FIVE QUESTIONS – TRACY RILEY
Today, Worcester Fitness launches a brand new feature on worcesterfitness.com - Five Questions!
Five Questions will be a regular feature that we hope will help Worcester Fitness Nation learn more about our incredible team of fitness professionals. Not just their training, certifications and experience...but also some of their passions and motivations for why they choose to do what they do.
Plus, a little fun information too!
We hope you enjoy this new feature.
As a Spartan Coach, you encourage people to look beyond their perceived physical limitations. How do you do this?
Encouraging people to move beyond their comfort zone is what I love to do most! Four or five years ago when I first became certified as a SGX Coach and when Spartan racing was still in its infancy, many members were intimidated by the SGX logo and class. Most felt that they were not able to handle a class suited for obstacle course racers. Members would walk by and observe class, they would listen as SGX participants talked about an upcoming race or how they did during their physical assessments and wonder if they could do the same. Eventually, more members gathered up the courage to walk into class and participate. They quickly realized that it wasn’t as bad as they had assumed. Yes, Spartan training can be intense. It does include “non-traditional” movements/exercises (i.e. carrying buckets, climbing ropes, crawling under barbed wire, etc.) and it does feature many well conditioned athletes, but our main focus for everybody is foundational movements (i.e. bridging, planks, pushing, pulling, crawling, etc.), flexibility, stamina, and developing a positive mindset/attitude. So, how do I encourage participants to go beyond their perceived physical limitations? I tell them to commit to being uncomfortable! We all face unique obstacles in life and in training. Change your perspective and see obstacles as an opportunity to grow! “Nothing worth having was ever achieved without effort.” - Theodore Roosevelt
What advice would give someone who has never thought of themselves as an “athlete” but wants to, or needs to, make changes to be healthier?
I believe that everyone has the ability to be an athlete. I once heard someone say, “if you have a body, then you're an athlete”. An athlete can be someone who races, competes in sports, or workouts regularly to stay in shape. The person in the back of the pack at a road race or the back of the room during a group exercise session is still an athlete. Athletes all share some common traits. They embrace a healthy lifestyle and commit to improving their physical well-being through exercise. This definition captures people from all walks of life. Athletes challenge themselves to improve their agility, strength, stamina and coordination. They demonstrate dedication, focus, grit and enjoy physical movement. Everybody should consider themselves an “athlete in training.” You do not need to be the very best at something to be an athlete.
What do you see as the next frontier in fitness training?
To be honest, I like the current fitness trend of team training - a small group of individuals working toward similar goals. It provides an opportunity for clients to take advantage of a coach’s expertise while maintaining a fun, supportive and competitive group dynamic.
One of your passions is coaching. What advice would you give to first year fitness instructors who are struggling to find their niche?
My advice for a fitness instructor struggling to find their niche would be to find what they are passionate about and gets them excited to workout while motivating others to do the same. Discover your passion by exposing yourself to a wide variety of fitness styles, classes and instructors. Participate in random classes that are either offered at your facility or somewhere else. Talk and receive suggestions from members whenever you can. Then, pursue a professional certification that encompasses your new found passion. Lastly, experiment by programming a class or group training program for your members.
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