Cathy “Curly” Parenti’s clients range from a concert pianist to a hairdresser.
Parenti, a Fort Worth, TX certified personal trainer for the last 16 years once featured in a Sylvester Stallone movie, runs Curl’s Family Gym out of her home and specializes in toning, body building, weight gain or loss, and is a specialist rehabilitator for senior citizens.
Parenti, 45, says by training in her personal studio clients will improve their self image, have better posture and flexibility, improve their digestive system, relieve stress and anxieties, slow premature aging, have less risk of heart disease, improve circulation, and have stronger muscles and greater flexibility.
She opened her home gym in Fort Worth in August 2001 after working at the Cowtown Gym for seven years before it closed a few years ago. Four of those seven years were spent managing that facility which has since re-opened as The Gym under a new owner.
“It’s not the same as it was,” said Parenti. “We had a group of people that worked out together and now they’re not there. I still see one or two people from time to time. It was a hard-core, get fit, serious gym. I used to be in power-lifting organizations but when they first closed the gym the first time everyone went their separate ways or they died. I got more into training.”
When Parenti managed the gym she had the top power-lifters training there including the American Gladiators and Wimbledon Tennis Champs Martina Navratilova and Billie Jean King. Parenti, who met “Ice,” a famous Gladiator, tried out twice for that team and passed auditions but was told she needed to get an agent to become one.
Parenti used to be a hairdresser, operating a salon out of Gold’s Gym for five years when she started competing in body building and other training. She decided then to sell all her salon items and open a gym.
“What really interested me watching ‘Rocky,'” said Parenti.
The 156 lb., 5’7″ Parenti from an Italian family in Chicago, IL, later moved to Decatur, GA. She has won numerous awards and honors in her career and her clientele has included doctors.
In August 1997 Parenti won first place in the Strong Man/Strong Women Contest and on Oct. 20th and 21st of that year particpated in the Cow Town Power Lifting Contest also winning first place. She holds the state title for power lifting for 1995 and no one has broken that record. In 1994 she was certified by Reebok as a Professional Alliance Instructor and in 1993 was certified by the National Education Corporation in CPR in fitness and nutrition through their Independent Study Division and certified in personal training.
She also gained experience that year in gym management. Sixteen years ago Praneti designed twist and tone exercise boards, a product that went over big for awhile but died out. In July 1991 she was awarded the First Place State Record Holder for “Baddest Bench” for the top five women in the nation in the bench press contest in Abilene and from 1990 to 1992 she was a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym.
It was after she was featured in June 1987’s Arm Wrestling Magazine that Parenti got a part as an extra in Sylvester Stallone’s movie “Over The Top.”