3 of a Kind -Faith, Focus and Follow Through

Let’s face it: Gyms can be intimidating. All those confusing machines lined-up neatly in isles ... all those huge weights one is supposed to know how to adjust ... the proper form we’re supposed to be mindful of when using the machines ... all the different questions like: Which one should I do first? What machine works what muscle? Am I doing this right? And even more importantly, do I have the willpower to stay motivated so this will work for me?

If you relate to any of these common questions, you are not alone. And if you feel like you are just an average person that doesn’t have what it takes, then think again. Rita, Desiree and Suzanne are three amazing women who started off as average but who, with hard work day in and day out, have achieved the body they want. They are all at different levels of fitness and competition but they all have something in common–they not only exercise their body, they exercise their mind and soul just as hard. Their outer and inner strength is as impressive and commendable as their chiseled bodies.

Even more impressive, however, is their unselfish desire to inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle. All three are, in some capacity, fitness coaches motivating their clients and helping them achieve their personal goals with a less intimidating approach.

Rita Rae

What has been the biggest change that bodybuilding has made in your life?
Besides the obvious physical change, I am a very disciplined and determined person already and bodybuilding only heightened those characteristics. At the end of the day, I am still just the girl from small town Las Cruces that loves and adores her family.

Who or what has been your most powerful positive influence?
My mother; in life and now her death. While she was alive she encouraged me and couldn’t have loved me more. Now in her absence, I know she is watching over me. I know that I strive to make her proud every day.

What has marked the lowest moment in the sport for you and how did you rebound from it?
There are no low moments in my sport for me. I love what I do and my attitude doesn’t focus on the desire to win. I do the best I can and if that doesn’t get rewarded with a trophy that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. As a matter of fact, I usually reevaluate and push on to the next event with more determination. A true athlete of any kind never quits trying to be better than they were before.

What is your most memorable moment?
The shock and surprise of winning my International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) pro status. No one in a million years could have convinced me that it would happen. It was something I didn’t consider happening simply because I just was doing what I love. I remember standing on stage with the top 2 at Nationals in Atlanta in 2008. They called her name as second place. I just looked down for a moment, giving thanks to God and looked up and smiled in disbelief. At that moment I couldn’t really even think, it was very surreal.

What would you like people to know about you?
That I am a Christian. Above and beyond I love God and know that He works in my life daily. It took me some time to realize the gift He gave me and I am sure on a few occasions He might have shook His head in frustration as I chose different paths. When I created RC Fitness, I created it for other trainers not really for myself. Mentoring trainers and helping them be the best they can be in business and as people. I also train clients from all walks of life. From mom, dads, grandparents, teenagers to national level competitors. I still train and compete with the IFBB and have a heavy schedule this year in hopes of reaching the Olympia stage in September.

RC Fitness "fitness coaching for the health of it"
900 N Telshor Las Cruces, NM 88001
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Desiree Nicole

What has been the biggest obstacle you have faced and how did you overcome it?
My biggest obstacle has not been a physical one, but an emotional and personal one. Being a mother of five and being able to balance everything in my life has been such a struggle for me. With my husband overseas most of the time, I'm more like a single mom of five. I've had so many days where I just wanted to break down, but my strength has come from God. He never gave me more then I could handle and His grace saw me through some very dark and lonely days. I give God all the glory for His many blessing, especially my children. Without them I don't know who I would be, but the best part of me is being a mommy.

What is your most memorable moment?
My most memorable moment was competing this year in Las Vegas at the Fitness America Championships. I placed 5th in my division. It was an incredible experience and accomplishment for me because this past year was one of the hardest years of my life. God is so good.

When did you start working out and why?
I started working out in 2005. I went for my annual checkup and my physician was very concerned because I was almost 160lbs and I'm only 5’1/2”. At that time I was a mother of three, just taking care of everyone and everything but myself. I got a gym membership and started reading nutrition books. It wasn't long after that I started to feel physically better. I wasn't so tired; I had energy to run around with my children. I was sleeping better and slowly but surely my body began to transform. I replaced fat with muscle, and it was at that point that a few members at my gym encouraged me to do my first figure competition.

Most women have a hard time staying motivated. What motivates you?
One of my favorite verses to inspire and motivate my clients is: “Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize" (I Corinthians 9:26). I want to be a role model for my children, for my clients, for young girls, and for women. My motivation comes from God. I believe He has given me a gift to help others become healthier, in doing so they will be able to better use their gifts and talents to help others, inspire others, and help to complete The Great Commission. When you feel better physically, you feel better emotionally. If you don't challenge yourself, you won't change...spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

Body Burn
(575) 805-8721
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Suzanne Rosell

When did you start working out and why?
When my two sons were born I realized I was their sole source of learning (at least until they got older). If I didn’t take care of my health I wouldn’t be able to give them the best opportunities. I began researching, weight training and competing. Lifting weights is my therapy. It gives me that time to think, clear my head and become better. Someone once told me the Cherokee tale of two wolves and it has stuck with me.

Most women have a hard time staying motivated so what motivates you to stay on track?
Being a mother; my sons are why I breathe. Rowan, 5 and Torin, 2 motivate me to be someone who makes a positive impact. They think I am the real life version of Wonder Woman and part of me feels obligated to prove that to them. My health and intelligence are all I really have to share at the end of the day. Money will come and go and so will looks. If I take care of my health and teach others to do the same, they have the opportunity to really live life.

What has been the biggest obstacle you have faced and how did you overcome it?
I had my abdominal wall completely reconstructed twice within the period of 3 months less than a year ago. I was a full time personal trainer, coach and yup, a mom of toddlers. I didn't have another choice but to overcome it. My family and close friends were phenomenal help and great motivators.

What would you like people to know about you?
Only two and a half years ago I was 75lbs heavier than I am today. It was me vs. me every day; I had to make a choice to change. It isn’t easy, but I trust that I have gotten and will continue to get stronger. The path I choose to take with my health is about my mental ability to guide myself to make better decisions. Nutrition and exercise can be taught. I also work a normal job; I don’t live at the gym.

Who or what has been your most powerful positive influence?
My father; hands down, he is my hero. I've never met anyone like him. He doesn't say much but he doesn't need to, he’s my dad.

What is your most memorable moment?
Being able to teach my sons the importance of nutrition and fitness and how that relates to their success in life. Being introduced to friends at preschool as: “My mom, the Real Wonder Woman,” will never get old.

Spring 2014
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