Have you seen that lady cycling around Regina with a HUGE smile on her face?

Ara taking off on her final lap at the Mountain of Hope Half-Marathon.
Ara taking off on her final lap at the Mountain of Hope Half-Marathon.
That’s Ara Steininger.

No matter what we throw at her, she just never stops smiling. And it’s fantastic.

Ara, who started training with us this past January, is one of the most uplifting people you’ll ever meet.

She’s an extremely hard worker and dedicated to the point where she’ll do pull-ups off of scaffolding in downtown Toronto, just so she doesn’t miss out on one of our challenges.

It never ceases to amaze me how Ara rides her bike everywhere. After our workouts, when most of us are stumbling back to our cars to drive home, Ara just hops and her bike and rides the 45 minutes home like it’s a walk in the park.

Impressive stuff.

After competing in the Mountain of Hope Half-Marathon Trail Race a few weeks ago, Ara is set to take on her first Spartan Races this July in Grunthal, Manitoba. She will be running both the Super (8+ miles and 25+ obstacles) and a Sprint (3+ miles and 20+ obstacles) in just two days – a difficult task for anyone.

Ara is up for the challenge, however, as she has been working extremely hard both in and outside of our workouts.

Watch out for this one, everybody. You may just see her on the podium.

Published by Riley

Riley Nadoroznick is an experienced coach and author who works with athletes across North America. A former wrestler at the University of Regina, Riley now competes in a variety of strength and endurance events such as Spartan Race, GORUCK, and the Tactical Strength Challenge. Growing up, Riley was never the biggest or fastest athlete, but he had big goals. He worked hard to earn a full athletic scholarship and knows what it takes to succeed. After his wrestling career was cut short due to injury, Riley never stopped learning, training, or competing. Now, as a full-time strength, speed, conditioning, and nutrition coach, Riley shares his knowledge, experience, and expertise with everyone he works with. When he’s not coaching or on an adventure with his wife and kids, Riley volunteers his time as a youth football coach and serves on multiple boards and volunteer organizations in his community.

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