When a promising soccer career shattered in an instant, Fitmark Ambassador Vanesa Delgado was forced to the sidelines for the first time ever. What now?
Playing soccer with the big leagues is a dream many kids have growing up, and some even get close enough to touch it. By the time Vanesa hit high school, she had her whole soccer future all lined up in front of her. The offers to play were pouring in and her scholarship options were growing by the day.
Hailing from Colombia, Vanesa’s love for soccer rivals her nation’s own. She loves to follow her favorite team – Colombia! – and she says she’s “very passionate about the World Cup.”
But all those dreams of playing soccer came to a screeching halt when a split-decision on the playing field changed her life forever. She suffered a torn meniscus and ACL injury and it was the end of everything.
It took away all my dreams of being a soccer player. All my scholarships and offers to play were all gone.
Or so she thought. Vanesa’s love for working out had invoked a passion for weight training. At the same time the injury happened, she was working towards her first competition. She thought that dream too had shattered, but she was wrong. Weight training and fitness competition were going to become her recovery drug and open up a whole new future in the fitness field.
The Road To Recovery
After her injury and facing the fact that all her dreams had vanished, Vanesa took the time she needed to repair and recover. But a year of recovery cost her hard-earned muscle and her spirits had taken a beating. However, her determination was high. She says:
I decided to be more dedicated to the gym and continue my own physical therapy. I decided to compete in the first competition I had first wanted to do in Miami. So I started training and getting my leg strong again. It was the hardest 5 months of my life, but I did it! I got 1st place, and I got to admit that the hardest thing was being in heels – lol!
Suffering an injury that catastrophic was a life changer for Vanesa. But she was able to hold onto one of her dreams and is now an online fitness coach and personal trainer. She told us:
Since that day I haven’t stopped training. I know what it is not being able to train or get up.
The Fitmark Bag That Says, Get Up and Train!
“As a personal trainer, I live at the gym and carry all my meals and supplements. When everything is packed, all I do is just grab and go! It really helps to be able to carry everything I need. The duffel bag I use to carry my change of clothes.”
Top 3 Fitness Exercises
- Lateral raises
- Leg press
- Lying leg curls
Vanesa loves being in a position to inspire others to reach their fitness goals. With her clients, she says she likes to “focus on each individual and their goals. Even outside the gym, I try to keep track of them to make sure they are focused and motivated.” Above all, she says, “time and patience are key.”
You can find Vanesa Delgado online on Instagram @vanez1fit.
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The Fitmark Team