Rebell of the Month: Leanna Olsem

Leanna is our Rebell of the month for December! Leanna always walks in with a big smile on her face and ready to take on the day when she come in to our facility! Leanna is a hard working Rebell that has been committed to her goals since starting with us. We are excited to share with you her story!

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Leanna working on deadlifts.

Your background

Training is not a word I would have ever associated with myself. I was never interested in sports or anything athletic. I knew I needed to get to work on getting healthy though. As I’ve aged it has become easier to gain fat and harder to lose it. I did a bit of weight workouts at the high school when they started a program for women a number of years ago. I liked it, but the time of day wasn’t ideal. Then I started working out with a friend doing a kettlebell program on DVD’s. I felt good, but I hurt my shoulder from doing things incorrectly. My friend and my schedule had changed, so I fell out of the routine. Once I quit exercising, I felt tired, my muscles were always tight and I was gaining weight fast. I tried a personal trainer, but schedules again made working out sporadic. I was looking for a program that was convenient and fit my schedule and would hold me accountable to exercising regularly.

 

Thoughts about strength training before & after

My mom had, and some of my sisters have osteoporosis or the start of it. I knew strength training is a big help in fighting that. I was always intimidated when I would be working out around other, more athletic people. I don’t feel that at Restored Strength. Everyone is so very encouraging.

Challenging barriers you overcame

Being able to have a bigger range of motion has been huge in how I feel on an everyday basis. We travel most weekends and sitting in a car for long periods of time would make me so tight and my muscles would just ache. As I’ve been working out at Restored Strength I haven’t gotten so tight on those trips and if I do, the recovery seems faster.

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Me with my husband, Doug. We’ve been married 35 years.

Greatest achievement

I don’t feel full of tight knots anymore and my flexibility has improved a lot since I began training. That’s been wonderful. I also love mastering the challenges that Coach William and Coach Tyler present me with. Who knew I could do real push-ups!

Changes your family/friends noticed

My clothes fit better and there’s a little more definition beginning to be noticeable in my arms and calves. I like that, but mostly I like feeling more energetic and only having good aches from pushing myself to get stronger.

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Tasting cupcakes for Hayley’s upcoming wedding.

What do you tell people about our training

Coach William and Coach Tyler are so encouraging. They are very good at creating workouts at your individual level that challenge you just enough to drive you to succeed. They also watch closely so if you get lazy or forgetful on technique, they are right there to make sure you’re doing the moves correctly and safely. That said, the atmosphere is fun and friendly so you don’t feel intimidated.

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Working on single leg flute bridges.

What do you enjoy about training here

 I like that we work on areas I feel the most in need. It’s a very tailored workout and I don’t have to compare or compete with anyone but myself. And the people are a lot of fun!

3 benefits you’ve noticed

  1. I have more energy since I began working out.
  2. I feel good and conquering new challenges.
  3. Confidence in myself.
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My Family: My husband, Doug and I in the middle. Our son, Ben with his wife, Carley and their
2 children, Our daughter Hayley and her fiancé, Jordan (kneeling), our daughter, Sara with her
husband, Cody and their 2 children.

What makes the difference

I like the smaller gym feel and how we get to know the people around us. I have confidence in Coach William and Coach Tyler as I see them constantly working on improving their training skills and passing that know-how onto us through their approach to our training.

 Leanna has well earned this title of being Rebell of the month! One of the greatest things about Leanna is her willingness to get out of her comfort zone and try new exercises. She has increased her strength significantly and is performing full push ups! It’s always a great time training with Leanna knowing that she is ready for anything we bring her way!

Watch Her Story!

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