May 18, 2024



“From Rock Bottom to Radiance: Remi Ishizuka’s Journey Towards Fitness, Farming, and Finding Joy”

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Not to fan girl (or make this about me), but I’m going to fan girl—and make this about me. See, for years Remi Ishizuka has been my favorite Instagram follow. One of the beautiful things we don’t often talk about on social media is our ability to witness development, progression, and growth. Of course, the cliché rings true: Instagram is a highlight reel of our greatest achievements—whether that be a promotion, brand launch, proposal, marriage… you know the posts. And while Remi may have once reached social media stardom thanks to highly-produced, splashy fitness images, she’s earned her place at the top because what she shares is exactly and unapologetically who she is.

Having relocated from California to Austin, Texas, Remi’s Instagram feed is a thoughtful and in-the-moment reflection of what it means to run a farm in 2023. Alongside her partner, Nate Pontious, Remi is regularly seen caring for the *cutest* sheep, gathering eggs, and calling the cows back home. It’s entertaining, and for this city gal—humbling. And while multi-hyphenates abound in our digital world, knowing that Remi does all of this while running her online fitness company, HomeBodies, well, I have to ask: when does the girl sleep?

Remi Ishizuka: Life in Fitness and on the Farm

And here’s the thing: Remi is funny. While many of us have tried to perfect the curated and highly aesthetic look of life online, Remi carries herself with a certain ease that says, I’m perfectly at home with myself. She’s cracking jokes left and right, exuding authenticity with her quick laugh and vibrant look of comfort and delight. Dopamine, serotonin, endorphins—whatever the chemical reaction, a quick spin around Remi’s profile and you’re bound to feel that infectious joy yourself.

So where does her endless energy come from—and how can we experience it ourselves? We sat down with Remi to get a peek into her dynamic, ever-shifting life. From balancing content creation and running a successful fitness program to what she learned after coming back from rock bottom, this is Remi real and unfiltered—a state she’s never afraid to embrace.

Get to Know Remi Ishizuka

Tell us about your career and starting a business. What has life been like as an entrepreneur?

But here I am, living proof that transformation is possible. My journey towards a healthier lifestyle began when I hit rock bottom. I was constantly exhausted, lacked confidence, and struggled with body image issues. It was then that I made a decision to take control of my physical and mental well-being.

I started by educating myself about nutrition and fitness. I discovered the power of clean eating and how it fueled my body with the right nutrients. I gradually cut out the hot Cheetos and Cup Noodles, replacing them with nourishing meals packed with vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

Simultaneously, I explored various forms of exercise to find what worked for me. From yoga to HIIT workouts, I ventured outside of my comfort zone, embracing the process of learning and growing. Sure, I stumbled and felt inadequate at times, but I persevered.

Through consistency and determination, I began to see incredible changes in my body and overall well-being. As I started to feel stronger, energized, and more confident, I knew I had found my passion. I wanted to share my knowledge and journey with others who may be struggling just like I once did.

That’s when the idea of HomeBodies was born. My co-founder and I wanted to create an accessible and inclusive platform that empowered individuals to prioritize their health at home. We designed workout programs that catered to various fitness levels, ensuring that everyone could find a routine that suited their needs. We also provided nutritional guidance and motivational content to support people on their wellness journeys.

As I became more involved in the fitness and wellness community, unexpected opportunities came knocking. Major sports brands and wellness companies recognized my dedication, authenticity, and passion. They saw the value in my message and invited me to become a brand ambassador. It was surreal, yet incredibly rewarding.

Today, I consider myself lucky to be able to inspire and motivate others through my content creation and brand partnerships. I’m proud to have transformed my lifestyle and transformed myself from a “skinny fat girl” into a strong, healthy, and confident woman. I hope that my story serves as a reminder that anyone can make positive changes in their life with the right mindset and determination.

Absolutely, reflecting on our past experiences and how they shaped us can be mind-boggling. It’s interesting to see how every hardship and triumph has played a role in leading us to where we are today. It’s through facing challenges, overcoming obstacles, and learning from them that we discover our true strengths and passions.

