Socorro native wins NM Ms. Fitness title

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Ms. Fitness New Mexico traces her athletic roots back to her hometown in Socorro.

Renee Gallegos, 27, earned the title of Ms. Fitness New Mexico 2012 last month, prevailing over seven other competitors.

Photo courtesy Johnnie Trujillo: Socorro High School graduate Renee Gallegos won the 2012 Ms. Fitness New Mexico competition last month. Gallegos now lives in Albuquerque and works at Midtown Sports and Wellness Center.

Gallegos had competed for the title before, but didn’t win. Despite those defeats, she made it a goal to someday win, and she attributes her victory this year to making it her goal.

“When you want to start anything, goals are a good way to start staying focus on what you believe in. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it,” Gallegos said.

While Gallegos has competed in similar events before, this was the first fitness competition where she had to dance, tumble, move, be flexible and prove herself through various combinations of several other areas.

In June 2009, she competed for Fitness Universe and took sixth place for the bikini competition in Miami. Then, in November, she competed in the nationals competition in Las Vegas, Nev. and was runner up in bikini.

Gallegos grew up and lived in Socorro for 18 years, She graduated from Socorro High School and participated in track and basketball. She always strived to be athletic, set goals and have a competitive edge. Throughout her younger years, her mentors were Paula and Johnnie Taylor Trujillo, who helped train, coach and choreograph her routines.

Gallegos has been a personal fitness trainer for six years and now works at Midtown Sports and Wellness in Albuquerque. She trains everyone to be engaged and involved in physical routines.

Last year, one of the classes she taught was the “biggest winner class,” in which she worked with Presbyterian ambulance staff. She currently teaches fitness classes such as cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, weight management and power speed and agility training. She focuses her routines on muscle strength and one-on-one training with individuals, and encourages all her students to have a positive attitude, and their hard work will boost confidence and success.

Gallegos trains, teaches and demonstrates determination and discipline to all age groups through various activities and rigorous workouts. She also teaches endurance and encourages everyone they have what it takes to be in their best shape.

Gallegos also recommends everyone to have fun while staying active. She works with all ages of individuals who are eager to learn how to stay fit and how to be goal orientated. No matter how young or old, Gallegos makes sure everyone continues to stay positive.

The youngest person she trains is 4-yearsold, and the oldest 80-yearsold. Gallegos focuses her lessons on fulfilling fitness needs of every individual.

“I like to share my knowledge, so I can be a positive role model,” Gallegos said.

Throughout her life, Gallegos learned how to be a goal setter, and worked towards sustainability and accountability. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physical education at the University of New Mexico. In taking classes for the degree, she is staying focused on child obesity. She has learned that by looking at the younger generation, all children need to lead a better and healthier lifestyle.

“The big thing I strive to for clients and myself is to be a goal setter,” Gallegos said.