Dalecki Strength began in 2014 when my sister (Kat) and I were in our early twenties. We found ourselves in the miserable reality of the corporate world. Abandoning this path completely, we decided to start a business where we could reach and help people transform their lives. We went on to create a program where we could coach people to transform not only their bodies, but also their minds. Embarking on a gymnastics journey as an adult involves overcoming the stories we tell ourselves about why we can’t do something that seems so challenging. We are too old.. too stiff.. We might get hurt.. Coaching people overcome these barriers and tell themselves a new story is why we exist.
The Gymnastics obsession began from the time we could crawl. We would do splits and pancakes and try to impress people with our flexibility, as well as attempting handstands and backflips using our parents’ bed as a trampoline. Our parents knew that they would enrol us into gymnastics eventually, but first put us into various other sports for variety so that we could have a wide base of sports to choose from. So we tried dancing, swimming, karate, little athletics, tennis and then eventually Gymnastics- which we knew we wanted to stick with.
Training gymnastics in our formative years had a massive impact on our characters especially in the areas of discipline, patience, achieving goals and our beliefs around exercise. We learned many lessons from our successes and failures and these lessons formed the values on which our Gymnastics Training company is built on today
- Virtuosity: doing the common, uncommonly well.
- Integrity: being honest and doing the right thing when no one is keeping you accountable.
- Respect: adhering to the correct progression and loving the process.
- Patience: persevering without annoyance.
After giving up our competitive pursuits, we had an extended break from gymnastics, but something kept drawing us back to it. First we went back to our club to begin coaching. We had the opportunity to coach kids and young squads. We enjoyed being on the coaching side of things, but it also gave us the opportunity to start up this type of training for fitness & aesthetics. We both had brief experiences with using running and general bootcamp style training for fitness. Then we joined a Fitness first gym and tried the training styles they offer including the weights and cardio areas as well as les mills classes. We both found this extremely depressing and we were unhappy. We were having no fun, getting no results, hated the gym culture and all we wanted was get back to the level of fitness and strength we had previously as gymnasts.
Then we found CrossFit in 2008 and our lives changed again. Not only did this new sport involve our first love- gymnastics, but it also introduced us to Olympic weightlifting, endurance and high intensity workouts. We fell in love instantly.
Our eyes were wide open and all we saw on this new scene was opportunity. We took drastic measures in changing our lifestyles to take advantage of them and follow this path.
In a nutshell the last 5 years have involved
Diving back into Gymnastics training at an age typically viewed as “too old”
- Finishing off university degrees
- Starting & quitting corporate life
- Pursuing further education in Fitness and coaching
- Competing at the CrossFit regionals in the team and individual arena
- Travelling and teaching on the CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar staff
- Building careers at CrossFit Creature
And the most exciting of all, creating Dalecki Strength.
Through Dalecki Strength we have had the opportunity to work with over 30 gyms both CrossFit affiliates as well as other sporting disciplines and gyms. We’ve helped hundreds of clients one on one as well as online. We’ve worked with coaches in developing solutions to the address the complexity of teaching gymnastics to adults as well as improve their coaching practices.
It’s been an amazing journey so far and the best part is that it is only the beginning..
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