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Jared Swyter

1) How/when did you start your Crossfit journey? 

Bring a Friends Day in 2016 with Kayla Simmons, I remember the warm-up made me tired, I died a little(haha). November 2016 I signed up for the Foundations package and I remember I did the Baseline WOD and definitely puked after(I didn't let Coach Jamie know until a few months later)! Love at first puke!

2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

I was the person that would start a new gym membership every year. Nothing could capture my attention…

 Jared Swyter

1) How/when did you start your Crossfit journey? 

Bring a Friends Day in 2016 with Kayla Simmons, I remember the warm-up made me tired, I died a little(haha). November 2016 I signed up for the Foundations package and I remember I did the Baseline WOD and definitely puked after(I didn't let Coach Jamie know until a few months later)! Love at first puke!

2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

I was the person that would start a new gym membership every year. Nothing could capture my attention that long, I got bored of the repetitiveness. I have been a member at Highland, then went to 9 Round, then started at Momentum and have been a member here now for over 2 years! I like it here and I like Crossfit because there is a new challenge every day. Every day is "fun" and different. I have made many friends here at the gym as well so it helps to have a group to hangout with.

3) How have your eating habits changed?(how has your body composition changed?)

When I first started, I noticed that I was stronger and felt stronger, but I did not notice a difference in how I looked. The Coaches are actually right when it comes to nutritional advice! You cannot out train a bad diet. What really got me results is the 2018 Summer Member Shred Challenge(he was a winner by the way). My wife Karen and I are very competitive so we made small changes and it helped me to gain 7lbs of muscle, lose about 5lbs of fat, and 2lbs of body weight. We also were redoing the kitchen at that time and had a new baby at that time. So if we can do it, you can too. That could have been an easy excuse to not try to change our diets, but we were determined and put in the hard work. With that said I will still NEVER give up pizza and ice cream (preach!). 

4) What is one goal you have reached and another goal you are working towards?

One goal I have reached was an over 200lb Power Clean, I actually surprised myself by getting a 215lb P.C. I am working towards getting Pullups and always working on getting better at my Overhead Squats.

5) What are some of your favorite things about working out at Momentum?

The community and environment here, I know everyone says that but it's true! 

Everyone knows everyone and everyone cheers on each other. It is nice to have the accountability check from the people you WOD with and the Coaches. 

6) What is one thing here that you have done here that you never thought you could do? 

Pretty much everything to be honest, me working out and being an athlete is going against the forces of nature. I am shocked to have done: 30in box jump, over 200lb Power Clean, doing any Oly lift period! I always come in and look at the workout and go: "I can't do this" but then I do. If I can do Crossfit, anyone can. 


7) What is your advice to people starting out? 
Keep at it. 

NOBODY is good at Crossfit. Even the best person in the gym, they still suck at something. 

Also, don't compare yourself to others - we all start out in different places. Everyone's journey is different. 

 

Dan Shambro

1) When did you start your Crossfit Journey?Bootcamp May 2017

2) What made you start your new lifestyle?I don't even know how I heard about Crossfit. It seemed just crazy enough for me to be interested in trying it. My bigger motivators to try it though were:#1 - Our son pretty much skipped walking and went right to running and I would get really winded after playing with him for 10 minutes. I wanted to be able to keep up with my son as he gets older.#2 - My family has health issues, I have a relative that has a bag full of all of their prescription meds…

 Dan Shambro

1) When did you start your Crossfit Journey?
Bootcamp May 2017


2) What made you start your new lifestyle?

I don't even know how I heard about Crossfit. It seemed just crazy enough for me to be interested in trying it. My bigger motivators to try it though were:

#1 - Our son pretty much skipped walking and went right to running and I would get really winded after playing with him for 10 minutes. I wanted to be able to keep up with my son as he gets older.

#2 - My family has health issues, I have a relative that has a bag full of all of their prescription meds that they take and have to pack wherever they go. I don't want that to be me as I age.

#3 - I spent my time going from full time student to running and building a congregation, and also becoming a father in short succession. After Church one day a nursing student offered to take everyone's vitals for practice. I volunteered and was surprised to find out I basically had Hypertension, that was a wake up call.


