I am honored to be named June Iron Lady of the Month from IRON-Bodies of Steel. I am sharing my interview and hope it inspires someone out there! Thank you IRON Bodies for this honor! To have someone recognize your hard work is an awesome feeling and I thank you!
IRON – Bodies of Steel has the Distinct Pleasure of Introducing “June Iron Lady of the Month”
JEANETTE ORTEGAJeanette is gorgeous, vivacious, business minded, genuine and adorable all at the same time!!
She’s dedicated to her sport and it shows!!
Jeanette is an amazing role model for girls and woman of any age who are interested in the sport of bodybuilding or just being fit.
IRON – When did you first start your journey and become interested in working out?
JEANETTE – I was always active as a child and in school, played sports, took dance, was in the drama club. Always loved the feeling of working out and being active. Right out of High School I applied for my 1st job at Gold’s Gym in Sylmar Ca and started as an Aerobic Instructor. From there on I was in love with teaching and started personal training. It was there I met my 1st boss who was the one who instilled and inspired me to compete way back then. Sherry Goggin, she was an awesome fitness competitor at the time and planted the seed in me…what’s crazy is all these years later, her and I are great friends and work together in some business items.
IRON – What made you decide to step it up a notch and start competing?
JEANETTE – I remember watching all the fitness competitions on television and saying to myself, I can do that, I want to do that! This is amazing, these women are amazing…I want to be amazing! I started training a couple of times to compete and just didn’t follow it through due to life circumstances at the time. Throughout all the years I continued building my personal training clientele, teaching more classes, learning more, going to school and then one day I realized I was 29 years old and said to myself…I’m going to be 30!! I want to take myself to the next level, I wanted something more…a change for me, and to take my business to the next level. I wasn’t getting any younger, I was more determined than ever and I went FULL FORCE!!! It was the most amazing journey and the rest is history…I’ve only grown from there.
IRON – How many competitions have you been in?
JEANETTE – Oh my goodness… so many…let’s see, I’ve been competing for over 8 years with a little break in between.. I do about 1-3 shows a year..anywhere from 10-20 I believe.
IRON – Please tell our Fitness Fans a little bit about your competitions and the excitement surrounding them
JEANETTE – They are great fun..there is so much involved. The process to get to the show is hard, dieting is no joke, your body goes through some crazy changes, it’s an emotional roller-coaster and yet I love it at the same time. The day of the show is nerves, excitement, feeling of relief that the day has finally arrived, dreams of all the food I can finally eat after…and so on! The athletes you meet is one of the most awesome aspects about this sport. They come from all different walks of life, they have amazing stories of “WHY” they decided to do this and you respect each one because you know how hard it is to be there and prepare. For me, there is no other feeling than being on stage! I love the performance aspect of it…I’ve arrived, I’m here…I worked my butt off and I’m proud as heck to strut my stuff on that stage!!! Needless to say…it’s a great adrenaline rush!! The times I’ve won 1st place there are no words to explain that high…it’s the feeling of being on top of the world! My dream came true!
IRON – When did you open Extreme Results Fitness Studio? Tell our Fitness Fans about your Studio; what you do and how it works
JEANETTE – I have been a personal trainer for 19 years now.. I started my DBA (now a Corporation) as Extreme Results and was training clients out of my home, at parks and their homes but have always had the dream of owning my own gym. Finally one day my best friend called me saying she drove past a space that she thought would be great for me, it was small but perfect to start off with, I called, saw the space and made the move! it was 800 sq feet and I offered my boot camps, cardio kickboxing classes and many other classes as well, it was great BUT I was out growing my space. I was there for 2 years then moved onto my next spot of 5000 sq feet!!! It was a HUGE leap but thank goodness I did it! We offer so many classes…Yoga, Cycling Fitness, Boxing, Zumba, Boot Camp, Burlesque Fitness. Personal Training and more!!! When you come to my studio we have many different packages for the different wants and needs but they are all designed with a hard core RESULT at the end!
IRON – Is Extreme Bridal Boot Camp a Part of Extreme Results Fitness Studio or a separate business?
JEANETTE – It is a part of my Studio. I started off my Boot Camps in the park, catered to brides and their wedding parties to get them in shape for their big day. It continued to grow and I re-named it Jeanette Ortega’s Boot Camp so it was more inviting for anyone to join Boot Camp and to this day, my Boot Camp’s are my biggest classes!!
IRON – All of your pictures look like everyone’s having so much fun in your Studio, what do you think you do different that makes your studio excel so wonderfully and has made your “business” such a success?
JEANETTE – I try to make my gym feel like a home… we all get to know everyone, it’s feels like a big family, we support and encourage one another. My studio/gym is more of a personalized gym so there’s that special touch, even though there may be a class environment we still have that personalized touch with each person. I try to get to know each person and follow through with their progress. To me, individual attention is key, everyone wants to be recognized and I instill this in my Instructors as well. All in all, I want people to enjoy working out so I try to mix things up and always make it as FUN as possible!
IRON – I’m sure many girls idolize you and want to look just like you, what can you tell them about your workout in order to help them have a figure like yours?
JEANETTE – It’s hard work, it’s dedication, it’s a lifestyle! I workout 5-6 days a week and enjoy it! It’s my “ME” time and I love it! I don’t look at it like a chore, it’s my time and I hit it hard every time! It’s my own competition against myself to always make myself better, stronger and mentally capable of everything I start! I follow through, no excuses.
IRON – What type of diet and nutrition plan do you follow?
JEANETTE – Everything in moderation…I weigh all my food, portion size is HUGE!!! I have a balanced mixture of protein, carbs, veggies, fruits, good fats, and it gets mixed up depending on the intensity of my workouts. Some days I may take in more calories than others, all dependent on my day.
IRON – Your accomplishments are so impressive; Certified Personal Trainer, Nationally Ranked Fitness and Bikini Competitor, Owner of Extreme Bridal Boot Camp and Owner of Extreme Results Fitness Studio, please tell my Fitness Fans more about yourself and how you manage it all.
JEANETTE – I have a wonderful support team of family, friends and clients…would not be able to do this without all the support and love. I live with my boyfriend and his son and we have very busy home lives as well. It’s definitely a lot to juggle, there are days it’s more overwhelming than others but I would not trade it in for the world! I’m living my passion and everyday I awake I find appreciation in everything that I have been blessed with. I have worked hard and my hard work had paid off. I believe this is still just the beginning for me. I have so many dreams and goals, I never want to limit myself or feel this is enough…I’m grateful for it all but will always continue to dream BIG! God blessed me with this, I know somehow I can manage it!! My team of Instructors and my assistant definitely help me out tremendously as well, couldn’t do it without my strong team. They support me wholeheartedly and I’m so lucky to have them! All in all, I’m one happy gal..living a healthy life and feeling my best at the young age of 39!!!