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RF Featured Member: Michelle Aguilar

Michelle Aguilar has been a regular member of our strength classes and we are thrilled to have her as our featured member at RF. With a busy working schedule and kids at home, Michelle still finds a way to make it to the gym 3 times and week and has shown great improvements in her squat, bench, and deadlift. Michelle is always setting a great example in class and her open-mindedness to the exercises we program at RF allows her to adjust, adapt, and excel at our gym. Here are some words from Michelle on how RF has impacted her life:

RF Member Feature Questions

If there was one thing you could say to your Coach, what would it be?  

Thank you!


What was the moment that made you decide to join Resilient Fitness? 

Getting close to turning 40 was a wake-up call that I really needed to take care of myself. Like so many other people, especially women, I have always prioritized taking care of others.  

What is your fitness/nutrition experience prior to RF? 

I became interested in nutrition as a school-aged child reading my mom’s “Prevention” magazines. I took a weightlifting class in high school. I’ve been a “yo-yo exerciser”, but have never been consistent. I was a physiology major in college and exercise physiology was one of my favorite classes. I’m now a physician and know the importance of strength training and nutrition to overall physical and mental health.  

What were your fitness habits like before joining RF? Were you already active? Were you new to fitness?    

I didn’t really have a fitness routine at all. I had been walking for about 15 minutes at lunchtime with colleagues 2-3 times a week. I would sometimes go for bike rides and hikes with my family, but nothing consistent. I wasn’t necessarily “new to fitness”, again, just not consistent at all. 

Why do you think RF worked so well for you compared to other programs and instruction?

I’ve never really done a structured class beyond my high school class, but what I really like about RF is that I don’t have to think about it. I don’t have to look up workouts, everything is already spelled out for me. It’s one less thing on my mental load. It’s also helpful to have real-time feedback on my technique. And of course, words of encouragement go a long way. 

What was the biggest challenge or change when you first started with RF? 

Time! It still is. I prefer morning workouts but it’s difficult to fit in when I have to be in the office at 8 and have kids to get ready in the morning. I’ve had to adjust my work schedule to be able to make it to the gym 3 days a week. 

What were 3 major non-scale victories you experienced with RF?

I can actually see and feel some muscles! That’s the most exciting one. 

Clothes fit a lot better. 

I’ve experienced improvements in my mental health. 

How has your life improved thanks to your time with RF? 

I feel stronger, my mental health has improved, I feel more confident in the gym and I’m setting an example for my girls on how to take care of their bodies. 

What are 3 tips, based on your experience, that you’d give to new members of RF to help them see success early on?  

Try to stay consistent and come in on the days even when you are tired and don’t feel like it. No one has ever regretted a workout once it’s done, but many regret not working out. 

Stretching and movement on the days you’re not in the gym are helpful for recovery. 

Make sure you stay hydrated and eat protein to help keep you full and build muscle.

If someone is thinking about joining RF, what advice would you give them before beginning their journey? 

Meet with the coaches beforehand to discuss your needs and concerns. Join the Learn to Lift class to introduce you to the movements. 

Just do it!

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Kettlebell Fundamentals Workshop on June 8th!

What to Expect

During this free workshop, we'll break down the fundamental movements that form the foundation of effective kettlebell training:

  1. Squat: Learn how to execute a proper kettlebell squat to engage your lower body muscles effectively while maintaining correct posture.

  2. Swing: Master the dynamic kettlebell swing—a powerful movement that targets your posterior chain (back, glutes, and hamstrings) and enhances explosive strength.

  3. Clean: Explore the kettlebell clean technique, which involves smoothly lifting the kettlebell to the racked position, integrating strength and coordination.

  4. Press: Discover the correct form for the kettlebell press, a compound exercise that strengthens your shoulders, arms, and core.

Our expert instructors will provide step-by-step guidance, ensuring you understand each movement and offering personalized tips to refine your technique.

Bring a Friend!

Do you know someone curious about kettlebell training? This workshop is the perfect opportunity to introduce them to the RF way of fitness. Bring along a friend and share the excitement of mastering these dynamic exercises together.


  • Date: June 8th

  • Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am

  • Location: Resilient Fitness 2900 East Broadway Suite 118, 85716

  • Cost: Free!

Check out these Instagram posts from our team to see the latest movements we have been working on at Resilient Fitness!

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