Local trainers share tips for exercise success

LOS FRESNOS — Abel Rangel of Brownsville slowed his run to a light pace.

He still had quite a bit of time left to go on the treadmill, but if the heavy sweat was any indication, his workout was intense.

“The first 15 minutes are the hardest,” he said. “But if you want to live a longer, healthier life, go to the gym. Any gym. Old or new, dirty or clean, expensive or cheap. Get in there and do it fast.”

Lorena Guajardo of Los Fresnos was taking a small break from her workout. She goes to the gym every day.

“The gym, to me, is kind of like an escape. Whether I’m happy, sad, angry, it’s like therapy to me. To see myself progress throughout the day, throughout the year, that’s what keeps me going,” Guajardo said.

Guajardo and Rangel are not strangers to fitness, but they still have personal goals they like to work towards.

For Guajardo, it’s about losing more weight, building muscle and toning out.

Rangel just wants to keep himself fit.

But even if someone is unacquainted with different workout routines, it’s not hard to start learning, said Richard Ramos, personal trainer at the Los Fresnos Fitness Gym.

“They just need to have a desire to want to change. Once you have that desire, you’ll have the confidence to move forward,” Ramos said.


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