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Why We Share Our Gender Pronouns in Class

Why We Share Our Gender Pronouns in Class by Lianna Cotant, RECF member At Ripple Effect, every class we introduce ourselves. We ask for folks to share their name, and then give the option to share their pronouns if they’d like. So, why do we have our members do this?

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“You should stick to fitness.”

Since the beginning of 2021, we’ve been working on being more vocal and specific when it comes to our core values. We want everyone to know what our goals are as a community. Since the inception of Ripple Effect, we’ve operated differently than many other microgyms. Smaller space, smaller classes,

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“Before & After” Pictures Suck.

Before & After Pictures Suck.By Coach Chris You won’t see Before & After pictures on our social media. We’re sick of seeing these as the “gold standard” of marketing and social proof for exercise & nutrition programs. Aside from the fact that they’re VERY easily manipulated, there’s all sorts of

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Be One of the Cool Kids

Be One of the Cool Kids I’ll never forget my first fitness competition. I was a young, lanky 26 year old who had really just learned that fitness competitions were a thing. I’d only been practicing barbell lifts for about six months, but as a life long competitor in sports,

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Our Indoor Class Safety Plan

Our Indoor Class Safety Plan  At RECF we’ve been ahead of the curve on COVID-19 since the beginning. We closed our doors a week before we were required to by law, because we believed it was the right thing to do.  Instead of rushing back into the gym over the

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Going All-In

For some reason, back in 2014 I thought it would be an awesome idea to compete in Red Bull’s Crashed Ice event here in St. Paul. If you haven’t seen the sport of ice cross downhill before, it’s pretty insane. It’s basically extreme downhill racing on hockey skates, on a

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Let’s Get Personal

Let’s Get Personal Moving up to PeeWee level in hockey was a big deal. You were one of the big kids now! That was the year that you were allowed to body check and use real slap shots.  Most kids were pumped. I wasn’t. Not only was I the closest

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Level Up Your Stats

The year was 1997. My palms were sweaty. I’d just put brand new batteries in my Game Boy Color. I’d made sure to save my game once again, just in case. I consulted my game manual one last time. There was nothing left to do. It was finally time: I

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Are You Plugged In?

Are You Plugged In? by Coach Chris A month ago I was challenged by my business mentor and a group of other gym owners to publish a piece of content every day for 30 days. Every single day, I’d need to write a blog post, record a video, or some

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Why These Women Love Ripple Effect

Why These Women Love Ripple Effect RECF has been open for about a year. This is a natural milestone for any business to do a self-evaluation and see what’s working, what’s not, and what to do next. For us, this included looking into the demographics of our members to see

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