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.

Rebell Spotlight

MADISON LUTGEN 

 

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.

 

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“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.

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“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).

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“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!

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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.

 

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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!