by Dennis Dalman
Nutrition has reached a crisis point in a thicket of confusion in the modern world, and Mick and Rose Marsyla are determined to do something about it.
The Marsylas are the owners of Rock Solid Nutrition, a club-and-shop that recently opened at 101 7th St. N. across from Sartell Middle School.
“We truly know first-hand that amazing things happen when you give your body good nutrition,” Rose said.
In fact, it was the Marsylas’ first-hand experiences that caused them to open Rock Solid Nutrition.
For 30 years, Mick was an auto mechanic who owned B and K Auto Repair in St. Cloud. But then the agonies of herniated discs and migraine headaches forced him to sell the business. Two of his automotive technicians had been members of a nutrition club in St. Cloud that features Herbalife products. One day, Mick decided to go to the club with them. Then he decided to try Herbalife products.
“My migraines got better, and I started to feel better all over,” he said. In addition, thanks to the club’s weight-loss program, Mick lost 18 pounds in one month. Wife Rose, who is a receptionist at Cathedral High School, also began to try to products and the weight-loss regimen. She lost 65 pounds.
They often referred friends, family members and acquaintances to the St. Cloud nutrition club. And then, one day, they decided to look into the possibility of opening a similar club-and-shop in Sartell. Rock Solid Nutrition is a multi-level network marketing company, aligned with Herbalife products. Herbalife was founded 33 years ago and has businesses in 88 countries.
The Marsylas offer a wide range of nutritional products for personalized needs, one-to-one nutritional counseling, weight-loss challenges, fitness camps, wellness coaching, meal-replacement shakes, anti-aging products, digestive aids, energy teas and dozens of other products associated with wellness and proper nutrition. They are quick to add some people who want to gain weight have trouble doing so, and their business also helps underweight people.
Younger people, Mick said, are much more attuned to the importance of nutrition than older people. Many of the customers at Rock Solid Nutrition are high-school students.
“People in high school and college tend to be very knowledgeable about nutrition,” Mick said. “Just this morning, there were high-school girls in the shop talking about artificial sweeteners like aspartame. They were very well informed about the various kinds of artificial sweeteners.”
With so many over-processed foods in the marketplace, it’s very important to get back to the value of core nutrition, Mick said. Even some fresh vegetables, in some cases, don’t have the nutritional value they used to have because of new methods of growing them, he said.
Everyone’s nutritional needs are different.
“There is no cookie-cutter answer, and so it’s important to find individual solutions based on individual nutritional needs,” Mick said. “We sit down with our customers and do wellness evaluations. We figure out their needs for protein intake, water intake and calorie intake. We also work closely with athletes as they have very different and very specific nutritional needs compared to most people.”
The Marsylas are constantly doing nutritional research and attend training meetings at least once a month.
The business hours for Rock Solid Nutrition are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 320-267-4698.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.