3) How have your eating habits and how much weight have you lost?

Since starting at Momentum I am down 20lbs of Body fat which translates to a loss of 8% Body Fat Percentage loss.
   In Bootcamp I started out completely clueless and then became mindful of portion control and when to eat. Having a pre and post workout plan was great. After Bootcamp I was mindful of calories, a few months later I did ETP with Rachel and started tracking my macros. I have never approached eating that way and it was a 180 degree change from how I have done dieting in the past and just thinking about eating and food. The mindset of thinking of food as fuel for my body was eye opening. 


4) What is one goal you have reached and one goal you are working towards? 

Goal #1- Post Bootcamp InBody goal was to lose 30lbs by January of 2018. Unfortunately I was short and only lost 20lbs of Body Fat( Us coaches say that's still amazing!), and at my last doctor's check up my Hypertension is no longer! I am also enjoying being able to keep up to my son. Moving forward, I am focusing on getting that last 10lbs of body fat for this next year. 

5) What is some of your favorite things about working out at Momentum? 

I don't mean to sound like a "coaches' pet" (it's ok, we don't mind), but the Coaches for sure. I realize that members are paying for a service, and the Coaches and staff here go above and beyond when it comes to what we pay. The level of professionalism is excellent, and they really know how to push you to achieve your goals and also rein you in when you need it. I just feel like the Coaches are really looking out for you. The atmosphere here created by the members and coaches is encouraging and positive.  

6) What is one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do? 

Getting 1 Pullup! Never thought I would be able to do that, and now I can actually do 5! 

7) What is your advice to people starting out or thinking about changing their lifestyle?

#1 - My only regret was not starting earlier - don't wait till you are "fit" to start.

#2 - I had to get honest about what I really WANTED in order to change my ways. In the past I didn't have to be unhealthy, I always thought I wanted to lose weight, but my actions did not reflect what I WANTED. It is all a conscious choice to continue to be unhealthy. From my years of being a Pastor and watching people go through life changes, I have realized that a fundamental law of human nature is: what ever you WANT to do most you WILL do. You must CHANGE what you WANT in order to change what you are doing. I had to make health a priority instead of just wishing I was healthier. Do what it takes to be all in to be truly successful. 

#3 - Celebrate the victories that you have, no matter how small. 

#4 - Expect HARD work and not IMMEDIATE results. You cannot expect to undo many many years of poor care of your body in a few months. 

Iris Lang

1) How did you start your fitness journey?

  I started my journey with the momentum family when Alicia opened SWEAT. 

2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

  I was feeling really uncomfortable in my body and I decided that I needed to make a change.

3) What is one goal you have reached and one goal you are working towards?

  ‎In the beginning I didn't set a weight goal because I just wanted to be happy and healthy but I am…

 Iris Lang

1) How did you start your fitness journey?

  I started my journey with the momentum family when Alicia opened SWEAT. 


2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

  I was feeling really uncomfortable in my body and I decided that I needed to make a change.


3) What is one goal you have reached and one goal you are working towards?

  ‎In the beginning I didn't set a weight goal because I just wanted to be happy and healthy but I am excited to say that I have lost 45lbs! One gym goal that I have accomplished was getting my first pull up! Next, I am working towards getting double-unders.


4) How have your eating habits changed?

 ‎ My eating habits have changed drastically and I think what you eat is 90% of the weight loss battle. I started by tracking my food and trying to meet calorie goals. Now I have transitioned to meeting specific macro goals. Planning and preparing food ahead of time is so important to stay on track!

5) What keeps you coming back for more?

  Coach Alicia and all of my gym buddies are what keep me coming back! There is a great atmosphere at SWEAT that is both fun and competitive!


6) What is one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do?

  I never thought that I could run without being out of breath and keeling over!  But now I have done two 5K's and one 5 mile race and I am hoping to do more this summer. I also never thought that I would compete in a Crossfit competition, but I did Festivus last year(Fall of 2017) and it was so much fun. 

