Rebell of the Month: Traci Kruse

Traci is our Rebell of the month for October! Traci is one strong woman when it comes to training. It has been very impressive seeing Traci increase her strength and excel in her sport of running. Traci started with our “Run Strong” program, and became a full time Rebell after our program ended. I am excited to share with you her story!

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Hubs and I at SMSU Gala 

Your background

I played Volleyball and ran track in high school, until I tore my ACL. After that, I did not participate in any organized sports or training. I have run on and off throughout the years, but over the past 1-2 years I became much more serious about running. Because of my running, I started to strength train to try and help with speed and endurance.   

Thoughts about strength training before & after

I had never done any kind of organized strength training before Restored Strength. Since starting, I appreciate that it is so personalized to the goals I want to achieve and takes into account my previous injury and the imbalances it has caused.

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Traci doing barbell bridges 

Challenging barriers you overcame

As with most activities, it’s a mental game. I had to work through the “I can’t do that” phase before I really started making progress. Since letting go of that, I’ve been able to accomplish more than I thought I could.

Greatest achievement

I found Restored Strength while training for my first half marathon. I think that regular strength training helped me finish strong and avoid injury.

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After my half marathon 

Changes your family/friends noticed

I have become a more active person than i used to be. I have noticed that I have better posture while sitting at my desk. My arms are also more toned than they have ever been!

What do you tell people about our training

Everything about Restored Strength is personalized. Personalized to your goals, to any history of injury, and to your schedule. Workout times are quite flexible.

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Family at Falls Park 

What do you enjoy about training here

The flexible schedule is huge for me as my work schedule can be chaotic at times. It’s also a fun, friendly environment!

3 benefits you’ve noticed

I’ve gotten stronger, have more endurance, and have better balance.  

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Back squats for days 

What makes the difference

Restored Strength is the first trainer I’ve worked with!

 

Traci has no limits when it comes to working hard, when she is faced with a new challenge she takes it on with no hesitation. Seeing how much her strength has improved is amazing, we’ve overcome barriers of upper body strength to recovering from sport injuries. Traci refuses to give up when things get tough, this is something that we really admire about her. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know and train such an amazing person!

Watch her story!

Rebell of the Month: Norma Streich

Norma is our Rebell of the month for September! Norma has not only excelled in getting stronger, but she has also been crushing it body composition wise as well! She has mentioned how pant and shirt sizes keep going down and how easier chores have been going. Norma is no stranger when it comes to exercise, she has spent a lot of time working with the Exercise Science students, participating in their Schawns Practice Client Program. Seeing Norma excel in her strength has been an absolute pleasure. Here is her story!

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Norma

Your background

I was very active in the past, walking, playing softball & volleyball and working out.  On vacation, I always tried to get in some hiking.  I had some medical issues about 14 years that restricted my activity.  It took a while to resolve those issues and I have been trying to get back into shape ever since.  Mainly I worked out at the YMCA (mainly cardio) and each semester I was working out with an exercise science students at SMSU (strength training).

 Thoughts about strength training before & after

I enjoy strength training, but didn’t focus on it until I started spending time with the students at SMSU.  Prior to that it was often using machines and I wasn’t getting the full benefit.  I truly enjoy my training at Restored Strength and have seen great results in a short period of time.  It is also a great way to relief stress.  Who knew I would learn to love the ropes.

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Twin’s game, left to right is myself, Lori Skewes, Kristi Radtke & Renae Drake.

Challenging barriers you overcame 

Reverse Lunges – I have bad knees and was terrified every time I had to do lunges.  I kept thinking I was going to fall (which I did a couple of times and scared William).  Thanks to the positive support of William and fellow rebells I can do reverse lunges and they are getting easier each time.

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Norma doing reverse lunges.

 Greatest achievement

 Smooth lunges without falling & reading Game of Thrones.

 Changes your family/friends noticed

 My energy level is probably the change most of my family & friends have noticed.  I have more energy to do things and I am happier because I feel better.  Also, I don’t have to sit and watch everyone else do things.  I can participate in activities.

