embrace the extraordinary
embrace the extraordinary
Forget the Rules
Forget the Rules
Fitness Trainer and Coach Robin Legat unlocks the full athletic potential for busy professionals in Los Angeles and beyond who want to push their physical and mental limits and live their healthiest and most awesome life.
Robin provides group fitness training and coaching for people seek to live a life where age, size or background is no limit to what they are able to accomplish.
She earned a Certificate in Fitness Instruction from UCLA Extension in 2012 and currently holds the titles of Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. She is also a Certified Spartan SGX Level 2 Coach, Spartan Obstacle Specialist and Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach.
Robin herself is a "late in life athlete". After spending most of her life as a self-proclaimed music and theater nerd, Robin discovered the full-contact sport of roller derby at age 28. She played for eleven years before retiring in 2014. She has now found a new sport to channel her athletic energy - obstacle course racing. She has run over thirty Spartan Races since her first race in December 2015, earned her first Trifecta in 2016, earned a 2x Trifecta in 2017 and a 4x Trifecta in 2018. Robin's goal is to podium in the 40-49 age group division in the coming years - sooner if she has any say in the situation. She came in 4th place in the Lake Tahoe Spartan Beast in September 2018 and earned a spot in the top 100 in the 2018 Spartan Age Group World Series in the 40-49 age group.
She and her husband Michael live in Los Angeles with their cats England Dan and John Ford Coley. In 2018, they opened their gym RISE UP TRAINING Santa Monica, specializing in helping everyday people bring out their inner athletes on the obstacle race course. When not at the gym, they enjoy running races together, attending concerts and music festivals, and rocking the karaoke microphone.
Robin's life and karaoke motto are one in the same:
It's not about hitting the perfect note every time...
It's about making the absolute most of the short time you have on stage.
I was the clumsy, awkward kid who was picked last for sports teams in school. Throughout my entire life, the word “athlete” was never a word I would use to define myself, nor would anyone else.
Flash forward to 2003, when I moved to Los Angeles. At the time, I had no job, no money and no social circle. I was miserable for my first six months living in this city. In a desperate attempt to find some sort of hobby or tribe, I went on Craigslist, where I stumbled upon an ad for an upstart roller derby league. The idea of playing roller derby was something I considered a bit of a fantasy, but never thought it was something I’d get the chance to actually do in my life. So I had to go check it out. When I went to my first practice, I was immediately hooked. I picked up on the skills far more quickly than I ever expected, and instantly gained a group of like-minded friends. It was also the first workout program that would ever stick for me. I rapidly progressed from skater to team captain to trainer, and for the first time in my life – I could legitimately call myself an athlete. And that felt awesome. I also was helping others develop as athletes and that felt even more awesome.
Roller derby is primarily a volunteer sport, so while I was spending as much time as I could skating and training – I still had to work. And the jobs I was working were mainly just to get by, and were completely unfulfilling. This really forced me to take a hard look at my life to really figure out what it is I REALLY wanted to do. And ultimately, I circled back to roller derby. Roller derby helped me discover and bring out my inner athlete. It helped me find my community. It led me to fall in love with fitness, learning new skills, and being able to accomplish tough and difficult physical feats. My life has been positively changed through sport, fitness and athletics, and I realized my calling was to help others change their lives in these ways, as well.
After eleven years of competitive skating, I retired at the end of 2014 - shortly after my 40th birthday. My body and mind still have a lot of athletic capability and drive, so I sought out a new way to channel my competitive energy. I found what I was looking for in obstacle racing.
I continue to experience a similar adrenaline rush in obstacle racing as I did in roller derby. And now - as an athlete in my forties - I'm truly discovering that age and athletic backgrounds don't need to be limiting when it comes to pushing your body, mind and spirit.
This excites me. And as a trainer and coach, this is what I want to help others find within themselves.