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About: Juanita Castorena

Hi! My name is Juanita and I have been a Fitness Trainer and a Group Exercise Instructor for over 13 years, and am currently the Group Fitness Manager. I am a mother of two amazing kids. My daughter Alicia is always making me laugh and teaches me cool, new things daily. I am my son Jaxson’s biggest fan, I can listen to him sing and play his guitar all day every day! One of our favorite things to do together is to watch The Office. A few fun facts about me: I love reading, my favorite books are one’s that will help me become better in my life’s core values. I have been told I am a coffee snob because I only drink “good” coffee. Anybody who knows me can tell you that my favorite color is purple. One word that best describes me is organized.
I started training for my career in fitness when I was just 12 years old! I worked out to a group fitness video almost every day in my living room. It was when I learned how to do step aerobics in a high school PE elective class that I knew, at that moment, I wanted to teach Group Fitness. I truly love working out in group fitness classes, and they help me with my Health Wise core value!
I am a big fan and strong believer in self-improvement. My favorite daily thought is, “Everyday in everyway I am getting better and better.” And so, with that in mind, as you and I journey through this blog, my hope is to educate, inform, and inspire you with something that will help you be better, do better, and have better in your world of fitness!

Posts by Author: Juanita Castorena

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Tips to Track Your Fitness Progress

February is a great time to check in on how the fitness goals you set for yourself this year are coming along. A great way to gauge your progress is to conduct a personal fitness assessment! Putting yourself through a fitness assessment will help you identify your current fitness level and serve as a baseline of where your starting point is.…

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Setting New Year Fitness Goals!

With the turn of the new year, making healthier choices tends to be top of mind. Instead of overwhelming yourself with a list of must dos and feeling unsure of where to start, keep your goals simple to set yourself up for success. Here are a few simple goal ideas to get started. Don’t Wait for the Perfect Time, JUST START!  Nike has the…

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Mix Up Your Treadmill Workout!

I confess, I am a fair-weather runner and I’m okay admitting it! If it’s raining or snowing outside, I will choose to run inside on a treadmill! Anyone else with me?! It can be so easy to fall into the same running routine when running on a treadmill. I teamed up with Ricky Perez (MVP Metro Club Fitness Trainer) to bring…

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Don’t Skip the Stretch!

The treadmill is one of the most commonly used machines to get a cardio workout in. Sometimes we can be pressed for time, so we get on the treadmill, hit the start button, and go without doing a proper warm up or post stretches. To better prepare our body, and to simply take a moment for self-care before and after…

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Maximize Results with Eccentric Training

Lose weight, build muscle, and gain strength! These are among the top fitness goals many of us are working towards achieving. A focus on Eccentric Training can help! From my experience, I have often noticed that exercises are performed rather quickly with no regard of tempo for each repetition completed. As you exercise, each muscle moves through one of three phases of movement known as the…

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Best Moves to Target Your Core!

“What is the best exercise to work my core?” As a Fitness Trainer, this was one of the top 10 questions I was most often asked. I am a firm believer in including a variety of exercises in a core workout routine. Variety is important to ensure best results are achieved and to keep your workouts fun and interesting! We…

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Summer Shoulders

Sculpted Shoulders for the Summer!

Summer has officially arrived and it’s time to show off those shoulders! In addition to having your shoulders look good, it’s important that they move well! One of my favorite moves to target shoulder mobility and build strength are halo exercises. A halo movement takes a weight of your choosing up around your head in a circular direction putting your shoulders through…

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