RaceStart Coach, Jordan Grifffin, Turned Pro UFC Fighter

Please note that there will be quite a few changes to our class schedule to watch for in February.

One of which, is Jordan’s LAST class. Coach Jordan will no longer be training on Monday nights. Rather, he is redirecting his focus on his own strength training program- Which I completely agree and will support him with. Together, Jordan and myself will be working one on one in preparation of his next UFC fight. So rest assured, we’ll still see our champ around RaceStart 🙂

Jordan’s main focus right now is taking his strength and fitness to the next level now that he is competing on a different platform. Jordan anticipates his next UFC fight to be set for either May or June. We’ll know more specifics soon. Jordan’s MRI was postponed until yesterday, and he’s still waiting on the results. This will play a big factor in the upcoming events.

Cardio Combat will no longer be available after February 4th.

  • Starting February 5th every Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 morning class will be power lifting + KB conditioning with Stevan
  • Starting Monday, February 11th, Erika will be coaching our tabata class at 5:30. Yep, you heard me correctly…Tabata will be moved from Thursday to Monday.
  • Starting Tuesday, February 12th Olympic lifting & conditioning will be coached by Amanda on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
  • Starting Friday, February 15th 4PM class will now be Kettlebells, coached by Antonette.
  • All other classes remain the same
  • Updated calendar coming soon

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Athletes and guests, you are invited to attend Jordan’s last Cardio Combat Class

Monday, February 4th at 5:30PM.

 

From all of us at RaceStart

Thanks so much for coaching us, and helping build a stronger community. Wishing you lots of success and happiness in your future. We will all miss your class, and will wait in anticipation to cheer you on at your next fight!

 

2018: A Year to Thrive

Happy holidays from all of us at RaceStart!

The end of the year is quickly approaching. A big thank you to all of our dedicated athletes and coaches who have trained, followed, and supported us over the years. You are the backbone to this operation- without you our gym wouldn’t have grown into what it is today.

It’s our goal to continue to build a strong community of leaders and set a positive example for generations to follow.

We invite you to take a walk down memory lane with us, but not before we wish you and yours a very Happy New Year’s!

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RaceStart, 2018 First Floor location

March

We moved from the 3rd floor to the first floor of the Lincoln Warehouse adding some square footage. The move was surprisingly quick with the help of our strong athletes. The the equipment was moved in less than 48 hours. What a difference from when we first moved into the Lincoln Warehouse back in 2014. It was mostly just Chris and Myself, over my birthday weekend, a snowstorm, and the Super Bowl weekend.  It consisted of MANY long days and nights.

New to our first floor digs, and staying true to our Bay View roots, we added the infamous graffiti wall. We also put our stamp on the city with our new exterior sign, along with our very own street entrance…Hello street visibility!

April

Back in April I started to use AdvoCare products to aid my fitness performance, cut excess weight, and help with my workout recovery.  Prior to implementing AdvoCare into my diet, I would take the occasional fish oils and protein powders, but I was not seeing the results that I wanted in the gym. Something was missing. I told myself that I’d commit to AdvoCare’s program for 24 days and see what happens. I was blown away with my results over the weeks- And months later I still continue to use it. My goals have shifted since I’ve become pregnant, but I truly believe that AdvoCare supplements are a big contributor to how well my pregnancy is going. When I became pregnant ONE of my first thoughts were “Oh no, I finally found a program that I love, that’s working for me, and now I have to stop.” Much to my surprise, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. As a matter of fact, I went off all my supplements for a week (until I could see my doctor to discuss). Turned out that all of my supplements were approved by my doctor. When I started back on my AdvoCare regimen, I no longer felt sick to my stomach, and was back at the gym doing what I do.

After doing more research, I quickly learned that AdvoCare products are the only ones on the market that I’ve come across to have the “informed choice” check mark on the label. This means that everything in this product is listed on the bottle (no added fillers). If your supplements do not have this check mark please do your research. If it doesn’t have the “informed choice” stamp on your supplements, then you cannot be certain what you are really getting with your product. Don’t be fooled by fancy advertising and price.

I highly recommend the 24 Day Jump Start Program. This program helps promote balanced nutrition with lifelong healthy habits. If you need help getting back on track, and accountability for a sustainable, healthy lifestyle for YOUR fitness goals, let us help!

The results have been incredible. If anyone would like more info or has any questions, please contact me, Antonette, directly.

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June

RS started out the month with our Grand Opening, and with our first gym proposal! Congrats Angie and Chris, wedding to follow in September 2019. Coach Erika followed one of her passions and in June also completed her Yoga certification and training!

