RF Featured Member: Erika Ortega
Erika has been a member of RF since our beginning and, in that time, she has shown time and time again that she is a pillar in our community. Erika remains one of our most dedicated athletes and has pushed herself this year to overhaul her nutrition and fitness habits both in and outside of the gym, all while being a mom to two kind and empathetic young men, a full-time travel nurse, and a new dog mama! In addition to always pushing herself, she goes out of her way to offer helpful nutrition suggestions in the RF Body Comp group, encourages and cheers for other athletes around her, and brings some of that East LA flavor to RF! We are so proud of Erika's journey thus far and can't wait to see all her future accomplishments (using some of that chingona power, I'm sure)!
If there was one thing you could say to your Coach, what would it be?
I would say, Thank you to my coaches! I would not be where I am or have a direction, guidance and support of where I am going in my fitness journey without them. They are a big part of what makes RF great. I feel lucky & confident to know I’m getting the best training. Walking into the gym greeted by name with a smile, having someone come by to correct form during a movement is such a valuable resource I am grateful for. I may leave exhausted but I leave feeling accomplished, coached and having a good laugh, especially dad jokes.
Tell us a little about you. Where are you from? Are you a parent? What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I was born in Los Angeles. Raised in East Los Angeles. I am a registered nurse and proud parent to two awesome sons, Daniel and Emilio. I am also a dog mamma to Mia. I enjoy music and being active; training at RF or speed walking with Mia
What was the moment that made you decide to join Resilient Fitness?
The moment I decided to join RF was being in the process of making significant progress in my fitness and nutrition thanks to Jesus. I had made a conscious decision to make training a part of my life and needed to continue building on my health and wellbeing. In order to do that I had to follow Jesus & keep that momentum going.
What is your fitness/nutrition experience prior to RF?
Before RF, I had established some training and nutrition habits but needed to continue building
Why do you think RF worked so well for you compared to other programs and/or diets?
RF has worked so well for me because it gives me the structure and gym family feeling you cannot find in any box gym. Jesus has created this amazing space of smart, intentional programming along with the camaraderie and family vibe that sets RF apart from any other gym.
What was the biggest challenge or change when you first started with RF?
The biggest challenge or change is convincing myself that I am strong capable & that it is ok to take up space. I’ve battled an “imposter syndrome “ for quite some time. I’ve started to be kinder and give myself credit for my progress . It is still a work in progress but I’ve given myself permission to feel like a bad ass & not feel shame for it.
What has been your biggest success while attending RF?
My biggest success at RF is continuing to show up. Learning to adapt to challenges that life brings but not letting go of what matters to me…my fitness is one of those. That is success.
What were 3 major non-scale victories you experienced with RF?
1 . Endurance; 2. Improvements on my pull ups; 3. Consistence with Protein intake
How has your life improved thanks to your time with RF?
My life has improved dramatically. It is the main reason why I continue to show up. I sleep better, I move better, my mood is better,
What are 3 tips, based on your experience, that you’d give to new members of RF to help them see success early on?
1. Show up
2. Be safe, but don’t be afraid of adding on weight
3. Always ask for advice/help from coaches. We are so blessed to have great coaches.
If someone is thinking about joining RF, what advice would you give them before beginning their journey?
Learn the basics (hinge, kettlebell, etc) & proper form.