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Do you want to achieve the best health and fitness in your life?

Our high-level, science-based coaching service is for you who want to discover your full potential and become Sisu Fit, in the best shape of your life!

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Marjaana Rakai

MSc Sports Science, NASM PT, Sports Nutrition Specialist, GGS Women's Coaching Certificate, Triathlon Canada Community Coach

Use this space to introduce yourself and share your professional history.

Have You Ever Wondered...

"Is this all life has to offer?" or "Is this really all I am capable of?" 

Have you ever looked at yourself in a mirror and only seen a shell of yourself? 

If you have, you are not alone. 

I know sports can't fix everything, but it can truly lift your spirits and show just how capable you are to live an incredible life!

I share my journey from burned-out, a depressed mom who fantasized about nap time and almost daily drove through Starbucks ("Triple shot Americano and a blueberry muffin, please!") to stay awake. As an ex-pat, I was "living a dream", except that it was not my dream. 

I desperately decided to take a deep dive into triathlon and my path was sealed. My journey from Tired Mom Runs to an Ironmom, has equipped me with mental tools I love to share with my coaching athletes. 

You know where you are... You know where you want to go. You may already know your why...(and if not, I will help you with that, too) all that is left is HOW. That's why I am here. 

Book your Free Discovery Call with me and find out how I can help you reach your true potential.

Running Athletic Women

Endurance Coaching

Anytime, Anywhere

Want To Learn More About...

How to train for your endurance events without overtraining, burning out, or plateauing. How to integrate any training plan so it fits into your life and your circumstances.

How to use nutritional strategies to aid with your endurance training. Learn how you can maximize your potential with sports nutrition and healthy habits.

How to strength train so it complements your endurance training and prevent muscle and bone loss as you age, and improves your overall performance. 

Break through your self-limiting beliefs and learn to work with your unlimited mental power, and use simple strategies in your daily life and in sports.

Education & Certifications

Master's Degree in Sports Science -Norwegian School of Sports Sciences

With Exchange terms at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary to gain a substantial understanding of Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics. 

My Thesis research on The Kinetic Charasterics in Competitive Slalom Skiing earned podium presentation at the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Conference.
 

MSc Sport Science
MSc Sport Science

Norwegian School of Sports Sciences

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Triathlon Canada
Triathlon Canada

Community Trained Coach

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National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine

Certified Personal Trainer

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TrainingPeaks
TrainingPeaks

Level 1 Accredited Coach

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Girls Gone Strong
Girls Gone Strong

Certified Women's Coaching Specialist

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I've helped men and women all around the world..

 

COACHING SERVICES

ONE-ON-ONE ONLINE COACHING

Premium one-on-one coaching in Triathlon, Nordic skiing, Running, general Health and Fitness.

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BE SISU MOM

Lifestyle, health coaching for you whether you are a stay-at-home, professional, or expatriate mother. Are you ready to take charge of your own health and focus on your passion without feeling guilty and frustrated?

Coach Marjaana is a GGS Certified Women's Coach, in addition to MSc in sports science. Learn how to take your unique female physiology into account when elevating your fitness and live through the joy of movement.  

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BE SISU RUNNER & SKIER

Professionally designed, based on solid science training programs destined to elevate your performance to the next level

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Are You Overwhelmed by all the "fitness fads"? 

You've worked your behind off every time you workout. You're working hard and feeling sure you must be getting fitter. Always going at the red line. Several times a week. But the results are just disappointing. 

You can't keep showing up consistently. You have good intentions, but life happens, and at the end of the day you are just too exhausted to get out the door. 

You've been following a random strength workout plan from the web, but you are not seeing any results. In fact, you feel like you should be further ahead. 

You've tried all the newest fitness fads and HIIT training, but you are getting more and more tired and feeling really flat. Honestly, you feel like you're going backwards. Unfit as f. 

I believe you should not work harder, but smarter. 

You are truly successful when you create a lifestyle that fits into your life as a whole. You need to be a healthy athlete if you want to succeed. Making the training smart is the main goal, making your training sustainable, consistent without burning out and injuries. 

