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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)

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!

 

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