Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeanette Ortega.
Jeanette, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
There I was, a young girl who won all the jump rope contests in elementary school yet could never climb the rope all the way to the top in physical fitness tests. I was determined at a young age of 6 or 7 to gain more strength to conquer that rope! It all began with that challenge of learning how to create my body to perform at a different level.
Fast forward about 15 years and I started my fitness career at the age of 20. I was active and played sports all throughout high school and continued my education in nutrition, kinesiology and exercise physiology and LOVED what the human body is capable of. I couldn’t get enough, I was fascinated by the mind/ body connection, the anatomy and how powerful and intricate every organism truly is. We are masterpieces, each and every one of us, and I wanted the WORLD to know this and experience the beauty of a natural high through nutrition and exercise.
Jumping into my twenties I began my career as a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer and met my 1st boss who encouraged me to compete in fitness shows due to my physique and love of fitness. This perked my interest yet in my 20’s I was still having too much fun to truly dedicate the time and commitment it required. As the years went by I was busier and busier with clients and was tired of training at all the different gyms, I wanted something of my own. I started my own home gym from my garage. I trained clients mornings and evenings while I also had another full time job. But the day finally came, I made the bold move, I left my full-time job and committed myself 100% to my personal training/fitness business. It became a very busy time for me and I started having less and less time for myself and I was also in a relationship that wasn’t going well and I gained a lot of weight for the 1st time in my life! I couldn’t stand the way I looked or felt and finally decided to dedicate myself to competing. I committed an entire year to training for Ms. Fitness USA and finally competed at the age of 30. I placed 3rd in my very 1st show and the rest is history, I continued to compete and won many National titles over the years, my name was now known in the fitness industry, during this time I sold my home and started my outdoor boot camp business and it grew instantly. My clients continued to increase and
During this time I sold my home and started my outdoor boot camp business and it grew instantly. My clients continued to increase and was time for me to find a space for my gym. Not even a month after I stated that, my best friend called me saying that she found a location that looked perfect for me. I went to look at the space and it was a done deal. It was a small 800 square foot place that I turned into a personalized training facility and I loved it! I grew out of that space in a year and started the hunt for a larger location. I went from 800 square feet to 5000 square feet! There was a lot of work to be done but I was ready for the challenge of my expansion.
I will never forget the day that I worked all day at my small gym and headed over to my new gym to help paint and do whatever was necessary of me to get it ready, it was a 20 hour day and when I got home I passed out cold on my couch in my clothes until the next afternoon. I woke up thinking, I have never worked so hard in my life yet I was so fulfilled and happy. I have now been in my large gym for over 5 years and all the lessons, challenges and joy it has brought me have been priceless. I continued to compete and won my WBFF Pro card in 2012 and stopped competing, that chapter was now closed. I was graciously asked to be on the cover of FitnessX Magazine, a contributing writer for many fitness magazines, booked many photo shoots for magazines, received supplement endorsements, sponsorships and more.
I have now been in my large gym for over 5 years and all the lessons, challenges and joy it has brought me have been priceless. I continued to compete and won my WBFF Pro card in 2012 and stopped competing, that chapter was now closed. I was graciously asked to be on the cover of FitnessX Magazine, a contributing writer for many fitness magazines, booked many photo shoots for magazines, received supplement endorsements, sponsorships and more.
Life was good but yet I felt something was missing. It was time to do something greater, I felt incomplete and lacking in the spiritual side of myself. I was always so focused on the physical aspect of fitness, I knew there was something more. I was granted the most amazing trip to Indonesia with one of my clients which became the most transformational trip of my life thus far. I have always loved yoga but this trip yoga became alive to me in Bali. I have never felt peace the way I experienced it there, it was the most beautiful feeling to have a peaceful and graceful connection with my mind, body and soul. I returned to the states in love with my practice of yoga and continued it in finding the balance of fitness in mind,
I returned to the states in love with my practice of yoga and continued it in finding the balance of fitness in mind, body and soul for myself. I continued this journey and received my Yoga certification and began to teach it, I then wanted to give back, be of service and thus my humanitarian work began, I was given the gift to travel to Belize with Ambassador Shabazz (Malcolm X’s daughter) to serve the
I was given the gift to travel to Belize with Ambassador Shabazz (Malcolm X’s daughter) to serve the under privileged children and women with fitness, health, nutrition and yoga. We also served the women in prison in Belize and my heart was so full of joy to be of service! This changed my life. I have now taken my gym and transformed it into a Wellness Center, a place where people come to find Fitness from the Inside Out, fitness in mind,
I have now taken my gym and transformed it into a Wellness Center, a place where people come to find Fitness from the Inside Out, fitness in mind, body and soul. I have expanded my brand and have created workshops, retreats, became a 2 time Best Selling Author, Certified Life Coach, created online training programs, nutrition programs and more! I have created and Trademarked my own method called “Bootoga®” and continually looking to expand for Worldwide reach.
I have expanded my brand and have created workshops, retreats, became a 2 time Best Selling Author, Certified Life Coach, created online training programs, nutrition programs and more! I have created and trademarked my own method called “Bootoga®” and continually looking to expand for worldwide reach.
My mission is to be a light and a guide for everyone to experience living a life of their dreams. Learn how to become a Wellness Warrior in their Mind, Body and Soul not only for themselves but for their families as well. My desire and passion is to reach as many people as I can to educate everyone on the true meaning of fitness, a life of balance, love and joy in their mind, body and soul/spirit.
Be on the lookout for my next book: “The Little Black Book of Fitness” and my audio meditation CD coming out at the end of February or beginning of March.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I incurred many challenges along the way. I jumped from an 800 sq. ft. facility to a 5000 sq. ft. facility not taking everything into account. I had to learn management on a much larger scale and a quick lesson in marketing 101. I became very aware of teamwork and felt the lack of it when I hired the wrong people. I learned not to take everything or anything personal. The struggle of “me time” as a business was almost non-existent. I changed that very quickly. If I didn’t take care of myself 1st I was no good for anyone. These challenges and lessons have shaped me into the business woman that I am today, I am grateful for the growth and learning that it caused me.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Extreme Results Fitness by Jeanette Ortega – what should we know?
My business is more than just a gym, it’s a wellness center, it’s a place where everyone knows your name and we are family and hold each other accountable.
We specialize in Boot camps, cardio kickboxing and fitness competition training.
We are known for our kick butt Boot camp workouts, people come to us to truly get fit and see results.
I am most proud of the expansion of including fitness of mind, body and soul by incorporating workshops, retreats, life coaching programs and more. We have established a family environment and all fitness levels, shapes, and sizes are welcome and feel at home.
What sets us apart is the “family” feel that you get when you walk in. We care for the entire piece of their fitness journey, meaning it’s not just about the workouts, we instill and give knowledge about mindset, nutrition, anatomy, balance, lifestyle tips and emotional support/coaching for struggles that may be holding their progress back. We truly are more than a gym.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Being completely authentic and having integrity in all aspects of business and my personal life.
- Monthly unlimited classes $150 per month
- 6 month contract $115 per month
- 1 year contract $99 per month
- Personal Training available, call for rates 818-488-4333
- Pay per class/visit $20
- 12 week Wellness/Life Coaching Program $1997
- Address: 8853 Wilbur Ave
Northridge, Ca 91325
- Website: ExtremeResultsFitness.net
- Phone: 818-488-4333
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