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Late this year

We found out that one of RaceStart’s own, Nadia, was diagnosed at age 37 with Follicular Lymphoma, a type of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Nadia has been training with us for almost 2 years and attends the 4PM class as well as weekend classes.  I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of mental and physical stress Nadia has been through over these last 6 months of treatment.  I can however, count on one hand how many times she has missed a workout during her chemo treatment. This woman trains harder than anyone I know; Determination, undeniable strength, and incredible talent for finding good in every situation- Nadia is the poster child for RaceStart.

Last week (in 5 days to be exact)

Our RaceStart community collected $2,765 to help our warrior fight cancer! We surprised Nadia with a check at our RS Holiday Event over the weekend. Many, many thanks to everyone for coming together and making this holiday extra special. This gym community continues to amaze me and I am extremely grateful for you all.

Nadia, from all of us at RaceStart

We love you, and continue to be inspired by your story. We will always have your back. Thank you for being you and for kicking cancers ass!

A special thank you from Nadia:

Words fail me as I attempt to express my gratitude for this EXTREMELY thoughtful and exceedingly generous gift. Simply knowing you went out of your way to think of me and support me, overwhelms my heart.
For me, the gym is a source of solace, comfort, and stability during a time of uncertainty. Having a community there who stands by me and treats me like just another sweaty person trying to get fit and stay sane, is the reason I’ve been a member for so long.
I talk about the gym all the time to people and the most common statement I say is: “the people are kind.” This is what has become even more important to me and dictated who I want to spend my time with and energy on. You have exemplified this to the fullest in this act of generosity and friendship.
For those of you who were there on Saturday, I hope you could feel and sense the gratitude (and surprise!) through my tears, which were those of love and mutual respect. I don’t know how I can repay you, but please know, that the feeling is reciprocal. I don’t just say the words “Fit Family”, but I mean it, and I will always be there for each and everyone one of you. I was going to say you just have to ask, but I realized that I did not ask for this gift and you gave anyway. Maybe that is the truest sense of giving and generosity.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting me through my cancer diagnosis and treatment. Both emotionally and now financially. And I hope you will be there with me through my future celebrations and the inevitable highs and lows to come. RaceStart is a gym. And it HAS made me stronger. I’m stronger with you at my side.
Love,

Nadia

19/24 Fitness Challenge

19 workouts in 24 days!

The holidays are quickly approaching, and so does all that hustle and bustle. Together we can alleviate some of our holiday stress. Let’s schedule our workouts, and show up for them (no excuses). Does your nutrition suffer this time of the year? Let us help! We have a 10 day and a 24 day nutrition program that will boost your energy, improve your fitness performance, and leave you feeling amazing!

WHEN:
Starting THURSDAY, November 1st and ending on Saturday, November 24th.

That’s 5 days that you could miss out of 3 weeks, AND still have a chance at winning the grand prize! You got this!

PRIZE:

If you complete 19 workouts in 24 days you will be entered in our raffle for a chance to win our RaceStart Holiday gift bag (filled with…):

  • New RaceStart swag
  • 10 day Nutrition JumpStart Program
  • Kettlebell Kitchen gift card

This is a great way to beat that winter hibernation, stay on point with your nutrition, AND hit your fitness performance goals!

HOW DO I GET RAFFLE TICKETS
*You must complete 19 workouts in 24 days to enter our raffle.

  • If you workout 19 times during our 24 day challenge you will receive 1 ticket.
  • If you workout all 24 days during this challenge you will receive 1 additional raffle ticket.
  • If you join us in the 10 day nutrition program during this challenge you will receive 1 extra ticket
  • If you join us in the 24 day JumpStart during this challenge you will receive 2 extra raffle tickets.

This means that you could essentially earn 4 raffle tickets. That’s 4 more chances to win the prize!

NOTE: Keep in mind that it usually takes 2-5 days for your nutrition package to arrive. Please contact Antonette prior to ordering anything online- It’s important that you select the best program for you and your fitness/lifestyle goals.

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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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

Post RS Halloween Event

Many thanks for EVERYONE who contributed

in our Pumpkin Pump Up Halloween Event!

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Thank you for your participation and contributions by bringing in a tasty (and healthy) treat,  a pumpkin, and/or dressing up! You all contributed in some way, and for that I can’t begin to tell you how much happiness this brings me.

