Nurse Supa Star

An overstuffed tummy with delicious unhealthy foods have always been the “norm” growing up with an Italian Mom.  I have always struggled with my weight and huge legs.  Somehow I still managed to be athletic and involved with sports.  The struggle to run and not always come in last still is real.  It is very hard to workout and run when you are overweight.  

I’m a fighter, always have been.  I never want to give up and always try to give it my all.  In between working full time, raising 3 kids, and my husband, I’d strive to fit a work out in here and there.  Now that the kids are older, I realized how many pictures I missed out on because I was embarrassed of how I looked.  I’d look in the mirror and not recognize my own reflection.  Sad and disgusted I let myself get to this point, it was time to take care of me.  

Scared I couldn’t fail myself anymore, I bravely set foot into Synergy Fitness and the angels introduced me to Rob.  From the start, he has been a positive, encouraging, and inspiring coach.  I have never had a trainer before and I can’t believe I waited this long.

I’m 43 years old now and have been married for 17 years.  We have 3 beautiful children ages 9, 12, & 13.  Deep inside I knew I wasn’t living up to my potential, something I think God has always wanted for me.  He has given me the precious gifts of patience and patients.  I am a registered nurse and I work in Cardiovascular Intensive Care.  Everyday I see people who struggle with health issues related to their diet and exercise.  If we’re lucky, we realize early on in life to make our mind, body, and soul a priority.  It took me a long time to realize that I am important enough to make time for myself to create a strong and fit body.

My goal is to stay humble, stay strong, and live up to my potential.  Life is too short not to be the BESTt you can be and enjoy everyday.  I’ve lost 40 pounds so far and am still facing a long journey to reach my goal.  Thankful for the support of my husband, kids, and my Coach Rob.

Claim Your Morning

Our schedules are so packed with the day-to-day busyness that a lot of times we go to bed and wake up the next morning not even feeling rested.  There is a way to defeat the cycle of days just rolling into one another without direction or purpose.  When you wake up every day, take time out for yourself to claim your morning and chart your direction and purpose for the day.  Words have power and our inner dialogue becomes the soundtrack to our lives.

In order to continually reach goals and live an authentic life we need to consistently re-fuel ourselves personally, spiritually, and professionally.  With my morning coffee I follow a five step regimen to start my day off with direction and purpose.

  • I pray
  • I spend 10 to 15 minutes on professional development with a book.
  • Write down something that you are grateful for.
  • Repeat your daily affirmations out loud.
  • Spend 5 to 10 minutes with a personal development book.


The power of having direction and daily affirmations is so important. Our words come from our thoughts and our thoughts create the tone for our day.  If we walk around being negative, we are blocking ourselves from being successful and feeling gratitude for the things that we have.  Some of the examples of affirmations that I use are below.

  • I am blessed with an incredible family and wonderful friends.
  • My ability to conquer my challenges is limitless. My ability to be successful is infinite.
  • I am a fitness beast and I was love to move!

This is just a snapshot of one way to take control of your day EVERY morning.

In future blogs, I will break this down and go over each of the five steps.  If you have any questions or would like more information on setting daily affirmations don’t hesitate to message me!


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Team Killa

IMG_5585My fitness journey started almost 4 years ago. I was 40 years old and the heaviest I had ever been in my life. I just started challenging job and posted a picture on social media of myself and my work team. A family member made a comment that I was so “brave” to work in an office full of beautiful blondes. Translation: “Awww, the funny fat girl isn’t afraid to work with all of these thin women.”  I wanted to find a rock and hide under it. Obviously, I would need to find a BIG rock.

My cousin had been going to a boot camp class and really enjoyed it. So, I decided I might as well start somewhere. I HATED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! I could do about 15 minutes of the 30 minute class (I took a lot of breaks). I had never been so sore in my life, and I literally puked during one class.  HATED IT.  Until, I started seeing results…not only was my endurance getting better each week, I wasn’t as sore, and guess what? I started losing weight!!


As soon as I thought I was getting good at this, a new Bootcamp Trainer started teaching the class. Rob Johnson—this guy, so positive, so energetic, SO DAMN LOUD, and his boot camps were so hard! However, he was so HELPFUL, so ENGAGED, so ENCOURAGING; I had never met a trainer that made each boot camp feel like a personal training session. That stuck with me.

I lost 35 pounds.  I looked great.  I felt great. Then, a year later,  I had a setback. I had a miscarriage at 41; I didn’t even know I was pregnant. I really had no idea how to deal with my feelings, let alone how to explain them, or understand them.  So, I went back to the things that had always comforted me before. Food and alcohol.

