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Monica Severson

1. When did you start doing CrossFit?

  • Fall 2019
  • 2.What made you want to start this new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?
  • My husband and I needed to get back into a structured workout program. I think the best part is that after a couple of years I’m still feeling challenged week after week. 
  • 3. How have your eating habits changed? Do you follow a certain nutrition plan? Favorite meals or foods?
  • I don’t follow a specific nutrition plan, but my habits have changed. I have a more regular eating…

 Monica Severson

1. When did you start doing CrossFit?

  • Fall 2019
  • 2.What made you want to start this new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?
  • My husband and I needed to get back into a structured workout program. I think the best part is that after a couple of years I’m still feeling challenged week after week. 
  • 3. How have your eating habits changed? Do you follow a certain nutrition plan? Favorite meals or foods?
  • I don’t follow a specific nutrition plan, but my habits have changed. I have a more regular eating schedule and eat less processed sugar.  My favorite food has always been potatoes—mashed, fried, grilled, chips—I just can’t get enough.
  • 4. How much weight/body fat have you lost? Muscle gain?
  • I’ve lost 9 pounds, reduced my body fat by 11% and gained 5 pounds of muscle!
  • 5. What is one goal you have accomplished? One goal you are working toward?
  • My biggest goal when starting CrossFit was to feel confident again, and I definitely do. I think I’m in better shape physically and mentally than I’ve ever been. Now I’m working on becoming comfortable with the overhead squat movement and stringing together kipping pull-ups.
  • 6. What are some of your favorite things about working out at MO?
  • I think my favorite thing about MO is that they’ve created an environment that makes me think I can do more. I’ve also grown to really appreciate the group of women I get to work out with on a regular basis.

Karen Everson

How long have you been working out at MO?I’ve done personal training 2 days a week since Fall 2017 but rarely did class or anything extra untilSummer 2020.What made you want to start your new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?I don’t know if it was a conscious decision on my part. My youngest graduated from high school last Mayso I was looking for something new to do with my time. I’ve also been working from home since thestart of the pandemic and to be truthful it can be kind of lonely at times. It was about this time thatJesse started encouraging me to come to…

 Karen Everson

How long have you been working out at MO?
I’ve done personal training 2 days a week since Fall 2017 but rarely did class or anything extra until
Summer 2020.

What made you want to start your new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?
I don’t know if it was a conscious decision on my part. My youngest graduated from high school last May
so I was looking for something new to do with my time. I’ve also been working from home since the
start of the pandemic and to be truthful it can be kind of lonely at times. It was about this time that
Jesse started encouraging me to come to class, and I didn’t want to disappoint him. When I finally did
come, everyone was so friendly and helpful it felt good. After a while, I found myself losing weight and
getting better at things, which got me motivated to do and try more. I also like seeing my name on each
month’s consistency club. Since my first InBody in 2017, I’ve lost 47 pounds and 16% body fat; about 40
pounds of that has been since late June 2020.

How have your eating habits changed? Do you follow a specific nutrition plan?
I don’t follow a specific nutrition plan but I started to keep track of what I was eating in MyFitnessPal,
which helped me understand portion size better and just how many calories were in some of the foods
that I was eating. I also don’t really like cooking so I started eating for dinner whatever my daughter was
having, which is generally plant-based.

What is one goal you have accomplished? Do you have a goal you are working toward?
When I started in the gym in 2017 my one goal was to be able to do regular push-ups, which I finally
accomplished. I have a long list of other things that I want to accomplish including double-unders, V-ups,
pull-ups, and getting better at anything where the barbell is over my head.

What are some of your favorite things about working out at MO?
I think the progress that I can see in myself – being able to do things I hadn’t been able to and getting
better at other things. The people are also a plus; everyone is so encouraging and friendly.

What is some advice you’d give to people just starting their fitness and nutrition journey?
I would tell people that consistency is the key – to come up with some sort of schedule to regularly get
to the gym and to always keep trying.

Naly Thor

1. When did you join Momentum?I joined in June of 2018 after trying out a CrossFit class for bring a friend day. 2. What made you want to start your new lifestyle? I was looking for a change as I was getting bored of my strength training routine I was doing at a different gym. Something more class based and challenging, but I also didn't want to stray away from barbell movements. 3. How have your eating habits changed? Do you follow a specific nutrition plan?I don't follow a specific nutrition plan, but I do follow macros. I have day or two where I don't track and those usually…

 Naly Thor

1. When did you join Momentum?
I joined in June of 2018 after trying out a CrossFit class for bring a friend day. 

2. What made you want to start your new lifestyle? 
I was looking for a change as I was getting bored of my strength training routine I was doing at a different gym. Something more class based and challenging, but I also didn't want to stray away from barbell movements. 