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Family picture is from my niece Melissa’s wedding.  Back row left to right are my brothers Paul & Larry, Dad (Emil) & my brother Mark.  Front row is myself & my Mom (Caroline).

 What do you tell people about our training

 When I refer friends, I tell them Restored Strength is a positive environment, where you can do your training, improve your health and have fun.  The training is focused on you and where you are at, not a general training that everyone has to do.  William & Tyler are both very encouraging and helpful, adjusting the training as needed.  The other rebells I workout with are great people, very positive and we encourage each other no matter what level of training we are at.

What do you enjoy about training here

The people, the positive energy and how good I feel after my training.

3 benefits you’ve noticed 

Sorry but I can’t just list three.

1). Energy level is up.

2). My balance continues to improve which is a good thing when you have bad knees.

3). I’m getting stronger physically.

4). I need some new clothes since some are getting too big!!!

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Norma doing some rows.

What makes the difference

The personal attention, training program and focus you receive from William and now Tyler.  In the past, a trainer would take you through the weight machines once and after that you were on your own.  Or, I would work with a student at SMSU, start working through a program and the semester would be over so it would be up to me to keep going on my own.  The next semester a new student would start over with a new program. William started me on a program and as my strength increases he gives me new challenges.  I love taking on the challenges and seeing what is next.

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 I was a skeptic when I joined Restored Strength.  I thought I would try it for a couple of months and when nothing happened I would try something else.  Guess what?  I’m still there and I look forward to my training.  I just found out I have another medical issue to deal with and what upset me most was I won’t be able to keep doing my training while I recover.  Joining Restored Strength and working with William was one of the best decisions I have made for my health.

Norma is one of the hardest working rebells here! When we had first started, balance and control was a very challenging thing to overcome, there was an incident where Norma had fallen but was not injured, she had laughed it off and informed me that “this is going to happen”. Since then we have done nothing but go up, when Norma is faced with a new challenge she concurs it! Seeing Norma change both her strength and body has been amazing. I am proud to see her continually excel in her goals!

Watch her story!

Rebells of the Month: Rebekah Reynolds

Rebekah is our Rebell of the month for August! Rebekah has come so far on her journey of recovery from Lyme disease. It was very interesting to work with someone who has had such a dynamic background in the same industry as me. Watching Rebekah from where we started to where she is right now is truly amazing. Here is her story!

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Me, happier and healthier than I’ve been in a very long time!

Your background

I have been a fitness instructor and rehab therapist for 20 years, prior to getting Lyme disease 2 years ago. I have taught many different kinds of classes throughout the years- yoga, Pilates, kettlebells, water aerobics, women’s weight training. I have also been an adjunct instructor at SMSU for 9 years, teaching step aerobics and yoga.

 

Thoughts about strength training before & after

I absolutely love weight training and working hard. Because of the Lyme, I had not worked out for a year. Lyme disease caused sever neurological symptoms for me…I had severe memory loss, vertigo, arthritis pain, fatigue and balance problems. It was humiliating and heartbreaking, and also brought me into anxiety and depression. I felt suicidal…but of course have children, my husband and friends and family. While I would never have taken my own life, I had many, many times where I wanted to die in my sleep. I felt that I had lost everything, and my entire life was turned upside down.

Challenging barriers you overcame

Wow, we’ve overcome so much!!! In the beginning of our training in February, I cried a lot on the way home because my body (my life) had lost so much. I felt like I was going to pass out a lot, so William and I had to learn how to communicate honestly so we could work on what I could for that day. Now, I’m pulling heavy weights, working on Olympic lifts, swinging 45 pound bells, and my mobility and balance have improved so much!!! I am so much better, and feel like I have my life back!

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Rebekah working on Cleans 

Greatest achievement

I do not have fatigue anymore, and I feel like I’m back! I had to take a lot of time to work with what I had for that day. Some days, William would have to stop me and remind me that this part of my journey isn’t about pushing through…it’s about working with what I have for that day. And every day is different. I have also gained a lot of weight with the Lyme. William also made me stop talking negatively about my body, and has helped me to back off on that expectation and focus on recovering. 

