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Reebok celebrates the trainers that help us reach our goals. While you’ve been hunkered down and need to sweat, Rigo Riojas has been just a click away. We say thank you with a spotlight here.
Name: Rigo Riojas
Who are you in 90 characters or less? Husband, Father, Athlete, IT nerd, Group Fitness Instructor, and Self-Proclaimed Comedian
Why do you teach/train?
Growing up I was always involved in sports such as Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track all the way through my senior year of high school. After settling into my career in IT and having kids, I realized I had gradually stopped being as active as I once was. I really wanted to be able to set an example for my kids to not only teach them the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle, but also show them. This brought me to group fitness! I’ve always been a social bird, so the aspect of working out together in groups was perfect for someone like me. Becoming an instructor was something I didn’t anticipate, but once I saw that I could help others achieve their fitness goals and have a part in helping them feel better, I was all in! This is why I teach!
What classes do you normally teach / what is your training expertise?
I currently (when not in quarantine) teach Les Mills BODYCOMBAT, BODYPUMP, and CXWORX, and have also been certified in Les Mills GRIT and BODYFLOW.
How have you adapted your business to still inspire people at home?
I’ve taken to social media via group pages and reached out to my friends, co-workers, and family directly to provide them with workouts and inspiration to keep moving! I’ve created challenges amongst my friends (and friends of friends) through these connections to add some friendly competition to the mix as well. Luckily, we also had the space to create a makeshift gym in our garage to able to work out and stream classes when necessary. I’ve also been connecting with my fellow instructors in my area providing challenging playlists to keep their workouts fresh!
Are you currently offering virtual classes? If so, when and how can people join?
I currently am not offering any weekly scheduled virtual classes, but I do occasionally lead virtual classes for my IT company and have done some work with 24 Hour Fitness through their 24Go app (via a live streaming class). Connect with me on social media and I will post any time I am leading a virtual class!
What advice would you give to other fitness professionals to get through these times?
Keep moving. Keep finding ways to take care of yourself, first and foremost. I always like to say in class, “If you don’t take care of yourself first, you can’t take care of anything or anyone!” I don’t think this has ever been more true. The more we continue to take care of our bodies, the more we are also taking care of our mental health, which is so important in these trying times. Just by staying healthy and positive, we, as a group of fitness professionals, will inspire everyone around us to do the same.
How can fitness professionals lift each other up right now?
Support each other through participation and collaboration! It has taken a lot of creativity to get this far, and by sharing ideas and supporting one another, we can help each other get through this TOGETHER.
What is your favorite non-fitness outlet to cope with the current stress of the world?
Playing games and watching shows with my kids, and the “occasional” glass of wine with my wife.
How are you giving yourself #permissiontopause?
In a way, I have done all I can to continue to move on with life as it’s presenting itself to me today. I’ve always taken the attitude of finding the best in every situation, and while I think it is EXTREMELY important to take time out for ourselves when we need it, I am doing all I can to live the best way possible with what has been thrown at us. I’m trying to not set any expectations for what lies ahead, rather take it day by day and enjoy the things we are doing today that I normally didn’t have time to do. I travel quite a bit for my job, and without the travel, I have been able to have dinners every night with my family, work out with my wife on a daily basis, and spend more time just being here with my beautiful family. For all of that, I am extremely thankful.