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.

Rebells of the Month: Kaleb Welvaert & Mason Plante

With great pride and pleasure I would like to introduce everyone to our first Rebells of the month! Kaleb and Mason have been members since we first opened, they are the first ones to have joined our tribe. Both Kaleb and Mason are amazing athletes, they excel in hockey, golf (Mason), and baseball (Kaleb). Both of these young talented athletes have taken their performance to a whole new level since beginning their training here at Restored Strength. Here is their spotlight moment!

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Kaleb & Mason

Your background

Kaleb: I personally love training. I have been lifting weights since 6th grade and have not stopped. I more so train in the summer because that is offseason for hockey.

Mason: I am an athlete year-round, whether its hockey or golf, I’m always trying to find something to do. Coming to the jungle I looked to gain my speed for hockey and work on my hand-eye coordination for golf. I don’t have much of a background in training, I went by what programs my coaches gave me that’s about it.

Thoughts about strength training before & after

 Kaleb: Before training at Restored Strength I had no clue what I was going to do this summer for training. I am fortunate enough to have family members that support me in everything I do. My grandma notified me about Restored Strength and suggested I get into it.

Mason: My thoughts before I started training were that I was ready to get after it, I plan on furthering my hockey or golf career into college and I was ready to start getting after it! After training I feel so comfortable, it’s like I’m on my own cloud now, it has helped me so much, golfing is just starting and my swing is near perfect!

Challenging barriers you overcame

Kaleb: The only challenge I have had while training at Restored Strength is the early morning wake ups. I finally mastered the IT band while foam rolling! Through very tough mornings and awful facial expressions, I have finally been excited to work my IT band.

Mason: We train in the mornings, I’m not much of a morning person, but doing this made me stronger too. It forced me to make sure I get up because I can’t pass this amazing offer on making me a better athlete.

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Mason & Grandpa Harold

Greatest achievement

Kaleb: My greatest achievement would have to be my balance. At the beginning, I had a very tough time staying sturdy on the ice. I told William my biggest goal is to get better balance, he has done nothing, but excel me in this particular area. 

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Mason

Mason: I think my balance and speed have been there along with my willingness to not give up, something that I know has helped me is drinking a lot of water. I never really drank water until I came to the jungle, but when William told me the effects it can have, I started drinking a lot more.

Changes your family/friends noticed

 Kaleb: I didn’t tell my family my goals because I wanted them to see if they noticed any differences. After one of my hockey games, my family members asked me if I was working on my balance at the gym and I was proud to say YES! I am happy when people notice that I am improving. I hope to do nothing, but excel from where I am now in the future. 

Mason: They have mostly noticed how much I take care of my body. I am starting to get proper food and water, and most importantly sleep.

What do you tell people about our training

Kaleb: You tell William your goals and he will help you achieve them, that is the moral of the story. I have done more than exceed from his exercises and I hope to continue to do so. I love the way he teaches and coaches us through everything. William knows his stuff, if I have a question about “What this exercise is working” or “What this exercise will do for me”, William always has an answer for any questions I have.

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Kaleb warming up for deadlifts

Mason: William knows exactly what he is talking about here, he knows what you can do to achieve your goals, and he knows how to help you achieve them. They treat you so good here!

What do you enjoy about training here

Kaleb: I personally am a huge fan of the new programs every four weeks. I have only done 12-week program workouts in the past and I would become bored with them after a while. I like that each person has their own individual workout that is specific to their goals.

 Mason: I like the amount of confidence William gives us, he understands how good of athletes we can be, and he wants to make us the best athlete we can be.

3 benefits you’ve noticed

Kaleb: 1. Balance- I have improved my balance x1000 since training at Restored Strength. 2. Mobility- I am now able to move faster in change of direction. This has helped so much in hockey, which is my focus. 3. Explosiveness- William has me doing sprinting drills and change of direction drills that have helped a ton. All 3 of my benefits work together as one to help me exceed in my hockey career.

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Kaleb 

Mason: 1. I noticed my eating and drinking habits have gotten better. 2. I noticed that I have more confidence in myself and I’m working to the best of my ability. 3. My mobility is way better and I have a steady structure.

What makes the difference

Kaleb: I have not had any other trainers, but I have done many workout programs unlike the ones at Restored Strength. They both have their ups and downs, but I like Restored Strength more because William applies plyometric exercises in with muscle building lifts.

Mason: He treats us as an individual, he understands what WE need to work on and he puts that into his plan to make us the best we can be.

Additional words

Mason: Treat him well!!

Kaleb and Mason have serious passion and commitment towards achieving their goals and becoming the best athletes they can be. I take great pride in working with such great and talented youths like themselves. They arrive early and put in the work without being asked to do so. I have enjoyed working with these two from our training sessions, watching their games, and just enjoying their company. These boys will do great and amazing things in their future as athletes, I am proud to be a part of their journey to greatness.

