Rebell of the Month: Roberta Wyatt

Roberta is our Rebell of the month for November! Roberta has been committed to her goals and has been working very hard. Watching Roberta increase her balance, strength, and her range of motion has been very impressive. She has made great progress with her consistency and commitment towards training. I am excited to share with you her story!

Last year at a book signing at HyVee.


Your Background

Before coming to Restored Strength and training with William, my family had belonged to the local YMCA since before it was built. I must admit that I was always intimidated by the atmosphere in the training areas, and I often felt that I wasn’t prepared to train with folks who obviously knew what they were doing. I have never considered myself as someone who would “train”, or would work with a trainer. That changed when I started at Restored Strength.

Thoughts about strength training before & after

I had met William at a Chamber of Commerce “Let’s Connect” event and liked his enthusiasm and energy. I had already heard good things about the training going on there, but was intimidated and worried that I would not fit in…After my initial sessions, I started to feel that this was something I could not only do, but that he was willing to meet me where I was and could tailor a program that would challenge me. It was very uplifting to be training with people who were so positive and supportive! Before starting I thought it was only for “athletes”. Once starting, I found that it was not only something I could do, but that it brought so many positive things to my life, going beyond just the physical gains I experienced.

Challenging barriers you overcame

When I owned The Daily Grind I was constantly on my feet, and I felt I had great endurance and stamina. I would joke that while I wasn’t at my ideal weight, everything worked and I took my body and health for granted. That changed when I was diagnosed with several femur fractures about 5 years ago. I was treated, which included rehab, but I never really recovered. Fast forward to working with William and the knee issues that had never really gone away resurfaced. When I needed to meet with my doctor regarding this, he was impressed that I had great flexibility and strength, (due to my training at Restored Strength), and while I will be, (eventually!), having a knee replacement, I know that my training has helped me immensely. I NEVER feel any pain or discomfort while working out, as everything William has me do is tailored exactly to me and my needs.

Roberta working on swings 

Greatest achievement

I am extremely proud of my continuing commitment to changing my lifestyle. I would love to stay in bed, but I get myself up and out to my sessions, often driving in from Sioux Falls to be training at 8am. The accountability of having someone in your corner helps, but it has shown me that I can succeed at this program, and that I can stay with my training schedule. Seeing my stamina and body change for the better is wonderful, but it is staying with the commitment to continuing a healthy journey that I am most proud about.

Changes your family/friends noticed

My husband has noticed my increase in energy and muscle tone. I think he is proud that I am taking this time for myself, which is something I would not have done in the past. My friend, Rebekah, has told me that she sees changes in my posture, the way I walk and my tush, too! 😉 I have noticed changes in my overall stamina, my ability to stay on task for longer periods of time, and even my breathing has changed for the better. I would have been out of breath easily in the past, but not now. My balance has greatly improved and I feel more confident that as I grow older I can continue to age more gracefully with this training program.

Roberta working on step ups.

What do you tell people about our training

I have referred friends to Restored Strength! I tell them that William meets you where you are, and that you are treated respectfully. He believes everyone has an inner athlete “Rebell” and his goal is to improve your life, based on your desires and expectations. I would tell them that the entire process will leave them feeling more empowered and strong. The atmosphere is fun and those I am privileged to workout with help me to be a better me. It is money and time well spent and I wish I would have started sooner!

1980, US Navy, Monterey, California. I’m in the middle, bottom row.

What do you enjoy about training here

Of course, I like it when a session is done and I feel a sweaty sense of accomplishment! Seriously, after a session on an early Monday morning is completed, I feel everything else just fall into place for my week. I appreciate the positive vibes that William brings to the space and I am amazed at what I can do, given his encouragement and guidance. The atmosphere is always upbeat and supportive, not at all intimidating.

3 benefits you’ve noticed

Since training at Restored Strength, I feel like I belong in this atmosphere. Being surrounded by others who are welcoming and encouraging has helped me feel like this is a “new normal” for me, and has left me feeling more confident. I have become committed to myself and hold myself accountable for my health journey. I am making positive steps towards a “bucket list” goal coming up in a couple of years, which would not have been possible had I not started this work.

My wedding, 1991, with my sister, Kelly.

What makes the difference

William and his intern, Tyler, have a great way of meeting you where you are in your fitness journey, while still stretching your limits. Working with someone you trust is so very important, and while I have joined other programs in the past I never felt the personal encouragement that I have at Restored Strength. I am accountable to someone who is completely respectful of me, which has not been my experience in the past. The upbeat and positive atmosphere fosters a sense of community among those working out together and William is responsible for setting this tone. In the past, I would have been intimidated and afraid to try many of the things I can now do and that is because of Restored Strength and the supportive guidance I receive from William.


Additional words

I have never thought of myself as athletic, and even though I served in the Navy I never really gave myself credit for what my body could do…I would focus on diet, or weight, or some other indicator of health, rather than pursuing building on strengths. I have taken my health for granted and, as I age, I see that I need to be an active participant in maintaining and building my well-being. Working at Restored Strength has shown me that I am in charge of my physical health, and that I can do amazing things that I never thought I would be capable of accomplishing. I find that most of what slowed me down was my mindset, and that with the right encouragement I am making strides I never would have thought possible before this regimen. If you’re on the fence, I would strongly encourage you to give Restored Strength a month of your time. I have no doubt that you will be just as pleased with the ongoing results as I have been.


Roberta is always open-minded when it comes to our training, she is eager to try new things and willing to give everything a try. It’s always a great time training with Roberta, listening to her stories about traveling to learning more about the history of Marshall. Roberta has gone above and beyond to her commitment to better health. She has a great understanding of what it means to be strong and healthy!


Watch her story!


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