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!


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.

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.

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!


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.

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.

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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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.


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.

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!

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.

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. 


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.

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.


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.


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”.


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.


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.


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.

Strength Training for Runners

Let’s clear this up right now, strength training and running go together, it’s not one over the other. Many runners avoid weight training because of the fear of being bulky or decreasing their run time. What they need to know is that strength training can improve your run time and increase your work capacity. As much as you work your aerobic capacity your anaerobic capacity should be complementing your aerobic training.


Why- Strength training can increase your muscles work capacity, which can improve your running technique. You’re less likely to fatigue when your muscles are stronger, they are able to maintain proper mechanics for longer periods of time. Maintaining stronger muscles will decrease the likability of fatigue during a race, also you will be able to increase the type 2 fibers that are the fast twitch muscles. Being able to focus on the big five areas of running will make strength training less daunting. The big five are knee, hamstring, glute, trunk, and back dominate exercises. These are the major muscle groups utilized when running.


Glutes- Glutes are your key muscle group when you look at the mechanics when running. The glute medius will be the main focus, this muscle is the rotator cuff of the lower body. It’s the first muscle to contract quickly when you move, it stabilizes your body when you are on one leg. Running is a unilateral activity, meaning, there is a single leg that is in motion, this is why it’s crucial to strengthen and stabilize the glute medius in unilateral exercises.


Hamstrings- These bad boys are what strengthen your lower back. They are also the reason your knees flex, which is a repetitive motion used when running. When you look at the mechanics of running, your heel should be reaching your glutes during the back swing motion, this allows for greater power output when running. The stronger you are through the hamstings, the greater force output you will be able to produce when you are running. Having strong hamstrings will complement your glutes, having these two areas strengthened will prevent low back pain and allow for your running to become less strenuous on the posterior chain.


Quadriceps- Runners usually have over developed quadriceps, but this doesn’t mean it’s not worth training. The quadriceps are responsible for two major movements in running, the first movement is knee extension and the second action is assisting in hip flexion. These actions are important because they cause the leg to swing forward when running. The insertion of the quadriceps is located on the tibial tuberosity, the boney projection below the knee, this is essential because having stronger quadriceps will assist in maintaining the knee in it’s position. One of the muscles in the quadriceps is known as the vastus medialis, which helps with stabilizing the patella and the knee joint during your gait when running.


Trunk-The trunk is a fancy word of saying the abdominals, the trunks main role is to maintain your posture, it keeps you upright. When we look at running we want to maintain a tall position, making sure that we are as tall as we can get, will allow for us to get a greater range of motion through the hips. We will not be able to maintain that tall position when we run if our trunk is weak, being able to focus on strengthening the abdominals will allow for greater stability. When you strengthen the abdominals you are able to reduce the wobbly feeling you have when you run, if you are wobbling form side to side when you run you will have an energy leak, which will slow you down.


Back-  The back is the last key player when running strong, the back piggybacks off the same role of the trunk which is keeping your body upright. Having a stronger back will help with retracting the shoulder blades back, which prevents the shoulders from rolling forward. Good posture is what carries over to proper mechanics when running, if you find it difficult to maintain your posture then you will need to improve your back strength. The way you are carrying your arms are affected by how strong your back is, a strong back is what can prevent energy leaks through the upper body. A strong spine that is complemented by both mid and lower backs help to stabilize the spine and the pelvis.


Apply- Now that you have a better understanding of why strength training is important to running let’s talk about implementing it in your program. I have included a three-day program that revolves around the areas that are important when improving your running with strength training. Allowing yourself to strengthen these important areas will allow for you to begin making big strides in your sport of running. Focus on the importance of strength training to not only to reduce your race time, but to also reduce your potential risk of injury.


How to Successfully Accomplish Your 2017 Fitness Goals

New Years is right around the corner and everyone is ready for a fresh start. Everyone that begins this new journey has great intentions in improving their lives, unfortunately many people do not succeed because they take on too much at once. Overloading yourself with too much can lead to more stress and unsuccessful goals, though we want to own the new year and get summer ready, we lose track of our goals or end up balancing one too many plates in each hand. I will provide you with five tips that I have used for the past few years that has helped me and many other people become successful in their goals.


Start small


When you see a beautiful large home, we look in amazement of the structure, size, and the beauty of it, we don’t think about what it looked like before, we only see the finished product. We neglect the idea of all the work that was put in to build this house and the investment it took for it to look this way. This goes hand in hand with fitness goals, we often want to see the bigger picture before we even have our paint brushes ready. Remember that the house we are admiring was not built in one day, so take the time to start slow and learn that the process is long, but rewarding once it is finish.


