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!

RaceStart Training, 2014 …3rd floor location

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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
#TeamRaceStart

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

 

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A Time for Giving Thanks

Its my favorite time of the year! To show my appreciation I’d like to thank each and everyone of you for making RaceStart what it has become. Over the last few weeks there has been such positive, yet competitive energy from each of you! Your inner athlete is shining bright this month! It must be from all those stars 😉 Keep inspiring and lifting each other up!  #gottalovestickers

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and you know what that means…BLACK FRIDAY SALES! Let’s not forget the birthday workouts we have coming up.

On Wednesday, November 21st we celebrate Mark’s birthday AND  Saturday, November 24th we celebrate Alana’s birthday!

SAVE OVER $1200 WITH OUR BLACK FRIDAY SALE!

(Act Fast! Offer expires November 30th)

Memorial Day Weekend-2018

DON’T FORGET THE MEAT!

Join us for what has been a 4 year tradition on Monday, May 28th at 10A.M.

Workout, then grill out after!

Bring some meat to grill, fruit and veggies are great, and BYOB 🙂 Speaking of grills…if someone has a charcoal grill, they could bring to the gym that’d be awesome.

We can store meat, beverages, etc. in our fridge during the workout.

HISTORY

Over the last 4 years, RaceStart coaches and athletes have honored Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy by performing a workout in his memory.  Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy became United States Navy SEAL in July 2002. After participating in several War on Terrorism missions, he was killed on 28 June 2005, after his team was compromised and surrounded by Taliban forces near Asadabad, Afghanistan. Michael Murphy would have been 42 years of age this May.

“Murph”, as his friends would refer to him, was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War. His other posthumous awards include the Silver Star Medal (which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor) and the Purple Heart.

THE WORKOUT:

“MURPH”

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull up
  • 200 push up
  • 300 squats
  • 1 mile run

Modified:

  • row 1200 meters or run 1/2 mile
  • 50 pull ups
  • 100 push ups
  • 200 squats
  • row 1200 meters or run 1/2 mile

 

 

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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Love Is In The Air

It’s that time of year when you see red hearts, lacey this and that, roses, poetry, all of that romantic stuff everywhere you turn.

This Hallmark holiday promotes selfless love for others, but I want to flip it around.  How’s your relationship with yourself?  How much love are you receiving from yourself this Valentine’s Day?

Self-love is one of the most important ingredients of an effective training program and is an absolute prerequisite to lifelong health and wellness.  Self-love is the understanding that you deserve kindness and happiness and that the desire to create this happiness must come from within yourself.

Approaching fitness from a place of love and appreciation for yourself and your body leads to sustainable habits and positive results.  The overarching goal of training becomes to nourish yourself; with movement, food, sleep, and calm head-space.  Nourishment looks like patience, sustainability, and progress and your training can follow suit.

Nourishment’s opposition is punishment.  Exercise and dieting often become forms of punishment when we are unhappy with how we look, or guilty about what we’ve eaten.  There are some major problems with this punishment mentality.  It minimizes the effects of training.  Physical training supports us well beyond improving body composition.  If our head is in a negative space, we miss out on a self-discovery process in which most of us find empowerment, confidence, and all sorts of things about ourselves.  A big part of this discovery is understanding your body’s adaptation to varying intensities.  In almost every scenario when exercise is viewed as punishment training intensity is adversely high and working out is not enjoyable.

This mentality leads to very aesthetically driven goals.  “I want to lose 15 lbs” or “I want a six pack.”  This type of goal can provide temporary motivation but is not sustainable for a lifetime.  These goals also lend themselves to harsh and judgmental self-talk.  Sustainable goals aim at the process, not the outcome.  Outcome goals can be beneficial in offering direction.  But alone, they don’t actually bring us closer to achieving what we really want.

Process goals are the real drivers of success, and they require the patience and honesty of self-love.  If you want to lose weight process goals might include wanting to become more consistent with your nutrition or wanting to improve mobility so you can do more compound movements.  Process goals lead to incremental progression and lifelong health and wellness.

Today is Valentine’s Day.  Society is filled with messages of romance and my hope is that you are showered with love.  But, I hope for a love that starts with yourself and leads to sustainable habits and positive training results.

by Bryan Falk-Steinmetz
Fitness Coach, RaceStart Training

TIS THE SEASON OF GIVING THANKS!

A BIG Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 RaceStart Open House the past weekend!

Many thanks to YOU, the gym community,  for your support in RaceStart Training over the last few weeks, months, and years. We have so many things to be thankful for as we continue to grow.  A big thanks to coaches Erika and Bryan for all of your time and energy during this event as well as day to day tasks. Your continued contributions help make this gym what it is today.

Congrats to Christy Walker, winner of the raffle drawing. Christy won:

2016 Open House Event

November 19, 2016 – November 19, 2016

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Have your friends and family been interested in RaceStart? Have they expressed an interest in what it is you do while at RaceStart?

This is your chance to show them all your hard work, meet some awesome and motivating people, and hopefully inspire others to join our fitness community. here’s a little information about our Open House Event. Read more

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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Fill in the Blank

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

Halloween Pumpkin Pump Up

Join us for a ghoulish workout and party at RaceStart!

 Saturday, October 29th @10 A.M.- 11:45A.M.

This event is included with your Unlimited Membership/Punch Cards. Click below to register for this event!

Visitors are welcome!

Beware of tricks and treats and bring a friend to freak out!

  • Returning guests: Drop in for $20 (pay at the door, cash only)
  • First time visitors: This event is FREE for first time guests! If the new visitor signs up for a package that day they will receive 1/2  off their first month of unlimited group classes!
  • Warriors: If YOUR GUEST signs up at the party for group classes, YOU will SAVE 10% on your November group class package.

We welcome snacks and drinks. Costumes are highly encouraged! 🙂 Click below for more details!

 

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 »