Leader: June Villarosa
Co-Leader: Lucy Lopez-Zacaias
Group Location: Hayward, CA
Regional Manager: Jayvelle Thompson
Month/Year group started: December 2014
NEM Hayward Leader, June Villarosa didn’d recognize herself after gaining weight and holding on to it months after her son was born. She wanted to add some boxing to her workout routine and approached her friend and gym owner, David. David then told June about his wife, No Excuse Mom Regional Manager, Jayvelle Thompson. June was intrigued by the NEM movement and decided to lead a group!
Tell us more about the city/state/country you lead:
Hayward that’s also known, as “The Heart of the Bay” is a beautiful city filled with awesome parks. It is a great place to raise a family! We have one of the most diverse communities, and that’s one of the best things I love about Hayward. Growing up I had friends from all different cultures.
What has been your most rewarding experience as a group leader?
The most rewarding experience for me as a leader, was when my group and I joined other NEM groups in the Bay Area on Mothers Day to hike Mission Peak. Mission peak is a mountain that is 2,000 feet high and very steep. The hike is about 6 miles long up and down. It is one tough hike. I had 10 of my moms that joined me and my fellow NEM leaders that day. And this was the first time for all of my moms to hike mission peak. To be honest I was a little nervous that some of my members wouldn’t make it to the top. I was so proud to see every member reach the top of the mountain! I was especially proud of my co-leader Lucy for reaching the top with me! She doubted herself in the beginning and there were times where she wanted to give up, but that’s when I would yell at her and tell her that we were almost there!! She kept fighting and kept going! I got very emotional when she went to the top with me. Lucy and the rest of my moms have come a long way! I can only imagine where they will be a year from now.
What kind of workouts do you do?
We do all kinds of workouts! I usually lead with a 5-10 minute warm up. Then I’ll have about 9 different exercises that we do that focuses on everything. We do the routine about 2-3 times with 10-15 reps for each exercise. I sometimes incorporate light dumbbells, but I tend to focus on exercises we can do using our body weight. I also introduced HIIT workouts to our group, which the Mamas love! Whenever one of our members posts a You Tube exercise video on our FB page, I try to incorporate it in our workout! Just to add a little spice!
Has your group participated in any events or charity fundraisers?
The first event that my group participated in was last month at the “Mommy and Me” event in San Jose. And it was the first time some of them got to actually meet Maria Kang.
Some of my moms volunteered for HASHTAG LUNCH BAG SF, an organization where they focus on feeding the homeless. I felt like a proud mama seeing them go out there in the community to help the less fortunate.
How has becoming a leader changed your life?
Being a leader for NEM has forever changed my life. I have always had that passion to help people, and have been told that I am a great motivator. I finally get to exert these passions with my group and it has been amazing. I really thought it was just going to be a hobby, but it is way more than a hobby, it’s a sisterhood. I have created so many long-lasting friendships, I’ve lost count. It just feels so good to know that I am making a difference in someone’s life. Being a leader has also kept me accountable for staying healthy. I feel that I should lead by example, so I try to by being committed to working out. I know that my posts and presence help inspire these mamas to get out there. But little do they know, they also inspire me as well.
How has becoming a leader affected your family?
I feel that being a NEM has made me a better mother and wife. I am much happier now and my son loves going to our workouts. He loves to play with the other kids! My husband has been totally supportive and has attended some meet ups. Ever since becoming a leader for NEM, I have noticed a lot of my friends and family start to exercise more and watch what they eat. So I can definitely say being a leader has had a positive impact on my family.
What is your favorite part of leading a group?
It is crazy to know that we just started Hayward NEM less than 6 months ago! We started with as little as 30 members, and now have over 350 members! My favorite part of leading this group, is seeing my members confidence rise. These mamas are doing things like hiking and 10k races, things they would have never done if it weren’t for NEM. For example my co-lead Lucy, when she first started, she lacked a little confidence and was always too shy to lead workouts. Fast forward to today: her confidence level is off the charts and she is leading workouts on her own!
I just love this sisterhood we’ve created! We have a great group of Moms who are all shapes, sizes, ages, and backgrounds. I feel that we have one of the most diverse groups, which I love, because it makes us unique!