JR was born in the beautiful caribbean island of Puerto Rico and raised in New Jersey. She and her husband, Dean, recently relocated back to Florida after living in Ohio state for a few years. They have five beautiful adult children and two grand babies they enjoy visiting every chance they get. JR brings years of experience in group fitness. Her passion for fitness makes her no stranger to participate in events such as the tri-fitness challenge and the National Physique Competition, where she placed first in the senior class at her last stage appearance here in Lakeland. Pure Barre was introduced to her after a back surgery and initially she wasn't sure if Pure Barre would provide the same level of fitness her body was used to as a physique competitor. To her surprise Pure Barre did provide that level of fitness helping her regain her strength and flexibility.