3. How have your eating habits changed? Do you follow a specific nutrition plan?
I don't follow a specific nutrition plan, but I do follow macros. I have day or two where I don't track and those usually happen randomly. If I happen to eat something that's high in carbs and fat, I'll just eat lower carb/fat meals for the rest of the day to make everything fit. 

4. How much weight/body fat have you lost?
If I'm only counting the last few months of the most consistent I've been with my nutrition and exercise, I've dropped 1.5 pounds of body fat and gained 2.5 pounds of muscle mass. 

5. What are some of your favorite things about working out at MO? 
I would have to say being able to do my own workouts outside of class, but definitely the members and the coaches. I like that everyone is so like minded and encouraging. The positivity and support here are like no other!

Tasha Alexander

1. When and why did you start doing CrossFit?I joined Momentum about 1.5 years ago as a transition from Sweat when it closed.2. What made you want to start this new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?I have been running and going to a gym 6 days a week consistently since 2013. I have graduallymade little changes in my diet over time, but still never felt like I had things right as I was seeinglittle change in my body’s composition or performance capacity. I had made other changes in mylifestyle such as quitting smoking in October of 2018 and then my engagement photos from Oct.2019…

 Tasha Alexander

1. When and why did you start doing CrossFit?

I joined Momentum about 1.5 years ago as a transition from Sweat when it closed.

2. What made you want to start this new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?

I have been running and going to a gym 6 days a week consistently since 2013. I have gradually
made little changes in my diet over time, but still never felt like I had things right as I was seeing
little change in my body’s composition or performance capacity. I had made other changes in my
lifestyle such as quitting smoking in October of 2018 and then my engagement photos from Oct.
2019 helped me realize nutrition was the next step in my healthier lifestyle journey. What I like
most about my change in nutrition is that no food is off limits, there are no harsh restrictions,
and I am the person in complete control of what I put into my lifestyle and what I get out of it. I
have far more energy during my runs and workouts and just feel better overall, both physically
and mentally.

3. How have your eating habits changed? Do you follow a certain nutrition plan? How much weight
have you lost?

I have been working with Coach Rachel since last November and she set me up with a plan for
macros. I log my food every day and do best when I plan my meals and snacks ahead of time.
Doing so is far less time consuming than frantically trying to figure out what I will eat with either
too many macros left or not enough. I thrive on scheduling, structure and routine so logging
food fits right in with that! I have looked back at previous food logs when I tracked calories only
and I was eating way too many grams of carbs and fats. Its been really eye opening for me that
when you have the right mix of macros, you can feel full, satisfied and have weightloss results.
Even while working to lose weight, I trained for a half marathon and never felt like I was not
getting enough food! I have increased my protein intake and have continued to “clean up” my
food choices. I have also stopped having my one can of beer after work and bloody marys on the
weekends. That was the part that I thought I would really miss but truly have found how much
alcohol negatively impacts my nutrition goals and workout capacity. Since starting 1 year ago, I
have lost 32 pounds and dropped 10% in body fat percentage.

4. What is one goal you have accomplished? Do you have a goal you are working toward?

One of my accomplished goals is doing overhead squats with weights on the bar. I would really love
to be able to get toes to bar and double unders!

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

I love the workouts…they always leave me with a sense of accomplishment to start the day. The
positive atmosphere where everyone is trying their best and cheering/encouraging each other.
The coaches…even when I may be doubting my ability to do something at the gym, the coaches
know exactly how to give just a little nudge of encouragement and break down the movement
to at least begin working on a new skill. The ability to modify any movement in a workout if
needed.

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

I was so intimidated by barbell workouts, thinking there was no way I had the coordination or
the strength to put weights on the bar AND put it over my head. But, I have proven myself
wrong!

7. What is your advice to people starting their fitness and nutrition journey?

Well, a journey is just that. You will find ways along the way to positively change what you are doing
whether it is your nutrition and/or your physical fitness; you may also find some things that don’t
work for you. There will be good days and not so good days but tomorrow always offers a new
opportunity to hit the reset button and try again. As you continue to make changes, your body will
continue to remind you how helpful those changes are and soon enough, your workouts will get
easier (well at least you feel less often like you will die after a WOD) and your new steps in the
journey will soon become habit. If you have not already been eating food in which you identify the
right amount of macros to consume for your body, give it a shot! Its a sustainable way to eat that
isn’t a “diet” but rather a lifestyle of eating to allow your body to do what it is meant to do.

