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RB360 Client Spotlight: Claire Davenport 

RB360 Client Spotlight: Claire Davenport 

As a friend and I were recently lamenting the effects of the winter months on fitness and self-care endeavors, I realized that, while, yes, the winter overall is difficult, I actually tend to do better during the holidays when I come home to visit family and friends.  This is unusual, but it has been the case for a long time and there is a good reason; I have had a (not so) secret weapon waiting at home.  I have had RedBird.  I have had the inspiring women behind the method and the community right there with me, and there is nothing better for a recharge.  Even pecan pie and a silly number of tacos are no match.  I come back to work feeling lighter and ready to go.  The problem for me was not really the holidays.  It was everything else.  

RB360 has changed that.  I am originally from Austin, but have lived in New York for many years and recently moved to Montreal.  With a level of instruction and information you don’t find anywhere else, the online platform really is the perfect extension of the studio.  Elisabeth has essentially been my soulmate since we met in kindergarten so (thank goodness) I never really had a choice in the matter of to RedBird or not to RedBird whenever possible, and now I don’t even have distance as an excuse!  All kidding aside, what Lee and Elisabeth have built is nothing short of amazing and to be able to work it into my daily life has proved invaluable. 

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​A few other quick things about me: I am a perfectionist in sometimes the worst and most self-defeating way.  I am an architect, a sucker for blues guitar and my hometown, a nerd, and I love to dance.  I have a weakness for red wine and all things cheese (that one’s serious) and I never have enough space for my books because I refuse to get rid of any of them, even the stupid ones that I should be embarrassed about.  Perhaps most importantly, I have always been blessed to have absurdly talented and supportive people in my world, even if they are not always right by my side.

​I have struggled with my weight most of my life and it has always fluctuated, sometimes to extremes.  My fitness efforts have tended to come in waves, all in or all out.  While I now strive for balance, travel and extra busy times still derail my best laid plans (and that covers most days) so I am learning to be more adaptable and more forgiving.  RB360 allows me to have my gurus with me anytime I need them and takes the stress out of making fitness decisions.  I don’t have to worry about whether or not I am making the best use of my workout time because I know that every movement is backed by knowledge, science, precision, and extreme care.  I know that I am pushing myself the right way and not jeopardizing my long term goals.  I am also a runner and it can be hard on my body.  The form and technique that I get from RB360, not to mention the strengthening, helps protect me and it’s a great motivation boost when I am able to recognize the benefits and stability crossing over.  It is so critical to enjoy the process and celebrate each little victory.  It is what keeps me going.
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Claire’s food prep from the RB360online holiday challenge
​RB360 is more critical than ever now that I am embarking on a new adventure, adjusting to a new city and taking steps to start my own practice.  I use it to anchor my morning routine.  Now I wake up and there is much to do, but no heading in to the office as usual -so where do I start?  I start with a workout with my favorite people and a community that I know is on the journey with me (I am also a sucker for community).  No matter how the rest of the day goes, what I accomplish or how far things veer off course, I have shown up for myself and taken steps to strengthen and feel better in my body.  I have given myself a shot at getting my head on straight and stopping any looming anxiety about the day ahead in its tracks.
​Body Engineering is my favorite and, for me, the fastest route to visible results (and soreness in places that you never knew existed -how many muscles can there possibly be on the side of my booty?), but I have been adding Pilates more and more into the rotation and I love feeling the difference the first time I get a movement down right and everything is aligned as it should be.  It is like a switch is suddenly flipped, an ‘Aha-I-get-it!-this-hurts-so-much-more-now-but-in-that-good-way’ switch.  I am also beyond thrilled to have Cardio Dance available.  Did I mention that I love to dance?
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  1. What an inspiring and motivating read! An exercise community where friends hold you accountable is so important in achieving a healthy and balanced lifestyle. You should be proud of all your accomplishments!

    1. It is inspiring Maegan. Thank you Claire for being a bright light in our RB community. We are also “suckers” for community – and we know that that is where lasting change really comes from. The method of RB is bigger than anyone of us and through all of us – we are better!

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