Thanks to Erika, we now offer Yoga every Fri and Sunday morning (refer to our group class schedule).

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July

Another coach following not only a passion, but making a lifelong dream come true; In July Coach Jordan Griffin won his spot in the UFC! December 15th was his debut UFC fight right here in Milwaukee at the Fiserv Forum! Many of us came together to cheer Jordan on for his first time fighting in Milwaukee! We are all so proud of our coach/pro UFC fighter 🙂 Excited for him to resume classes in the new year:)

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SEPTember

Chris and Myself finally moved into our house that we had been renovating for for over a year. It was at our house warming party in October, that we announced that we will be expecting our first baby mid May of 2019. On Christmas Eve we revealed that we will be expecting a baby GIRL, and are thrilled! Thank you all very much for your love and support over the past couple of months. It has not gone unnoticed, and is greatly been appreciated.

OCTober

We welcome Coach Steve Gayheart to our team! Steve leads our HIIT jump rope class, geared towards improving stamina and endurance. Steve is also one of our personal trainers at RaceStart, and has been doing an excellent job on both fronts. At the moment he still has some availability for personal training clients. With that being said we are also looking for more qualified certified trainers. Contact Antonette for inquiries, #262-497-1844

DECember

Let’s not forget about our Annual RS Holiday event. This is my absolute favorite RS event! After our partner workout we dig into some goodies, raffle prize drawings happen, and white elephant gifts are opened.

leading up to the gift giving, this year I was able to make a special announcement. The week of our event, RS’s community collected $2,765 in donations to help out one of our own athletes who has been fighting cancer for the last 6 months. Our RaceStart community is like no other. The support we have for each other is so rewarding to see. We all come from different walks of life, accept that, and are yet somehow all connected by our passion for health and fitness.

A Time for Change

group fitness- kettlebell workout milwaukeeIn December we also learned that coach Bryan will be leaving us in February. Bryan is our early riser, Koffee & Kettlebells (KKBells) coach. He has been with us just over 2 years, and we will miss him terribly. Moving into the 2019, we wish Bryan nothing but the best in his new sales leadership position with Guardian Exteriors. I see nothing but great things for Bryan and his family.

Bryan succeeds in whatever project he invests and dedicates his time to, which I can personally attest to. Bryan, please don’t be a stranger. On behave of all of us, we will all miss the morning ‘koffee talks’, laughs, and coaching techniques we’ve acquired over the years.

With this being said, there will be adjustments over the next month. We will still have the morning KKBells class, same time, same place, coached by Antonette.

Moving forward, We have 2 new coaches who will be starting soon.

Some of you already may have met Amanda May, who has been participating in our group classes over the last few weeks. She comes from an extensive background in Olympic weight training and may be one of the coolest people I have ever met. The other coach has a comprehensive background in calisthenics and gymnastic movements with over 5 years of experience. Over the next few weeks he will be working with me to revamp our gymnastics program! I will be training with our new coaches over the month of January, and will keep you all posted with updates of when our new programming will roll out. Lots to look forward to in 2019!

I just want to say a BIG thank you to all of our coaches at RS. This has been a year of growth for all of you, and I’m so thankful to play a tiny part in your journey. You all put a new meaning to the term “dream team” 😉 You allow your passion to drive you, set big goals for yourself…and you’ve achieved them! Thank you for being an inspiration to all of us. Continue to dream big.

In Closing

THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL 2018!

We are small and together we are fierce. RaceStart has come along way over the last few years, and is truly evolving more and more into what I had originally envisioned when RS was yet a dream.

We want to welcome all of our new athletes/coaches. We thank you and all our veteran athletes for supporting RaceStart over this year of growth. We are very excited to thrive and continue to evolve as we welcome our future athlete, baby girl in 2019. We look forward to building a strong community together.

