Cindy is being recognized as our athlete of the month.
At RaceStart we have a saying, “don’t put in half the effort unless you’re OK with half the results”…
Cindy’s transformation didn’t come easy at first- It took diligence inside and outside of the gym. It wasn’t until recently that Cindy made a commitment to herself and her health. At that point she was “ALL IN”. Her perseverance allowed her to achieve EVERY personal goal that we set (to date over the last 4-5 months)
I am so proud of Cindy! I have not only seen a physical difference with Cindy, but her entire demeanor has changed. Cindy, you are an inspiration to us all! For that reason alone I thank you for being apart of the RaceStart family and I am happy to announce that you are RaceStart’s Athlete of the Month.
I work for Baker Tilly in their Management Consulting practice and lead a team focused on growth strategy services. Our value is to help clients improve their performance and grow their business.
Tell us something we may not know about you?
I love 70’s music and threw myself a disco party for a recent milestone birthday.
When did you start training at RaceStart?
I started personal training with Antonette several years ago at a “chain” health club. When she decided to go out on her own and launch RaceStart I didn’t hesitate to follow her. It wasn’t until recently that I fully commited to my fitness goals.
Main reason for joining RS?
I was tired of feeling winded just walking up a flight of stairs and decided it was time to focus on improving my health. I was going to the gym but not making any real progress. I realized that just showing up at the gym wasn’t getting it done. I wasn’t challenging myself and I needed someone to push me in order to get results.
What were your thoughts after you completed your first RaceStart workout?
I felt defeated initially. It was hard to realize that I didn’t have the stamina, flexibility or strength that I use to have when I was younger and healthier. It magnified how out of shape I really was- BUT that’s what motivated make a change. I think you have to hit a very low point – rock bottom – before you are ready to commit to showing up and giving it everything you have.
What is your fitness background?
I was a three sport athlete in high school and have continued to play sports throughout my adult life. I began to slow down my activity in my 30’s and saw my weight climb. My career also required a lot of travel which only added to my problem. I have worked with a personal trainer on several occasions before and generally had good success when I had someone pushing me so I
decided to give it a try again.
What’s your biggest fitness accomplishment?
It is so hard to pick one because there are so many fitness accomplishments since I have been working with Antonette. When I first started I could barely squat even an inch and now I can squat past parallel! My improved flexibility is what I notice most often and the fact that I can walk up two flights of steps with ease.
Has RS affected your life at home, at work, with friends, family life, etc? (Circle all that apply)
There isn’t any part of my life that hasn’t been affected since joining RaceStart. I sleep so much better and therefore wake up in a better mood most days. Work related stress has diminished significantly because I have more energy and am able to focus on my work throughout the day. I have introduced friends and family to RaceStart because I want them to experience first-hand how Antonette trains and her philosophy on being healthy. My self-confidence has increased with each “personal record” I achieve and I am excited to share these small accomplishments with the important people in my life. My schedule resolves around my workouts now rather than trying to fit workouts into my schedule. I really had to embrace the concept of putting myself first because my life depends on it.
What results have you seen since your first RS workout?
I had a significant amount of weight to lose in order to be “healthy” and each day I am closer to that goal. The scale didn’t show dramatic results initially but I could feel my clothes fit differently and have dropped 4 dress sizes. While this is important, I also choose to focus on the small accomplishments such as getting a new personal record or lifting a heavier weight than the last time.
What are your future training goals?
My weight loss goal is something I will continue to focus on but I now have some other goals that challenge me. I want to get strong enough to be able to do pull ups on the bar rather than with rings. I also want to be able to do “double unders” with the jump rope and get more than 5 in a row. The next big thing is getting off my knees and doing real push-ups and that is going to take some time.
What is your most memorable experience with RS?
Overhead squats… I could never do them. So much of what you do in the gym requires thinking and proper breathing and once you figure that out it all comes together.
What advice would you give to a “Newbie” or someone considering joining the RaceStart family?
Don’t give up – believe in yourself no matter how out of shape you are or how much your body hurts when you are done with a workout. Your body can do so much more than your mind tells you. I have learned that there are many aspects that contribute to your health and I had to address each one of them in order to start seeing results. FIRST, I had to truly commit to working out on a consistent basis-THEN I tackled my nutrition. I started to see some results at this point but they were not in line with the effort I was putting out. That is when I had to address the emotional issues that were holding me back. I am very motivated when I hear “I am proud of you” from my VIP – make sure to include them in your journey – support is critical!
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I like… group classes because having a little competition from my classmates is a great motivator
I eat… whatever I want but make good choices more often now and I cook more too
I do… enjoy working out – it is addictive
I am… proud of what I have accomplished
To be fit is to be… strong in both mind and body