When you begin to start your journey to a healthier lifestyle remember that small wins will lead to bigger victories. If you haven’t exercised in a long time and decide to join a gym and intend to go five to seven days a week for an hour or more, you will end up burning yourself out far too soon. Instead make it a goal to go two days a week, once that begins to become easier then move forward to going three, four, maybe five times a week. Start with only a half hour maybe even 20 minutes, the easier you make it for yourself to get to the gym, the easier it will be for you to stay more committed.


It’s challenging to start off small because we are eager and filled with high energy to crush our goals for the new year, but keep in mind that you need to meet yourself where you are at. Taking the time to check your ego at the door and not compete with others will help you own your fitness goals for 2017. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, they all have different goals and backgrounds compared to you. The hare lost the race against the tortoise because he went too fast too soon, be the tortoise and take your time, so you can also be victorious.


Set S.M.A.R.T. goals


Smart goals are an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. This is how you specifically determine your goals and when you are going to achieve them. Understanding the importance of smart goals will help guide you in understanding what your goals are and more importantly what time frame you have to meet these expectations. Smart goals are what lead to healthy and realistic successful outcomes, knowing how to use them will be crucial in the longevity of staying committed.


Let’s say you want to lose weight, well how much weight do you want to lose, give a specific number you have in mind that way you know exactly how much you want to lose. Tracking the progress of achieving this goal, is how you know it’s measurable, this will allow for you to track the amount of weight you lose each month. Having a goal that is attainable will make it easier for it to be achievable, it should be something challenging, but something within reach. Saying you want to lose 20 pounds in a week is not a realistic goal, but saying you are going to lose five pounds a month is a realistic goal; make sure you goal is within reason. Lastly, when will you achieve this goal, having a specific date in mind will help you with being timely on your goals.


Avoid quick fix schemes


I cannot stress this subject enough, there are a lot of people who will try to sell you magic pills, wraps, life changing supplements, and cleanses that’ll leave your body purified from toxins, that aren’t going to help you longer term. A majority of these companies and distributors are in it to make money, they use different marketing schemes to draw you in. Often times these quick fixes are harmful towards the body, and are very expensive, with little to no long-term results. The distributors of these products usually have names such as “wellness coach” or “cleanse coach”, there are credible wellness coaches out there with credible certifications, but the “wellness coaches” that are offering you a 30-day cleanse, usually aren’t.

Closeup of an old fashioned pill bottle filled with Magic Pills.

These quick fix schemes get your attention by saying “I lost this amount of weight in my first week” or “I made over six figures this year by selling this product”, both of these are red flags for you to avoid. Though both sound very appealing, it usually does come at a cost either your health or your finances. Having the fitness market flooded with all sorts of products and companies make it overwhelming to try and find information on proper nutrition. I highly recommend visiting and checking out their blog, they provide information on healthy eating, habit changing, and a lot of great content revolving real nutrition advice.


Instead of having these quick fixes consume you, try making it a goal to fix the problem, rather than to put a band aid over it. Begin to slowly introduce small habits into your daily life, one that I always love to use when people ask me about nutrition is to have them start by eating one cup of vegetables a day, they can anything else they want, as long as they have that one cup a day for a week. This introduces something that they are not used to, but it doesn’t take anything away, as time goes on we build off that one habit to form other habits. A book I highly recommend getting is called The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, this book covers the way habits work, and how we can fix them.


Train Smart


When you begin to start going to the gym again, do not overload yourself by going every day, instead try going only two or three times a week. This will help you get started with forming the habit of going to the gym and it being less daunting. You want to make sure that your training sessions only go for about an hour, a little over is okay, anything more than that you begin to over tax the nervous system, become more fatigued (technique isn’t as good), you lose interest in training, and it just becomes too time consuming. We want results that will stay long term, so make sure that you don’t over train by spending too much time at the gym.


Do not punish yourself with exercise ever! Exercise should be a fun and rewarding, not an act of punishment because of what you ate. Your goal is not to beat yourself until you are a pile of sweat on the floor, instead your goal should be to leave the gym feeling better than when you came in. Muscle soreness is not a good indicator for measuring the success of your training session. When you begin training, don’t make it a goal to push yourself to extreme limits, make it a goal to move better and be stronger.




Keep a journal for your fitness goals and your nutrition goals. This is a big player for tracking your progress as you reach your goals for 2017. Journaling will help to keep you motivated and also to look back at how far you have come from when you first started. Having two separate journals will help you with tracking exactly what you are eating every day and your other journal for tracking your progress with your training.


