MEET THE TEAM

Theresa Racicot

Theresa Racicot
  • Co-Founder & Director of Badassery
  • American Council on Exercise certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Precision Nutrition-Level 1 Certified Coach
  • Girls Gone Strong-Woman’s Coaching Specialist
  • Functional Range Conditioning & Functional Range Assessment Certified Instructor
  • 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher with YogaFit
  • CPR, AED and First Aid Certified
  • 18+ years as a Trainer and Coach
  • Pronouns: She/They
  • Favorite Dance Move: The Running Man

I fell in love with fitness 20 years ago. It began with sweating it out in my living room to old VHS tapes from my mom and evolved to finding a trainer, to eventually becoming one and getting hired on at a small fitness studio. That was almost 20 years ago.

About the same time as finding fitness I also found circus arts-beginning with flying trapeze, then branching out to aerial arts and partner acro. Circus arts was a great outlet for many of my loves: theater, dance and moving my body in different ways. It challenged me in many ways: my strength, my trust in myself and others and overcoming limiting thoughts I had about myself.

I knew I wanted to become a personal trainer and fitness educator two years after into the fitness journey myself. I had the chance meeting a woman who owned her own fitness gym and she invited me to become part of the team. She mentored me to become a personal trainer and pursue Pilates and Yoga certifications. I look back of those early days of 2002 with fond memories.

I love being a coach. I love working with people and seeing where their fitness journey takes them. I love watching people find love of and with their body and all the amazing stuff it can do!

I am excited to hear about your journey thus far and to see where you can go with a little guidance.

Mike Denton

Mike Denton
  • Co-Founder & Director of Absurdity
  • Bachelor of Physical & Health Education
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist from NSCA
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Precision Nutrition-Level 1 Certified Coach
  • Functional Range Conditioning & Functional Range Assessment Certified Instructor
  • CPR, AED and First Aid Certified
  • 20+ years as a Trainer, Coach & Physical Educator
  • Pronouns: He/Him/His
  • Favorite Dance Move: The Moonwalk

If I’m honest, I knew I wanted to be a coach and a teacher as early as the tenth grade. It was my phys. ed. teacher, Mr Nuttall who inspired me. He was raw and edgy and really all out of f**ks to give. And he made a skinny little teenager (me) feel welcome and capable.

Around the same time, my mom gave me a bench and a set of weights for Christmas. So I began lifting weights in my basement and had no idea how much the experience would impact me. I’ve never been the biggest or the strongest (or frankly, the most manly), but getting physically stronger changed me.

Something about the combination of Mr Nuttall actually giving a sh*t and my own experiences with lifting left me feeling determined to help others like me to feel more at home with exercise so that they could find the sense of strength and confidence that comes with it.

And while I take my mission to help as many people to get fit and find their inner badass very seriously, I was raised with British grandparents who warped my mind by exposing me to British humor from a very young age…so suffice it to say I have an appreciation for silliness.

Hector the Wonderdog

Hector the Wonderdog
  • Gym Mascot
  • Pronouns: He/Him/His
  • Favorite Dance Move: The Rodeo-Tail-Chase
  • Favorite Exercise: The zoomies!!!
  • Favorite Skill: Sit Pretty (ask me to show you)

I watch my humans do their fitness thing all the time so I’ve learned a thing or two and I’m great at encouragement. I’ll be around the gym as well, helping to cheer you on while you’re working out.

I love to give kisses and if you let me, I’ll lick the sweat off you post workout.

I know a few skills like sit, paw, down (short for lie down) and sit pretty. I have an auto-immune disease so I can’t have treats for my skills, but if you want to give me something for my demonstrations, my parents have the treats I can eat.

I can’t wait for us to be friends.