No Room For Excuses

Veronica Becerra-Soto takes us through her battle against all odds and shares a fun, at home workout you can try!

Article by Joanna Sanchez

Photography by Morgan Jones-Osborne

Originally published in Pearland Lifestyle

It is that time of year again when we make our resolutions to eat healthier, exercise regularly, and lose weight.  We buy the gym membership and workout gear because THIS is the year, we finally shed the beer bellies and love handles… but we all know it is just a matter of time before life gets in the way and our motivation evaporates by Valentine’s Day.  Then, as we devour that heart-shaped box of chocolates, we wonder if only there was someone to help re-light that fire we once had to get fit.  Today, we meet Veronica Becerra-Soto, local personal trainer and community advocate. 

As Veronica professes, “the mindset is everything and everyone can conquer the world once they conquer themselves.”  She is dedicated to helping others achieve their fitness goals regardless of age or physical limitation.  Veronica expertly tailors' nutrition plans and training regimens to each client’s fitness level and objectives.  She takes cash or credit, but the one thing she will not accept is excuses.

Although she discovered her passion for healthy living and exercise early on from swimming at age 2, strength and conditioning in her teens, to winning her first bodybuilding competition at 18 – things were not always easy for her. Veronica’s battle with breast cancer and ensuing chemotherapy in 2010 left her completely debilitated.  She would have been forgiven had she decided to hang up her running shoes then, but Veronica is no mere mortal.

Suspecting that exercise and a proper diet would accelerate the healing process, Veronica decided her hard workouts needed an adjustment, not abandonment.  “We need to work on ourselves one small step at a time daily because in 365 days we will have taken 365 steps to a better us and can overcome many setbacks” is the mantra she preaches.  Even after having a tumor surgically removed from her femur in 2020, she defiantly walked through pain the very next day.  Despite all the obstacles, she leads by example without complaint. 

Today, Veronica trains clients out of her fully equipped garage, whether in-person or virtually. She continues community education and activities such as Wobble before you Gobble, 5k runs, and so much more. To follow or get in touch with Veronica, find her on Instagram or Facebook @VeroBodyFit or visit her website www.verobodyfit.com

VeroBodyFit's At Home Workout 

Try this at home workout to help kickstart your 2022 fitness regimen.  

Movement 1 

Squat Curl To Press 

 Bend your knees and lower your hips back into a deep squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Hold the squat position and perform a biceps curl, then push through your heels and squeeze your glutes while pushing the dumbbells overhead into a shoulder press. Lower the dumbbells back to your shoulders. Repeat. 

Movement 2

Stationary Lunge To Tricep Extension  

Stand tall with your feet hip distance apart. Step left foot behind you keeping heel off the ground. Bending knees, lower your body toward the floor as you place the weight behind your head. Extend the weight up towards ceiling while keeping your elbows tucked in close. Both legs should bend to a 90-degree angle at the bottom of the lunge. Straighten legs back to standing as you lower the weight back down. Complete reps and switch feet. 

Movement 3

Donkey Kick To Push Up

Get into push up position on your knees. Kick leg back into full extension and squeeze your glute. Lower yourself into a push-up. Alternate legs. If you can't get to 10 - do what you can and start there. 

Movement 4

Romanian Deadlift

 Assume a standing position with your feet shoulder width apart and hold the dumbbells with your palms facing inward. Engage your core, bring your shoulder blades together, and keep your chest held high. With a slight bend in your knees, hinge at the waist with a straight back and lower the weights towards the ground. You should feel a deep stretch in your hamstrings as your hips move backwards. Now, reverse the motion as you return to the standing position and squeeze your glutes. Maintain tightness in your core and repeat!

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