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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!

 

How to find the Best Personal Trainer for YOU

By definition, to be healthy is to be fit. Naturally, when one thinks of health and fitness, personal training comes to mind. Some people may view personal training as a luxury, whereas others see it as an investment in one’s personal health.  As we age we’re constantly reminded of how important our health is. With that being said, have you ever considered working with a personal trainer, but weren’t sure where to start or what to look for?

Here are tips to prepare your quest to find the BEST trainer for YOU.

  1. Google is your best friend. Do your research. Look trainers up on social media FIRST and find trainers located in your area. Then do your digging:
    • What are their hobbies outside of the gym?
    • How does that impact their training/lifestyle?
    • Do they “practice what they preach”?

    You will make many decisions during this process. Just keep in mind the importance of who  you choose to surround yourself with. Evaluate who will have a positive impact on your life. Please note that you are not looking for a new best friend. Rather, someone who will help mold your future self.

  2. Inquire and ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask the trainer about their fitness related experience and background. At the same time, they should be asking you questions about your health, lifestyle and fitness goals. Do they seem authentic and passionate about your goals and fitness?
  3. Experience. Look at reviews, testimonials, or ask people who have trained with them in the past about their experience.
  4. Certifications. Certainly there is something to be said for high credentials, but what’s equally if not more important, is the trainer’s overall experience, growth, and development in the fitness industry. I know plenty of personal trainers who have NO certification and are incredible, whereas I’ve met other trainers who have “elite” certifications and are, well –  “just okay”.  A certification can be a starting point, but don’t let it be the determining factor in your decision making. One of the most important things to look for in your trainer isn’t a credential or certification, but real experience and an enthusiasm for helping you reach your goals.
  5. Do you “jive”? After meeting with the trainer, decide if your personalities jive. Look for a personal trainer who makes you feel comfortable enough for you to expose your biggest flaws. Let me remind you that they’re called “personal” trainers for a reason – trainers are here to guide you to your personal fitness goals, and to do so, the trainer needs to fit with your personality.
  6. Communicate. A great trainer should automatically ask you PRIOR to your workout, if you have any restrictions. If so, discuss them thoroughly. For some reason people often downplay their restrictions. The more your trainer knows upfront, the faster you’ll get results. If you sugarcoat your restrictions it could take longer to reach your goals and possibly lead to a setback. Communication is crucial – being able to communicate your concerns and options should go without saying. We may not always agree, but we are here to listen, support, and guide you in the right direction.
  7. Side note. Just because someone is a fantastic athlete does not mean that they’re a fantastic trainer.
  8. The bond between an athlete and a coach. As a coach it’s important to know how to modify movements based on the individual’s skill level. Also, its important to understand that everyone does NOT learn the same way. Some people are more visual,  some learn better from doing, and there are others who need both. Again, communicating, learning, and listening to the athlete is key. Once a relationship  is established it will be easier to “read” the athlete. Athletes should feel that they can confide in their trainer. Day to day stresses can really weigh a person down mentally as well as physically. In this case a good “venting session” can make a person feel pounds lighter. A great trainer should recognize this, address it, and help move forward. Holding it all inside essentially is more harmful than taking a few mins to vent.  I’m not saying “chit chat” for an hour, but there is a difference between being present in a workout, and just going through the movements because your head is elsewhere. After this bond grows, the trainer will quickly pick up on these tell-tale signs, break down barriers, and have a kick a$! workout!
  9. Results. Your trainer should be focused on your results – If you are not seeing results ask yourself, ‘Am I fully committed to my goals?’ If the answer is yes, then reevaluate your trainer.
  10. Programming. Ask yourself if the trainer’s programming fits your needs. Do they pick a plan out of a hat and put you through it without focusing on your goals? Is your trainer following along with you and checking your form on movements? Are they encouraging or helping you succeed in the way you want to be encouraged?

My Advice:

Give a trainer 4-8 sessions before making a decision that things aren’t working out.

The first session is often exploratory, explanatory, and introductory, and the trainer needs to test your limits and movements to build upon that. This isn’t a “get fit quick” strategy, therefore, trust the process and don’t expect miracles in a day!

