Athlete of the Month – Ciera

If you are new to the gym and have seen Ciera working out, one might easily assume she has been training like this for years. If you aren’t a “rookie”, it’s easy to forget that Ciera started group training at RaceStart only 7 months ago! Her dedication and results along the way is extremely impressive and true to her character. Ciera brings a mix of positive energy with little bit of sass in everything she does. Our classes would not be the same without her charm and wit.

She is a friendly reminder that life’s much more enjoyable with a smile on your face 🙂 The team at RaceStart would like to thank Ciera for being apart of this gym community, all the smiles that she’s brought, and for paving the way for new athletes. The roles have switched, and now the new athletes look up to her – hoping that they too can lift that weight, do those pull ups, and some day get those double unders.  I’m so proud to announce this month’s Athlete Of The Month is Ciera! Learn more about Ciera and her fitness journey below. Congrats!


Ciera and her homies

Occupation? Marketing Harley-Davidson

Tell us something we may not know about you? I was on a water ski team called the Lauderdale Aqua Skiers when I was growing up. I did everything from climbing water ski pyramids to skiing in the ballet line! I forgot how much strength and balance it took to pull myself out of the water on one ski and climb to the top of a human pyramid! I am working on my strength and balance in class and I’m excited for summer to get back into water skiing.

When did you start personal training at RaceStart? June 2016, time flies when you are sweating and having fun!

Main reason for joining RS?  I moved to Bayview in June and was looking for a gym that was not your typical go on the elliptical pretend you were working out and leave an hour later after watching bravo at 4.5 mph sort of gym.

What were your thoughts after you completed your first RaceStart workout?  I thought everything hurts and I’m dying! I could barely get out of bed but I wanted to go back for more workouts….surprisingly! The overall atmosphere and the bubbly personality of Antonette made it seem like I was a part of the family the second I walked in the door. I tried to come as much as possible when I first started so it felt like I was constantly sore but now I’m in a routine of going in the morning and at night some days. I learned quickly that the lacrosse ball is your best friend!

What is your fitness background?  I am not a runner, I never was growing up and never will be. I have always said, “Why run when you can drive?” I have always loved outdoor activities such as golfing, water-skiing and snowboarding.

“The fastest way to FUN!”

What’s your biggest fitness accomplishment since you started here?  Overall my biggest fitness accomplishment is utilizing the barbell in general. I have always been scared to pick up a barbell in a gym- However, now I have gained so much experience with the attention and training Antonette gives me. I have really enjoyed watching myself grow in terms of how much I can lift. I also never thought in a million years I could get my arms to pull my body up to a bar and by utilizing a resistance band I have been able to work on my kipping, aka fish out of water ability!

Has RS affected your life at home, at work, with friends, family life, etc? Yes, working out and eating healthy is a common interest my team at work shares. We rely on each other to stay healthy throughout the day and exchange healthy recipes between each other. Being part of this gym is not just about the workout it is also about building new friendships with people who enjoy the same lifestyle as you. I never thought I would gain so many friends just by joining a gym and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

What results have you seen since your first RS workout?  The results are endless even after complaining the whole way … especially when you see how much you have progressed since you started. I actually feel like I have muscles and I don’t shy away from pushing myself weight wise since I know I can do it!

What are your future fitness goals?  In the short time I have been with RaceStart I have dabbled in things I never thought were possible. I want to keep working on goals such as kipping, push ups, double unders and the list goes on.

What is your most memorable experience with RS?  I think my most memorable experience is deadlifting more than my body weight and still managing to say, “OMG this is so heavy” while I almost passed out!

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Deer in headlights 😉

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Dead-lifting almost double body weight and still talking-Impressive 😉

What advice would you give to a “Newbie” or someone considering joining the RaceStart family?  Make sure to wear shinguard’s for the first year (box jumps getcha everytime), try everything once, Ditch your Boyfriend for a lacrosse ball and when you think Antonette isn’t watching you….she really is so lift that weight!

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  • I like…socializing (this is obvious for anyone who knows me), making people laugh, going on new adventures, anything outdoors, traveling and a nice box of wine from time to time 🙂
  • I eat…grilled ceasar salads, Mexican food, tomatoes and cucumbers are my jam!
  • I do…whatever it takes! With a complaint or two mixed in there.
  • I am…excited to see what is in store for me on my fitness journey to come!
  • To be fit is to be…“the struggle is real”