What’s Your Workout? Rene Day

What is your workout schedule?

“Monday, Wednesday, Friday, I am at the gym by 5:30 a.m. and run three to five miles. Tuesday and Thursday, I weight train with my personal trainer. And Saturday and Sunday, I trail run or hike and add in some obstacle race training.”

What is your favorite workout to do and why?

“I love to run. Running is a great way to clear my head and de-stress. I also love weight training and obstacle training, as they are physically challenging, and I love to challenge myself.”

Where do you work out, and what do you like about that place?

“I work out at Fitness 1440 in Seymour and Columbus Fit in Columbus. I love Fitness 1440 for the atmosphere. It is laid-back and relaxed. I love Columbus Fit for the amenities, like a rock-climbing wall, sauna, racquetball court and a pool.”

What do you eat or avoid eating to be healthy?

“I believe that nutrition is as important as your workout. Garbage in equals garbage out. I eat clean. Lots of lean protein, like fish and chicken, veggies, fruit and some complex carbs, and lots of water. I avoid fried and processed foods and soft drinks.”

What are your fitness goals?

“To be better — stronger, leaner, faster. To improve my upper-body strength and endurance for obstacle racing.”

What are some fitness goals that you have achieved that you’re proud of?

“I recently completed my first quarter-marathon trail run and have been doing a lot of obstacle course racing. Being able to easily complete obstacles that were in the beginning a challenge is a big confidence booster. I also recently joined an obstacle course racing team, Corn Fed Spartans. With over 3,500 members, we are one of the largest and most awesome obstacle course racing teams in the U.S.”

Are you currently training for any type of event, such as a marathon, triathlon, etc.? If so, what does your training or routine involve?

“I am currently training to complete the Spartan Trifecta for 2016. This consists of a series of three obstacle races — a three- to four-mile course called a Sprint, a seven- to eight-mile course called a Super and a 15-mile course called a Beast. My training entails lots of strength and endurance work. Specialized obstacle training, like monkey bars, rope climbs and spear throwing, and sandbag carries.”

How does exercising make you feel?

“I feel strong and powerful and energized.”

What is your advice to encourage others to exercise?

“Just do it. Get out of bed or off your couch and get moving. No matter what you do, it’s better than doing nothing. Start slow and work up. When I started running, I would run from one telephone pole to the next. Each day, I would try to run a little further. I worked my way up until I was running five miles. And as silly as this sounds, get great gear. If you look and feel good, you are more inclined to get out and do it. I want everyone to know that they can do it. If I can do it, anyone can. Your body will go wherever your mind tells it. You just have to make up your mind to do it.”

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