June 3, 2016

Tight Club Check In: Rachelle Bonneville

Take a peek inside the Tight Club community, each week we’re checking in with one of our crew to learn what they get up to when they’re not slamming balls or crushing burpee challenges. These are the people that motivate you in class when sh!t gets real. From OG’s to newbies, here’s their inside scoop.

Meet Rachelle.


Rachelle Bonneville


What is tight in your life?

I’ve got a tight job, a tight boyfriend, tight friends, a teeny tiny tight kitty, and the tightest boss one could ask for. Honestly, the last time I was this happy I was a careless 12th grader smoking pot and skipping school. SHIT IS GOOD.


What's your signature Move?

Single Leg Deadlift; the super slow, as heavy as possible kind. If my knees are ever bumming me out, a few sets of SLDLs makes them happy again. That and plank roll outs on the rower; core exercises are my guilty pleasure.

Rachelle Bonneville


Rachelle Bonneville


Something people might not know about you?

I’m a harpist! As a little afro’d child, I was smitten by a harpist playing at my dad’s store opening and have been playing ever since. I’m also VERY afraid of the dark.


What’s your favourite workout song?

It’s a tie between Deception by Le Tigre and the entire Jungle album. I have to admit though, Michael played Fighter by Christina Aguilera as we did 8 tabata rounds of med ball slams & thruster … I don’t think I’ve ever slammed or thrown a ball so hard - while singing.

What’s your spirit animal and why?

I’d probably have to go with a monkey, any kind really. I love hanging upside down, being cheeky and pretending I'm 5 years old. Plus, I kind of already look like one.

Rachelle Bonneville


Who would be your celebrity best friend?

My mom. She's not a celebrity, but might as well be. If you're ever in doubt of life, call Chica, she’ll buddha your life right back into order.

Favourite way to procrastinate?

Pretty sure Keighty answered this one better than I ever could have, procrastubration.

What was the last thing you read?

Some memes on @thefatjewish’s Instagram. Unless I’m traveling, I hate to admit that I don’t have the attention span to sit down and read a book at home. I wish! People who read books are always the coolest.

Rachelle Bonneville


If you could go anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

If I could go anywhere tomorrow, I would go straight to our family home on Margarita Island in Venezuela. Look it up. I would grab all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins and go straight to the beach where we would all drink Cuba Libres, eat Arepas (or empanadas de quest), and surf. To think that some f*%#ked up government is destroying that paradise breaks my heart, but I’d still go.

What does The Tight Life mean to you?

The Tight Life is a mix between doing the right thing and not taking life too seriously. It’s about holding yourself responsible for the thing you don’t want to do, but know you should (i.e work out, getting up on time, not eating ice-cream yet again for breakfast, being honest, resisting cheeky tuesday beers etc.) and knowing that is just as important as having a little sanity wiggle-giggle room. Don’t eat salad at the city’s best Italian restaurant and make sure you get dessert. 80/20 baby.

What is your fitness goal?

5 PULL UPS! Ok let’s say 8; I can currently do 3 on a good day. I find pull ups (or any impossible body weight exercise) fascinating. My goal is to one way be able to control my body movement like Ida Portal, or some other human monkey.

Rachelle Bonneville


Do you have any pre or post workout rituals?

Most important to me is the pre-workout. If I’m hungry during the workout, there’s no way I’m making it out alive. My go to is a smoothie about 45 minutes prior and water. Afterwards I just make sure to eat something as healthy as the hard work i put in and filled with protein. No protein shakes though, too chalky.

How do you treat yourself?

My treats usually involve food… wine… bourbon… and friends. OR a food tour with Dan. Same same.

This summer my big plans are…

TIGHT LIFE TRIPS - think overnight camping trips and tofino retreats.

Rachelle Bonneville



Photos by Valerie Lina Photography.

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