Rebecca Kordecki creator of Booty Slide and the owner of RK FIT, has enjoyed a robust 18-year career as a personal trainer, fitness expert and on camera host. She has had a hand in shaping up some of Hollywood’s finest celebrities and athletes as well as helping to keep their bodies ready for action both on and off the playing fields.
Her list of past and present clients includes the timeless beauty Raquel Welch, Jim Carrey, Hunter Tylo, Scott Wolf, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Oliver Stone and Rick Fox. Most recently, Rebecca added Anastacia, International Recording Artist, to her client list, to prepare her for her upcoming 2014 European Album Release.
Rebecca and her signature workout Booty Slide®, have appeared on The Today Show, Extra, Hollywood Heat.
She has been featured in publications such as Vogue, The New York Times, Glamour, Hamptons, In Style, Shape, TimeOut NY and Daily Candy. Currently based in Beverly Hills California, Rebecca works with her personal training clients via online coaching and training programs and as well as one on one on in Los Angeles.
While living and working on the East Coast from 2006-2012 Rebecca was voted the Hampton’s Best of the Best Personal Trainer 3 years in a row.
As a former Ms. Galaxy Finalist and Tri- Fitness Winner, Rebecca has been active in the fitness industry as not only a fitness competitor, but as a Wellness Consultant, Fitness Ambassador and is currently at work on a new Booty Slide Fitness video, along with a 28 Day Booty Slide Fitness Makeover Book and other wellness products.
I asked Rebecca questions about training, diet, how she got started and recommendations for people starting out in getting fitter and healthier
Here’s Rebecca Kordecki, Enjoy!
JAMIE: how did you get started on the journey to health and wellness?
REBECCA: My journey into this industry was completely by accident. About 20 years ago I was working as a Sales and Training Rep for a Tech company and one day I came to work and our entire department was “pink slipped” (aka let go).
But, during my time at this company, I really started to fall in love with running and lifting weights and had been reading everything I could get my hands on about living a healthy lifestyle. Many of my co-workers frequently came to me for advice as they saw my body change and my energy shift with my new lifestyle. Coaching them gave me joy and really “lit me up”.
For me, having a real purpose in life was very important since in my early twenties I struggled with feeling like I had no purpose and ended up running with the wrong crowd leading to a drug addiction (but that’s a story for another day). Once I took back control of my life I was committed to being as healthy as possible.
Back to the pink slip day, I received a nice severance package but then found myself with a wide-open schedule and no job. I realized the one thing that felt meaningful to me was inspiring and helping others find their way to a healthy and fit life. I received my first training Certification with ACE and started working as an in house trainer at LA Fitness.
This was the perfect place to explore my style, my strengths and to develop an ability to work with all kinds of clients. I was there for one year and then was lucky enough to go out on my own with referrals from my time in the gym.
I started training clients at $20 an hour privately – and then worked my way up to where I am now. I have never looked back; I love this field and feel privileged to inspire and motivate people to live a healthy and fit lifestyle on a daily basis.
J: what is exciting you as far as current trends in fitness & nutrition
R: Regarding fitness, the most exciting thing for me over the past 5+ years has been the shift to more functional, core and cross training styles of training. I was using this type of training 15+ years ago with my clients as I knew that not only did it make more sense from a physical standpoint – but it served my clients much better in their daily lives and really did improve their quality of life.
Not only did they look good, but they also felt stronger, were more flexible and less exhausted by everyday tasks etc. I always believed functional training, core training and cross training was key to helping my clients stick with their fitness routines. It helped eliminate the boredom factor that can accompany most traditional weight lifting routines.
Don’t get me wrong here, I am a fan of traditional lifting routines and train this way often, but for the general person just wanting to get fit, lose weight or keep health issues at bay, I found a lot of my clients’ lost interest if they felt bored with their routine.
Nutritionally, it’s fantastic to see so much attention on eating “clean” and “fresh” and even organically. I love that we are all finally getting that processed foods, SUGAR (aka the devil) and junk carbs keep us out of the winner’s circle and have led our country into an obesity epidemic.
It’s wonderful to see we are waking up as a society even though we’re sort of late to the game. Now our youth are in trouble and we have to work twice as hard to one-day reserve this growing obesity issue. But on a positive note – it’s wonderful to see we’re AWAKE now about it and the paradigm shift will come – it just takes time.
It’s great to see the shift from thinking of dieting as a verb to diet – as a noun. If we would all just eat clean, eat fresh, eat non-processed foods, we could stop thinking a “diet” will fix us. Our diet would just be healthy.
And I love that people are also starting to get that what we put in our “tank” (our bods) is key to looking great. Our diet (noun) really is 80% of how we look and feel. There is no getting around this fact!
J: what do you recommend for someone just getting started out?
R: I will tell you the same thing I tell all my clients or even people I meet on the street that want to make a fitness change whether it’s a weight loss goal or a health issue goal or just purely maintenance. Just start somewhere. Move More. Eat Better.
And the last one I learned over the last 20 years…Forgive (yourself and others) Often. I am not being flip here, I really do mean just start. Whether it’s by adding a 30-minute walk to your day, or by eliminating sugar and junk carbs from your diet. You can even start by making a commitment to meet a friend at a cool fitness class. Do one thing that is outside your comfort zone –regarding health and fitness and you will put the wheels in motion. This is how I started on my fitness journey over 25 years ago. It works, when you work it!
J: what makes up your daily nutrition intake?
R: I eat by these three rules – Eat Fresh. Eat Clean. Eat Often. In other words, I don’t believe in dieting, on being “on a diet”. I liken eating to putting gas in a car. My body can either be a Jalopy or a Ferrari. So whatever I put into it will determine the quality of my “ride” that day. When junk goes in – the ride is bumpy, slow and never gets me to where I want to go. But when I fuel my machine with top of the line gas – I get a high performance, smooth ride allowing me to hit the finish line feeling energized, balanced and ready to take on the day.
In my opinion, skipping meals and consuming sugar are the two worst things someone can do for their bodies. So for a quick easy way to “clean up” your diet avoid doing either of these!
J: what do you have going on now/how can people follow what you’re doing
R: Currently I am about to launch the 2nd version my Booty Slide Fitness APP (April 21st) and readers can find that here – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/booty-slide-fitness/id694056849?mt=8
I am also working on two ebooks as well as a new Booty Slide DVD.
MOVIE: “there are so many that’s a trick question! Most of my favorites are from 10+ years ago. Terms of Endearment, The Deer Hunter, When Harry Met Sally, The Usual Suspects
BOOK: “FICTION- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
NON FICTION – A Deep Breath of Life by Alan Cohen
TV SHOW: ” Currently loving Scandal and Homeland”
FOOD: ” I love sushi and clean Thai food once in awhile”
MUSIC: ” I have very eclectic taste. I love everything from Buddha Bar to David Guetta, Rhianna, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars to the Dixie Chicks and Led Zepplin “
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