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MKTG INC Guest Column: Nike Master Trainers

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Nike Master Trainers        HOLLY RILINGER                                                                                                    TRACI COPELAND

This month, our guest column features two Nike Master Trainers, who were kind enough to sit down to chat about fitness, health and avoiding injury.

You’re both Master Trainers for Nike. Tell us a little bit about what that means.
HOLLY: It means I get to work for the greatest fitness company in the world! As a Master Trainer, I am a sponsored athlete for womens’ training, and Nike Training Club (NTC) is a huge part of that. I design NTC workouts, lead workouts, and train new trainers. It’s a dream job and I love every moment of it.

TRACI: Being a Nike Master Trainer is different for everyone. It began with teaching Train the Trainer sessions around the city, but now it’s gotten much bigger and the opportunities are huge. I’ve taught all over the world, from Vancouver to Stockholm to Berlin. I’ve consulted, worked on-set and helped cast for women’s training photo shoots. I developed my own workout in the NTC app, modeled in the Spring 2014 campaign, and I even got to write the Jessie J workout. Working onset and shooting in various locations is probably one of my favorite parts of the Master Trainer experience.

You come from different backgrounds – Traci, you were a dancer and are a yoga instructor, and Holly, you played professional basketball and seem to focus more on high-impact conditioning. How do those different paths merge to where you are today?
TRACI: I’ve been an athlete my entire life – I was a competitive gymnast for 13 years, played soccer, ran track at Georgetown and ran 2 marathons and 2 half-marathons. My life has always been about sport, but in general I like to challenge my body to move differently. Dance and yoga naturally became a great mental and physical outlet for me, and after injuries led to three knee operation, yoga and dance really helped me preserve my body. So there’s always been a lot of crossover. The classes I’ve taught for Nike have been yoga, cardio dance and NTC (gym-focused) workouts. I’ve also helped with Nike Running events, led dynamic warmup/stretch sessions and led a shakeout run for 12 editors the day before the Women’s Half Marathon.

HOLLY: At 5’4 I had to be quicker, faster and stronger than everyone else to succeed on the basketball court, so training was a HUGE part of my life from a very young age. I’ve been training since I was a child. I have a way of getting others to give me their best… maybe because I’ve trained with intensity and passion my whole life. It’s now my gift to give.

Tell me about the new trends you’re seeing in fitness.
HOLLY: Tons of boutique fitness studios are emerging in NYC. The best part about these places are the communities they build. We see it in NTC and at FLYWHEEL, where I teach spin. It becomes a second home/family for people.

TRACI: Big trends I see are fusion classes, such as those that incorporate dance and yoga workouts, or Barry’s Bootcamp, which is a combo of running and strength and conditioning. Everyone is so busy and has little time to workout, so I’m seeing a lot more 15- to 25-minute workouts that are really high-intensity.

If someone is just starting an exercise regimen, what are a few basic tips for success?
HOLLY:
1. A great workout will never overcome a bad diet.
2. Schedule your workouts like you would an important business meeting. Don’t miss them.
3. Try group classes. When you surround yourself with a community of healthy people, you make friends that will encourage you to live a healthy life.

TRACI: Get plenty of sleep, drink water, and think of exercise as something you’re doing to add to a better lifestyle. Often when people start a program, they start to cut too much out all at once… no sugar, no carbs, no drinks, etc. So I always tell people to start by adding good things to your diet and lifestyle, instead of things taking away. Adding good/high-energy foods like bananas, chia seeds and plenty of veggies will give you more energy for a new program.

If I said I only had 30 minutes a day to dedicate to exercise, how would you suggest I spend it?
HOLLY: Do something you enjoy. There are so many ways to workout these days. If something is fun, you are more likely to stick with it.

TRACI: A 15-minute run outside, followed by 15 minutes of strength and conditioning. A minute of squat holds, a minute of walkout pushups, a minute of V-ups, a minute of high knee runs and 30-second side planks. Repeat for three sets and you have a great full-body workout!

Check back next month for the rest of the column!

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Written by Katie Kirby
Katie Kirby

June 2nd, 2014 at 11:59 am

Super Bowl 2014: Nike Hall of Innovation & Training Day

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With the bright lights of football’s biggest moment shining on NYC, NIKE capitalized on the energy around Super Bowl XLVIII by creating a ‘Hall of Innovation’ in the heart of Manhattan.

Located at Moynihan Station, the Hall of Innovation was a one of a kind, football and training-based energy space created to showcase the latest in NIKE product innovation, entertain special guests and drive home NIKE’s mantra for the week: UNLEASH SPEED. MKTG INC was responsible for overall production around three elevated events in the space as part of the ‘NIKE Fast Night Series.’

The series kicked off on 1.28 with HS Fast Night, an ultra-high-energy competition that challenged students from four NY/NJ high schools to Unleash Speed in hopes of being named the fastest team in the tri-state. Participants competed in an obstacle course, 40-yard dash, tug of war, social media competition and dance contest to measure all aspects of speed as NFL stars like Tavon Austin, Rueben Randle and Jairus Byrd decided the champion. In the end,  Don Bosco Prep (NJ) emerged victorious and took home the first-ever Fast Night trophy.

To round out the programming at Moynihan, Young Athletes (1.29) and a select group of VIPs (1.31) got their moment in the Fast Night sun as well, going through similar competitions and drills allowing them to experience first-hand the latest in Nike innovation.

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TRAINING DAY

During the Super Bowl, Americans eat approximately 30 million lbs. of snacks and drink over $10 billion in beer and soda.  The next day 7 million of them call in sick.

With that insight in mind, NIKE and MKTG INC took over the days following the game to get New Yorkers moving and out of a post-Super Bowl slump. On Day 1, we headed to PS1 and PS218 in the Bronx, and motivated kids to move with a workout from NIKE Master Trainer Holly Rilinger. NY Giants WR Victor Cruz joined in the action at PS218, adding some football-based star power to the movement.

On Day 2 it was time to hit the commuters, as we popped up with coffee trucks at 3 high-traffic locations (Washington Square, Union Square, Penn Station).  With the enticement of free coffee/hot chocolate and a NIKE tee, ambassadors motivated consumers to complete a series jumping jacks or squats to get moving in the early morning. We followed up our commuter activation with gym takeovers at BRICK NYC and Barry’s Bootcamp, where consumers were seeded with Training Kits featuring a NIKE+ Fuelband and NIKE gift card as a reward for their commitment. WNBA superstar Skylar Diggins rallied troops at Union Square and Barry’s, as NIKE and MKTG INC laid the foundation for activating beyond the final whistle.

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