Brownsville couple turns fitness passion into athletic brand

HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A federal officer with a passion for working out made a business out of fitness equipment and clothing she wanted to wear to the gym.

Yajaida Garcia is a Brownsville native and the creative mind behind Y Fitness, a brand she built in 2019 with the help of her husband.

Mando Ortiz, also a Brownsville native, works for Chase Bank and handles all of the finances for Y Fitness.

Garcia said she was inspired to start the business during a time when health culture and working out for women began to take off on social media. Garcia said she always knew she wanted to start her own business and capitalized on the momentum of the fitness train on Instagram to fulfill her dream.

The duo separates the responsibilities of owning a business based on their work schedules. Garcia works the midnight shift and despite her grueling schedule, she is dedicated to her craft and said she often sacrifices sleep to drive to pop-ups and showcase their brand. Garcia is also in charge of reaching out to manufacturers and designing the products and clothing in a way that she is proud of.

Ortiz, who works a more traditional 9 to 5, said he uses his time off to manage the business finances, pack orders and communicate with customers online. The business is run entirely online.

Y Fitness is based out of the couple’s apartment in Laredo, where they moved to four years ago when Garcia first got the federal position.