Isabel Ortigoza, better known as Izzy to friends and family, has been with the Bodyscapes Hingham family in a variety of roles: from babysitting, to training, and most recently assisting with some exciting new developments (stay tuned!) Izzy has learned to somehow seamlessly blend her life as a student at UMass Boston with that of a trainer/instructor at Bodyscapes, without sacrificing the integrity of one or the other.

Anyone that has talked to Izzy knows she has a bubbly, enthusiasic, infectious personality and general love of life. Its nearly impossible to not find yourself smiling or budding with energy while around this beautiful firecracker!

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Today we’re delving a little deeper into Izzy, who she is, and how she got to where she is today. Let’s start with the most important stuff…FOOD! 😉

What is your go-to breakfast?
Oatmeal with apple, banana, cinnamon, and a touch of either honey or peanut butter.

Go-to dinner?
Lemon herb chicken, brown rice, broccoli and carrots.

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Do you have any tips or tricks on how to best control cravings?
Staying hydrated, water water water! As well as eating small meals throughout the day, and keeping healthy snacks on hand for when hunger strikes!

Guilty pleasures?
Family Guy. Ice cream. Pizza.

If you had to choose one workout for the rest of your life what would it be? #yogaeverydamnday!!!!

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What led you to choose a career in the fitness industry?
I believe a career in fitness chose me. I am a Business Management major at the University of Massachusetts Boston, I never imagined I’d be where I am today. My first year of college I discovered yoga. I wasn’t doing gymnastics anymore, and was still dancing but not as much, so yoga was just what I needed! I fell in love with its beauty and decided I wanted to take my practice further after only 2 years of practicing and become a teacher. Meanwhile, I joined Bodyscapes Fitness Hingham as a member to make my body stronger. Not long after, I started working for the gym as a babysitter. My enthusiasm for yoga and fitness sparked the idea of management that I would be a great personal trainer, something that never crossed my mind. Here I am today, two years later, an ACE certified personal trainer, still practicing yoga regularly and loving what I do! I am not a certified Yoga instructor yet, but it will happen! In the end, helping others become strong, confident, and healthy is such a rewarding experience! Life does have a plan for everyone, and as I wrap up my senior year of college, I am excited to see where else it will lead me!

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What is your personal relationship with health/fitness?
Being active has always been a part of my life. I did gymnastics from the ages of 6-18 and began dancing at the age of 3 and still dance today. I was competitive in both and loved every second of it! I am currently a dance minor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As a young child I was full of confidence and not afraid of anything. As I got older, my home life became complicated. I became confused about life and why things happen the way they do. Entering high school I started to develop self image issues. A lot of my friends probably didn’t even notice. I was always checking the scale, comparing myself to other girls, and doing endless workout DVDs at home when know one was watching. Once I started my first year of college I began to notice how my diet was affecting me. As I laid in my dorm room bed one evening after finishing a bag of M&Ms I told myself “this has to change.” I was never overweight, nor was I ever extremely skinny. I decided to stop judging myself, and focus on being healthy. It didn’t happen overnight, but slowly but surely I became more comfortable in my own skin. To this day I still get mad at myself for eating too many cookies, or get upset when I miss a work out, heck i still even find myself looking at other people and say “why can’t I look like that.” I’m not perfect, and I don’t want to be. I know this now. I have a new outlook on life (and I can thank yoga for a lot of that) and am much more positive. My mother always tells me to take life one day at a time, you can’t change the past, but you have the power to make today the best it can be. Health and fitness has become such a major part of me, I call it “celebrating life”. Working out really makes me feel alive! As the sweat pours and the heart pounds, literally feeling your muscles ache, its a beautiful thing. I’ve never felt healthier, stronger, happier than I do now! My clients are my major motivators and their determination and will to succeed is so inspiring. I am beyond grateful to be where I am today, and for everyone that has entered my life.

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Favorite motivational quote:
“you never know until you try” and “you can always do more than you think you can, don’t be afraid to push yourself.”

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