NASM Certified Personal Trainer
TRX Group Instructor
ISSA Fitness Nutrition Specialist
BodyFortress & Met-Rx SpokesPerson/Fitness Model
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My name is Grace Rivera; I am a single mother born in Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn New York. I started with health and fitness when my sons’ father said, “ Girl you’re getting kind-a-heavy and your rear is starting to look square”. At this point I started to look in the mirror every day because of the complex I had. I kept sucking my gut in and still no hope. I said to myself, “Grace it’s time to take charge of your life”.
So, I joined Jack Lallane; now called Bally Total Fitness, this was in 1992. I stuck to this gym to build my lack of self-esteem and it has helped a great deal. While at this gym, I also learned how to use free weights to help build more lean mass. I attended many seminars on fitness training throughout 1995, receiving two certifications in AAAI for aerobic instructor/master step class. Also in 1995 I entered the Ms. New York pageant and was the 3rd place.
Even though I enjoyed working as an instructor I felt something was missing and my future seemed empty. So I applied for college and started in September 1997 and major in Sports Fitness Therapeutic Recreation. Looking for more of a challenge, I then entered The Miss Galaxy competition in June, August and October of 1998, each time finishing in the top 20 out of 75-100 competitors. I then entered Women-Tri-Fitness April 1999 and took 1st place physique. A couple of months after, I competed in Miss Figure America September 1999, and took 2nd place. Then I found myself Entering the FAP, (Fitness America Pageant) on Oct. 2, 1999 and I placed 1st place and overall. Now I Stayed with NPC and have won many first place to top 5. My ambitions are mostly to inspire single mothers, especially Latinas which I am.
I believe society puts parents down, and place all the blame for their shortcomings on them. I owe a lot to my trainer, Franco Jamil who is also a trainer for Bally Total Fitness, and has won several titles for natural bodybuilding, and especially my son, for I want to show to go after your dreams, no matter what they are or what people say. I’m currently a MOM/NASM Certified PT/ISSA Fitness Nutrition Specialist/TRX Group Instructor Certified/FitnessModel and I like Acting and singing. I would like to thank all my Professors at Kings Borough/Brooklyn College and exercise science majors, for all their support. They are part of the reason why I will have a positive future.
Once I finish my degree in Exercise Science, I will be doing what I love , and that is Personal training. Furthermore, I love Coaching and working with figure and bikini girls. I feel they are a challenge. At this stage, they need guidance towards a positive attitude and positive self-esteem to feel better about themselves and their environment. Not saying that I can’t work with every individual to reach there goals but, I just feel when you compete you need a bit more guidance for their future in the fitness field. I hope I can be an inspiration to all walks of life and therefor change his or her life because of it. My motto is, “If you plant a seed it will grow no matter were you grow it, it’s how you nurture it that makes it bloom”.