I gained almost every pound back in about a year.  I was fat, depressed, frustrated, angry and depleted. I knew I had it in me to lose the weight, I had done it before.  But, I wasn’t ready to join a group setting, I needed something more personal, and customized.  I immediately knew who I needed, Rob Johnson.  I needed his energetic positivity, the encouragement, the NOISE. ☺


April 22, 2016 was a changing point in my life. I sent Rob a Facebook message, we had a consultation, and I basically poured out my heart to him.  Poor thing, didn’t know what was coming!  He listened.  He HEARD me.  We started doing personal training sessions twice a week, and I LOVED it.  Every session got better, not easier, better.  The more weight I could lift, the better my form was, the stronger I became; it made me want to keep going to the next level.  I was no longer satisfied with a specific size of jeans, or number on the scale. I wanted to be STRONG. Physically, mentally, emotionally STRONG.

I have never had more mental clarity in almost 44 years on this planet.  I’m up to 3 personal training sessions a week, and I voluntarily participate in Rob’s boot camp classes when I can.  I don’t puke, but I’ve come close.  I don’t like to admit this, but I secretly love how tough his classes are.  I am by no means finished with this journey; I’m really just getting started.  Rob has helped me to realize my physical potential in a way that has benefitted every aspect of my life.  How do you say thank you for that?  The results I have experienced speak to his talent; not just as a trainer, but sometimes as nutritionist, a counselor, and friend.  Thanks, Rob. I could not have done this without your help. BAM!!! #teamkilla

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Coach Rob J’s REAL Warriors

Day after day, I am blessed to help my clients achieve their goals.  We become a unified force on a mission and attack their goals one session at a time.  While my clients all have the common denominator of having me as their coach, that is where most of the similarities end.  Many of them have similar goals, but their journeys are diverse and have been filled with a variety of obstacles.

Barb aka “Fresno Fit Chef”

I get to share their victories and help them get back on track when they have derailed themselves.  With weight loss, health, and fitness being a typical American struggle, I decided to celebrate some of my clients and their journeys by showcasing them on this new blog.  Almost anyone can achieve success by being secluded with a personal trainer, private chef, and leaving all of their personal and professional responsibilities at home.  With the influx of unrealistic “reality” shows based on weight loss, I want to show you the real people!

This portion of my blog will feature real people who are juggling real lives, real families, real jobs, and the very real struggles that each has to overcome to achieve their personal goal.  These warriors (and more to come) will share their stories and recipes, answer questions, do LIVE Facebook Q&A’s, and hopefully inspire you to start and share your own personal journey to a healthy life!

Steph aka “Team Killa”
Bryan aka “Chef Brizzle gets Fit”
Deb aka “Food, Fitness, & the F-word”








Be on the lookout for their blogs and more warriors soon! BAM!!!

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BAM Logic!

It is widely acknowledged that the number one resolution made Americans, is related to weight loss and fitness.   Cliché as it may sound, to succeed on a new path, a person must make a plan.  B.A.M. Logic is an easy way to lay out and stick to a plan: BEGIN with a Goal and Plan.  Achieve Consistency.  Maintain Motivation.

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A goal should be realistic and achievable. When setting goals, try to focus on the health benefits or long-term effects of changing your lifestyle, instead of trying to fit into a dress or lose weight for a specific event.

A goal should be specific. When setting goals, the more specific the goal, the easier it is to plan your success and track your progress. Instead of a generalization such as, I want to become more physically activebe specific about the amount and type of physical activity you want to incorporate into your daily / weekly routine.

Achieve Consistency – When you begin a new program, it is important to create a consistent effort to build new healthy habits.

To be consistent, incorporate workout time into your daily schedule. The number one excuse people use to avoid starting a workout routine is lack of time. Block off time for your workout and commit to keeping your schedule. Do not make excuses.

To be consistent, commit to maintaining your new schedule for 30 days. According to most “success gurus,” it takes 21 to 40 days to create a new habit, which reinforces that consistency is key!

To be consistent, start small. When you start working out, commit to 2 to 3 times a week and work up from there. As you work past the initial soreness and fatigue of adding workouts to your day, you will be able to increase your time in the gym.    

Maintain Motivation – Maintaining motivation is tough for most of the world.  Motivation is so important, I could have written this solely on finding what inspires you, but here are a few tips.

My Motivation!!!

