We had the good fortune of connecting with Case Cortez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Case, what’s been your favorite thing to do during quarantine?
This quarantine has been quite a challenge, but I feel despite all the challenges there have been plenty of opportunities for positivity. Family time has increased exponentially! I built my business around being able to be available to my kids, but this has provided an opportunity to be around my family a lot more. And while I wear many hats as a business owner, I’ve had to wear a lot more hats during this quarantine at home. Things that have kept me busy are being a chef, a homeschool teacher, referee for indoor sports, a counselor, and daily fitness routines.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an outdoor group fitness instructor for Camp Gladiator. I have been a trainer with CG for 4 years. I’ve been extremely blessed to be able to provide for my family and use my God given talents to make an impact on people’s lives. There are definitely victories as far as the scale goes but we also like to talk about a lot of non-scale victories. And I think for our community the non-scale victories are some of the best and brightest moments. We have moms and dads, we have business owners, we have people who work at the top of the ladder in corporate America, we have people that work for the government and the city and everything else in between. What amazes me is the bond that holds us all together. Even though we all come from different walks of life, we are able to come together for one hour multiple times a week and fellowship with physical fitness. Growing a business is hard work. I started from the ground up like a lot of our trainers do. So to be able to be successful and establish a strong community is a tremendous blessing. Makes my job not feel like work. I tell my campers all the time that hard work pays off. I spent a lot of my twenties in school learning, trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I feel like I am a jack of all trades. I graduated from Abilene Christian with a business degree in organizational leadership pre-physical therapy. I spent four years there as an athletic trainer traveling with the teams. I also spent three years in the physical therapy setting. I had dreams of becoming an athletic trainer, or a physical therapist, or owning my own gym. I also at one point went to EMT school and graduated top of my class because I thought firefighting would be my career path. All that experience led me to where I am now. All those years of hard work and feeling like I didn’t have a path to follow led me to this job. It’s having faith that the action you create will lead you somewhere, even if you can’t see where that somewhere is. Just like fitness, put in the work to workout and make healthy food choices and over time it will lead you to your destination!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ha! With 5 kids we don’t get out a whole lot! We definitely like to embrace heading to trails and parks and being outside. There’s lots of cool places locally here in North Texas that we can get to and enjoy a day in the great outdoors. I think camping is awesome with friends. If someone has never been to Texas before I would definitely hit up downtown Dallas and Fort Worth to see all the sites. I live in Lewisville, so checking out Old Town Lewisville and walking around the plaza is fun to do. Plenty of places to eat and drink!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My amazing wife Meagan Cortez has been instrumental in my success personally and professionally. She is such a blessing in my life and has helped me grow tremendously in life. She is such a light and ministers to the masses through fitness. She is an injustice fighter and seeks to help women overcome life’s greatest challenges. She is an amazing writer and devout Christian.