Kaylee Bohaty

1) How did you start your Crossfit journey?   Well before Momentum I was just working out at a Globo gym; I was there for about 2-3 years. Then I got a new job, and met my now husband Steven. My schedule and priorities obviously changed for a little while, especially once we got engaged and wedding planning ensued.  I joined Momentum Bootcamp in January of 2017 and then did another right away after that March. My friend and member Emmi told me about it, and we did a Bootcamp together. Now we do class together all the…

 Kaylee Bohaty

1) How did you start your Crossfit journey?
   
Well before Momentum I was just working out at a Globo gym; I was there for about 2-3 years. Then I got a new job, and met my now husband Steven. My schedule and priorities obviously changed for a little while, especially once we got engaged and wedding planning ensued.  I joined Momentum Bootcamp in January of 2017 and then did another right away after that March. My friend and member Emmi told me about it, and we did a Bootcamp together. Now we do class together all the time! 

2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

Honestly, my wedding pictures made me cry when I saw them. I was not happy with how I looked. I decided I NEEDED to get back in shape, get healthy again. I was a 3 sport athlete in high school (Track, Basketball, Cross Country), and through college I ran and lifted weights a bit, then when I worked for the Metropolis they gave me a free membership to the Globo Gym. But like I said in Question 1 - the stress of a new job and planning for my wedding; I had just let life get in the way of my health. 

3) How have your eating habits changed? 

I watch what I eat now. I make sure to eat enough protein, that is big take away I got from Bootcamp - I never was consuming enough to build muscle. On the days that I workout I eat 34 grams per meal and on the days I don't workout I eat 28 grams per meal. I also made a big change and cut out dairy products. I noticed I would always feel real icky and puffy after eating dairy. That was kind of a big deal considering my family are dairy farmers, they all thought I was off my rocker since I won't eat it anymore. But I feel better when I don't! After I cut out dairy and ate enough protein I lost a lot of weight and my lifts went up drastically. 

4) How much weight did you lose? 

Since August of 2017 I lost 20lbs! I also notice that my arms are smaller and stronger, my clothes fit better, and my face is smaller and not as puffy. I just feel stronger and better than I have in a while.

5) What is one goal(or more) you have reached and another you are working towards? 

I like the lifts, so some big goals for me to reach was getting a 95lb Snatch and also a 205lb Back Squat (200lb Club- she is a beast!). Also I have recently RXed 3 WODs and that was a big deal for me. Another goal I am working towards is to strengthen my shoulders and get Pullups. After the Pullups as a long term goal would be to get a Muscle Up! But I am just focusing on the Pullups for now! 

6) What Keeps you coming back to MOMENTUM for more?

The Coaches - every Coach here is very encouraging and supportive. The members here are also incredibly friendly and supportive. Compare Globo Gym to this place, everyone there was very unfriendly and no women use a Barbell, you feel like everyone is looking at you weird for lifting heavy. I love that here women are encouraged to lift heavy. The Momentum community as a whole is just unlike any other gym I've been a part of (in a good way)!


7) What is one thing here you have done here that you never thought you could do?

Double Unders - I am just getting them and can't wait to get good at them! 


8) What is your advice to those starting out their fitness journey here?

Just do it and forget about your ego. The hardest part is getting here. Once you are here and figure out how everyone here is (awesome), you don't want to quit. 

 

Pam Branshaw

1) How did you start your Crossfit journey?   It was 3 years ago in January when I started at Momentum with the Wellness 101 class( for anyone that is wondering, this is the pre-bootcamp program we ran). My son Patrick, also a member, encouraged me to do it. After Wellness 101 I was one of the few from that class that moved on to an On Ramp class covering the weightlifting movements and then I moved on to classes.  2) What made you start your new lifestyle? I had gone to Germany with my son Nicolas to visit my other son - Patrick who was studying abroad there…

 Pam Branshaw

1) How did you start your Crossfit journey? 

 It was 3 years ago in January when I started at Momentum with the Wellness 101 class( for anyone that is wondering, this is the pre-bootcamp program we ran). My son Patrick, also a member, encouraged me to do it. After Wellness 101 I was one of the few from that class that moved on to an On Ramp class covering the weightlifting movements and then I moved on to classes. 

