Rebeca Gonzalez was born to immigrant parents from Mexico and fluently speaks English and Spanish. She owns Fitlife Studio in Gulfport, MS alongside her husband where she is a certified personal trainer, fitness camp instructor, Pound fitness, and R.I.P.P.E.D instructor.
Rebeca is a graduate of Harrison Central High School. She received her Associates Degree of Nursing in 2012 from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. While enrolled at MGCCC, Rebeca was an active member of the Student Nursing Organization, where she also served as President of the Student Nurse Organization in 2011.
She has volunteered with the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Humane Society, BP Oil Spill, and Breast Cancer Association. Rebeca is a current and active member of the Black Nurses Rock Organization.
Rebeca began her career in the medical field as a nursing student assistant under experienced Registered Nurses until she graduated. This opportunity allowed her to grow more knowledgeable and gain experience before entering the workforce as a Registered Nurse. After graduation she was immediately hired for an Orthopedic/Neurology Nursing position at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. After her first year, she was promoted to a Lead Nurse Position where she also received her NIH Stroke Certification, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification.
Before leaving the workforce, Rebeca was an unhappy and unhealthy overweight nurse. She suffered a life changing experience during a code on her unit. After the ordeal, she began to realize how much her unhealthy weight and habits where affecting her life saving capacity skills. Rebeca knew it was time for a change. In 2015 she seeked the help of a personal trainer who helped her lose 60 pounds, she quit smoking, and became an avid health and fitness enthusiast. She served the Gulf Coast Health community for 5 years until she became an entrepreneur. This was the beginning of a new career and lifestyle.
In 2016 Rebeca became a certified personal trainer. She also started her own ViSalus health and wellness business alongside her then fiancé Joseph Barker. During this time, she joined Joseph and helped with instructing clients in the Beauties and Beasts Fitness Camp. This opportunity provided an amazing opportunity for growth. Together they have served the Gulf Coast community with helping hundreds of people lose thousands of pounds. Rebeca and Joseph are a health and wellness team that provide not only proper workout regimens but with Rebeca’s nursing background they are able to provide proper health and nutrition education to the local community. With the continued growth of their business, Fitlife Studio was established in 2017.
In 2018 Rebeca was featured on the cover of Gulf Coast Woman’s Magazine and has written multiples articles for the magazine. Fitlife Studio was ranked number one amongst other national trainers in Challenge Pro. They helped clients win $12,500 in cash and prizes as well produced a North American winner for the number one weight loss transformation. In 2019 Fitlife Studio received the top Health and Wellness Award from Black Owned Businesses on the Gulf Coast.
Rebeca is presently working with three local business owners in establishing a non-profit organization to help our local community youth. With this program their mission is to inspire our youth while helping create opportunities to learn certain life and developmental skills. She is also working alongside the Boys and Girls Club and Black Nurses Rock organization to host a community event that focuses on our youth. She will also be featured in healthy blogs with a top Instagram Influencer for Mommie Nation. Lastly, she recently received a new certification in Xtreme Hip Hop which brings a new and exciting step aerobics class.
Rebeca and Joseph are happily married and look forward to having a family in the near future.