Kirk Sorensen

1. When did you start doing CrossFit?I started the beginning of February, and almost go through my initial six weeks before the Corona - cation. I checked a few references and I enjoy the philosophy of show up and someone tells me how to workout. I can even cheat and follow my neighbor if I forget.2. What made you want to start this new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?I wanted to continue to be active and I knew unless I did something for my health I was moving in the wrong direction. I really enjoy the fact that I get in workout, and get on with my day.3. How have your eating habits…

 Kirk Sorensen

1. When did you start doing CrossFit?
I started the beginning of February, and almost go through my initial six weeks before the Corona - cation. I checked a few references and I enjoy the philosophy of show up and someone tells me how to workout. I can even cheat and follow my neighbor if I forget.

2. What made you want to start this new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?
I wanted to continue to be active and I knew unless I did something for my health I was moving in the wrong direction. I really enjoy the fact that I get in workout, and get on with my day.

3. How have your eating habits changed? Do you follow a certain nutrition plan? How much weight have you lost?
I'm definitely a live to eat person not eat to live. I enjoy good food and drink. The difference is now I pay attention  to the meal and work on the quality not quantity. I track my calories, but don't dwell, work harder or eat better if I slip, and don't stock the garbage at home anymore. My second Inbody assessment said I dropped 30 pounds and 5% body fat!

4. What is one goal you have accomplished? Do you have a goal you are working toward?
I'm still at it. Through Corona and a few vacations I still enjoy the day I get back in the gym. I'm working towards a healthy weight, the more I lose, the more I like myself and feel better. If I could learn to jump rope that would be cool though. 

5. What are some of your favorite things about working out at Momentum? I enjoy the like minded community feeling I get and the idea that wherever I'm at in my fitness I can fit right in and workout. Other people are always positive and we're all there suffering together - I mean winning. 

6. What is one thing that you have done here that you never thought you could do? 
Honestly, I'm just amazed some days  how many times I can get on the floor and get back up.

7. What is your advice to people starting their nutrition and fitness journey?
Start early, don't wait, and keep at it. It does not get easier as you get older.

Erik Cassellius

  • When and why did you start doing CrossFit?
  • I started crossfit in October 2019 because my friend Brad had mentioned the incredible results that he was having.

  • What made you want to start this new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?
  • I wanted to lose weight (fat not muscle) and struggled for years while seeing little to no results. The thing that I like…

     Erik Cassellius

    1. When and why did you start doing CrossFit?

    I started crossfit in October 2019 because my friend Brad had mentioned the incredible results that he was having.

    1. What made you want to start this new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?

    I wanted to lose weight (fat not muscle) and struggled for years while seeing little to no results. The thing that I like about this lifestyle is that it is simple, eat healthy and go to the gym as many days as I can.

    1. How have your eating habits changed? Do you follow a certain nutrition plan? How much weight have you lost(if you know)? 

    My eating habits have changed significantly and all the credit for that goes to my wife. We got rid of all of the junk food, soda and started limiting alcohol to only social events. I do not follow a specific nutrition plan, but I make sure to get as close as I can to 200 grams of protein per day! I have lost 28.6 pounds since starting at Momentum.

    1. What is one goal you have accomplished? Do you have a goal you are working toward?

    My biggest goal that I have accomplished is learning how to do toes-to-bar. I am currently working towards muscle-ups and double unders.

    1. What are some of your favorite things about working out at Momentum?

    Some of my favorite things about momentum are the atmosphere, people and the quality of the facility. Everyone is always positive and encouraging! The facility has everything that I need to do both crossfit workouts and more traditional bodybuilding exercises.

    1. What is one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do?

    I never thought that I would be able to do so many of the bodyweight exercises.

    1. What is your advice to people starting their fitness and nutrition journey?

    My advice would be to push yourself and show up to class as much as you can. Consistency is why I started to finally see results.

    Addie Felten

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    I started CrossFit in October of 2016. Prior to CrossFit I was a long-distance runner, had never stepped foot in an actual gym other than to use the treadmill. I had been training for the Boston half marathon and because of unforeseen circumstances race day came, and I wasn’t able to race. I was really burned out on running at this point and had been driving by this tiny garage CrossFit gym for the last couple months. I thought it looked so cool with the tires outside that I wanted to try. I walked in and…

     Addie Felten

    When and why did you start CrossFit?