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My beautiful family! Husband Tom, Daughter Sonia, and Son Max

Changes your family/friends noticed

I’m not crabby and sad, I have so much energy, and am able to stay up late again!
They have noticed how much better my health is, and that I’m back to being funny again.

What do you tell people about our training

 I have referred 7 people, and tell people all the time what a difference Restore Strength has made in my life! It’s hard for me not to cry as I write all of this. William really has been a God send to me. People think that you’re supposed to be in shape before you start working with a coach. You don’t!!! If you’ve fallen somehow… in your life, you need someone who knows how to pick you up, and what to do to start supergluing those pieces of yourself that have been shattered. Out of shape, lost, overweight, sad, want to change your life? Hire a trainer! What you’re doing on your own really isn’t working. Do something different, and hand the reins over to someone that knows how to help you!

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Working on rows 

 What do you enjoy about training here

William is the best trainer I’ve ever had in my entire life. He’s knowledgeable, and makes you feel like you are the most important person in the world to him…. even when there are other people in the gym during sessions.

3 benefits you’ve noticed

1.My balance is better.
2. My depression.
3. Anxiety have improved greatly, and my pain has decreased greatly.

My time in the jungle is my proudest and happiest time of my week!

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I absolutely love flowers and my gardens.

What makes the difference

I needed someone just right for this time in my life, and William has been the perfect coach at just the right time. I am so grateful to be here and I’m so relieved and grateful that my Lyme had improved so much. Without a doubt, William has helped me survive.

Additional words

If you think you’re too old, too out of shape, too fat, too tired, or too broken…let that shit go and get yourself a good trainer and coach. It will change your life!

Rebekah has been tested time and time again, and she refuses to give up, this is something that I truly admire and respect about her. When times get tough she prepares herself and manages through whatever trial we will face. From teaching her how to breath to learning how to do Olympic lifts, Rebekah has a truly unique story. It’s been such an honor being at her side and seeing her regain her life.

Watch Rebekah’s Story

Rebell of the Month: Troy Deutz

Troy is our Rebell of the month for June! Troy is one of our hardest working athlete at the jungle. The dynamic background of always being an active athlete throughout his life definitely shows when Troy comes in for his training sessions. Bouncing back and forth from current and past injuries, Troy has made some significant changes in his life to help him retain his resiliency. Here is his story!

 

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Troy doing what he does best, being an auctioneer. 

 

 

Your background

I reside in Marshall with my wife, Liz & my two dogs, Max & Harper. Liz is a hairstylist in town & is from Lake Crystal, MN. We have been married for two years! I work for Syngenta as a District Sales Manager, I auctioneer & farm through our family business. I hope to gain my realtors license in the near future.

My training started to become more serious when I went from 292.5 lbs. my freshmen year of college to a healthy 200 now. I used to write my own programing from my brother but would fall off the bandwagon. Now I am enjoying my structured training with William & the results! 

 Thoughts about strength training before & after

I have always been pro strength training, but I now realize how many small things that I was doing wrong. This lead to a lot of dysfunctions in my day-to-day life & now I am hardly experiencing that pain.

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Deadlifting the beast

Challenging barriers you overcame

Teaching myself that fast & hard does not get you the results you want. Slowing down, breathing & focus on technique has given me a better base.

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The Deutz Family 

Greatest achievement

 Dropping 23 lbs. & 4% body fat would be the easy answer but, training with William is refreshing & an amazing escape for my mind & body.

Changes your family/friends noticed 

I have become leaner while building muscle, but my injuries are less frequent & my energy is better!

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Troy and his wife Liz

 

What do you tell people about our training

 If you need a spark on your training or truly want to get better, you need to see William & see what you are missing out on.

 What do you enjoy about training here

 I mean, muscles!