Those demanding 9-5 corporate jobs may have been tough, but they instilled in you a strong work ethic that now serves as the foundation for your entrepreneurial journey. Similarly, going through a toxic relationship helped you identify your non-negotiables and prioritize your well-being. And hitting rock bottom with your health became the catalyst for your transformation and determination to live a healthier lifestyle.

Sometimes, it takes hitting our lowest points or facing setbacks to realize that there are other doors waiting to be opened. Quitting your full-time job and experiencing that demotion may have felt like the worst thing at the time, but it ultimately paved the way for you to pursue your passion as an entrepreneur and tap into your creativity on a daily basis.

Now, you have the opportunity to inspire and positively impact your online community, sharing your journey and promoting a healthier and happier life. These blessings and the ability to make a difference in others’ lives are gifts that you cherish and will never take for granted.

It’s amazing to see how all these seemingly unrelated events and experiences have converged to shape your present path. Embracing both the good and bad moments allows us to appreciate the journey and the growth we’ve undergone. Remember to continue being grateful for the opportunities that have come your way, and use your platform to inspire others to create positive transformations in their own lives.

I stopped waiting for outside circumstances to happen to me to feel happiness, wholeness, freedom, and love.

What has been your biggest learning over the past year?

This past year, I stopped waiting for outside circumstances to happen to me to feel happiness, wholeness, freedom, and love. Instead of waiting for what I want, I am able to generate those feelings of love and wholeness through meditation from within. It’s been my secret sauce to creating my life—I finally get it.

How would you describe your personal style?

Clothes: comfy, cozy, sporty.

Interior: minimal, zen, organic.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day consists of staying on top of communication with my managers, coordinators, and assistants via email. I also plan, research, shoot, edit, write, and schedule content for both brands @clubhomebodies and @rrayyme.

I’ll usually finish editing the minute the shoot is done because it’s my favorite part! It’s just so rewarding to see all our hard work come together.

What time is your wake-up call?

I go to sleep around 10 p.m. and wake up at 6:30 a.m. Something I’m so proud of is that I haven’t hit snooze in two years! The trick was using an alarm clock in my bathroom (not the bedroom). Now as soon as I hear it, I jump awake to go turn it off. And once I’m up, I’m up! It’s 100% helped me build a consistent wake-up time.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

I head straight to the closet and get dressed in workout clothes. Then I brush my teeth and cleanse my face thoroughly (this step has been a game changer for clear skin versus just splashing with water). After that, I’ll use a light toner. I don’t do my full routine here because I work out and shower again.

What does your morning, pre-work routine look like?

Once I’m dressed, I put my sneakers on and head downstairs. Nate will greet me with a delicious espresso shot and I’ll have it over oat milk with some Texas lavender honey.

Then, I fill up my water bottle, drink a big gulp and roll out my mat. The longer I think about it, the more I’ll procrastinate, so I just press play on my laptop and get after the next HomeBodies workout I’m doing. I haven’t gone to a gym in four years and there are no signs of going back. It’s such a time-saver!

Once I finish working out, I shower and go through my skincare routine. But before going downstairs to start my work day, I will do a Joe Dispenza meditation ranging from 15-30 minutes. It makes such a huge difference in the trajectory of my day. My creativity will be on point, I will feel at ease with work, deal with anxiety better, and just overall feel joy that day. Since meditating consistently for over 10 months, I have so much more clarity around my goals and outlook on life.

Describe your morning beauty routine from start to finish.

  • First I cleanse my skin with the gentle cleanser from Face Reality.
  • Then I’ll go in with a double cleanse and use Sunday Riley.
  • I use Perricone MD Plasma Plus toner.
  • Then it’s the Youth to the People hyaluronic acid [moisturizer].
  • Face Reality gel moisturizer.
  • Face Reality SPF.