Fxck the Scale

When people begin their weight loss journey or their new approach to a healthier lifestyle they usually begin by weighing themselves. That isn’t a bad thing, I often weigh my Rebells as part of their assessments, as well as body fat percentage and measurements. This is just to get an idea as to where they are starting at before they start training with me. After our first initial weigh in we don’t talk about the number on the scale, we focus more on how we are feeling and what’s changing in our lives.

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The reason I say fuck the scale is because of how little it tells you. The scale shows you a number, it doesn’t take into consideration your fat free mass aka your muscle, bones, organs, etc. it just shows a number. We get so heavily consumed by what this measurement is showing us that we forget what we’ve accomplished. Let’s say you weigh 200lbs and you start training, three weeks later you are now 197lbs, you’ve made progress and you are still not happy, why? The scale didn’t take into consideration the hard work you put in, it didn’t measure the early mornings, the self-discipline you taught yourself, how more energetic you are, and it sure as hell doesn’t measure the strength you’ve gained. All of these great accomplishments are taken away by taking a step on the scale and seeing a number that you were anticipating, but didn’t see. Some benefits that the scale isn’t able to measure is how you can fit into those old pair of jeans again, shirts begin to fit loosely, you gain more confidence in your appearance, and so much more!

There are a number of reasons why we should lose weight and maintain a healthy body composition, but the public is sadly misinformed about weight loss, and believes that it only happens with high intensity workouts and tons of cardio. Weight loss is achievable with strength training, which is often a misunderstood form of training to lose weight. Another popular myth about weight loss is that you need to do fasted cardio to target fat loss. Those concepts hold some truth, but I would like to explain a few things about weight loss. Weight loss happens with strength training, wait what? Weights get a bad rep because people believe that it will make them bulky and huge, and that is a big LIE. It takes years of serious strength training and a big emphasis on your nutrition to get “Big & Bulky”.

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Free weights are a far more efficient way of making weight loss happen. You strengthen the bones, joints, muscles and much more when you begin to use weight-bearing exercises, this also allows for you to build muscle, and the more muscle you have the more calories you burn because your body will be using more energy to move. Incorporating strength training will also help you with increasing your metabolism, your muscles become denser and require more energy to fuel them. As you increase your caloric intake to fuel these sweet new gains, your metabolism will be working harder as well, which means your body will be burning calories faster.

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Using cardio for fat loss is achievable, but to get quicker results you should start moving some weights around. When people think of cardio and fat loss, they believe that fasted cardio is the best way to go. The reason fasted cardio isn’t a good idea is because your body needs fuel to function and move. When the body is depleted of fuel it goes straight to the muscles for that energy. The body takes away from what it thinks it doesn’t need, as much as we wish we could tell our body to use our fat as fuel, it uses the muscles. The body will take away from the muscles because it requires more energy (calories) to have, so it’ll store fat because it’s easy to store and it holds energy. Do your best to avoid fasted cardio to maintain your muscle mass.

Where should our focus be when we want to lose weight, and start our journey to a healthier life? We should focus on what our goals will be, but the most important thing to do is change our mindset in a different direction, rather than being an “ideal weight” or “ideal size”, let’s focus on being the best person we can be for ourselves. YOU ARE MORE THAN A NUMBER!!! No matter what that number says on the scale, it doesn’t determine who you are as a person, again fuck the scale! Your mentality should be on your health, both physical and mental aspects of health. This will allow for you to have a clear mind of what exercise can do for you, it’s not about beating your body up because you want to look this way, it should be about loving yourself enough to make your life better.

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Focus on the journey, look at the small strides of where you started to where you will be in a month, six months, a year, etc. An example of thriving on small strides could be walking up a flight of stairs that used to be taxing and embarrassing because of your lack of breath, but now you have the energy and strength to conquer them with pride! Another example is having more energy to play with your kids, you no longer have to watch from a distance, you get to actually join them! Weight loss will happen when you start strength training, don’t let this amazing journey of self-care and love be consumed by what the scale said, you are more than that. Training should make you feel strong, beautiful, confident, proud, empowered, and so many other great things! When you let go of the idea of this ideal weight, you see what training can really do for you.

Being strong is something everyone should feel; this is possible with a health mindset of knowing that the scale is not determining who you are. You should notice how day to day tasks are getting easier, carrying groceries is not as hard, you can put a shirt on pain free, tying your shoes without having to prop your foot up for support, these are the key winners here! Training is caring enough about yourself to take care of your health, not being a certain size. I am not against weight loss, I am all for it, but only if it is done safely and with more intent on improving the quality of your life.