2) What made you start your new lifestyle?

I had gone to Germany with my son Nicolas to visit my other son - Patrick who was studying abroad there at the time. We hiked up 3 mountains while there and I was just DYING and knew I had to do something. After Patrick came back from Germany he encouraged me to try out Wellness 101 at this gym called Momentum -and here we are! 


3) How have your lifestyle habits changed?

In Wellness 101, Momentum had brought in a Doctor of Informative Medicine named David Usher. He educated us on how our bodies get our energy - which is from fats and it's process. It was the first time I had understood why we have a diabetes epidemic in this country. I changed what I ate but really did not lose a ton of the weight I wanted to until Rachel ran the Fall Paleo Challenge in 2015. I went total Paleo and actually dropped 10lbs in the first week! I went on to win the whole thing and dropped a total of 45lbs!  I have gained 10lbs of that back, but it was in muscle mass, which is necessary. I noticed that when I gained the 10lbs of muscle mass that even though it was a whole 10lbs, my new smaller clothing size did not change. I have never been an athlete before, but I can say that I am way healthier than when I was at my skinniest when I was younger. I am most proud of the fact that my doctor took me off of blood pressure medicine a year ago.  I recently had my annual physical and my blood pressure is doing great with the regular exercise - and my doctor said I no longer needed to be on cholesterol medication.


4) How do you eat now?

I still do my best to stick to a Paleo diet. I limit my processed foods and grain based carbs and stay away from dairy and sugars. I stick to protein and veggies and add in carbs like sweet potatoes depending on if I need more energy for my workout the next day. I do "save" my carbs up for my treats like a glass or two of wine in the evening with popcorn popped with a little coconut oil. Life is too short to deny ourselves everything. But yes, otherwise I am very regimented in my diet. 

5) What is one goal you have reached and another you are working towards? 

When I started Wellness 101 I originally wanted to lose 25lbs. I have far exceeded that goal with a 45lbs weight loss total at the end of the Fall Paleo Challenge. I have had so many goals when it comes to an exercise standpoint. I used to not be able to run around the building once without stopping, not be able to do one situp, or a pushup; I can do them now. I take one goal at a time. I am working towards getting a Pullup. That is my next one. 

6) What is one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do? 

Box Jumps - Jim used to tease me all the time because I was afraid of the box. It was a mental block that I had. I could jump on plates no problem. We started with small plates and eventually I was jumping on two 45lb plates stacked on each other, then 3. Jim pointed out to me that the 3 plates was the same as jumping on a box, so I finally did it! Also, I went back to Germany and hiked a mountain and this time it was like getting a good workout instead of "dying" and it was actually fun. 

7) What keeps you coming back for more?

The community here - people and coaches. The coaches are very good at what they do. They are encouraging and don't force you to do things that you are not ready to do. The other members motivate each other and are very positive. I never feel like anyone is talking bad about each other here. You learn not to complain so much either about your life, everyone has struggles and this is such a positive community and positive part of your day you don't want to waste it on being negative. All of your friends end up being at the gym, and if their a friend and don't go to the gym, they will soon. I also enjoy the partner aspect of workouts. You have to pick someone that complements you skill-wise and use teamwork to complete your workout. 

8) What is you advice to anyone starting out? 

Have patience with yourself, things will come. Stick with it and don't give up. I used to come 3 days a week and now I can come 5 because I have worked up to it. I like to come that much too, I like starting my day with a workout. Another important thing is to set a schedule and keep it. You have to make it a part of your life. 

Jen Thyssen

1) How did you start your Crossfit  journey?

   Actually quite a long time ago, 15 years about, I had done Crossfit for a little bit when FitElite was at the Festival Foods location. But then life happened and 15 years later I began again with Momentum Bootcamp Troop 001, in 2016 with my friend Denni Backstrom. 

2) What made you start your new lifestyle?

   I have been an athlete my whole life: high school I was a 3 sport athlete, college I played softball, and after that…

 Jen Thyssen

1) How did you start your Crossfit  journey?

