This is the woman who rocks our gym! She teaches SilverSneakers®, manages our accounts and forms the kind of rapport with members you'd expect from close family (so watch out for those unannounced phone calls asking why we haven't seen you at the gym). If you've informed Becca about the fitness goals you've set, you can be sure that she will hold you to them--there's no skirting workouts around her! Now, for our interview with this caring and dedicated trainer:
What's your favorite thing about working at RHF?
Hmmmm got a list of them but I will give you my top two. First, when a member walks through our door not because they want to but because they have to (due to doctor’s orders) and how RHF becomes the catalyst for HOPE. Second, being a part of seeing life changing stuff happening and the result of long-lasting friendships and communities formed.
Tell us a little about how you came to be a trainer. When did you first become interested in health and fitness?
When I realized that through my coaching and encouragements, it made a difference and impact on their lives. I lost my brother in 2007 from a massive heart attack as a result of obesity he was only 34, and it hit me hard. So I had to learn how to make better choices in food selections and having health discussions with my family members battling the same issues as my brother.
What's the craziest thing you've ever done to stay fit?
During a pound for pound challenge I did back in 2009, I dropped 19 pounds within 3 months by cutting out carbs for a month. That's pretty intense if you're Samoan because we love our rice and bread.
Confession time: List your top 3 healthy snacks and admit a guilty pleasure.
1. Celery with peanut butter
2. Low-fat cottage cheese
3. Alicia introduced me to yellow peppers with hummus
Guilty pleasure: Jalapeno hot Cheetos
Do you have any motivation tips for working out regularly?
I try to encourage members to set small exercise goals, like 30 minutes of cardio and maybe do two sets of 12 strength repetitions and than gradually increase the times. That's exactly how I was able to stick to my routines.