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Working on rocking

 

3 benefits you’ve noticed

  1. I have improved my golf distance due to my range of motion being increased.
  2. I have improved in all sports due to overall muscle mass & cardio.
  3. LESS INJURIES, making my body feel stronger & me more confident.

What makes the difference

William cares about each & every individual that steps through his door. He takes the time to get to know you, your body & uses that to sculpt an appropriate plan of attack.

 Additional words

 If you care about investing in yourself, this is the best money you could possibly invest!

When it comes to hard work Troy is not one to shy away from it, he has had some setbacks from prior injuries, but has always came back stronger than before. Every time he walks into our facility Troy gives 110 percent effort of making sure he is accomplishing his goals. Our sessions consist of serious training, nonsense with bands, getting educated on sports and farming, and great times. Troy takes his training serious and it’s been such a pleasure to work with such a dedicated athlete.

Watch Troy’s Story  

 

Rebell of the Month: Dylan Criquet-Danielson

Dylan is our Rebell of the Month for May! Dylan has been training with us now for a few months and since then we have been able to see significant changes in his size, strength, and his athletic ability. Hard work is not a unknown term to Dylan, he is one of the hardest working rebells here at the jungle. There have been times that Dylan has shown up before me at the jungle, this athlete knows what it takes to get better and puts in the work. Here is his story!

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Home run swing against JCC in the Big South Section Championship game.​

 

Your Background

I currently graduated from Marshall High School. My future plans are to attend the University of Oklahoma to major in health and exercise science and play baseball for the Sooners. I’ve always had a love for athletics and want to have it involved in my daily life.  I look to eventually become a chiropractor. As I’ve grown up playing hockey and baseball, I’ve been in the weight room to get bigger and stronger. I’ve worked mostly on my own throughout my years of weight training, but I once worked with another trainer for a short period of time.

 

Thoughts about strength training before & after

Since I’ve been lifting for many years, I had a pretty good background to strength training. I was very familiar with squatting and benching with dumbbells and barbells, but when I got to Restored Strength all I saw were kettlebells. At first I was shocked to see that, because I’ve never thought of lifting with kettlebells before. As I started working with them I learned a lot about them and that they can be just as impactful as dumbbells and barbells.

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Kettlebell Swings with the 32 kg bell 

Challenging barriers you overcame

Like I said before, the thought and training with kettlebells was a new thing to me. I wasn’t used to it at first and some of the exercises were difficult. I struggled a lot with the bottom up press at first. I couldn’t keep the kettlebell up for my whole set but as I got stronger I was able to keep it up.

Greatest achievement

My biggest achievement while being at Restored Strength is no doubt my increase in deadlift. When I first started working out there my deadlift was at about 275lbs. After about 3 months of working out I’ve increased it to 340lbs. Another big achievement is that I’ve put on 15lbs as well. The main reason I went to Restored Strength was to put on weight because I was struggling to do so on my own. I’ve done exactly what I wanted since working with William.

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340 pound deadlift 

Changes your family/friends noticed

Weight gain has been the most noticeable change, as I have filled out my body with lean muscle mass.

What do you tell people about our training

I would recommend them to do it. I would tell them that if they’re trying to take their performance to a whole new level I’d suggest working with William. The knowledge he has about training, recovery, nutrition, etc. can do exactly that. The customer service there is great and makes the experience that much better.

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Me signing my NLI to the University of Oklahoma.​

What do you enjoy about training here

 I have enjoyed being able to work with a trainer one on one.  This has been a key factor in the progress I have made. William cares about his clients and their goals, and encourages you to keep working towards them.  He personalizes every workout, tailoring it to what you need to get to the next level.

3 benefits you’ve noticed

  1. Weight gain
  2. Increase in deadlift
  3. Improved mobility and strength.

All these things have helped me to feel stronger, and has improved my game of baseball.

What makes the difference

The biggest difference is the personalized programs, along with William’s energy and motivation. He is passionate about his work and wants to see me make improvements.  He continues with his own training and learning in order to further benefit his clients. I personally have benefited from his knowledge and feel that I have a greater understanding of strength training.