    I started CrossFit in October of 2016. Prior to CrossFit I was a long-distance runner, had never stepped foot in an actual gym other than to use the treadmill. I had been training for the Boston half marathon and because of unforeseen circumstances race day came, and I wasn’t able to race. I was really burned out on running at this point and had been driving by this tiny garage CrossFit gym for the last couple months. I thought it looked so cool with the tires outside that I wanted to try. I walked in and told them I wanted to try a class and was hooked from the first day. I remember the first workout was something so simple: burpees, ab mat sit-ups, and reverse body weight lunges and I was dying Haha. I couldn’t believe how hard it was when I had just come off training for a half marathon. I loved the challenge, did a 4-week introductory period with the gym and became a 5 am regular from then on.

    What made you want to start this lifestyle? What do you like most about it?

    I was ready for something different and I love the variety. I also love the challenge; I really like how accessible it is for everyone and no matter what level you’re on you get a good workout. The CrossFit community is also unlike anything else. I was welcomed with open arms into an arena I knew nothing about and never felt judged, only supported and encouraged to do my very best. Being surrounded by that is a pretty special thing to be a part of.

    How have your eating habits changed? Do you follow a certain nutrition plan? How much weight have you lost? 

    In general, I’ve always eaten fairly healthy with a bit of a sweet tooth so initially when I started CrossFit I didn’t change anything and still found myself getting a lot stronger. After a while though I seemed to plateau and wanted to see what I could do to keep improving. I currently count macros and follow a plan each day to meet my macro goals. I’m certainly not perfect and still love all the wonderful foods out there: pizza, cookies, donuts, tacos. So, I’m more of a flexible dieter with my macros and plan my day to enjoy the foods I like on a regular basis. As far actual weight lose, I’m only 5-6 pounds lighter on the scale from when I started CrossFit here, but my body composition has changed dramatically. I’ve lost 18 lbs of fat and put on 11 lbs of muscle. I think that has been a huge take away for me, the scale certainly does not show the whole picture.

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

    Definitely the people. When I moved here, I didn’t know anyone and from the first class I immediately felt welcomed into the momentum community. The coaches have so much knowledge to offer and are dedicated to make sure my hour (or 2 haha) in the gym is the one of best parts of my day. And I have to give a special shout out to my 5am crowd, everyone there is just amazing and encouraging and simply great people to be around.

    What is one goal you’ve accomplished? Do you have a goal you’re working towards?

    I think one of the things I’m most proud of is being able to do strict pull-ups. This was a huge challenge and frustration for me, but I finally got there. As far as future goals, I have a lot! I just signed up for game day Eau Claire to compete as an individual, this will be my first individual competition so is pretty intimidating but at the same time exciting, so that will be what I’m training for over the next 12 weeks. I also want to get bar and ring muscle ups, handstand push-ups, and improve all my gymnastic skills in general. I’m always wanting to get stronger and would love a 300 lb deadlift and back squat someday. And would like to eventually get my CrossFit L1, L2, and gymnastics certification. So yeah, I’ve got a lot I want to do :) 

    What is one thing you’ve done here that you never thought you could do?

    Oh there are so many. I would probably fall back on my pull-ups just because it was such a challenge for me, but I’m often surprising myself with how much weight I’m able to lift now or how many reps I can string together. I think the mental toughness I’ve gained from CrossFit was an added bonus I never really realized until it had already happened. There’s an IG post by one of the games athletes that really resonated with me in terms of how CrossFit has shaped me outside of the gym- that was something I never expected. (I know this quote is long, just hang with me)

    “If you never finished a workout and fell completely to pieces you are probably a completely normal human and there is not a thing wrong with you. Those of us who choose to do CrossFit are different. I’m talking about everyone who puts the work in, day in and day out at CrossFit affiliates around the world, not just CrossFit games athletes. It’s not pain glorification or suffering just to suffer. It’s about making the choice to show yourself you are more capable then you ever imagined every time that clocks goes 3,2,1, go.... it doesn’t matter what you have going on in the world when you step into the gym. For that time period we are 100% committed and focused to give it our all, help motivate those around us, and challenge ourselves to grow. What CrossFit does is amazing. Not only does this clearly help us physically perform in and out of the gym but getting practice every day, asking ourselves to do more then we think possible, to keep going even when we’re bone tired, to demand a true effort from ourselves..... That’s where the real magic happens. If you make these choices every day to get out of your comfort zone and improve in the gym , it starts being easier and easier to make these choices in life. Trust in your abilities, set your goals, and pour every ounce of yourself into what you do. This is the CrossFit way. “ 

    What is your advice to people starting their nutrition and fitness journey? 

