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Meet Ronnie Loaiza of Hey Ronnie Personal Training & Group Fitness in Glendale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ronnie Loaiza.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Ronnie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was 41, my right hip and lower back started hurting. It started overnight, as if something had been strained but I hadn’t done anything in particular to hurt myself. My back hurt for weeks, so I finally went to a hip specialist in Beverly Hills – he was touted as one of the best. He told me I had degenerative disc disease. Agh!!! That sounded awful! “Disease!”

But he told me most women over 40 got it. I did my homework and found out degenerative disc disease is when the discs that make up your vertebrae dry out and shrink, reducing the space between the discs, often causing pain. It’s a natural part of aging.

The “hip specialist” prescribed a choice of either a pain killer, a patch or pills. I asked if there were a way to cure it and he told me it might subside but there was no way to reverse it. Well, I’m not a pill-popper. THAT’S JUST ME. I went to another western Medical Doctor. He suggested pain killers, stretching, and possibly fusing my vertebrae. I did not want surgery to my spine! I asked him “Doctor, if this was your wife, would you advise her to have the operation?” and he said no.

Decompression, acupuncture, yoga and four chiropractors later I was worse than before. I gave up. I was at my wit’s end. A friend told me about a chiropractor who would give me a free consultation. I said, “But I’ve been adjusted, pulled, poked, and rubbed with cold gel followed by ultra sound… nothing has worked!”

He said, “Go!”

So I went. That chiropractor said it seemed like my problem was more of a quality of life issue, and that I didn’t know how to work-out and stay my active self without pain.

So he placed me with a physical therapist and a PERSONAL TRAINER who was a CORRECTIVE EXERCISE SPECIALIST. Guess what happened? I stopped hurting!

As we trained for about a year I would read about fitness, working-out, nutrition, anatomy and various ways of training and talk about it with my trainer. She kept telling me that I should become a personal trainer that I needed to become a personal trainer.

I just laughed. Then about a year later, I woke up one morning and asked myself, “What do I want to do the next 20 years of my life?” I smiled and realized that I wanted to be a personal trainer. So at the ripe age of 46 I studied my brains out and passed my Certifications as fast as I could. I try to help others not only to not hurt, but to feel good, to feel fit, to be healthy and in shape. And, I don’t hurt anymore.

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?
People think Personal Training is a luxury, it’s usually the first thing to cut if they are on a tight budget or have to save. They also feel guilty about spending money to work out since they feel they should be able to motivate themselves and do it. But, they often do it wrong, or not as well as they would or do with a personal trainer.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Hey Ronnie Personal Training & Group Fitness – what should we know?
I go to my clients, or train them at a couple of private trainers’ studios.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My clients have ranged in age from 14 to 101. Men, women, teens, seniors, those afflicted with Parkinson’s, hip, and knee replacements and surgery, and all sorts of physical injuries or conditions.

I have also studied and been certified as a Senior Fitness Specialist – my knowledge includes biology, physiology, and the psychology of the aging adults – in other words-factual needs and wants! We all naturally lose balance, and muscle mass every year after 50. You need to and CAN increase muscle mass after 50, 60, 70 and so on… and you can do it safely!”

Pricing:

  • $57 to $75 depending on the number of sessions.

Contact Info:

Lesley Pedraza

Lesley Pedraza

3 Comments

  1. Ellen Crawford

    March 9, 2017 at 16:35

    Great article! Inspiring both from the health perspective and also the perspective of reinventing yourself for a rewarding new life.

    • Denyse Barbas

      March 10, 2017 at 04:25

      As a client of Ronnie’s for the last three years I can tell you she is a miracle worker (a very tough and caring one). I needed to build up my bone density, which I have, but I’m also so much stronger which means every moment of the day is easy. Did I mention I have a figure I never had even imagined…ever?

  2. Denyse Barbas

    March 10, 2017 at 04:31

    I have been a client of Ronnie’s for about three years and she is a miracle worker! And she’s tough because she cares so much. I started because I needed to build my bone density (which I have…whew) but something happened I never considered. I’m so much stronger which translates into every day being easy.

    Did I mention I have a figure I never would have imagined?

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