Swolemates are folks who check in to the gym the most often over the course of the month, no matter what services you’re coming in for. Our Swolemates receive sweet RenFitness swag and get the opportunity to share about their training journey with the community.
I’m training for...club season Ultimate. This is my first time having access to a more competitive scene! I want to challenge myself to be the best player I can, and see what I can do!
What I do with RenFitness is…I have a gym access membership and I participate in Goaltimate league as well. While at the gym, I lift according to an offseason training program. The accessibility of the weights and other tools I need is better at RenFitness. Normally, I feel like an outsider in the weight rooms I have used, but at RenFitness I feel welcomed by those around me (patrons and staff)!
My favorite thing about training at RenFitness is...I appreciate that the gym has community events within the Ultimate scene, and that there is a culture embedded into the space.
I love having access to the turf, even beyond Goaltimate! If my routine involves sprints, or even if I just want to throw with another member, it is wonderful having access to the space! Sometime I just use it to roll around with the local pups!
I’d like to share with everyone that…I scrub toilets left handed to improve my lefty throws!
I’m training for… myself. Yes, I still play ultimate, and yes I am training to run fast and cut well and jump (period) BUT there's something incredibly compelling and potent about making your body powerful just for yourself. This is not a concept that has often been available to women, athletes or not -- to own my body, to make it for myself, and to do that by lifting heavy things is, let's face it, a radical act. I train to empower myself both mentally and physically. I train to keep myself healthy and fit for the long haul. I train because I like lifting things and throwing them, too.
What I do with RenFitness is…I take early morning classes at RenFitness and sometimes I drop-in for an evening class or gym access. Morning classes are my jam -- they make me pumped and ready to face the day. I have more positive energy on gym days, and the more I come in, the longer that positive energy lasts. For someone who only started lifting a few years ago, classes are a perfect place for me to learn new things without fear or intimidation, so I'm learning a lot more and getting stronger at a faster pace than before. The combination of strength/agility/mobility works well for me, and I like the ability to move between kettlebells and the bar.
My favorite thing about training at RenFitness is...The coaching staff and personal attention for sure keeps me coming back. I take classes because Ren, Bert, and Kira approach training holistically -- they don't just focus on form, but also body mechanics in general and whatever body stuff you have going on personally. You can't find that kind of attention (and memory!) at another gym. With their teaching methods I am also able to take my new knowledge home with me and confidently lift in other spaces. The attentiveness to power dynamics, gender and race equity, and social justice is a huge pull for me as well. Athletic spaces are not a-political and it's great that the gym consciously and actively addresses this. And morning dance parties are awesome!
I’d like to share with everyone that…Something we should repeat over and over to ourselves: it's never too late. This is not fake news y'all! Trying new stuff is hard but so rewarding. I baked a loaf of bread -- arguably the easiest food -- for the first time in December and granted it came out hard as a rock, but I did it! Sí se puede!
John "Hallywood" Hall
I’m training for… Ultimate, and an active life.
What I do with RenFitness is…courses and gym access, and I’m looking forward to some cool classes in 2018, like yoga for athletes. It’s the only place I’ve ever done fitness courses because I have confidence I’ll get the type of training I want to get stronger.
My favorite thing about training at RenFitness is...it’s by Ultimate people for everyone. And access to multiple squat racks is nice.
I’d like to share with everyone… Get a flu shot! It’s a great way to start your year: by not getting terribly sick.
I’m training for… I've never been able to do full, unassisted pull ups or push ups in my life, and I want to change that!
What I do with RenFitness is…go to classes and do personal training. I have trouble keeping up a healthy pace when I try to train by myself, and I don't want to come up with my own workouts. Plus I like knowing there's someone there to keep me from hurting myself.
My favorite thing about training at RenFitness is...I like that the gym zeitgeist assumes you are always going to be pushing to be better, but never at the expense of what is healthy for you.
I’d like to share with everyone… It feels good to be strong.