Founder/Owner/Operator of Happy Thoughts Fitness. Jesica was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has called Lancaster her home for over twenty-five years. Jesica is an only child and primary caretaker for both parents.
Jesica has been a well-respected, certified, active trainer within the
community, and has a proven record of results for over thirteen years.
Her fitness knowledge and training skills are unmatched and utilized
daily with her clients. Jesica's clients range in age from 12 to 82. She
enjoys assisting her clients discover the many benefits of strength training.
Strength andresistance exercises preserve and build muscles while
shedding fat. These forms of training also accelerate the metabolism,
increase energy,and improve balance and flexibility.
Prior to opening her HT Fitness Training facility in Lancaster CA, Jesica
taught group fitness classes at a few facilities before becoming a
Master Trainer for The Camp Transformation Center (CTC) in Lancaster, CA, when they opened their
doors to their new facility. She continued as Head Master Trainer from 2014 – 2015 and provided training for all new trainers that followed.
Jesica is a certified Zumba instructor licensed through Zumba LLC., and teaches one standard and three specialty Zumba classes; Zumba, Zumba Step, Zumba Strong, and Zumba kids respectively. Jesica choreographs specialized Zumba routines and continues to teach and lead several classes per week. In addition, she is also the primary instructor for the full slate of classes offered through her gym. These classes include Boxing, Booty-Werks, Core & Abs, Speed & Agility, Power Lifting, small group specialized training classes as well as individual training.
Jesica is also a certified Spartan trainer and has led hundreds of people, both adults and children, through Spartan courses from Spartan Sprint to Spartan Super to Spartan Beast. In the past five years Jesica has participated in over 85 races including 10 Trifectas, (5 in 1 year), a 12 hour Hurricane Heat, Spartan Ultra Beast, and qualified and completed the Spartan World Championship Race in Lake Tahoe.
Jesica also has a background in various sports, including NCAA college basketball (2007-2011) and the Lingerie Football League (2012-2013). Jesica has sponsored and participated in
several annual fitness events and normally has one of the largest teams
participating, such as: Grit OCR, and three Ragnar Relay Races. She has
also completed the L.A. Marathon. She has participated in over 12 figure
competitions; 4 at a national level, achieving 1st place on 4 occasions,
and a Best Overall Title. Jesica is ranked nationally and is actively
pursuing her IFBB Pro League pro card for bodybuilding.
Jesica mentors many diverse groups from young to old. She sponsors
summer youth curriculums including strength and conditioning,
basketball skills, plyometric training, and basic functional training.
Jesica mentors women pursuing a career in fitness and readies them
for national fitness competitions. To date, she has mentored and
entered 18 women into regional competitions, with ten achieving a Top 5 placement.
Jesica and HT fitness actively participate in our local community. HT Fitness is member of both the Lancaster and
Hispanic Chamber and holds an Ambassador position within the latter. HT Fitness is a regular participant in annual community events such as The Poppy Festival, The BOOlevard, AV Fitness Expo, AVTA Health Fair, and Dia De Los Muertos.
Jesica and HT Fitness provide several fundraising events throughout the year to raise funds for local charities such as: Grace Resources, Secondhand Animals, Quartz Hill Little League, Girls on the Run, and Cure A Child.
Jesica’s goal is to provide education and awareness that will inspire and motivate you to have fun while attaining your health and fitness goals. Fitness is a lifestyle, it’s not easy and it is an ongoing process. It takes time to understand, apply, and master.
Jesica and HT Fitness provide the best tools to help each unique person achieve those goals with hard work and with a celebrated and remarkable fitness family. HT Fitness looks forward to participating in your fitness journey.
B.S. Business Management (Concentration in Sports)
-Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
-Strong by Zumba Instructor
-Zumba kids & Zumba step certified
-Certified CPR & First Aid
-Spartan SGX Coach
-USA Powerlifting Club Coach
My fitness journey is one that many of you may be able to relate to. I continue to put my story out there as a way to connect with others and, perhaps, help another person who wants to change their lifestyle. My journey started 4 years ago when I decided I could no longer go on being overweight, tired, and unhappy. I am a licensed physical therapist. I was promoting wellness and health in my every day interactions with patients, but I wasn't living that lifestyle. I also had so much guilt being a working mother and wife that I denied my own needs in favor of taking care of my family when I wasn't working. This resulted in me being sedentary, out-of-shape, and miserable. I felt a disconnect between my profession as a PT and how I looked and felt.
I knew it wouldn't be long before I developed chronic health
problems such as type-II diabetes and high blood pressure. I also
knew I could end up like the many patients I served as a PT, in so
much pain they can't get out of bed and unable to lose weight
without being able to move. I made a commitment to myself four
years ago and I'm still at it! I am in engaged in life and not just
sitting on the sidelines. I am happy to say I am a Spartan, fitness
competitor, and now a Strong by Zumba certified instructor. I think
it's important to have accountability to keep yourself going. Sign up
for that race, commit to pushing yourself, don't be afraid of a
challenge. Be an active participant in your life and not just a
Licenses and Certifications
-Licensed Physical Therapist
-NASM Certified Personal Trainer
-Certified Strong by Zumba Instructor
I had come to a point in my life where I was just tired of being tired! Since I can remember, I have always been overweight. I was always told “Being big runs in the family.”, “You were born chubby.”, “Don’t try to change what’s already in you.” It wasn’t until the summer of 2013 when I had decided that enough was enough! I was topping the scale at 263 pounds, fitting into a very tight size 20, sick and super miserable. I had to do something in order to feel good about myself and to get my health under control; diabetes and hypertension run in my family and I was already having issues with high blood sugar and high blood pressure. I did not want to tie myself down with taking medications for the rest of my life. I started doing light cardio during my lunch hour with a group of coworkers and cut down on eating out every day. By
the time the summer of 2014 hit, I was
already down 30 lbs.
In September 2014, I signed up to
participate in a weight loss challenge
with my daughter. That is where I met
Jesica. The workouts we did were ones
I had never done before. I remember
going home crying sometimes thinking
I was not going to be able to finish.
The accountability from the program
and motivation and push I got from
Jesica was what I needed at that time
to finish successfully. I lost a total of
42 pounds with those challenges and
have kept going since. To this date, I have lost a total of 66 lbs. and fit into a size 12. I’ve had my ups and downs along my journey, but one thing for sure is I have not given up. I’m still a work in progress and continue chipping away at my body. I have done many “firsts” along the way: completed numerous obstacle course races, half-marathons and, OMG, even got certified to teach Strong by Zumba! Never did I ever imagine I would be considered an athlete, even more so, a certified fitness instructor.
I’m happy to be part of the Happy Thoughts Fitness Team! This has been a life changing experience for me. The best part is being able to share my experience, motivate others to reach their goals and assure them that with hard work and patience, anything is attainable in life; personal and professional!
- Certified Strong by Zumba Instructor