   Actually quite a long time ago, 15 years about, I had done Crossfit for a little bit when FitElite was at the Festival Foods location. But then life happened and 15 years later I began again with Momentum Bootcamp Troop 001, in 2016 with my friend Denni Backstrom. 

2) What made you start your new lifestyle?

   I have been an athlete my whole life: high school I was a 3 sport athlete, college I played softball, and after that I became a Kickboxer(And she was a really good one too - runner up for a spot in the Olympics)! After my Kickboxing career ended (had to fuse her foot with metal plates) and my career in Nursing took off, I let life get in the way, and before I knew it I was 260lbs! I was still working out at that point at Gold's Gym with Denni, and I didn't really feel like I was as heavy as I was. I would look at pictures of myself and be like: "That isn't what I really feel like, I need a change". If you want to change what you are doing you have to be really honest with yourself. Coming home after a shift and being sedentary and eating food in front of the tv instead of being active catches up to you. My knees and back ached all the time, I was ready for a change. The way I was feeling was not me.

3) How have your eating habits and life habits changed? 

   You really have to be 100% HONEST to yourself about what you eat. You have to substitute bad habits for good habits. I know it is easier said than done, but you start by making small changes and then they pick up momentum over time. I gave myself permission to rid myself of stressful responsibilities at my job that were sabotaging my health and Bootcamp replaced my normal "snack hour(s)" with exercise. You have to be consistent to form new habits and having someone or many people to keep you accountable is important. I rely on my work friends (many go to Momentum) and coaches to expect me at the gym. When I was in Bootcamp I had Denni to keep me accountable (You go Denni!). 

4) What is one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do? 

   The first big deal that I can remember here at Momentum was getting my first Pullup. I remember I was barely able to hang/ hold myself on the bar for 5 seconds in Bootcamp. That was a HUGE deal for me because even when I was in tip top Kickboxing shape and what I thought was the best shape of my life, I could not do a pullup.  

5) What is one goal you have reached and another you are working towards?

   I just got my Butterfly Pullups and I am working towards Handstand Walk and Muscle Ups. I also just want to lift more and be stronger - basically be Amie Wing! As a long term goal I also want to someday compete as a Master's Individual Athlete at Granite Games. I need goals to drive me forward, I'm that person who needs to be part of something to thrive. 

6) What keeps you coming back for more? 

   An obvious one is my goals, if you don't work on what you want to get better at, you won't achieve them. Number two: This place - you can walk in here for 1-2 hours and escape from all the stresses of life and little/big things that are bugging you. From the happy accomplished feeling after a hard workout, awesome members, great coaching staff, and to all the friends I've made here - Momentum is the best part of my day. It really isn't hard to be inspired when you come here. Every single person here is inspiring in some way for different reasons. You have mothers with young children, athletes that are in their 60s and 70s, former athletes coming back from injuries, war veterans, members who are changing their lifestyles, members picking up a new sport after never being athletic in their youth - it's all inspiring here!   

 

Kelly Payne

) How did you start your fitness/crossfit journey?

 I started at Gold's Gym in May of 2013 with a Personal Trainer who is no longer there. When she left, I was on the hunt for a new trainer and I was recommended Jackie by Rachel Preston, who worked for me at the time. I organically switched to Jim over time and worked with him 4 days a week. I followed Jim and Jackie when they decided to purchase Momentum and fast forward to today: I am regularly in Crossfit classes and work with Jim every Wednesday. 

2) What made you start your new…

 Kelly Payne

) How did you start your fitness/crossfit journey?

 I started at Gold's Gym in May of 2013 with a Personal Trainer who is no longer there. When she left, I was on the hunt for a new trainer and I was recommended Jackie by Rachel Preston, who worked for me at the time. I organically switched to Jim over time and worked with him 4 days a week. I followed Jim and Jackie when they decided to purchase Momentum and fast forward to today: I am regularly in Crossfit classes and work with Jim every Wednesday. 

2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

I think honestly I was tired of being fat and lazy. I needed to make a change and it has lead from just Personal Training to more self directed training in the form of Crossfit classes and open gym. 

3) How have your eating habits changed? 

