Have you heard about the new running class at Red's? It's not just running! This class incorporates strength, conditioning and cross training designed to make participants stronger and faster runners. The class meets in the MIT Building but utilizes multiple club areas both indoors and out. The "Fit to Run" class is open to anyone who would like to become a stronger faster runner. Whether aiming to run a mile or training for your first 5k, we will tailor the workouts to meet your goals.
Two Red's members, Jennifer Angelle and Beth Domingue signed onto the class last fall. Beth and Jennifer both worked very hard during our "Fit to Run" class in preparation for the Rock and Roll Mardi Gras Half Marathon in New Orleans this past weekend. Jennifer rocked the race by shaving six minutes off her last half-marathon time. In her very first half-marathon, Beth's average pace was a whole minute per mile faster than her average pace for a 10k race she did in November. Way to go ladies!
Here is what they have to say about the class:
"I've seen vast improvements in my running and overall fitness in a short amount of time. Accomplishing goals like a 10k and half marathon could not have been done without this class. I felt I was always counseled on the right way to train so to decrease chance for injury as well as encouraged and motivated to push myself to the next level. It has been an awesome experience for me!! And I've made some great friends along the way!" Beth Domingue
"A is for Awesome Anne!. The class provides smart balanced personalized training. Accomplish goals injury free while honoring individual abilities!" Jennifer Angelle
The class is held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:30am. Space is limited, so visit to Front Desk to sign up soon!
Robert Bienvenu has been busy adding to his trophy wall. Robert took home 3 "Swords" (1st place awards) recently in the Push-Pull competition in New Roads. He pushed 190#s in the Bench Press & pulled 280#s in the Deadlift totaling 470#s in all, which gave him a 1st place win in all 3 divisions. Congrats to Robert!
Congratulations to Robert Bienvenu who placed 1st in the Open Division at the recent state powerlifting meet. Robert competed in the 165# weight class and lifts include: 190# Bench, 180# Squat and 285# Deadlift for a total lift of 655#s. Robert's 285# Deadlift also set a new Louisiana state record. Congratultions to Robert!
Vince Breaux competed on November 6th, 7th and 8th at the WPC World Powerlifting and Benchpress Championships in Las Vegas. It was the biggest meet that he had ever competed in, with 760 lifters from 37 countries. Russia, Hundary and Slovakia seemed to have the most lifters with USA having 20%0 or less of the lifters.
Vince competed in the 65 - 69 age group, 220# class. In the Raw Benchpress on the 6th, Vince broke the world record on all 4 attempts ending with 347.0#. In the Equipped Benchpress on the 7th, Vince broke the world record with 424.2#.
The Raw Full Meet was on the 8th for Squat, Benchpress and Deadlift. He won the Squat, but not close to a world record, though, it was an American Record. The Benchpress portion was a world record ending up with a 341.5# press. Deadlift was also a world record with a 457.2# lift.
In all, Vince ended the meet with 4 World Records and 5 American Records. "The excitement of the competition is still there and that makes it all worth the time training in the gym," says Vince. He was also able to bring both of his sons with him so that made it even more special.
LHSAA State Champions Swimmers from all four Athletic Divisions work out at Red’s. Although these kids go to different schools, and live in different areas around Lafayette, they get together on a regular basis and train with each other at Red’s, both in the weight room and the pool. From their early days swimming together on the Riverside Swim Team here in Lafayette, the bonds that were formed are lasting and the progress these kids continue to make in the sport of swimming is impressive.
Division I Nathan Borel Back Stroke Lafayette High Division II April Aguillard Breast Stroke St Thomas Moore Division III Sarah Simar Butterfly Stroke Notre Dame Division IV Silas DeJean Breast Stroke Westminster
We at Red's would like to acknowledge these young adults for their exemplar life-styles and dedication. Congrats to them all!
