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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
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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

 

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

New Outlook on Health, Fitness, and Gaining Strength From Within

“It is a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable.”

-Socrates

About three years ago I decided to sign up for a half marathon with a friend of mine. I could barely run a mile without getting winded, and working out was something I did when I had time. I was active as a child and throughout high school and college, but when I started grad school, my activity level decreased and my poor eating habits increased.

After signing up for the half marathon, I began running every day and discovered it’s not so terrible. A friend of mine invited me to a workout at RaceStart Training and I confidently stated I would go with her; after all I had been running every day, I figured I could handle any kind of workout. Turns out, I could not have been further from the truth. I came to harsh realization that running does not make you ready for anything. My first workout at RaceStart challenged me mentally and physically. It took me awhile before I realized that the challenges that I once feared where exactly what I needed to help empower me. Often times we are our own worst critics. After that first workout with RaceStart I beat myself up and neglected what I was capable of. I spent most of my time focusing on all the things I couldn’t do. It was a process, but soon I have learned to be kinder to myself.

Despite being able to run, I still dreaded going to a “globo gym” just to find myself doing the same thing day in and day out. After completing the half marathon, I realized that I  ready for a change. I was now mentally prepared and fully committed to take on new challenges- Which lead me back to RaceStart. Training at RaceStart is one of the best decisions I have ever made! In the last two years, not only has my body thanked me, but my mind and heart have as well. Today, I still run, but I can do SO MUCH MORE! I now have more confidence along with a whole new outlook on health and fitness. RaceStart is unlike any other gym I have ever been to. Antonette’s approach and presence as a trainer is the perfect balance between challenging and encouraging. RaceStart is a community that I am so grateful to be a part of. Without Antonette and RaceStart Training, my life would look very different- Experiences, like the one I am about to share, would have broken me rather than motivated me, reinforcing the pride I take in my abilities.

Recently, I experienced something that in the past would have discouraged me and sent me into a whirlwind of self-doubt and tears; fortunately, this time was different. I was at a globo gym getting my run in for the day, and as I was towards the end of mile 3, an employee of the gym stopped to talk to me. He introduced himself as a personal trainer and asked what my workout was going to consist of for the day. I explained to him I was only running today, because I was training at RaceStart later that day. His response was, “Just running? Why nothing else?” I again explained that I had another workout planned for later in the day and I just needed to get a run in now. Ignoring what I had just told him he went on to say, “There is no reason for you to be scared of the weight machines, free weights, or functional fitness machines; they could really benefit you.” Next, he questioned if I had ever worked with or considered working with a personal trainer. I explained that I was very committed to personal training at RaceStart Training; However, recently I switched it up with group workouts there. What he said next almost had me lost for words … ALMOST.

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As I was approaching mile 5, he said, “Your body would look a whole lot better and you would be capable of so much more if you decided to personal train with me.” I calmly stepped off the belt of my treadmill, onto the side rails and said to him, “I think you’re confused, because if I heard you correctly, you just told me my body was not good enough nor capable enough. Fortunately for me, that could not be further from the truth. My 5 foot 10 inch, 230 pound body may not fit into your ideal of a strong and fit body, but my body is incredibly f#%k!ng strong and capable of ridiculously incredible things. I would appreciate if you stopped concerning yourself with my body and my capabilities.” I got back on the belt of my treadmill and continued my run. My mind started racing about what I was going to do…write a complaint, speak with his boss, cancel my membership, etc. I realized none of these things would do any good-As none of these options would change this man’s beliefs about what strong and capable looks like. As I was leaving, he approached me and apologized profusely for offending me and asked what he could do to help me feel better. I explained to him that I did not need him to help me feel better, because unfortunately for him he was worse off than I was. He looked at me with a puzzled look, and I suggested he educate himself on health and fitness and the FACT that strong, capable and fit look different on everyone. I walked out the door and left him with a smile.

Had this happened a year or more ago, I would not have walked away with a smile on my face. I would have walked away with even less self-confidence, more self-doubt, and at some point would have been wiping away tears. Not today though; today I felt proud, I felt confident, and I felt strong! I know that physically I am strong and capable, and today I became wholeheartedly aware of how mentally and emotionally strong I am as well. I finally realized that it was not a perfect body that I had been searching for this whole time but rather the emotional and mental strength to be able to remind myself, in even the most difficult of situations, that I am pretty damn incredible. Don’t get me wrong, I am not perfect and I’m not where I want to be, but I am certainly not where I used to be.

I owe a lot of my (physical and mental) progress to Antonette and RaceStart Training has always encouraged me and reminded me of how much I am capable of. I will forever be in debt to the coaches and the individuals I workout with at RaceStart. Without them, I would not be where I am today. I cannot imagine my life without that gym or without those people. I have recommended RaceStart to my family, friends, coworkers,  complete strangers, and I will continue to recommend them! Nowadays, I prefer to focus on what I can do and what I will do rather than what I can’t. I have fallen in love with taking care of myself…mind, body, and spirit.

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