LiveWell Louisiana

Find Your High

Mark Berger, co-owner of higherpower Cycle|Yoga|TRX,helps you get your sweat on!

For fitness guru Mark Berger, a native New Orleanian who grew up in Lakeview and Mid-City, it was for the love of an all-around comprehensive boutique fitness studio that he decided to open higherpower Cycle|Yoga|TRX. After working as a bartender in college, followed by marketing and public relations for Anheuser Busch, he decided to leave the party lifestyle to work on his athletic goals. “I learned that my place in life was to make the world a healthier and happier place,” he says. “After being a competitive runner and triathlete, my muscles and joints were hurting, so I found yoga and TRX, which complemented those disciplines.”

Along with Brian Baum and Charlie Thomas, Berger opened the Mid-City studio (514 City Park Ave.) in Nov. 2014. The new downtown studio (1000 Girod St.) opened this past June. “There was a lack for a studio that mixed fun with performance, and I knew that we could bring it to underserved areas of NOLA,” Berger says. “I would like to open the third [location] in Baton Rouge in 2017.”

Both studios offer a mix of cycling, TX and yoga classes. “Cycling is a fun and challenging cardio workout; TRX is interval strength training; and yoga is the glue that holds all physical, intentional and powerful things together to make higherpower the studio that gives you the full mind/ body experience,” Berger says. “Our space is not only inviting and beautiful, but we create a community where are all are welcome. Having three different disciplines will give you something for everybody. Our teachers are very knowledgeable, and we have unique fusion classes that you will not find anywhere close to Louisiana.”

Berger says his own personal fitness and diet routine is all about balance. “I work out at least six to seven times a week but mix indoor and outdoor cycling, yoga, TRX functional fitness classes, and run 25 to 60 miles aweek depending on what I’m training for,” he says. “One of the reasons that I work out is to be able to have the delicious food we have in New Orleans on occasion and a few beers along the way.”

And when it comes to finding happiness, Berger does so by making a positive difference in other people’s lives. “I get to see people smile; make people sweat; and then give them a hug at the end,” he says. “The community that we have built is like no other in New Orleans.” (504) 302- 7497,





“We work out for a few reasons:

to live longer; to be able to eat

what we want and not feel guilty

(on occasion); and to look better

aesthetically,” Berger says. “I also

find it so much fun. To be able to

share the passion of fitness or reach

goals with a group of people can

give you a high like no other.”</p>

<h2>HIS FUEL</h2>


“I stay pretty healthy eating mainly

fruits and veggies, lean proteins and

healthy fats, and a small amount of

whole grains and starches,” Berger

says. “I love potatoes and sweet

potatoes for my extra fuel. I eat Quest

Bars or homemade egg muffins when I

am on the go. My guilty pleasures are

beer and cheese fries.”</p>



“I trained Alan Faneca, who was an

offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh

Steelers,” Berger says. “He was a

nine-time Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl

champ and weighed 320 pounds

when he played. He asked me to

train him for a marathon. He had lost

110 pounds and trained harder than

anyone I have ever trained, not only

on the road, but in the gym, and

he ran a sub four-hour marathon

at the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon in

New Orleans. I got to pace him

during this event and push him

at times when he thought he had

no more. He beat Puff Daddy’s

time …”</p>

<h2>WISE WORDS</h2>


“Explore the realm of fitness, and find

out what you like the most,” Berger

says. “Educate yourself; don’t overdo

it and get burnt out; and find a mix

of things that will help change it up.

If you are not having fun, then it will

not be something that you stick with.

Grab a friend or two; keep each other

motivated; and set realistic goals that

you can attain. Always remember that

you can be the best version of you and

that comparing yourself to others is

not the best way to go about it.”</p>