Do not use your trainer as an excuse: Often times people will hire a trainer and think they’re done – NOT TRUE. There has to be a commitment to change in the gym AND in the kitchen. The athlete needs to hold themselves accountable and remember that a trainer is a guide. “Don’t put in half of effort unless you’re okay with half the results.”

Be positive: Often when the trainer asks an athlete to do something (walk every day, cut out processed food, drink more water), the athlete comes back with 101 reasons they can’t. First, it’s great that the athlete feels comfortable to communicate this. Instead of saying “I can’t“, focus on a compromise. Trust me, your trainer does not want to see anyone fail. Find an alternative solution to the problem and move forward. Negativity won’t get you very far.

If you enjoy working with your trainer… let the trainer know and continue working with them. The more information you can give them on your progress, the easier it will be for them to alter your program as you go on.

If you don’t enjoy working with your trainer… that’s okay too. Not all relationships end in marriages. Be honest with them. Let them know that it’s not a good fit and why you will not be continuing to work with them. Good trainers want to know what they could have done better. Trainers who are simply after your money may guilt trip you or beg you to stick around – RUN!

Remember: Your trainer won’t do the work for you, and they can’t work miracles. Have proper expectations, do what you’re told, and this could be the best investment you’ll make in your entire life

Antonette Race, Personal Trainer, RaceStart Training

Antonette has been successfully helping the community achieve their fitness goals as a personal trainer in Milwaukee for over 10 years

Redirecting Our Mindset to Achieve Our Fitness Goals

Can anyone relate to staring at themselves in the mirror, only to pick themselves apart? Have you ever used your workouts as a form of punishment? When you discovered that your favorite jeans “shrunk” did you cut calories and increase your workouts? Are you guilty of  comparing yourself to the trending celebs?

Let’s be real…

I can honestly say that at some point in my life I’ve been guilty of probably all of the above. I’m not proud to admit this, but it’s the truth. I am sharing this insider information because it’s important to know that you are not alone.  If you’re like me and answered “yes” to any of the examples above, then this is my advise on how to redirect your mindset and become more comfortable in your own skin:

  1. Be more present and allow yourself to have fun. Often times we get caught up with the “big picture” and don’t give ourselves enough credit along our journey. Acknowledge your progress along the way and stop comparing yourself to others- After all this is YOUR journey. As a result, this will help alleviate stress and make daily tasks more enjoyable. When we’re less stressed we sleep better, move better, and allow ourselves to be more present.
  2. Don’t let one bad event effect your day, week, or month. You’re only human. Life happens, and it’s how you deal with each situation that is dealt to you that will determine your progress- Remember, this is not a sprint. Take it one day at a time and always give yourself credit when it is deserved.
  3. Find strength in positivity. Don’t tear yourself down by focusing only on your “flaws“. Often times we can be our worst critics. Treat yourself the way you want others to treat you.
  4. Set goals and believe in yourself – Acknowledge your strengths and embrace your weaknesses. It’s vital to set ACHIEVABLE goals- Goals that you have control over. Stop telling yourself you can’t. Figure out how to turn your “I can’t” into “I can”. Often times we are so fixated on the things that we can’t do that it holds us back from reaching our true potential. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one will. Other times we are busy chasing “perfection”. We are all perfectly imperfect. One goal we all have control over is giving OUR 100%. This will leave us feeling satisfied and continue to keep us motivated.class-functional-fitness-bay-view
  5. Don’t just show up. It’s crucial to mentally prepare yourself for the changes you’ll need to achieve your goals- Let’s be real, just showing up and going through the movements isn’t going to cut it. Put in the work inside the gym as well as outside the gym. With that being said, allow yourself rest days to avoid over training- Your body needs time to recover. Go to bed on time and avoid hitting the snooze button. Feed your body the fuel it needs to get you those results. Stay on point with your mobility. Don’t put in half the effort unless you’re okay with half of the results.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In stopping to think through the meaning of what I have learned, there is much that I believe intensely, much I am unsure of. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

Let’s begin to act the way we want to feel and become empowered to find “our happy”

Often times the chaos around us acts as a distraction and we loose site of what we are working towards. It’s imperative that we stop putting an emphasis on something that is out of our control. Redirecting our mindset will lower stress levels and help manage fitness goals. It’s essential to live in the present and appreciate the struggles, the joys, and everything around us that will shape who we become.

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