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

Meet Cindy, Our Athlete of the Month

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.

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Congrats  Cindy!

SURVEY QUESTIONS

Occupation?
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)

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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!

Fill in the Blank
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