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My parents (Carlos and Jennifer) and I vising Pepperdine in Malibu, CA.

Additional words

Marshall is lucky to have a place like Restored Strength. I highly recommend working with William if you have specific goals you want to reach, or if you just need someone to keep you motivated.

It is an honor to be working with such a young talented man like Dylan. I see nothing but success in his future and his career. I have learned so much from Dylan about sports and about his different experiences with teams and coaches. As Dylan prepares his transition into playing division one baseball for Oklahoma State, I have no doubt that he will be great addition to the team. Seeing Dylan grow and mature through these past few months have been very rewarding, I look forward to seeing all of the accomplishments this young man is capable of doing.

Watch Dylan’s Story 

 

 

 

 

Rebell of the Month: Kevin Knight

Kevin is our Rebell of the month for April! From teacher to student, Kevin used to be my tae kwon do instructor, so when he came him into the jungle to become a rebell it was a very exciting moment for me. Kevin comes in with such a dynamic background of being a tae kwon do instructor to being a high-level endurance athlete. Since working with Kevin it’s been such a pleasure to get to know him on a personal level, his sense of humor and love for unique foods is always a topic of discussion. I am excited to share with you all the hard work that Kevin has put in these past few months!

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Kevin

Your Background

I’ve always been active, from playing high school sports and track in college.  Once out of college I started taking tae kwon do classes at Lee’s TKD as a means to stay in shape.  About 5 years ago, I started competing in triathlons and running races.  But during this time, I’ve never incorporated strength training as part of my training routine.

Thoughts about strength training before & after

I’ve never had a strong interest in strength training in the past. But I knew that it was something I needed to address, especially as I aged.  During the off-season, I wanted to address some weaknesses, specifically in my swim and run.  By communicating those goals to William, we’ve setup a program that will target those areas of the body.

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Mastering the pull up

Challenging barriers you overcame

 The main barrier has been balancing strength training with my triathlon training.  It took a few weeks for the body to adapt to adding strength training to the endurance training. 

 Greatest achievement

Within the first three months of training at Restored Strength, I have already noticed significant improvement in my swim.  I’ve also noticed less fatigue and soreness in my feet and quads near the end of a long run.

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Kevin and his nephew after the Minneapolis Life Time Tri.

 Changes your family/friends noticed

 I’ve noticed more size and definition in my muscles, especially in my shoulders and lats.  But most importantly is how I feel.  I’ve had a lot less aches and pains in my legs and back as I teach every night.  Typically, by the end of night, my low back and legs were achy and all I wanted to do was sit.  With the increased strength in my legs and lower back, I’ve noticed a decrease in this soreness each night.

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Wife Kristin

What do you tell people about our training

I would encourage anyone to not be afraid or shy about their current fitness and to just start.  William will work with you to set goals and a plan to make improvements in your health.  It doesn’t matter if you’re already an athlete or someone who has rarely worked out.  It’s all about your goals and feeling good about yourself as you make improvements.

What you enjoy about training here

I like the approach that William has in developing training programs for his clients.  It’s not a cookie-cutter approach where everyone is doing the same exercises.  Plus, I like that he is regularly asking for my feedback in regards to whether we are meeting my goals.

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Focused during bent rows

 3 benefits you’ve noticed

  1. I’ve gained a better understanding of how the body works together, whether it’s lifting a kettle bell or walking down the street. This body awareness helps me analyze how my triathlon training is progressing.
  2. I’ve also noticed that my body recovers quicker after hard training.
  3. The increased strength helps, but also being more aware of proper nutrition and hydration and how it affects your recovery.

What makes the difference

 This is the first time I’ve used a trainer for strength training.  In the past I’ve tried following strength plans from magazines or online, but I didn’t enjoy it so I never stuck with the training plans for more than a month or two.  For the first time, I’ve enjoyed strength training and look forward to the workouts each week.

