Aris Akavan Marchese was born in the Italian part of Switzerland from parents of Middle Eastern origin, therefore she was exposed to different cultures growing up. She is fluent in Farsi, Italian and English, and has knowledge of French and Spanish.

She is a certified Personal Trainer and a Health Coach with the American Council on Exercise (ACE). She earned a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) with minors in International Business, Economics and Marketing from the University of South Florida. She holds a CompTIA Security+ certification and worked many years in the corporate world before deciding to follow her passion for health and fitness.


In her own words “I become very passionate when I can assist people with suggestions on eating healthy and staying active. I enjoy interacting with people and I am a self-motivator, thus I want to teach the same skills to others to make a difference in people’s lives. I practice in my own life what I preach as I workout regularly, eat healthy, and don’t smoke or drink. I have been working out for over 15 years and I try to challenge myself by participating in various races from 5k races, to adventure runs, to half marathons, to triathlons. Besides focusing on my mind and body I also focus on my spirituality by following the teachings of the Baha’i faith.”


Thus Body Fitness by Aris was created to assist people in the Tampa Bay, FL area with exercise, weight management and with leading a healthier lifestyle.


To read articles on health and fitness authored by Aris please click here. To find out if squats or lunges are a better exercise, please click here.



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