Writing down what weights you used and the number of sets and reps will help with keeping track of how you are improving at the gym. If you are just aimlessly just going from exercise to exercise without tracking your improvements, it’s hard for you to determine if there is progress that is being made. You can track the great days you had at the gym, like when you finally did your first push up, you can also write about why you weren’t so successful in the gym today maybe it was stress from work, either way you can track the good and the bad. Having something physically written on what you’ve accomplished is a very rewarding feeling and something you can take pride in.


Hopefully this has helped you get a better picture in mind for when it comes time to start that new year. Review these tips when you begin to contemplate what you hope to accomplish in 2017. Remember that it takes time to make big changes, so start small and finish big. I wish you nothing but the best for the new year and your goals!

What MovNat Has Taught Me

If you are unfamiliar with MovNat, let me explain it to you in my own perception. MovNat is a system that approaches fitness in a unique way, we look at reestablishing movements such as running, balancing, climbing, crawling, throwing, catching, lifting, and many other things that we are capable of doing and integrating them into a fitness program. This system isn’t new, what we teach are fundamental movements that we have been doing for a long time, but as we age we have a tendency of finding ourselves further away from these things. What makes this approach so different from any other system, is how it approaches fitness in a unique way.


I attended my Level One MovNat certification April 2015, and fell in love with what they taught and spoke about. I would then pursue my Level Two and Three in 2016, furthering my knowledge on the system. During my Level Two I had a talk with instructor Kellen Milad, on the practical approach of the system. One thing that stuck with me during our conversation was Kellen saying “MovNat is more than just going through the motions and getting a workout, it’s about creating a relationship with movement.” This would forever change my approach to applying MovNat to my training and philosophy.

MovNat Level One

Being Prepared- At our level three course one of the tests was to carry our partner for period of time, this would mean crossing through water and making our way up hills. Having the knowledge on how to properly carry someone, would make this task less daunting. We look at training for life, not just physical appearance, we want to be strong to be helpful. This is what allows for our training to have a purpose.


You may never know when you may need to save someone from drowning or having to chase after your child after they run towards traffic after a temper tantrum. Having the skills and the ability to complete these tasks make life easier. The likelihood of us being exposed to these situations are low, but it’s always good to be prepared. We live in uncontrolled environments, we never know when we will need to save a life or be in a situation that requires us to be strong, so why not be prepared?


Mindfulness- When we get comfortable, we go through the motions, we lose our connection with what we are doing and kind of, just do it. Once we begin to own a technique or a skill, we know what’s expected, we anticipate what it will feel like and how it will be done. We blindly move and forget to take into consideration the fact that our mind is a large component when it comes to moving. MovNat has a big emphasis on mindful movement, this allows us to feel, think, move, and have control of what our body is doing, rather than just moving to move.


Since I began my practice of MovNat, my kinesthetic sense has increased immensely. Taking the time to control your breathing and mindfully moving has carried over to other skills. I take the time to think over what I am doing, if it’s crawling on a 2×4, swinging a kettlebell, squatting, etc. the concept of mindfully mastering the skill is always there. Once you begin to engage your brain in training, you will begin to see new changes in both your physical and mental state.



Balance- MovNat took me out of every comfort zone I could hid in, and exposed to me new areas of fitness I would never have found myself in. This has helped me balance out all areas of fitness, MovNat takes into consideration mobility, strength, conditioning, balance, precision, and many other areas. Many people ignore some of these areas, they put a greater emphasis towards one area and develop deficiencies, that in time could lead towards potential injuries. All of these areas of fitness are covered by the MovNat system, having balance in all these areas makes for a well-rounded mover.


Prior to adopting this system, I would admit that I neglected a majority of these areas, I was heavily focused on power lifting and would put everything else aside. Once I began to train for level two, I started to change my focus towards kettlebells and movement. Since then I have picked up running (something that I had never done before for fun), climbing, balance work, mobility, and variations of exercises that I wouldn’t have ever done. MovNat took me into new areas that have made my fitness more well-rounded and has improved my overall strength.


Mental Health- Gaining new health in a mental aspect is something I didn’t expect to happen. There is something about being in the woods, out in the middle of nowhere, it gives me peace and balance. I look forward to sessions that I train outside for the fact that I am by myself in the quiet wilderness, nature is your music, and animals moving freely through the woods are the other members. There is no pressure of other people staring at you, or getting in the way of your training, it’s just you and your environment.


