A:I think California will always be my “home” base even though I was born in Chicago and lived on a farm in Wisconsin until age 16. And truly I do love the east coast mentality and sensibility – but Cali always feels like home to me. I guess it’s the weather, the geography and the opportunities in the fitness industry that keep me here. For now anyhow…
Q:Why is fitness your chosen career?
A:I fell in love with fitness over 20 years ago and I think for me – it’s always been the one thing in my life I can count on – if I show up and do the work, put in the effort – I always reap the rewards. If I am feeling low energy or a bit down, I know I can always count on feeling better after I move my body. And being able to help others recognize those things as well and help motivate/inspire them to want to change their bodies or to just live healthier has been a gift! I feel lucky to do what I do for a living and really can’t picture doing anything other than be involved in the health and fitness industry!
Q:Tell us about your own workout routine and diet…
A:For my workout routine I have always believed that intensity matters. And quality of movement OVER quantity. Also, mixing it up is so important. The whole ‘muscle confusion’ idea isn’t necessarily just for the muscles sake it’s also to keep our minds and spirits excited about our workouts. But with that in mind, some days I train hard and heavy - some days I train shorter and faster. Some days it’s cardio only days and other times it’s both weights and cardio. But no matter what the workout prescription in front of me on any given day, the goal is always to show up and give 150% or basically to “do it like you mean it”, which is my motto!
My diet is always pretty clean year round. It’s important in this industry, I feel, to also be the example – walk your talk, so I choose to keep my body tight and lean always. Also, I just feel better when I eat healthy and clean. I eat lots of fresh vegetables, some fruit, lean proteins and some days I only eat plant proteins. The most important key to my diet is that I stay away from processed foods, heavy sauces, frying my food and try to avoid all forms of processed sugar, (well ok the occasional oatmeal raisin cookie might slip into my mouth from time to time, just sayin’). I also drink lots of water. I try to cook at home as often as I can so I know how my food is being prepared. For me, the most important thing is that when I eat clean I feel good and when I feel good I have more energy to work out and when I work out I want to eat clean…lol, so it's really a never-ending cycle that truly feeds (no pun intended) upon itself.
Q:Booty Slide. Tell us about it..
A:Booty Slide is really a workout that I designed and created to be a total body – get in, get it done, get out kind of workout. I was tired of having to spend an hour or more to hit all my body parts in a workout and didn’t want to be dependent on having access to weights or machines to get a full body workout. So while living on the east coast 8 years ago I started playing around with the sliding modality --- I put bandanas on my feet at first and just started creating moves. After about a week of “playing” or more like being a mad scientist in my lab – I realized I had created a total body series of movements working in all different planes of movement. The emphasis of Booty Slide is on the core and the booty (obviously) but also your arms, chest and legs get a fantastic workout. Also, it’s a great cardiovascular workout, because you are sliding and moving fairly quick for the entire workout.
Q:You’re also a radio host. How did this happen?
A:I became a radio host sort of accidentally. I responded to an ad for a segment host on a radio show and the network owner met me and instead of giving me the one off segment gig, offered me a regular time slot on the network. So that’s how I started doing my Get Lifted Radio Show. I owe a big shout out to Linda MacKenzie for giving me that opportunity and to my fabulous radio producer/engineer Jay Cruz at The HealthyLife.net Radio network. I was a bit nervous about it at first as it was a new medium for me – but I ended up loving it, I love interviewing guests and learning about their lives and their causes and sharing their stories. I also found I do love the medium of radio! It’s been fun. Check out my new Get Lifted Radio page that has the archive of all my past shows at www.rebeccakordecki.com/getliftedradio
Q:Best interview so far?
A:Best interview up to this date is doing this interview with you. If I’m practicing what I know to be true which is living in the moment – the now, then yep – this interview is the best one so far.
Q:Lol, nice answer!! What other projects are you working on?
A:Other projects I’m working on include my Booty Slide 2.0 release that will be a high intensity interval version of Booty Slide done with weights and medicine balls along with lots of new moves. I’m finishing up a book about staying fit over 40 and how to use Booty Slide to get you there. And at the end of this year I will begin doing some motivational speaking engagements geared towards women, youth and corporations.
Q:Can you give us all of your social media handles?
A:Social Media Handles:
FB Pages: Booty Slide & RKFIT
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for healtHaven.com