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Love Is In The Air

It’s that time of year when you see red hearts, lacey this and that, roses, poetry, all of that romantic stuff everywhere you turn.

This Hallmark holiday promotes selfless love for others, but I want to flip it around.  How’s your relationship with yourself?  How much love are you receiving from yourself this Valentine’s Day?

Self-love is one of the most important ingredients of an effective training program and is an absolute prerequisite to lifelong health and wellness.  Self-love is the understanding that you deserve kindness and happiness and that the desire to create this happiness must come from within yourself.

Approaching fitness from a place of love and appreciation for yourself and your body leads to sustainable habits and positive results.  The overarching goal of training becomes to nourish yourself; with movement, food, sleep, and calm head-space.  Nourishment looks like patience, sustainability, and progress and your training can follow suit.

Nourishment’s opposition is punishment.  Exercise and dieting often become forms of punishment when we are unhappy with how we look, or guilty about what we’ve eaten.  There are some major problems with this punishment mentality.  It minimizes the effects of training.  Physical training supports us well beyond improving body composition.  If our head is in a negative space, we miss out on a self-discovery process in which most of us find empowerment, confidence, and all sorts of things about ourselves.  A big part of this discovery is understanding your body’s adaptation to varying intensities.  In almost every scenario when exercise is viewed as punishment training intensity is adversely high and working out is not enjoyable.

This mentality leads to very aesthetically driven goals.  “I want to lose 15 lbs” or “I want a six pack.”  This type of goal can provide temporary motivation but is not sustainable for a lifetime.  These goals also lend themselves to harsh and judgmental self-talk.  Sustainable goals aim at the process, not the outcome.  Outcome goals can be beneficial in offering direction.  But alone, they don’t actually bring us closer to achieving what we really want.

Process goals are the real drivers of success, and they require the patience and honesty of self-love.  If you want to lose weight process goals might include wanting to become more consistent with your nutrition or wanting to improve mobility so you can do more compound movements.  Process goals lead to incremental progression and lifelong health and wellness.

Today is Valentine’s Day.  Society is filled with messages of romance and my hope is that you are showered with love.  But, I hope for a love that starts with yourself and leads to sustainable habits and positive training results.

by Bryan Falk-Steinmetz
Fitness Coach, RaceStart Training

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY @RACESTART

Today is the anniversary of the FIRST DAY we had our FIRST WORKOUT @ RaceStart Training!

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EXACTLY 1 YEAR FROM TODAY- JUST 1 week after we moved in!

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In that 1 year my husband and I put our blood, sweat, and tears into this place- Our “home away from home”. I am so thankful to have such a supportive husband. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the struggle is real.  This man has seen me at my highs and at my very lows. Luckily for us our lows never seem to be as bad when we know we have each other. 

Group Fitness Gym in Bayview

Anyways…On that note, if you haven’t already heard…IMG_5805

VALENTINE’S DAY IS THIS WEEKEND!

Join us Saturday @10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.

Our saturday class will be themed of course, because that’s just how we roll 😉

Bring a buddy, bring a pal! Or fly solo! Just get your butt in here!

Echo Rings for strength and stability

Saturday’s Class (Weekend Warrior) is sure to help you stick to your goals for later in the night when that dessert tray comes your way. Suddenly my voice will pop into your head. You’ll be thinking how GOOD your abs, arms, legs, etc. HURT. It’s a ‘hurt so good’ kind of workout. You’ll be sure to remember how hard YOU pushed yourself during class.

(it’s cruel to be kind) 😉

If you do decide to indulge over the weekend don’t let that one bite of chocolate (or other yummy sugary goodness) lead to dirty old habits. Don’t lose site of your goals.

Athlete of the Month, RaceStart Training Milwaukee

Saturday’s workouts are always designed to have FUN! If you’re not allowing yourself to smile or to just let loose for an hour, then you’re missing part of the benefit! It’s your workout! Whatever you put in is exactly what you get out of it (sound familiar…?)

FUN DOES NOT MEAN EASY

Fun does not mean to become lazy and break good form.

Fun simply means to allow yourself to enjoy being present in the moment and work on your goals.

Also, take that time to reflect on how far you’ve come from where you were this time last year! If you’re still not where you want to be, then you know something has to change. You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. (If you tell me that you haven’t heard this before I will SCREAM!!!) 😉

There will always be room for improvement, but we aren’t going to achieve ANY goals by making excuses!

Get up and move! I can guarantee that your body will thank you!

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