I always have been an outdoorsy kid growing up, I spent a lot of time playing in the woods at my parent’s house. When I found MovNat it brought be back to a nostalgic time of my life, where I would unintentionally be training, while having the time of my life. Being able to train your brain to find new ways to train outdoors, allows for you to engage some critical thinking, it’s a way to challenge yourself on how you will do a movement in a different type of environment.  I have found that training outdoors has given my mind peace, it allows for me to unload the stress of a busy environment and brings me to place that allows me to relive my childhood.


Community- This has to be my absolute favorite part of being in this amazing organization,the community. Every MCT I have met either in person or online has been so helpful, from supporting content, giving tips on how to pass your certification, to cleaning up technique, or just giving out advice, the MovNat Tribe is there for you! I was so excited to have attended my level three with the people I did, it was a life changing experience that bonded us all together. I cherished every moment I spent with these amazing people, and soaked in all the knowledge they had to share.

MovNat Level Three

The dynamic duo of Danny and Kellen leading the workshop made for a memorable experience. The workshop they lead was something that I had never experienced before. Watching Abby Clark (First Female Team Instructor) work through the rigorous tests was very inspiring, having Aaron Baulch give advice on respecting your body and knowing your limits to prevent potential injuries was important, the support of Tom Brady who helped with keeping motivated throughout the weekend was encouraging, and just the unconditional love and support from everyone else there was extravagant! All of these great people have really helped me understand what MovNat really is, a Tribe, a family, a community of movers.


If you would like to find out more about MovNat, please contact me or visit for future workshops and certifications. MovNat is more than working out, it’s not about cool fancy tricks or training outside just to be different. It’s about having a holistic approach to fitness that embodies all modalities of training. It’s about becoming a member of a tribe that values and cherishes people’s full potentials.




Rebell Spotlight



Madison was the original Rebell!! She was the one who actually helped me come up with the name. I met Madison two years ago online and had offered to help her with her training, we met on a very snowy day in a beat down gym. This was a half way point from where we both lived, we knew nothing about each other and just trusted that we would meet and train. This would only be the beginning of an amazing friendship.


We spent a good two and a half to three hours at the gym going over warm ups, mobility, regressions and progressions, understanding the importance of proper training, and so much more. I can specifically recall how nervous she was with a barbell squat, after a few modifications she was confidently squatting. Since then we meet about every four months or so to go over techniques, new exercises, and to hang out. Madison has been such a good friend to me since, and it’s been an amazing experience watching her progress from a shy quite girl to the proud confident woman she is today. Here is her story about her transformation!


Your Background- I wasn’t that much of an active child growing up, I didn’t enjoy sports (as an adult, that hasn’t changed one bit) or being active. I didn’t spark an interest into training until I took an aerobics level 2 class in high school, I occasionally worked out but nothing serious. Then years later, I got in touch with Will and my passion for an active lifestyle and fitness really took off my junior year of college. I found powerlifting and made a comfortable transition from the machine side of the gym to the free weight side all while gaining knowledge in natural movements that Will coached me in. Now, almost two years later, I’m lifting a minimum of 4 days a week and taking a variety of group fitness classes ranging from spin to CrossFit, a venture I wouldn’t be able to do without gaining a background in fitness.


“I spent a good amount of time hiking on both trips to Colorado, no slips, trips, or breaks needed. My time in the gym immensely helped my life outside of the gym!”

Thoughts about strength training before & after- I was terrified of the free weight side before training with Will. I knew sooooo little about building muscle and nutrition and how what you do inside the gym should be able to benefit you outside the gym. I worked out but never mindfully. Once I started with Will, I learned how to track my progress by taking notes and writing down my lifts, as well as seeing improvements outside the gym (carrying more weight at work and increased stamina).


Now, I’m incredibly comfortable with free weights and challenging myself to push heavier weights and testing my boundaries. Will encourages me to try new movements and that nobody is a master at anything their first time. He’s wonderful to work with as he’s patient and understanding (My life is usually flooding with school and work, and when I told him I shifted from a 5-day spilt to a 4-day split, he was supportive and understood where I was coming from.) The biggest take away from training with Will is my new-found confidence to branch out and try new things. Now I’m excited to try new workouts and go outside of my comfort zone, if you would have told me I’d be doing CrossFit three years ago I would’ve said you were crazy.

Challenging barriers you overcame- The biggest barrier I had to overcome while training was to let go of the awkwardness of trying something new. I used to be scared doing something new and I’d be anxious if somebody saw me do something that I wasn’t a pro at. Now I love coming out and saying I’ve never done something before and I’m eager to learn from people and ask for tips. It’s been a life changing experience, learning to leave my ego at the door and be open to learning new things.

