Vanesa Zuluaga is an NPC Bikini competitor, certified Personal Trainer (ISSA & ACE), nutritionist and exercise therapist and has a degree in Psychology. Born in Columbia, Vanesa moved to Florida at the age of 11, and began to pursue her passion for sports and fitness. After years of playing soccer and being selected for a university team, her dreams of playing soccer were crushed by a knee injury.
That injury led Vanesa to weight lifting to become stronger inside and out. However, after a second knee injury setback, she was forced her into a year of rehabilitation before she could return to the gym and competition stage. The next comeback would be her best… under the direction of her trainer and team IronSquad, she went on to compete at numerous shows including the NPC Nationals, NPC Southern States, Gold’s Classic and many more earning top place finishes. Today she competes and trains to honor the memory of her trainer after his passing.
Vanesa’s long term goal is to open her own gym where she will continue to inspire others through personal training and rehabilitation.
Her philosophy is, “Life may take a turn we might not expect but it’s up to us to keep going and not give up, because then is when we realize we may be on the road we were intended for all along.”