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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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Fill in the Blank

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

THE SECRET TO OUR RESULTS

I just LOVE Brene Brown and I thought I’d share this clip with you.

I feel that EVERYONE can connect/relate to this on some level.

I’m curious what you will take from it.

Some of you may wonder why I am blogging about this, or “How this is relevant to health and fitness?”

SO I WILL FILL YOU IN ON A LITTLE SECRET

No matter how many hours we put in at the gym it won’t matter if we continue with self shaming.

We will not reach our fitness goals if we continue to tell ourselves

“I can’t” or “I’m not _______enough”

We must attack our problems from the root. Don’t place blame on your trainer, coach, husband, kids, work, school. Take accountability and try to understand why you’re not seeing results instead of finding more excuses. I promise, after we’re able to change our perspective we’ll find the results we’re looking for.

Remember the RaceStart Motto,

“You can’t continue to do the same thing and expect different results.”

I feel that so many of us are battling with… I’m not ___________ enough.

This leads to “shaming ourselves”- saying hurtful things that we would never say to someone we love or care about….So why do we say them to ourselves if we know they are hurtful?

“BEING VULNERABLE IS NOT A WEAKNESS”

This is something that really hit home for me. Being a woman and business owner in a male dominated field, the last thing I thought I could feel (or show for that matter) was vulnerability. That terrified me. Recently, I have learned that when I show a more vulnerable side (MY AUTHENTIC SELF) that’s when people seem to REALLY HEAR ME and all of a sudden I become relatable.

I find it interesting how Brene Brown makes us realize that being vulnerable is courage

The courage to be ‘IMPERFECT”…which is a connection to authenticity.

It’s okay to NOT have it ‘all together’.  I can’t tell you how many times I would “freak out” if someone would stop by to visit me at the gym or house (made no difference) and everything didn’t appear to be “perfect”.  Like I said, it becomes exhusting! Believe it or not, it was easier for me take on another task for the day and clean things up, rather than let someone see things out of order. If I was sick as a dog and a family member told me they were going to stop by, I’d pull myself together and clean up the house.

I now realize how rediculious this sounds.

THE POWER OF CREATIVITY

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Art credit goes to Steyr Hardison, age 3. “Guy wearing headphones”. – of course it is 😉 My cousin’s daughter made this picture for us and framed it.

“CREATIVITY IS; the key of how things travel from the head to the heart to hands.”

Unused creativity is dangerous. It turns into greed, rage, and becomes toxic.

“THERE IS NO INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY WITHOUT FAILURE.”

Now, take a minute to think about this and reflect.  

Below is an excellent interview with Brene Brown that digs deeper into this topic. Very interesting! 

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL

I wrote a blog not too long ago that was really more of a self reflection. In this blog I was more vulnerable than normal- I let people see the person who “doesn’t have it all together”- and it felt so good to be able to embrace my “imperfections”.

It was liberating, instead of ALWAYS STRIVING TO HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER …that’s exhausting!

 

I actually wrote my blog before I stumbled across Brene Brown. After I posted my blog, someone had asked if I had heard of her and suggested to look her up. I’m glad that I did.

With that being said I hope you enjoy 🙂