 Additional words

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time working with William.  He has great knowledge and has the ability to get you to work to your best abilities.  He makes training fun and when training is fun, it’s something you’ll continue to do.  We only have one body and we should strive to keep as active as we can as we grow older.

Kevin has improved his strength in many ways, his mobility has improved significantly as well. One thing that has really been noticeable about Kevin is his work ethic, he refuses to give up when things have gotten tough. We enjoy sharing exercises that will not only help benefit himself, but his students as well. There have been many times we have discussed movements that he can begin introducing into his classes, something his students have learned to love :). Kevin takes the time to fully understand and master the movements we go through. It’s been a pleasure being the teacher of someone who once taught me how to move.

Watch Kevin’s Story

 

Rebell of the Month: Jordan Roedl

Jordan is our Rebell of the month for March! Jordan joined us soon after we opened, since then she has done nothing but crush PR’s and make great progress. Jordan is a very fun and upbeat member of our tribe, she brings a lot of character and excitement when she comes in for her training. Hard work and commitment to getting better is what has contributed to her success at the jungle. Here is her spotlight moment!

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Jordan

Your background

Can you tell me a about yourself and your background of training?  I played some sports throughout my earlier years of high school. Later I came to love spending time strength training at the gym every day.

Thoughts about strength training before & after

I have always liked to train and watch myself grow stronger, but had very little knowledge of how to efficiently train. I used to spend hours and hours working hard to see mediocre results. Now I understand that there are more efficient ways to work out and that you can see better results from using good form and not putting so much strain on the body.

 

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Jordan focusing on the Turkish Get-Up

 

Challenging barriers you overcame

I feel I have really overcome a lot of insecurities. Before I started training at Restored Strength I looked at their Facebook page every day for almost a month trying to work up the courage to contact them and after I did I barely had the courage to actually show up. Now I look forward to going there every week because it’s the place I really feel my strongest.

 

Greatest achievement

When I first came in for training I could barely press 10lbs. Now after a couple weeks I have seen a ton of improvement. I don’t know the exact numbers but it’s a considerable amount more.

Changes your family/friends noticed

I think they have all noticed how much stronger I have gotten and how much more confident I have become.

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Boyfriend Gage & Pet Hedgehog Nut

 

What do you tell people about our training

I would tell them that I can’t explain how much it will actually change their day to day life and how worthwhile it is . Everyday aches and pains start to fade, your confidence level increases, you have more energy, it’s just so worth it.

What you enjoy about training here

I like that William makes training so fun and easy. He’s super encouraging and able to push you to your limits, but never pushes too far, all while ensuring you’re using correct technique and form.

 

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Enjoying the beautiful outdoors!

3 benefits you’ve noticed

  1. I have notice a huge decrease in my chronic low back pain and migraines. Before this would keep me from sleep as well as performing daily activities to the best of my ability or even not at all.
  2. I have so much strength in my arms I never had before. This definitely improves my life and performance at my job as a Massage Therapist.
  3. I have also seen a huge increase in my confidence. This has improved my life in so many ways there isn’t enough page to describe it.

What makes the difference

Training at restored strength is different because your fitness plan is so personalized.  Whatever mountain your personally trying to climb at the time, your fitness plan is right there to map out your path to success. When that mountain has been climbed, your fitness plan is just altered to stay above your old challenge and to fit your new challenge.

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Rocking the awesome cat shirt

 

Additional words

I just want to say if you are thinking about trying out Restored Strength just do it. Try it out. It’s a great gym with a fun environment and an excellent trainer. It will improve your life in ways you would not expect and it’s worth it. Don’t be afraid to better yourself it’s always a good day to take a step in the right direction.

Jordan has really grown since starting here, her strength and confidence has grown immensely. There is a great sense of pride when it comes to the achievements she has been able to accomplish here. One of my favorite things about working with Jordan is when we get to nerd out on our favorite show The Walking Dead, we have a mutual agreement not to spoil the show for each other if we fall behind on episodes.  Jordan has taken herself out of her comfort zone and has crafted her skills in strength. I am excited to see what the future has in store for her as a student of strength.