At RS we love hosting events, but the Halloween Event is extra special. There’s just something about this time of the year- The colors, the smells, the weather, the food- I love it ALL!

However, this particular event helps remind us to not take life too seriously. We can still be silly, a little crazy, AND have fun without sacrificing our workout!

Don’t get me wrong, I still love me some good old competition. Our goal at RaceStart was to make you smile and laugh while getting in a good sweat fest. We are all young at heart and RaceStart wanted to remind everyone that it’s okay to let loose, and feel like a kid again. Sometimes we forget the importance of being able to laugh at ourselves, brush off a bad day, and keep moving forward on this fitness journey we set out on! #enjoylife #embracethecrazy 😉

PRIZES & WINNERS:

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  • Game 1 Prize: 1 packet of Shakeology AND their choice of either an RXBar, or FitAid
    • Winner: Angie
  • Game 2 Prize: 1 packet of Shakeology AND their choice of either an RXBar, or FitAid
    • Winner: Katie
  • Game 3 Prize: 1 packet of Shakeology AND their choice of either an RXBar, or FitAid
    • Winner: Natalie’s sister 
  • Raffle Prize:  Samples of pre-workout packets, sample of post workout packets, Shakeology packets, and a few more little goodies
    • Winner: Ciera
  • Best Costume Prize: 10% off their next month of unlimited group classes, a RS sticker, and a Shakeology packet
    • Winner: Marisa and Katie ( A&G featured Below)

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From the bottom of my heart I want to thank YOU for making this event happen! RaceStart is very lucky to have such supportive coaches as well as athletes. Thank you all for your help and contributions. You guys definitely made this year quite “eventful”! Enjoy the photos that we captured throughout the day. I know they brought a smile to my face. Some photos might need more explaining than others. LOL.

If anyone is interested in a recipe from the pot luck, please post questions and comments to the members only FaceBook group page

Click on the images below to view the SLIDE SHOW

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!

 

Morning Classes With Bryan

Hello Warriors!

Please welcome Bryan Falk-Steinmetz to our RaceStart Team! Bryan will be teaching our NEW MORNING CLASSES, “Koffee+Kettlebells”! Which start Thursday, September 29th @5:30AM.

Bryan is a strong athlete and an overall “stand up guy”. He’s  an excellent asset to our gym community; his enthusiasm and passion for health and fitness is apparent is everything he does! Over the last month there’s a good chance you might have already seen him around the gym. Bryan has been participating in our group classes to become familiar with RaceStart’s  programming, the facility, and of course all of you athletes! We are very excited to have you Bryan, and look forward to your future with RaceStart 🙂

Click below for more info on our class schedule and programs.

Meet Fitness Coach, Bryan Falk-Steinmetz

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“Hi, I’m Bryan Falk-Steinmetz. At RaceStart you’ll find a healthy, welcoming community.  Anyone who wants to have fun, get motivated, and work hard will fit right in! If you’re interested in personal training or seeking more guidance with Kettlebell movements I’d be happy to help!   I look forward to hearing from you.”

For additional information on Bryan and his background in Heath and fitness, click on the button below.

Bryan Falk-Steinmetz
Professional Trainer
414-559-1156
bryan@racestarttraining.com

Jordan’s Back with a NEW CLASS

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Hi warriors! I just wanted to give a big shout out to Jordan Griffin and welcome his return to coaching at RaceStart! We are excited to have Jordan on our team as well as seeing his charming smile back at the gym! 
Jordan will begin coaching a noon class every Tuesday and Thursday, starting THIS WEEK! Again, RaceStart is lucky to have Jordan and we look forward to seeing him around the gym more often 🙂  

CLICK HERE TO READ JORDAN”S FULL BIO »

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CARDIO COMBAT CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Our boxing classes take place in an intimate setting of up to 5 people and is led by instructor and Professional MMA fighter, Jordan Griffin, who is currently ranked #1 (145lb weight class) in Wisconsin and King of the Cage!

Cardio combat will teach you proper boxing technique and movement 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 core finisher.

Contact Jordan at jordan@racestarttraining.com or (414) 881-5780 ASAP to schedule your class – Or just click on the button below!