Face Reality Ultra Gentle Cleanser

Ultra Gentle Cleanser, $28

Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip French Green Clay Cleanser

Ceramic Slip French Green Clay Cleanser, $35

Perricone MD Cold Plasma Plus+ The Essence

Cold Plasma Plus+ The Essence, $179

Youth To The People Superfood Air-Whip Lightweight Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid

Superfood Air-Whip Lightweight Moisturizer with Hyaluronic Acid, $48

Face Reality Hydrabalance Hydrating Gel

Hydrabalance Hydrating Gel, $26

Face Reality Daily SPF 30 Lotion

Daily SPF 30 Lotion, $30

What will we always find in your refrigerator?

Tubs and tubs of cottage cheese (Nate’s secret protein weapon), miso paste, fresh farmer’s market meats, and kimchi without fail.

What are your morning rituals?

Make my bed, get dressed, have coffee, workout, meditate, skincare, eat breakfast, then work.

What are your favorite books?

What’s always on your nightstand?

A scrunchie, dried-up contacts here and there (what! I’m being real), headlamp in case we lose power (it doesn’t happen often but it does), AirPods for PM meditations before bed.

What’s your favorite getting-ready soundtrack?

Anything I can sing along to. I love listening to Rihanna radio on Spotify when I’m getting ready!

Do you work out in the morning?

I do HomeBodies PERSIST workouts. It’s a one-year program that drops new strength and conditioning workouts three times a week. They usually range from 30-40 minutes long and they are potent!

What’s your daily uniform?

  • Vuori Yosemite Bra
  • Vuori Daily Legging
  • The Upside Sweatshirt
  • SeaVees Slippers
  • Corkcicle Waterbottle

Vuori Yosemite Bra

Yosemite Bra, $58

Vuori Daily Legging

Daily Legging, $89

The Upside Saturn Crew

Saturn Crew, $139.99

SeaVees SeaChange Slipper

SeaChange Slipper, $60

Corckcicle Classic Canteen

Classic Canteen 25 oz, $34.95

If you had one extra hour every morning, how would you use it?

I’d go outside and see all the animals on the ranch! That’s one thing I haven’t hard-scheduled into my morning routine even though I live on a ranch with 80 sheep, 17 chickens, five goats, two donkeys, four dogs, two pigs, and a cow. It would be so great to go on morning feedings with my partner Nate not just at sunset.

What are one or two things you do every day to live a more present life?

I practice being present during my meditation by opening up my awareness. In doing so I feel the energy of JOY and it’s actually my favorite practice because I’ll start bursting into laughter or tears of joy. It’s helped me become more mindful and grateful in my present life as well.

If you could pin your success down to one thing, what would that be?

Perseverance truly is a key ingredient for success. It’s the determination to show up and put in the work, even on the days when motivation might be lacking. When you consistently push through resistance and show up day after day, you build resilience and develop a habit of commitment that can propel you forward and make you unstoppable.

Your journey as a content creator is a testament to the power of perseverance. It took over five years of consistently creating and sharing content for you to reach the point of becoming a full-time content creator. Rain or shine, you stayed committed to your craft, building your audience and honing your skills.

Similarly, your decision to launch HomeBodies during a challenging year when gyms were closed demonstrates your perseverance and willingness to adapt. By showing up every day and creating a 365-day workout program, you provided a solution for people looking to prioritize their health and fitness from the comfort of their homes.

Your dedication and consistency have not only allowed you to grow your own business but also to support and inspire others. By leading by example and showing up consistently, you have created a community of individuals who trust and rely on you for their wellness needs.

Perseverance is indeed a powerful mindset that sets successful individuals apart. It allows you to push past obstacles and setbacks, turning challenges into opportunities for growth. Your story is a reminder that with perseverance, we can achieve our goals and make a positive impact on the world around us.

Sentence Finishers:

I never leave the house without: my water bottle.

If there were more hours in the day, I would: spend more time looking out into the horizon.

Healthiest morning habit: meditation.

Worst morning habit: checking my phone.

One thing I want to be known for is: making people’s lives brighter.

The one thing I fear the most: nail picking.

When I feel that fear, I: cringe lol.

The book I always recommend: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.

One trait you need to succeed in life is: unshakeable discipline.

Bath or shower? And what’s your favorite shower/bath product? Shower—eucalyptus hanging on the shower head.

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