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RF Featured Member: Rebecca Nelson O'Keefe

Rebecca's goal when she joined RF was to get strong. She did not have a background in lifting but was willing and ready to learn. I've seen Rebecca show up consistently, ask great questions, and always be willing to push herself. The progress she has made with us makes me proud to have her as part of the RF family. Congratulations on being our featured member this month! - Coach Jesus


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

Your expertise and encouragement are much appreciated. I’m very grateful to be part of RF.


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 Seoul, Korea, spent most of my childhood in Virginia and moved to Tucson 6.5 years ago. My birth mother was located in 2020 and we communicate via letters. I’ve been married for three years and have a calico named Kitty Jo. I love being active outdoors. I enjoy backpacking and the seclusion of the wilderness. I’m passionate about food, history, and the arts.


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


Growing older and seeing others experience physical challenges prompted me to take action for my health. I want to be a strong, kick-ass lady when I’m older.


What is your fitness/nutrition experience prior to RF?


I never belonged to a gym prior to joining RF. I’ve always preferred an “everything in moderation” type of nutrition.


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


I did ultra-running for a decade. After living in Tucson, I fell in love with hiking and backpacking. Joining RF is a new type of fitness for me.

Why do you think RF worked better for you than other programs and/or diets?


It’s helpful to learn exercises that target the whole body and I’m developing an understanding of their purpose. The variety in the monthly program keeps it from becoming monotonous. Plus, the coaches and members make it an enjoyable place to be.


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


Drinking more water and increasing food intake. Also, learning to put myself first, especially when it comes to scheduling gym days, instead of letting my work schedule dictate everything.


What has been your biggest success while attending RF?


Making gradual improvements on the barbell. It was initially intimidating since I never worked with the bar before. Now I look forward to it. Being able to deadlift the equivalent of my own weight is a highlight.


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


Increased happiness, better sleep, and personal empowerment.


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


I can open jars, twist caps, and lift heavy s*** without a man’s assistance. I’ve gained more confidence in my abilities. My overall health and appearance have improved.


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


Schedule your gym days to ensure you prioritize working out. As the saying goes, consistency is key-- and that is absolutely true. Don’t expect to see immediate gains. The transformation takes time and requires hard work. You will get results as long as you are consistent. Sometimes you won’t be able to work out because life happens, and that’s okay. Push yourself, but also be kind to yourself. Don’t compare your progress to others. Everyone is on a different journey for various reasons. Focus on your goals. Try having a positive attitude towards working out and having fun instead of seeing it as a chore.


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


I would provide the same advice as above and add, “What are you waiting for?!”

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