In the beginning it really did not change a lot. I still would eat my Erbs&Gerbs regular which consisted of a Puttor, 2 bags of chips and 2 Cokes. I realized in order to really change I needed to be more conscious of what I am putting in my body. I definitely pay attention now and try to be balanced (The coaches are pretty convinced his diet is 50% FitAid). 

4) What is one goal you have reached and another goal you are working towards? 

Muscle Ups were the ultimate goal for me. Once I got them and then I just wanted to be good at them. I work on them all the time and now I can say I am good at them (KP is in here multiple times per week working on his Muscle Ups). My ultimate goal I am working on now is a body weight Snatch.

5) What motivates you to get in the gym?

It is a part of my routine and if I want to get better I know that I need to be consistent; you have got to put in the work. My mindset is to strive to do better than I did yesterday. For me coming in here is also a mental thing. I am a scheduled person and I like to have a schedule to follow. Being here is the best way for me to release my stress. I have dealt with Anxiety issues and since starting Crossfit I have felt so much better. To have an outlet for that makes a huge difference. 

6) What are some things that surprised you since being part of Momentum?

The amount of friendships formed here. I just never expected coming to a gym could make me part of such a great community. Also, Overhead Squats - They are such a tough movement and I never thought I would reach the point where I would be comfortable with them. But here we are, 4 years later and I can do them, and comfortably too! 


7) What advice would you give people starting out? 

You have got to be consistent, you have got to stick with it. There is no magic pill that will suddenly reverse the damage that you have done to your body. In my case, 11 years of inactivity was not something I just reversed with a few months of hard work. You have to be in it for the long haul and be willing to work for it. 

Mark Rossow

1) When did you start your Crossfit journey?

March of 2017 in one of the Bootcamps. Before that I would play Basketball at the YMCA (still do) and used to lift sporadically. 

2) What made you start your new lifestyle?

My friend, MO member Dean Gobrect told me "Bootcamp starts tomorrow, you had better sign up!" -  so I did. I had never tried anything like it, so I was up for the challenge. I got such great results that I decided to sign up for a…

 Mark Rossow

1) When did you start your Crossfit journey?

March of 2017 in one of the Bootcamps. Before that I would play Basketball at the YMCA (still do) and used to lift sporadically. 

2) What made you start your new lifestyle?

My friend, MO member Dean Gobrect told me "Bootcamp starts tomorrow, you had better sign up!" -  so I did. I had never tried anything like it, so I was up for the challenge. I got such great results that I decided to sign up for a membership

3) What is one goal that you have reached and another you are working towards?

My goal that I achieved was to lose weight, I’ve lost at least 40lbs. It's the lightest I have been since high school, not to mention that I am now 12% body fat (Wow!). I didn't really think I had changed that much until people I had not seen in a while commented on how different I looked. I don't have any real intense goals but I do want to maintain my current weight and body fat percentage. I am able to do things that I didn't think I'd ever do and my friends at Basketball say I am quicker. 

4) How have your eating habits changed? 

I really went all in for the Paleo diet when I started Bootcamp. Now I try to stick to Paleo and more fruits and veggies, with less starchy carbs and processed foods. I feel so much better and my energy levels are great. I cut out starches during Bootcamp and now I try to avoid them for the most part.  Although with two teenage kids in the house, well, that can be a challenge. I do my best.

5) What keeps you coming back for MOre? 

I am fear driven I admit, I don't want to gain back the weight and feel the way I used to. I do enjoy coming here as well. The camaraderie between the members and the coaches is awesome. The coaches and other members here do a very good job of making everyone feel welcome. This gym is not like your typical gym where everyone is wearing headphones and no one talks to one another. The hardest part is just getting in the door. Once you are here, you can grind through a hard workout after a stressful day at work, then you will feel better and be a happier person for your family at home. 

6) What is something you have done here that you never thought you'd be able to do? 

The Olympic lifts - they were new to me and I would have never taught myself to do them or wanted to master them on my own. I also never thought I would be RXing the Box Jumps at 24 inches. 

7) What would you say to someone starting out with Crossfit? 

Stick with it, it gets easier. It is hard at first, especially if you haven't done it before, so don't overdo it. Also, enjoy the process and meet new people.