Meet the Crew: Trace Gotsis
1. What sparked your interest in fitness? How did your fitness journey begin?
I’ve been an athlete my entire life finding my deepest passion in baseball. I was scrawny going through high school until my junior year when I started to get serious about baseball with hopes of playing in college. My greatest workout partner had always been my father, so we started tag-teaming personal training sessions with a local trainer who focused on accelerating high school athletes 3 to 4 times a week.
Long story short, I truly fell in love with fitness at that point and my desire to get stronger, stay healthy and better myself hasn’t slowed down since! There’s just something about that inner self-competition that fuels me - and who doesn’t want to look good with their shirt off???
2. What makes you excited to teach at Health House?
Oh my gosh, where to begin…The atmosphere. The philosophy. The people. Everything! To be completely honest, group fitness was not on my list of favorite things to do. I was the kind of person that was content with going to the gym, getting in what I needed to and getting out. I have now been with Health House for just over 9 months (as a member & as an instructor) and unless I’m traveling out of town it’s the only place I workout. I can’t stay away! Health House gave me a new appreciation and love for the group. The culture, the experience, the competition, the results…nothing compares to what you get at Health House.
3. What are your tips to stay motivated to eat healthily and stay fit?
Get on a schedule and set goals! One of the greatest challenges is that initial motivation into a healthier lifestyle, but remaining motivated is even tougher. Once you create that regimen and hold yourself accountable it turns into a habit and you’ll start to do it unconsciously. Constantly challenging yourself by setting goals only makes it more fun! Give it a purpose. Get to the gym 5 times this week. Set a new PR on the rower. Cut a guilty pleasure out of your diet. Just better yourself!
4. What is your favorite 20-minute exercise circuit (for the days you are traveling and can't make it to class?)
I love any kind of HIIT circuits, so I try to get as creative as possible when I’m remote. If I can squeeze in 4 quick 5-minute full body circuits mixing in body weight movements and plyometrics, then I don’t feel like I missed a workout that day. Gotta get creative when you’re out of your normal routine!
5. Favorite post-workout meal or snack?
My workouts are usually in the morning, so my favorite, go-to post-workout meal definitely involves some eggs, avocados and protein pancakes! I absolutely love protein pancakes and they’re super easy to make - spread any sort of nut butter over those bad boys and it could quite possibly be the best thing on planet Earth.
6. Share a quote that describes your fitness style?
Get out of your comfort zone; it’s something I try to apply to all aspects of my life - especially fitness. If you start to get comfortable, then you’re not challenging yourself. I think you’ll surprise yourself when you do!
Classes Trace teaches at Health House:
Tuesday, 6 a.m. Rip + Row | Legs & Abs
Thursday, 5:30 a.m. Ripped | Legs, Shoulders & Abs
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Rip + Row | Full Body
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Rip + Row | Full Body