 

The Best Summer Slim Down Shake

A  “HOW TO VIDEO” ON ANTONETTE’S FAVORITE SUMMER SLIM DOWN SHAKE…

JUST CLICK ON THE VIDEO BELOW 

To order Shakeology or learn more healthy nutrition tips and quick tricks…

What is Shakeology?

Shakeology IS NOT just a protein powder, it’s so much more! It’s  a meal or snack replacement shake that’s filled with over 70 ingredients in it. That would take up to 7 trips to the salad bar to eat the same amount of nutrients that are inside every Shakeology shake. Shakeology is made from the finest whole-food sources that are available. Shakeology really makes it easy for us by taking the guesswork out of nutrition! Two words: GAME CHANGER!

The ingredients include:

  • Camu-Camu
  • Goji berry
  • Acai berry
  • Acerola cherry
  • Bilberry
  • Barley grass
  • Blue-green algae
  • Chia seeds
  • Wheat grass (just to name few)

Why Drink Shakeology Every Day?

It can help you:

  • Lose weight – especially if you replace a meal with Shakeology every day.
  • Reduce junk food cravings – drink it in the morning to enjoy this benefit throughout the day
  • Increase your energy and feel healthier.
  • Improve your digestion and regularity.
  • Lose Weight—the Healthy Way

Why starve yourself thin, when you can lose weight—and maintain that healthy weight loss—just by drinking one Shakeology shake every day?

It’s the simple recipe for success:

  • You won’t feel deprived, because every delicious shake tastes like a sinful treat.
  • The proteins and healthy fats will help you feel fuller longer, so you’re less likely to snack.
  • Superfoods help your body reduce cravings for junk food.
  • Increased energy means your workouts feel easier.

What better way to take the sting out of your craving for sugary snacks and junk foods, than with a sumptuously delicious shake that feeds your body the nutrients it really craves?

How Shakeology short-circuits your urge to snack:

  • Protein-rich nutrient-dense formula helps you feel full and reduces the tendency to “cheat” throughout the day.
  • Helps you curb junk food cravings while helping you crave healthier choices.
  • You’re feeding your body the nutrients it needs, so it feels more satisfied.
  • So delicious, it tastes like you’re cheating!

Feel New Energy!

Drinking Shakeology every day can dramatically improve your energy levels and overall stamina. Just ask all of our customers who used their newfound energy to take on—and succeed—at a new fitness program!

What more can you do with a little extra daily energy?

  • Power through your day, and cross more off your to-do list.
  • Get your fitness program off to a great new start.
  • Help your body’s internal processes work more efficiently.
  • Enjoy life . . . and get more out of every single moment
  • Help Improve Digestion and Regularity

When you drink Shakeology, you won’t just feel healthier, you can actually be healthier. That’s because it helps all your body’s processes function more efficiently. And what better definition is there for good health?

How Shakeology gets you healthy from the inside out:

  • Fiber and probiotics help you “get regular” so you eliminate toxins built up in your digestive system.
  • Proprietary blend of prebiotics and probiotics help create a healthy intestinal tract which aids digestion.
  • A healthier digestive system makes it easier to absorb key nutrients.
  • Digestive enzymes also help your body to increase the absorption of nutrients

Here’s my 2 cents on Shakeology:

Not everyone needs to lose weight, but everyone DOES need to be healthy and to have sustaining energy throughout the day. When was the last time you tried to lose weight and you were grouchy, tired and unhappy because you were STARVING??? Shakeo is all about nutritional DENSE ingredients that will provide you with all of the vitamins and nutrients that you need in order to feel great, not be starving or to feel deprived while trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s my “fast-food”, energy drink that helps me to feel healthy and maintain my weight. It helps to improve my diet by giving me adequate nutrition and energy!!

This is not a weight-loss shake — it IS a NUTRITION shake! 

To order YOUR Shakeology or learn more about healthy nutrition tips and tricks that have helped me…

2015 RACESTART RECAP

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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 who have followed us during this adventure. You are the backbone to this operation- without you this dream would not have become a reality.

We live and breathe by example, and RaceStart’s mission is to keep us healthy and strong for our significant others, kids, brothers, sisters, parents, etc.- It’s our goal to continue to build a strong community of leaders and set a positive example for the generations to follow.