With grit and gratitude,
Antonette Semklo and Team
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If you have any suggestions or ideas that you’d like to see incorporated into our programming, or monthly challenges please PM Antonette, antonette@racestarttraining.com

 

New HIIT Class for Better Stamina, Agility, Coordination

Last week a certified fitness professional, Steve Gayhart, was driving by RaceStart, saw our sign, and decided to stop in. He began to talk about jump ropes and how he specializes in sport specific training. After a few minutes in conversation, Steve mentioned that he was coached by Don Race, my father’s cousin. When Steve walked through our doors, he hadn’t a clue that my maiden name was ‘Race’ and that I was related to his mentor and coach, Don Race. I have never had the opportunity to meet Don myself. However, during my younger years I did know his father, who lived across the street from me. Don’s dad, Ed Race, who I later learned was somewhat of a Bay View legend back in the in the day- I knew him as, ‘Uncle Ed’. When we first moved to Bay View, prior to the change of my last name, people would ask me if I was related to an Ed Race. In Bay View Ed was known for being a great football coach, guidance counselor, and for training kids and athletes to move better and train better with his jump rope style training programs. After Ed Race had passed away, I learned that Ed’s son, Don, had followed closely in his footsteps. Today, Don has a patent for the ‘super speed rope’ that he designed and crafted after his military days. Steve went on to tell me that Don Race and his jump rope training program played a significant role in his career path to becoming the fitness professional he is today.

As Fate Would Have It

After speaking briefly with Steve, I immediately felt a connection, almost like I was chatting with a family member. I am excited to announce that Steve will be starting a jump rope program that is exclusive to RaceStart. No other gym is doing anything like this!

The most exciting part is that this is something that has been in my family for generations and it somehow stumbled into our gym.  I am honored and crazy excited to welcome Steve into our RaceStart family as a coach. I look forward to learning and building a strong community together.

Steve will be teaching ‘Rope Race’, Wednesdays at 6:00 P.M. and Sundays at 10 A.M. (class is included with membership).

 

New Class ‘Rope Race’ Description

This is a HIIT class designed to improve coordination, balance, agility, and stamina. If you have never touched a jump rope before, don’t worry. Everything can be scaled.

Our Rope Race class will continue to challenge and evolve with you as your your skill level improves. If you’re interested in developing your speed and quickness, or just looking for a fun way to spice up your cardio workout, THIS IS IT! Whether, you love to run, or hate it, this is the class for you. Your running will improve without actually running! That’s a win for me.

Rope Race is taught exclusively at RaceStart Training by coach Steve Gayhart. Everyone is required to use the ropes provided by the coach. These ropes are made to move fast, with metal ball bearings, and heavy/durable plastic handles.These handles combined with the speed cable, crank up the intensity level of any workout. As a result, your shoulders and legs will lite up!

The specialty rope that we use in class is called the super speed rope, and is patented by my dad’s cousin, Don Race.

 FREE ‘Pop Up’ class, Sunday, October 28th at 10 A.M. – 11 A.M.

Register online. You do not have to be a member to attend.

Meet Our New Coach James

strength conditioning coach james edwardsI am very excited to announce the newest addition to our RaceStart team, James Edwards! Super down to earth guy and truly passionate about living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. James,  we’re happy to have you and we welcome you to our community. James has several years of experience in the fitness industry along with a shiny Bachelor degree in Kinesiology, and a certification through ACE. 

Areas of specialties:

  • Weight Loss
  • Muscle Gain
  • Corrective Therapy
  • Functional Fitness
  • Sports Conditioning

“True transformation starts from within.”

I grew up pretty chubby… Yup! I wasn’t anywhere near fit and was like that for a good amount of my life, this made me depressed and anti-social because I thought “Who would want to hang out with me?” It didn’t help that my family wasn’t conscious about their health when I was growing up.

One day my mom threw me in a kickboxing class and I fell in love. Over 8 years of practicing  Olympic & Traditional Karate, Kickboxing and some MMA…Naturally this had an effect- It transformed my physical appearance, my self-confidence developed, as well as my social and mental well being. 

Health to me is so much more than physical appearance. To be fit is to be functionally strong! I want to make sure people can be the healthiest, strongest version of themselves while enjoying every aspect of their life.

I’m excited to start coaching at RaceStart, and I look forward to meeting you all!

Schedule Your Consultation Today!

 

New Summer Group Fitness Classes

Hello warriors! After all the waiting, summer is ALMOST upon us. It always seems like our winters last forever and then all of a sudden summer is here. As quickly as summer pops up, it’s gone. Now I understand the meaning of the song Summertime Sadness 😉

Lets celebrate the summer 2017 by adding more group classes!

Erika will be coaching our new class, Rise & Grind. This class will be offered every Monday and Wednesday morning at 5:30 A.M.. This class will be an addition to our existing class, Koffee & Kettlebells (#kkbells) class which is offered every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings with Bryan.

Rise & Grind is beginning as soon as THIS WEDNESDAY,  June 7th. These classes will be offered for a limited time, so make sure to take advantage of them!

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Rise & Grid is a group fitness class that mixes traditional calisthenic and body weight movements with interval and strength training.

