Mo­ti­vat­ing clients to love their bod­ies and trans­form their lives

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Name: Raquel Ciara Rako­vac. Age: 31. Po­si­tion: Owner, life­style coach and mo­ti­va­tional speaker at Rock Body Fit.

Job de­scrip­tion: I play many roles within Rock Body Fit, my coach­ing and mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing com­pany. My part­ner, re­tired CFL veteran Michael Cor­nell, and I per­form many tasks that in­clude con­struc­tion and ren­o­va­tions, ac­count­ing, so­cial me­dia, pub­lic re­la­tions and mar­ket­ing, web­site and graphic de­sign, per­for­mance train­ing, class in­struc­tion, nu­tri­tional coach­ing and pub­lic speak­ing. It was im­por­tant for us to be ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in build­ing our busi­ness from the ground up so that we could learn as much as pos­si­ble.

Is this the job you thought you’d be do­ing?

Ab­so­lutely. I have al­ways been driven to take ac­tion in shap­ing our com­mu­nity in a pos­i­tive di­rec­tion. Over the course of three years, I have been coach and men­tor to train and teach young girls and women about the im­por­tance of a healthy and ac­tive life­style, em­pow­er­ing them to pos­i­tively trans­form their lives phys­i­cally and men­tally, and love their bod­ies. I have worked with many com­mu­nity groups and lo­cal teams to con­tinue to in­spire fe­males (of all ages) to take ac­tion to­ward their goals, cre­ate a pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ship with them­selves, live a health­ier life­style and be­lieve in their abil­ity to cre­ate the life they dream of.

Ad­vice to oth­ers on launch­ing a ca­reer:

In­spire, teach and em­power oth­ers through your tal­ents. Pass­ing on the knowl­edge you have ac­quired trig­gers a pos­i­tive rip­ple ef­fect. Be an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in mak­ing your dream(s) come to fruition.

Roots: My name is Raquel, but most peo­ple know me as “Rocky” or “Rock,” hence, the cre­ation of Rock Body Fit. I was born and raised in Hamil­ton and grew up im­mersed in the city’s cul­ture. My fa­ther is a devel­oper, and I had a strong pas­sion to play a role in the de­vel­op­ment of our beau­ti­ful city. An ath­lete for a large part of my life (bas­ket­ball and run­ning), I suf­fered three se­vere leg in­juries that took me out of sports as a ca­reer and into the role of coach and mo­ti­va­tor. Michael and I started our par­ent com­pany, Cor­nell Per­for­mance Academy, in 2013. Hav­ing both shared ath­letic and coach­ing back­grounds, we wanted to open a fa­cil­ity for teach­ing peo­ple about phys­i­cal and men­tal trans­for­ma­tion.

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Re­cent Tweet or FB up­date:

An In­sta­gram post: “It takes a very wise woman to re­al­ize that she is worth the time to in­vest in and to take ac­tion to­ward ac­tu­al­iz­ing those thoughts. A woman’s body is a beau­ti­ful thing be­cause it is a di­rect re­flec­tion of her progress and all the hard work she en­dured on her jour­ney to get to this re­ward­ing stage.”

Net­works: We part­ner with many lo­cal artists, or­ga­ni­za­tions, lo­cal teams, train­ers and in­struc­tors to build, pro­mote and grow one an­other’s busi­nesses. We also of­fer our coach­ing and speak­ing ex­pe­ri­ences to not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and teams to help our youth bet­ter un­der­stand their goals and work to­ward ed­u­cat­ing them on how to achieve them.

Favourite restau­rant in the down­town:

The Pur­ple Pear: great food and ex­cel­lent por­tions! I am also a BIG FAN of Berke­ley North’s smoked salmon eggs Bene­dict (do your­self a favour and up­grade to the tater tots). Any soup at Burnt Tongue, and its kale fruit salad is amaz­ing.

Best fea­ture of life in Hamil­ton:

If the peo­ple love your prod­uct and be­lieve in what you do, they will con­tinue to sup­port your en­deav­ours for many years. Sec­ond, you can come here, cre­ate a name for your­self and make your mark. This city is a great place to be a young en­tre­pre­neur.

What would make Hamil­ton a bet­ter city?

The con­tin­ual de­vel­op­ment of our down­town core through new thriv­ing busi­nesses and con­do­minium projects is adding to the pos­i­tive changes we are see­ing.

I have been a part of the King Street East neigh­bour­hood since the age of four and over the past three years there have been so many great ad­di­tions and changes to our area.

I have a deep love of and con­nec­tion to our beau­ti­ful West Har­bour.

This is an area we must con­tinue to fo­cus on and put our en­er­gies to­ward de­vel­op­ing.

Quote: By help­ing to change the lives of oth­ers, you are help­ing to fuel Hamil­ton in a pos­i­tive way. Con­tacts: email: raquel@rock­body­ In­sta­gram: @rock­body­fit web­site: www.rock­body­ email: michael@cor­nellper­for­

In­sta­gram: @cor­nellper­for­mancea­cademy

web­site: www.cor­nellper­for­

If you know a Hamil­ton Pro­fes­sional who would make a good can­di­date for this pro­file se­ries, send an email to shen­der­son@thes­


Raquel Ciara Rako­vac is the co-owner of Rock Body Fit, a life­style coach and a mo­ti­va­tional speaker. With her is re­tired CFL veteran Michael Cor­nell, her part­ner in life and busi­ness.

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