fitness became a stress reliever and an outlet to get a little "me" time. Now as a wife and a mother of 3 it is my sense of well being and control. It gives me something to strive for. The energy it gives me allows me to go about my day with excitement and a sense of accomplishment. It keeps my body young and I want to teach others how adopting health and fitness as a lifestyle can have them living up to the best of their abilities and even pass their expectations of fitness.

Like everyone, I've gone through struggles and heartaches. I've overcome the constant lack of energy, the family breakups and the financial lows. All of our experiences make us who we are today. It's how we choose to use those experiences to form our futures. 

I'm so grateful for what I have but ambitious to achieve the goals I set before me. This attitude along with God has given me the mentality that I can make it through anything. Choose Health, Choose Life, Choose Joy. Nothing teaches consistency and discipline like fitness. 


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Steve Curcio


NPC Competitor

My fitness journey began early on in life, around the age of eleven or twelve. At first it was an outward attempt of trying to improve my self-esteem – back then I found myself rather ugly looking to be transparent, so I started a simple regimen of body weight exercises and played around with my dad’s weights he had lying around our basement.
Fast forward a few years later, and that external reasoning to become fit became much more holistic. After many years reading credible health magazines, buying books on nutrition and corrective exercise, and finally getting my personal training certification done through the American College of Sports Medicine – I’ve made the switch from simply wanting to look good, to also wanting to feel good, and be healthy!
My goal as a coach is teach my clients how to live a healthy lifestyle through accurate exercise implementation and balanced nutrition, and in the end, for my clients to realize the fun there is in living the fit lifestyle. 
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IFBB Fitness Pro

I was a competitive gymnast growing up. I then became a national coach and owned a gymnastics gym still successfully in business today. I am a mom to two amazing kids very involved in sports and fitness. 

I love to share my knowledge in fitness and movement to help individuals of all ages, kids to adults, reach their health and fitness goals.

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