“One of the first times I started to notice the muscle I’ve gained in my tricep. Incredibly proud as my arms are the most difficult part to gain muscle of me”.

Greatest achievement- My greatest achievement has been my change to an active lifestyle. For a majority of my life, I hated working out and didn’t see the point to eating well. I was just over 20 when I finally had an epiphany that we only get one body and we should treat it like that. Living life by taking drugs and feeing crappy is not a life I want to live. Training with Will exposed me to a life of balance and a love for training not only because it’s fun but because it’s what my body needs. Living an active life and putting thought into my nutrition is beneficial now and in the future. I’m excited to see what my future holds from the work I put in today. That by far, has been my greatest achievement since training with Will (pulling a 225 deadlift was pretty sick too).

“Core transformation between my first cycle of bulking and cutting!”

Changes your family/friends noticed- The biggest change my friends and family have noticed is my attitude. Prior to getting into lifting and nutrition, I wasn’t a positive person and had a negative outlook on many aspects of life. I get told often that my positivity and excitement is contagious and I seem more excited about life than I was ever before.


What do you tell people about our training- I’m constantly referring and talking about Will to friends, coworkers and people at my gym. My favorite thing about him is that he doesn’t bullshit you. If you’re training without reason, he’ll put you in your place because he cares about you and your progress. Will was quick to check me when he found out I was overtraining and I couldn’t thank him enough for that- rest days are crucial!


What do you enjoy about working together- The best part about working with Will is that it isn’t only a coach/client relationship, we’ve become great friends over the course of nearly 2 years together. He isn’t the type of coach that is so focused on fitness that he negates every other aspect of your life, Will’s congratulated me on promotions, classes and tells me how derpy my dog is (who doesn’t love that?). He builds a personal connection with you that makes training and asking for help/advice so natural and easy, it’s one of my favorite things about him!

Me and Shelby- “I LOVE HER!”

3 benefits you’ve noticed

  1. I’ve gained an immense amount of knowledge about training and fitness. Knowing proper form and how movements should be done as well as why we do them has been incredibly beneficial for me. The strength I’ve gained inside the gym has benefited my ability to do my job, I can carry more boxes and more tubs of ice than I could prior to training. Being at work and knowing how to lift with my legs instead of my back is something I wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t worked with Will.


  1. People frequently ask me about my journey and how I stay dedicated and consistent with working out, and I always tell them it’s Will and the fact that I truly love training. Will makes training fun for me, switching up movements and incorporating new movements fuels my love for training.


  1. Additionally, when Will asks about my goals, we plan out steps to reach them, and when I accomplish my goals it’s fulfilling and rewarding. Through training with Will, I’ve learned so much about goal-setting and taking the necessary steps to achieve my goals. Also, figuring out my goals and what I want has been a refreshing and humbling take away from Will. Assessing my life and identifying what I want, inside the gym and outside, whether it’s hitting a 225 back squat or buying a new car, Will has granted me with the skills necessary to properly goal set and plan.


What makes the difference- What separates Will from other trainers and fitness plans is that you gain experience and strength within the gym that benefits you outside of the gym. So many fitness plans and trainers promoting all these weird fads and movements that you wouldn’t ever be doing if a machine wasn’t invented to do so, and it’s counteractive to go hard in the gym to these programs and have no benefit to your daily life. Training is a passion and hobby of mine, but it isn’t my whole life and Will accepts that and understands. The work Will has me do is beneficial outside of the gym, it makes kicking my ass in the gym easy cause I know I’m not just training for the gym, I’m training for my life- to make moving boxes at work easier, randomly doing crossfit with coworkers fun and chasing my dog around easy and not a daunting, difficult task. 


Additional words- There’s no denying that Will has completely changed my life. I have no idea where I’d be if I didn’t meet up with him during a winter storm at a small snap fitness. He’s a truly fantastic trainer and friend, I trust him and I know he would never misguide me or not have my best intention at heart.


Recent- “It’s small, but when I saw this picture I loved how I looked- happy, healthy, and strong. Being able to look at a photo of yourself without picking it apart is a wonderful feeling! Strength gains and mental gains.”

Madison is the original Rebell, the amount of hard work that she has put forth towards her goals has been admirable. Her sense of humor fills the room with laughter and her courageous efforts to break the stereotypes of women is contagious. Madison is one of a kind, she excels in crushing PR’s and boy’s insecurities. She is a great friend and hard working woman; I’m honored to know such an amazing person!