If you happened to walk into Bionic Body one day, and there was a warm, cheerful instructor that made you feel like you stepped into the charm of the Deep South, then chances are you were in one of Mary Catherine Holcomb's classes.
I took a Signature Bionic Body fitness class with Mary Catherine (yes, please use both names), and the session was delightfully peppered with, "nice job y'all.” I don't know about you, but things just seem sweeter when people say "y'all," and I think we Californians should adopt that from the South.
Mary Catherine grew up in South Louisiana, where she claims to have seen alligators, but contrary to what she says is popular belief, she has never had one as a pet (I had no idea this was a popular belief).
"Growing up, I’ve always been active, as I have three younger brothers and an older sister, and I also grew up with older male cousins who lived down the street,” says Holcomb. "We played every sport from baseball to football, and even had a home plate in the middle of the street year round, so that passion for being active has stuck with me. I played volleyball and softball until the end of my high school years, and because I love it so much, I continue to play softball on a co-ed team in Studio City.”
It was because of her passion for health and fitness that Mary Catherine became a personal trainer. "When I’m teaching or helping a client achieve his or her goals, it’s not work to me. And when you do something you love, you never work a day in your life. Although it can be tiring at times, I love to learn about the field, and spread that knowledge to others."
Here are some other fun questions I asked her:
What is your favorite activity to do outside of training?
Playing softball on Sundays with my team, The Dark Knights.
What are some skills/talents you wish you had?
I wish I could be more coordinated – as in be able to dance! I would love to be highly skilled in all kinds of dance. The only thing stopping me from doing it is fear and embarrassment. Silly reasons, and reasons I should overcome (I should hire Amy or Martha for lessons!).
What are your biggest fears?
Not reaching my full potential.
What are some items on your bucket list?
Learning to play the piano (my fingers are a tad too long to not be able to play), discover all parts of the Getty Museum, visit San Diego (I haven’t been there, crazy I know!), go to Italy and Greece...and there’s so much more but I’ll stop boring y’all.
What are five quirks about you?
-I don’t like writing with pencils because of the way it feels on the paper, and I can’t stand filing my nails because of the file against my nails (don’t even get me started about nails on a chalkboard).
-I can’t eat cooked carrots.
-I don’t like odd numbers except the number 5 because it’s in the middle – a tad bit OCD.
-I can’t stand when people call me Mary – it’s Mary Catherine.
-I still tie my shoelaces with bunny ears.
What would you say is your biggest accomplishment?
I guess it should definitely be overcoming brain surgery five years ago (I had a brain tumor), but I let things just roll of my shoulders, so I knew I’d be OK. So really, my biggest accomplishment is moving to L.A. into an unknown place with no family and friends present. Scary, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
If you could go back in time, what era would you choose?
I would choose the Civil Rights Era. Although a very scary time, especially in the South, it’s something that I would have participated in passionately…helping move forward civil rights. To be involved in something so historically monumental would have been…well, there are no words to describe it.
Y’all, check out the Bionic Body schedule to stop by one of Mary Catherine’s fitness classes!
by Tonya Stumphauzer