Flashback to when I was 5-6 years old: mom and I were headed to the 4th of July parade with a friend of hers in a Volkswagen bus. As we were getting out, I looked over and my mom’s seat was covered in blood. She had uterine fibroids and hemorrhaged .
That was first time I understood death and that I could lose my mom. From that moment on, my worst fear in life was losing her. Something that would inevitably happen. I was so full of fear and panic at times and would do anything for her, to make her “invincible.”
So as the years passed by mom was overweight and I think at that time she had just been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. When she wanted to get in shape I was totally onboard. My memories always took me back to that day. What I saw.
Over the next couple of years while I was still in high school I began to put connections together that bad foods and lack of exercise made for an unhealthy body. Seems like a no brainer now but at the time, it wasn’t talked about. I began looking at my family and those who ate and drank and were overweight. I noticed a lot of my friends were that way too. I started putting the pieces together and decided what I DID NOT want my life to look like. There were a lot of addicts in my life and I knew I could easily fall into that trap. I worked like hell to not follow in the footsteps of some of my family and friends who had turned to alcohol, drugs or food. Instead, I became a workaholic, but I digress. That’s another story.
I began riding and racing BMX, going to the gym and quickly learned that strength training was a major component to living a strong and healthy life.
More importantly, I wanted to continue this path to help mom become healthier. I was there during her struggles and I remember feeling helpless not knowing what to do. Therefore, I switched my major and earned my bachelors in Exercise Science and Nutrition to have more answers to help her and others like her. To say I became obsessed with health and fitness is an understatement.
Over the years, I have had my own personal challenges with Hashimotos and currently Costochondritis. I see these challenges as gifts to a more purposeful life to help others like myself.
INSIDE MY WORK
I am the creator of Recommit to YOU in 42, Nourish Your Purpose Now, and owner of Finally Fit ABQ where I help women begin a new movement practice, become STRONG and maintain their independence so they can continue to have the greatest adventures in LIFE.
A Certified Master Personal Trainer
I am certified by the International Sports Sciences Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, Functional Aging Institute and graduated from The University of New Mexico. I have been in private practice since 2011. To date, I've served more than 300+ students and spent more than 14,000 hours in session. After spending 7 years in my brick and mortar studio, I've transitioned all of my in-person students to my Home Studio in the Ventana Ranch area so that I can spend more time and soak in all the moments with my young children. I guide my students on the integration of a healthy lifestyle through exercise and proper nutrition. Personal Training sessions incorporate strength training, range of motion, core stability, power and cardiovascular movements to burn calories and build lean muscle to boost your metabolism for the long term. If you’re curious about being a student, contact meand let's have that conversation.
A Corrective Exercise Specialist
As a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), it's important to realize that just about every student I work with regardless of age, gender, athlete or executive could be susceptible to common injuries and ailments, ranging from low-back pain to ACL tears to shoulder pain. This is a proven program that can be applied to reduce muscular dysfunction and help my students move, feel and live better.
A Functional Aging Specialist
As a FAI Specialist the focus for my mature students 50+ is on using novel training techniques and methods that integrate multiple components of function (e.g. proprioception, motor control, power, core stability, etc.) that are appropriate for the current needs of the student for maximal function and quality of life. As an expert in functional aging and training of older adults each of my students will receive in-depth training on functional training strategies and movements; receive meaningful assessments of function and effective exercise programs.
A Certified Nutrition Coach
I am a certified nutrition coach from Precision Nutrition. I help my students:
Eat better, without dieting or feeling deprived.
Get active, no matter what shape you’re in now.
Ditch the food rules, dropping the fad diets and conflicting advice.
Build fitness into your life, without it taking over.
Achieve, and maintain, your goals, even when life gets busy.
If you're curious about learning more about my nutrition coaching, click here.
A Fitness and Personal Development Nerd
As you may have read, one of my core values is constantly learn, always improve. I’m a lifelong learner and love being a student. I proudly call myself a fitness and personal development nerd and a firm believer in the quote “You can only go as far as you can grow.” The more I learn and grow, the more I can help my students. When I’m not with my family, students or in the yard I’m usually immersed in a book, podcast or program.
Rebecca Grijalva has devoted her life to health and fitness and is passionate about changing lives from the inside out. As a sought-after master personal trainer, nutrition coach and mentor, she is dedicated to help Nourish YOUR Purpose Now.
Rebecca brings a deep understanding and practical application of powerful coaching techniques in strength training, nutrition coaching and life strategies. Additionally, she is dedicated to her MISSION:
No matter what your goals are, what your weight is, what your age is, what your confidence level is, what your determination level is; it’s not always going to be easy. It can be a constant climb to get to the SUMMIT of your mountain, but once you get a handle on it, once you FINALLY make the decision to go for it, the rewards and benefits are so worth the climb. Consistency plus time will create a radical difference.
She lives by a simple set of CORE VALUES that keep her vision, passion and purpose focused and on track.
Stay true to yourself, your integrity, and the responsibility you have for your health.
Have only good days and great days- Everyday on this earth is a good day, what you do with it after that will make it a great day! Have fun, sense of humor, and an attitude of gratitude.
Constantly learn, always improve- For one to improve they need to be coachable, honor progression, principles and technique. Always be a student.
Keep Climbin' - We believe in order to accomplish the above we need to be open to change and step outside of our comfort zone. Often we just need to get our minds right and take action! Embrace the change, get comfortable with being uncomfortable
Master the Basics - Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest. To succeed we need to master consistency in the basics first.
When not coaching or learning, Rebecca, her husband and their two kids can be found spending time with each other making memories and being PRESENT in each others lives.
Education & Training
University of New Mexico – Bachelors Exercise Science, Nutrition, Fine Arts (Art Studio and Art History). Certified Fitness Trainer - International Sports Sciences Association Corrective Exercise Specialist - National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Specialist – National Academy of Sports Medicine Weight Management - National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Nutrition Coach- Precision Nutrition Level One Certified TRX Suspension Training Instructor Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor (RKC) Functional Aging Institute Specialist Certification of Recognition – New Mexico Diabetes Advisory Council Integrative Wellness Academy Life Coaching student Member, Todd Durkin Platinum Mastermind Member, IDEA Health and Wellness Association Pre and post natal Hashimotos