We offer a variety of fitness styles that are designed in a way to push participants harder than they’d push themselves. Be prepared for anything- indoor/outdoor experience. Running, hill climbing, stair work, MB carries/runs, Sandbag work, etc.

Class Goal:

  • Restore balance in your life
  • Keep your workouts fun, yet challenging
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Bring out your inner athlete

Combat Cardio

Currently, RaceStart is offering Cardio Combat, led by instructor and Professional MMA fighter, Jordan Griffin, who is currently ranked #1 (145lb weight class) in Wisconsin and King of the Cage! Jordan’s classes are offered Saturdays at 7:30A.M. and Sundays at 8:00 A.M.

Our boxing classes take place in an intimate setting. You will learn proper boxing technique and movements that the professionals use and will help you develop speed, agility, coordination and power. Each class consists of four rounds of 4 minute high intensity training. The first round consists of boxing, followed by circuit training and ending with shadow boxing and/or core finisher.

“Combat Cardio classes with Jordan are awesome. Getting the chance to learn from such an accomplished fighter is a rare opportunity. Not only is it a good work out, I’ve learned a lot about how to fight.”

-Derek S.

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October 2016 Athlete of the Month

“And though she be but little she is fierce”

alli-box-jumpAre you familiar with this quote? This is our Alli! She ALWAYS has a great big smile across her face with every rep, every round, and EVERY WORKOUT! She might joke that her arms feel like they are going to fall off, but she NEVER complains! I always tell everyone that “Whatever you put into your workout is exactly what you will get out of it”...and Alli pushes herself EVERY TIME!

When Alli was a “newbie” at RaceStart I can honestly say she was afraid to step out of her shell. Now I see her pushing herself to new levels every day- This way of thinking is now automatic and she’s beginning to see what she’s truly capable of.
It’s so important to remember to smile and just have fun, and that’s something that Alli brings out in all of us! She is so fun to be around, and really challenges you to push yourself harder in class. She might not admit that she’s competitive, but I beg to differ. Alli has been attending our 5:30A.M. classes as well as our night classes- Training 5 days/week, and 3 of the days she trains 2x/day. It’s safe to say that you have reached “rockstar status” 😀
Alli, I’m proud to announce that YOU are our Athlete of the month!

You have come a long way to receive this honor. Only those who are truly deserving are rewarded with “AOTM”. With that being said, some months might not have an “ATOTM” – but over the last few months I have .as you really stepped it up and your hard work has not gone unnoticed! Way to go! You have now taken on the roll to help encourage and empower others.

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(Allie usually does not dress up like a “dead bug” for her workouts, this photo was taken during the RS Halloween Event)

AOTM Survey:

Occupation?
Sales

Tell us something we may not know about you?
I am obsessed with my dogs. They rock.

When did you start training at RaceStart?
June of this year

Main reason for joining RS?
To find an enjoyable class experience that made me want to be go to the gym.

What were your thoughts after you completed your first RaceStart workout?
Everything hurts and I am dying. Also my arms are going to fall off. All in all I really enjoyed the group setting and how welcoming Antonette was, I didn’t feel pressured into doing anything I didn’t think I could do. 

What is your fitness background?
Running and swimming. Also that embarrassing stage in my life where I thought it would be fun to be an ice skater and I got stuck wearing a fuzzy lion costume at my first performance in front of hundreds of people.

What’s your biggest fitness accomplishment?
Lifting weights in general, I’ve always had a fear of how to properly do it.

Has RS affected your life at home, at work, with friends, family life, etc? (underline all that apply)
I would say all of the above. It has made me a more conscious grocery shopper and avoid the free terrible food at work. My friends and family have to put up with me talking about how my arms are going to fall off but find it amusing.

What results have you seen since your first RS workout?
I can lift much more than when I started and I think more about what I am putting into my body. Going to the gym also relieves stress that builds up at work.

What are your future training goals?
To be able to do a pull up with no band as well as do ropes for 20 seconds and not want to die.

What is your most memorable experience with RS?
When I wasn’t fully awake in the morning class and face planted over my kettle bell. Also the time Antonette was riding on top of the sled stacked with weights while Bryan pulled when I can barely pull 50 pounds.

What advice would you give to a “Newbie” or someone considering joining the RaceStart family?
Do it! The classes have a great structure so you don’t do repetitive movements day after day with no results. I also don’t dread going to the gym and everyone is so welcoming it feels like a little family.