    Just start!! Everyone starts somewhere, I started from literally zero weight lifting experience. Just taking that first step of walking in the gym and putting yourself out there is by far the hardest part. And don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you want to go places you’ve never been, you have to do things you’ve never done. If you want to improve your nutrition-talk to Rachel or Dawn, sit down and make a plan. If you want to get better at pull-ups or get stronger, talk to the coaches, go to the extra skills sessions. I’m a true believer if you’re committed and willing to put the work in there’s nothing you can’t do.

    Brad Schroeder

  • When and why did you start doing CrossFit?
  • I started doing CrossFit at the end of May. My workouts for the past couple of years have basically just been weightlifting, and around March I plateaued and stopped seeing any results. I always knew CrossFit would be hard and I wanted a new sort of challenge, so I contacted Jim and he had me signed up for the 6-week trial period within a day.

  • What made you want to start this new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?
  • Charlie Albert had told me about Momentum a few years ago and how it had helped him and since…

     Brad Schroeder

    1. When and why did you start doing CrossFit?

    I started doing CrossFit at the end of May. My workouts for the past couple of years have basically just been weightlifting, and around March I plateaued and stopped seeing any results. I always knew CrossFit would be hard and I wanted a new sort of challenge, so I contacted Jim and he had me signed up for the 6-week trial period within a day.

    1. What made you want to start this new lifestyle? What do you like most about it?

    Charlie Albert had told me about Momentum a few years ago and how it had helped him and since I was looking for a new routine, I figured I would at least give it a try. The thing I like most about the lifestyle is that it’s always about constantly changing and improving yourself. It’s all about just trying to reach your goals be it losing weight, hitting a PR, or just trying to be healthy overall. 

    1. How have your eating habits changed? Do you follow a certain nutrition plan? How much weight have you lost (if you know)?

    I’ve been a meal prepper for the past couple of years but since starting at Momentum I’ve found myself eating healthier more consistently. I generally stick with the weekly meals of eggs and fruit for breakfast, chicken, vegetables, and rice for lunch, and then I’ll finish the day with some more protein, veggies and rice and some sort of sweet like peanut butter. I have found though that when snacking rather than going for the chips and salsa I’ve been going for more vegetables and fruit which surprises me because I used to each junk food all the time. I’ve lost close to 20 pounds since being at Momentum and am trying to lose about 5 more by the end of the year to get under 200 pounds.

    1. What is one goal you have accomplished? Do you have a goal you are working toward?

    It sounds cheesy but one of my goals was to see some sort of ab muscles for the first time in my life. I’ve always been a big guy topping out at about 240 pounds about a year ago, so I’ve always had a pretty big stomach. Being able to see how I’ve changed over time makes me want to improve even more. I think my next goal is to do muscle ups. I’ve never actually tried to do one before, but I feel like with a little guidance I might be able to do a few in time. 

    1. What are some of your favorite things about working out at Momentum?

    I think my favorite thing over all is definitely the gym community that shows up to work out. Nobody has that arrogance of being better than someone else like you see at other gyms, and everyone tries to encourage others to finish the WOD or get that last rep in before time runs out. Even though you may form little rivalries with those who work out with you like seeing who can get done first or lift heavier weights it’s all in a supportive way which I don’t think you find in a lot of places. My second favorite thing is probably how the coaches actually care about all the people that come to work out. You’re not just a random person at Momentum, the coaches try to learn all the names of those that work out and are always giving you ways to improve your form or pushing yourself to try harder. I remember when I hurt my back and went on vacation within a span of two weeks and missed out on classes. Dawn emailed me asking me why I wasn’t showing up and if there was anything the coaches could help with. I don’t think you will find that commitment to improving and helping others anywhere else.

    1. What is one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do?

    Rope climbs are something I never thought I would be able to do. The first day Jim and David pulled those out on a Saturday morning I figured I would break my back on the first attempt. The first time I tried using all arm strength to get to the top and David and Jim showed me some tips and pointers and now, I can do them without a fear of falling or getting exhausted to quickly.

    1. What is your advice to people starting their fitness and nutrition journey?

     The first thing I would say is don’t try to completely exert yourself right away looking for results. Results take time so thinking you’re going to see a huge improvement after a single week probably isn’t going to happen. I think it’s all about starting with little goals like being able to do a set up pull ups for the first time or losing a small amount of weight after a few weeks. After a while these all add up and you’ll be surprised with how much you’ve grown. Also, don’t be too stingy with your diet. You deserve a cheat meal because sometimes chocolate chip pancakes or a pizza are exactly what you need.