I will show you the right things to do and the right order to do them - for you! 

The key is to start where you are right now and make a sustainable plan to take you where you want to go. 

I will provide the tools, mentoring, and support you need to stop working harder and start working SMARTER! 

I will be with you at every step. 

Together, we will assess your current fitness. Build a plan that fits into your life, taking into account YOUR life. 

I will monitor your workout progress and give you regular constructive feedback based on your comments and data on your training program. 

You will have an open communication channel with me so that you can ask all the questions you need. 

We will re-assess your fitness so we know we are on the right track! 

Your time is precious. Let's not waste it.

 

You want results with the time you put into your sport. I'm here to help you with exactly that, and to do my best to keep you healthy in your pursuit of excellence. 

Let's jump on a call together and start your best season today!

xo, Marjaana 

BE SISU SKIER

Professionally designed, based on solid science training programs destined to elevate your performance to the next level.

 

Whether you are training for a specific ski race or just for fun, having a coach allows you to focus on the execution. Having a coach who plans, monitors and gives you feedback on your training takes away the guesswork, frustration, wasting time on trying to figure out what to do. You will also learn how to do things so that you can get fitter and focus on what you like the best, skiing!  

Coach MJ grew up skiing in North Finland, achieving great results at the national level, and although she may live in the desert, skiing is still a huge part of her life.

 

If you want to level up your skiing, you have several options: hire Marjaana as your online 1-on-1 coach, purchase a custom-made training plan, or purchase one of the xc ski specific plans on the store.

 

Contact MJ Today to find out more! I always enjoy a good chat. 

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BE SISU RUNNER

Professionally designed, based on solid science training programs destined to elevate your performance to the next level whether you are a new runner or seasoned marathoner.

Elevate your running whether you are new to running, coming back from a break (hello moms, I am talking to you!) or just been bitten by the running bug. Don't waste your time trying to figure it out all by yourself, or with some random program, you find online. 

Working with a coach you will learn the how and why. I strongly believe in educating my athletes so that they can take their fitness into their own hands in the long run. 

Whether you are training for local 10K, or an international marathon, I can help you fit running into your busy life so that you can elevate your running and reach your goals. 

If you are a mom and want to get back to running, I can customize your whole fitness program taking into account your unique circumstances, strength training pelvic floor health and all your responsibilities that come with being a mom. 

Whether you need a full-on 1-on-1 experience, customized training plan (including strength and mobility), or generic race plan, I've got you covered. 

Email me today or book a FREE discovery call now

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Before I worked with Marjaana I was at a standstill with my training. I had gotten back into running and even completed a half marathon; but just couldn't seem to be able to run the entire 21.1km; even on race day.

 

When I connected with Marjaana she inspired me to see that I could do more. She is positive and encouraging and works with you to bring you towards your goals. Next thing I knew I ran 21km without any walking and it seemed so easy. I took 9min off my half marathon time and I feel like this is just the beginning.

 

Marjaana has helped me get excited about my running potential and I can't wait to see the next training plan. Would I recommend her? Absolutely!

Lisa R, Alberta, Canada

Happy Woman

I wanted to thank you so much for the great job you did as our training captain and coach.

 

Your positivity and encouragement went a long way to converting me from a complete non-runner to someone who was able to successfully complete a 10K.

 

I would highly recommend your coaching to anyone who wanted to get fit, and feel better in general! 

With gratitude🙏🏼Keri M. 

Keri M. BC, Canada

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For many years, I wanted to explore what I could accomplish with a structured training plan, but I was stuck with random exercises squeezed in a busy family/work schedule. This habit didn’t take me anywhere and it was simply not enough for me anymore. Working with a coach was something that I never tried before, but I decided to sign up with Marjaana and give it a try.

I can honestly say that I’m in better shape than I have ever been and that feeling is awesome. Marjaana is a good listener, she is positive and her knowledge in physiology and sports science is way beyond my expectations. Due to her own long-term experience in sports, she is also able to share her own experience.

It has truly been a positive journey working with Marjaana. Thank you for helping me reach my goals.

Kennet E., Italy