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I likeBeing outside, traveling, and hanging out with friends.
I eat(I feel like I shouldn’t honestly answer this question… joking). I have my weak days but mostly try to eat on the healthier side i.e. salads, canned tuna (I know this is gross but I can’t get enough), sweet potatoes, sushi
I doYoga, running, snowboarding, and water sports?? I don’t know how to answer this hahah
I amConfident and excited to see what I will be capable of doing in another year!
To be fit is to beDetermined, motivated, and perseverant

Celebrate with us at RaceStart Training

img_1348-copyHelp us celebrate Chris Semklo’s Birthday Workout

Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5th @6 P.M.

I’d like to take a minute to thank Chris Semklo, Co-founder of RaceStart Training. Chris does much of the behind the scenes work- He’s  a huge asset and contributor to the success of our gym. He is one of the hardest workers I have EVER known- Chris is both my biggest fan and my driving force. Not only does he have a full time job, he also helps at the gym, trains at RS in his free time, manages 2 properties (5 families), and did I mention he’s married to me too! 😉 Yet, somehow he still has a full head of beautiful hair, ha!

I had a vision and he helped support, build, and nurture my dream.
That rig that we all love doing pull ups on- he built that. All the mats (each weighing in at 100#)- Yep he did the brunt work of that too. We also have him to thank for our perfectly painted “wallball lines”.  As well as assembling pretty much everything right down to my desk (with some help from our community). He also contributes in many other countless ways. He is a very big part of this gym, and we are very lucky to have him! I thank you, Chris,  from the bottom of my heart.

Again, I’d like to invite EVERYONE to celebrate this wonderful man with a special “Happy Birthday Workout”!

Do you have a birthday coming up?
If so,  make sure to let one of our coaches know so we can plan to make your day a little “extra special”. For your birthday we allow you to choose your favorite movements. However, RaceStart will still design the workout, incorporating your movements of choice into the workout of the day for the group classes . You won’t know the programming until the day of…We like to surprise you! A little gift from RS to you 🙂

Click below to sign up on our class schedule for Chris Semklo’s birthday workout (Wednesday Warrior, October 5th).

For more on Chris, read his full bio here »

Morning Classes With Bryan

Hello Warriors!

Please welcome Bryan Falk-Steinmetz to our RaceStart Team! Bryan will be teaching our NEW MORNING CLASSES, “Koffee+Kettlebells”! Which start Thursday, September 29th @5:30AM.

Bryan is a strong athlete and an overall “stand up guy”. He’s  an excellent asset to our gym community; his enthusiasm and passion for health and fitness is apparent is everything he does! Over the last month there’s a good chance you might have already seen him around the gym. Bryan has been participating in our group classes to become familiar with RaceStart’s  programming, the facility, and of course all of you athletes! We are very excited to have you Bryan, and look forward to your future with RaceStart 🙂

Click below for more info on our class schedule and programs.

Meet Fitness Coach, Bryan Falk-Steinmetz

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“Hi, I’m Bryan Falk-Steinmetz. At RaceStart you’ll find a healthy, welcoming community.  Anyone who wants to have fun, get motivated, and work hard will fit right in! If you’re interested in personal training or seeking more guidance with Kettlebell movements I’d be happy to help!   I look forward to hearing from you.”

For additional information on Bryan and his background in Heath and fitness, click on the button below.

Bryan Falk-Steinmetz
Professional Trainer
414-559-1156
bryan@racestarttraining.com

Jordan’s Back with a NEW CLASS

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Hi warriors! I just wanted to give a big shout out to Jordan Griffin and welcome his return to coaching at RaceStart! We are excited to have Jordan on our team as well as seeing his charming smile back at the gym! 
Jordan will begin coaching a noon class every Tuesday and Thursday, starting THIS WEEK! Again, RaceStart is lucky to have Jordan and we look forward to seeing him around the gym more often 🙂  

CLICK HERE TO READ JORDAN”S FULL BIO »

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CARDIO COMBAT CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Our boxing classes take place in an intimate setting of up to 5 people and is led by instructor and Professional MMA fighter, Jordan Griffin, who is currently ranked #1 (145lb weight class) in Wisconsin and King of the Cage!

Cardio combat will teach you proper boxing technique and movement that the professionals use and will help you develop speed, agility, coordination and power. Each class consists of four rounds of 4 minute high intensity training. The first round consists of boxing, followed by circuit training and ending with shadow boxing and core finisher.

Contact Jordan at jordan@racestarttraining.com or (414) 881-5780 ASAP to schedule your class – Or just click on the button below!