A quick recap of 2015 @RaceStart Training…
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CrossFit and Group Fitness in Bayview

  • In February, RaceStart moved into the Lincoln Warehouse.
  • From March-May we worked on brand positioning while creating a new website-with the help of our friends at JS-Interactive
  • Professional MMA Fighter, Jordan GriffinIn March, RaceStart began a sponsorship with Jordan Griffin, #1 featherweight MMA fighter and King Of The Cage Champ
  • Jordan Griffin, soon joined #TeamRaceStart and now offers personal training, private boxing lessons, as well as small group classes. For more information contact Jordan, #414-881-5780
  • Since our Grand opening in May, we added a group class to our schedule, Tabata Thursday @6 P.M.

Group Training in Milwaukee

  • In June, RS had their first interview and featured on this blog
  • In July, Carrie Laux earned her Yoga certification (YEAH!) and now offers mobility services of restorative yoga @RaceStart! For more info contact Carrie, carrie@racestarttraining.com

Yoga Program in Milwaukee and Bayview

  • In Aug, Antonette RACE became Antonette SEMKLO! Antonette’s last name is passed down to her first born, RaceStart Training 😉

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  • In October we established a relationship with DCVinyl. This allowed us to create apparel featuring our NEW LOGO! Thanks again DCV! We loved how everything turned out, and your excellent service! 
  • RS hosted several events over the last few months:
    • Grand opening: workout, paleo treats to follow, and meet and greets of team RaceStart…along with prizes from local vendors
    • Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons…and Yoga on SUP, AWESOME!
    • Rowing on the water with the MSOE row coach
    • A Mobility Workshop, ‘Move To Perform’, with Dr. Nate Sorum
    • Halloween workout and Paleo Potluck
    • Christmas workout, followed by a Paleo potluck and white elephant gift exchange

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  • In November, The MPD asked RS to create a wellness program for the sworn and non-sworn members. This was a dream come true- Very excited for RS’s furture with the MPD.

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  • RaceStart established a relationship with Dr. Nate Sorum (Physical therapist, and chiropractor- specializing in dry needling) as well as Dr. Scott Glidden (sport chiropractic). Both are very skilled at what they do, offering a little something different to the table. I can’t stress enough how important our mobility is to see progress in our fitness regimen. These guys are great for a good “tune-up” job:) I look forward to working with them more in the future
  • In December, RaceStart was in their first tradeshow and published in the WWBIC annual magazine.

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PLANS FOR 2016 :

  • In January, We will be welcoming another trainer to the the RS family, Erika. She will be offering personal training services as well. With that being said we are also looking for more qualified certified trainers. Contact Antonette for inquiries, #262-497-1844

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  • Open gym will run from 6:30AM-10:30AM & 3:30PM-6PM

(M,T,TH,F) (by appointment only).

We provide a “Playbook” filled with RS workouts to help keep you on point. Our Playbook is what sets us apart from other “open gyms” in the area- and coaches will be working out at that time as well.

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  • Our focus will be on building our community and our sponsorships with local athletes in 2016.
  • RaceStart will be at the “Women Up” trade show at the Expo Center the first Saturday in February- We hope to see you there! 
  • A squat therapy seminar is planned for the near future. This will help us gain knowledge of limited ROM in our squat, how to avoid that “butt wink”, and any pain our joints may feel from perfoming squats (incorrectly)…and of course how to properly correct that.
  • RaceStart will be hosting an all day KB seminar, with special guest, Sam Gonzalez, Strong First Level II Kettlebell Instructor(SFG II) from Chicago (event open to the public)
  • RaceStart is currently looking to bring in a certified self defense instructor…it’s our goal to be hosting a self defense seminar sooner rather than later.
  • RS is also seeking a nutritionist to bring on borad. Contact Antonette for inquiries, #262-497-1844
  • You can expect to see team competitions with TopLine Gym in the near future.
  • Stay posted for other future events. If there is an event that you’d like RS to host, contact Antonette, #262-497-1844

IN CLOSING

THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL 2015! We are very excited for the future plans of RaceStart, and look forward to sharing them with you. Thanks again, for all of your support and dedication over the last year!

If you have any suggestions or ideas that you’d like to see incorporated into our programing please PM Antonette, antonette@racestarttraining.com

 

-Cheers!

#TeamRaceStart