I would like to add a comment from Mark Borel: These kids are committed to a year round program of good health, rest, hard work ethic and success. We are very happy, as parents, to see them get together at Red’s and foster their friendships as they move on in life in their different directions.
(We, at Red's, always welcome such success stories. Please forward your accomplishments to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
John Fell, member and personal trainer at Red's, had a phenominal finish at the Ironman Florida this past weekend. John finished 1st in his age group, 30-34, in a blazing 9:04. He was the second amateur to cross the finish line. Wow! This outstanding finish qualified him to compete in Hawaii at the elite KONA ironman. Congrats to John!
Congratulations to the Red's members pictured below for coming out on top of the 3.5 State Super Seniors held in Shreveport/Bossier City on October 5-8. They will be going to Columbus, Georgia on November 30 - December 2 to participate in the USTA Southern Super Seniors Section Championships. Players pictured below are bottom row from left: Bobbi McGaughey, Linda Young, Debbie Pearce-captain, Toni Cormier. Top row: Carolyn Stutes, Joan Lalande, Barbara Azar, Sandi Higginbotham. Good luck ladies!
Congratulations to Robert Bienvenu, a Red's member, who recently went to Las Vegas and came home with 4 world titles and 5 Louisiana state records. In Vegas, Robert emerged on top in the Benchpress, Deadlift, Powerlifting Total and Push-Pull Divisions. Robert competes in the 60-64 age group and weighs 165 pounds. His state records include: Squat-192 pounds, Benchpress-187 pounds, Deadlift-292 pounds, Push-Pull total-380 pounds and Powerlifting total-672 pounds.
Robert has his sight set on the South American titles held next year in Brazzill. Good luck, Robert!
Robin Ferguson completed her 5th MS 150 ride from Hammond, LA to McComb,MS this year on team ATC. Her team raised over $20,000 and the entire event raised over $500,000 in the fight to make our world one free of MS. The volunteers and participants make the ride such an enjoyable experience and she looks forward to the event every year. Each year she has participated there has been something unique. One year, she was in a wedding when they arrived at Percy Quinn State Park, one year there was a lady who did the entire ride on an eliptibike and this year one of the members of her team did the race on a beautiful custom made wooden bike! (see photo below) Also, they added a new member to the team, Red's member Jeremy Simpson who completed his 1st MS 150.
"The MS 150 is an endurance event that mimics so many other journeys that we take in life. There is excitement at the beginning and it is fast paced and time flies. Then the real work begins at about mile 30 when you hit the hills and there are moments of doubt when you begin to entertain thoughts that you might not finish. There are rest stops, pot holes and crashes along the road. There are also people along the path who can help make your journey easier by providing a much needed drafting break or just someone to talk to along the way. There is also opportunity to pay it forward and help others on their path. With perserverance and hard work , there is great reward when you reach the park at the end of day 1. Then you rest and refuel and hope for the best the following morning to begin the return trip. Some people elect out of day 2 and catch a car ride back, while others get back on their bike inspired to push on to complete the 150 mile weekend. The beginning of the completion of this journey is a tougher road as you start out in the hills and the doubts start to return on the successful completion of your goal. But again people come along to help you along the path. The excitement this day comes as you get closer to your goal and realize you really are going to finish it! The final 11 miles are painful but hopeful as you close in on the end. There is a great sense of accomplishment when you cross that finish line. But there is also the realization that the 8 hours you spent on the bike are nothing compared to the 24 hours of each and every day that people with MS have to face when they wake up." (through the eyes of Robin)
Red's would like to thank Robin and her team for such commitment and encouragement.
Congratulations to Robert G. Bienvenu who recently traveled to Las Vegas to compete in the AAU North American Powerlifting Championships. Robert placed 1st in the Benchpress with 187#, 1st in the Deadlift with 287# and 1st in total points with 474# in his division. He qualified for Nationals and plans to compete again in Vegas in October. Robert has also set 3 Louisiana state lifting records. Keep up the good work Robert!