FIT FOR LIFE! Coming Soon at Ripple EffectBy Coach Chris Over the past five years or so, I have had the privilege of coaching both of my parents at my gym. I’m pretty sure they just joined up initially to support my business, with no intent of sticking around for too long. Well, the joke’s… Continue reading FIT FOR LIFE: Coming soon at Ripple Effect
Let’s Do Better. by Coach Chris If you went anywhere near your social media yesterday, you probably noticed it was Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the USA. Everybody and their mother was posting MLK quotes on Instagram. That in itself isn’t a problem. However, most of these quotes were posted without context. Without context,… Continue reading Let’s Do Better
All About Lifting Belts This week we got a great question from one of our members: When should you wear a lifting belt? As with any piece of optional equipment, the answer to the question “Should I use it?” is…it depends! We’ll start off with the basics. A lifting belt is a wide adjustable belt,… Continue reading All About Lifting Belts
The Gym For People Who Hate Gyms, by Coach Chris In high school, I participated in a summer training program for hockey players that included some time in the weight room at the rink. I had never used any of the machines. I’d never touched a barbell or dumbbell before. I honestly didn’t even know the… Continue reading The Gym For People Who Hate Gyms
How We’re Keeping Our Members Safe Somehow, caring about other people’s safety has become a controversial and political issue in 2020. Concern for our coaches and athletes, and their families, is not even a question for us. It’s the most important thing, period. Nobody is expendable for the sake of our business. From day 1… Continue reading How We’re Keeping Our Members Safe
This week Coach Chris sat down with fellow gym owner Hannah Wydeven, owner of Solcana Fitness in Minneapolis. Hannah’s gym is a shining example for other owners in the fitness place for what it means to actually be inclusive. Her gym is filled with folks of different ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Everyone feels safe and… Continue reading Inclusivity in the Gym
Marta has been a member of RECF since last fall. She’s a constant ray of sunshine in the gym (and on Zoom) who is quick to smile, always works hard, and is just a joy to have around. A former rugby player, it took a while to find a fitness program that worked for her.… Continue reading Member Stories: Marta Z.
Will Lifting Weights Make Me Too Bulky? by Coach Chris This is a common question we get from new clients when they come in for an intro session, and see our barbells hanging out in the rack. There seems to be a misconception that as soon as you lift a barbell, you suddenly turn into a… Continue reading Will Lifting Weights Make Me Too Bulky?
Coming Back to the Gym after (or in the midst of) a Pandemic, by Coach Chris Gyms around the US are open for business again, after about 3 months of closed doors due to COVID-19. Some folks were fortunate enough to have home gym setups, and were able to continue with a relatively normal workout… Continue reading Coming Back to the Gym after (or in the midst of) a Pandemic
Father’s Day Thoughts: My Dad’s Role in RECF Growing up, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try tons of different sports. Baseball, basketball, ice hockey, swim team, diving, soccer, roller hockey, and probably half a dozen other’s I’ve forgotten over the years. For many of those sports, my dad was the team… Continue reading Father’s Day Thoughts: My Dad’s Role in RECF