To maintain motivation, surround yourself with support.  A supportive environment will serve as a safety net when you are struggling to maintain your motivation or need a pep talk. Reach out to people who live a healthy lifestyle and ask for tips, advice, and use the as another way to hold yourself accountable.

To maintain motivation, find resources that speak to you! There is not a single motivator that works for everyone; like eating plans and workout regimens, try as many as you need to try until you find the right fit.

Check out some of the resources that motivate me on Instagram @coach_robj!.

Are you contemplating a change?  Do you want to be healthier?  Start with B.A.M. LogicBEGIN with a Goal / Plan, Achieve Consistency, Maintain Motivation, and this should help you to focus on a healthier you!

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Called to Coach!!

Called to Coach

Many people, including myself, are forced to or have been forced to work a job that doesn’t fuel their passion or utilize the gifts the God bestowed upon them.  I have set goals, planned, and am now living and loving my career.

I have not always been as fortunate or as focused as I am today.  I moved to Fresno from San Francisco in 1997 to attend Fresno State and pursue a degree in exercise science, which led me to my first job / internship in the fitness industry.  In 1999 I began my personal training career at Bally’s Fitness, competitive body building, and got certified as a personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  After excelling in every position I tackled with Bally’s, I ventured out to start my own mobile fitness company.  Not all of my business ventures have been a success and even with investors, multiple locations, and employees, in 2011, I was forced to close my businesses, file bankruptcy, and leave the fitness industry for a steady paycheck in the construction industry.

My Resurgence…

It was evident I was unhappy and lacked passion about the construction industry.  I knew something needed to change, I just didn’t know what was.  I had taken the idea of a career in fitness off my radar, likely because of the hurt and failure I felt whenever I reflected on my journey in fitness.  However, every failure is a learning opportunity and when I was still and alone with my thoughts, I realized the only thing I was truly passionate about was FITNESS.  I sought advice from several close people; I wanted to be certain I was making the right decision.   I put my future in God’s hands, prayed and asked Him for guidance.  Jeremiah 29:11:  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In April of 2014 Resurgent Fitness and Coaching was created and Open for Business. I re-certified with National Academy of Sports Medicine and also became a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach.  Almost 3 years later and  I am truly thankful for the work that God has called me to do. EVERYTHING I’m doing is through of His grace and mercy.  My goal now is to highlight my clients so that they can be a source of motivation for others, as they are to me. I truly want to spread the good news of fitness, help as many people as possible, and show everyone you are to alone in the fitness fight.

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Something I’ve Learned

Fitness and Health are two things that one should never cease to pursue. We all have goals and many of us are fortunate enough to obtain those goals, but what happens next? Do you stop? Do you seek to maintain what you’ve earned? My thought is this… It’s at this point that you set new objectives for yourself. Raise the bar just little bit higher and then spend the time trying to get to that next level. We have two options: complacency or growth! So why not choose growth and continue to move your health and fitness forward. This is what I’ve learned, You can never stop! Your journey will never be over nor should it be. Embrace the long view of your fitness and health aspiration and adjust your lifestyle to accommodate it.

***For more info on how to take your fitness and health to the next level, contact me at the number below to schedule a consultation.***
Coach Rob


This Is For You


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The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.  (Psalm 34:18)

This is for me.
This is for you.
This is for the lonely, the tired, the alone, the single.
This is for “where are all the godly men and I’m not spending another dime on Christian Mingle.”
This is for the girl who huddles in the corner late at night hoping daddy won’t come home drunk and horny… again.
This is for the child whose parents sold her to a con man who promised them she would get an education.
Now she walks dusty streets trading her body for a few rupees.
This is for the boy who is afraid, with good reason to go visit his uncle’s house.
This is for the lapsed Catholic who wonders why that priest is not in jail… or at least defrocked.
This is for…

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What Great Leaders Know and Do: It’s All About the Values

Leadership development at its finest!!

How We Lead

Business teamI’ve enjoyed telling you about the elements of the SERVE model from the first book I wrote with Mark Miller, The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. Before I explain the final element, let’s review the first four, which I’ve shared over the past several weeks.

The S in the SERVE model stands for See the Future and points out the importance of having a compelling vision for the future. The first E in the model stands for Engage and Develop Others and focuses on hiring the right people for the right roles and investing in their development. The R stands for Reinvent Continuously and refers to personal reinvention, system and process reinvention, and structural reinvention. And the V in the SERVE model stands for Value Results and Relationships. For many years, leaders thought they had to choose between people and results, but in fact both elements…

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