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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.

    Alicia Carlson

    Transformation Tuesday Post-Partum Style With Coach Alicia Carlson!1. How long after having Knox did you wait to come back to working out?I tried to take walks within the first week of having him just to keep my sanity ????My first workout with weights was at four weeks. I kept the weight light and just listened to my body.2. How long after having Knox did it take for you to feel like you got your "gym groove" back?I would say that I was feeling "myself" around 6 months post partum. I couldn't believe how weird and different my whole…

     Alicia Carlson

    Transformation Tuesday Post-Partum Style With Coach Alicia Carlson!

    1. How long after having Knox did you wait to come back to working out?
    I tried to take walks within the first week of having him just to keep my sanity ????My first workout with weights was at four weeks. I kept the weight light and just listened to my body.

    2. How long after having Knox did it take for you to feel like you got your "gym groove" back?
    I would say that I was feeling "myself" around 6 months post partum. I couldn't believe how weird and different my whole body felt when I did start getting back into classes. It took some time to get my core feeling strong again.

    3. Have you been following any specific nutrition plan since having Knox? Any nutrition tips for new, busy mama's?
    SO. Nutrition is NOT my thing. I don't follow any regimen.  I try to keep it simple by not eating crap, drinking water, and exercising. Another thing that I believe helps is that I haven't had alcohol since February and I don't miss it one bit ????

    4. Did you follow any specific nutrition regimen while pregnant?
    When I was pregnant with Knox I just kept my eating as close to the same as I could. I am a huge lover of sweets so it is possible that I indulged a little more when I was pregnant but that's what it's all about....right? ????

    5. What has your biggest struggle(s) been regarding fitness/nutrition since having Knox?
    TIME! However, I still have been able to find some so it is possible! For those of you that know me know that I love having a full plate...let's just say it has been a nice added challenge trying to squeeze in my work outs ????.

    Adam Gardner

  • How/when did you start your Crossfit journey?
  • I committed to CrossFit when I left Aflac after 13 years, that was at the end of the 1st quarter 2016. That was a huge lifestyle change in general and I knew that a commitment to fitness was going to be key. I had let my fitness slip to a point that I hadn't experienced in my life. I had been pretty much doing nothing but working and complaining about work. 

  • What made you start your new lifestyle?
  •  Adam Gardner

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


    I committed to CrossFit when I left Aflac after 13 years, that was at the end of the 1st quarter 2016. That was a huge lifestyle change in general and I knew that a commitment to fitness was going to be key. I had let my fitness slip to a point that I hadn't experienced in my life. I had been pretty much doing nothing but working and complaining about work. 

    1. What made you start your new lifestyle?

    I should've read this question before answering the last :) 

    1. How have your eating habits changed? (how much weight have you lost?)

    This would be one area that I have not dialed in. My wife would tell you she has 3 children to feed (we only have 2 daughters). However, I have certainly lost a fair amount of weight and transferred a lot of fat to muscle during this process.  The heaviest I had allowed myself to get was about 240 pounds. These days I fluctuate between 195 and 205 for the most part. I don't watch the scale much because I'm feeling good and that's all that I'm looking for. 

    1. What is one goal you have reached and another goal you are working towards?

    I don't think I could say there is one goal I have reached since starting. I've had a lot of small wins along the way. Learning certain movements such as T2B and Double-unders proved to be much more challenging than I would've guessed. It was very gratifying to get those in the repertoire. One thing I have not tackled would be a muscle-up, one of these days I'll knock it out though. CrossFit is a humbling sport in general, and I do enjoy being humbled in life so it works well for me. 

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

    The peeps! So many good people doing so many good things at Momentum. Besides that I have always enjoyed a good ass-whooping for a workout and it certainly provides that on the daily. I greatly appreciate all the planning that goes into those ass-whoopings by the wonderful coaches. 

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

    I would have to say just finding a style of fitness that I could commit to for over 3 years. I've never really committed to one style of exercise over the years. I've always been very active in life and CrossFit basically helps me be better at all of it... functional fitness right?!

    1. What is your advice to people starting out? 

    Put the blinders on and go, for at least 90 days before making any true judgements. Success with anything in life, including CrossFit, is a journey and not a destination. I would also say just allow yourself to be fully immersed in the culture. If you want to meet someone, introduce yourself. I have met so many amazing folks at MO and it has made my journey so much more enjoyable.

    Laurie Schlachtenhaufen

    1) How/when did you start your CrossFit journey? I started working out at MO about 5 years ago. 2) What made you start your new lifestyle? I had been working out off and on for several years. I worked with Craig at Golds gym when he trained me for the Kortelopet. When he left Golds he encouraged me to go to Momentum, however I was unsure about joining a small gym. It is easy to be invisible in a bigger one. I stopped working out again. Jackie walked into my office one day at school and talked me into coming in and checking out Momentum. I've been here ever since. 3) How have your eating…

    Laurie SchlachtenhaufenLaurie Schlachtenhaufen

    1) How/when did you start your CrossFit journey?
    I started working out at MO about 5 years ago. 

    2) What made you start your new lifestyle?
    I had been working out off and on for several years. I worked with Craig at Golds gym when he trained me for the Kortelopet. When he left Golds he encouraged me to go to Momentum, however I was unsure about joining a small gym. It is easy to be invisible in a bigger one. I stopped working out again. Jackie walked into my office one day at school and talked me into coming in and checking out Momentum. I've been here ever since.

    3) How have your eating habits changed? (how much weight have you lost?)
    The eating habit thing is so important. I have never been good at disciplining myself on proper diet and still struggle. In November Rachel started a nutrition challenge and I took her up on that. It worked! I have been able to make better choices and have lost between 15 and 20 pounds. Steady work outs and making better choices is the key for me! I have a ways to go on this journey but I am encouraged by the results thus far.

    4) What is one goal you have reached and another goal you are working towards?
    My goals have been weight loss and toning. I have made a good start at that but I wouldn't say I've reached it yet! I will keep working on that. Maybe someday I will do a pull-up!

    5) What are some of your favorite things about working out at Momentum?
    I love working out at Momentum because of the people! I have never worked out so consistently and I owe that to my coaches Jackie and Rachel and the 9:00 AM people. I have made great friendships here and we do things outside of the gym like a book group and travel. There may or may not be beverages involved occasionally.

    6) What is one thing you have done here that you never thought you could do?
    I never thought I would enjoy working out and bring consistency to it. I have done that here and I love it!

    7) What is your advice to people starting out?
    My advice would be to focus on the nutrition side of working out as much as the physical side. I think many people think if you just workout then things will magically change. Not so. It took me a long time to figure that out!

    Laurie Schlachtenhaufen

    Jasie Mullen

    1) When did you start your Crossfit Journey?  

       I did my first Bootcamp(#14) January of 2018. Then I did the 45 Day Summer Challenge starting in May of 2018. I signed up for membership after that! 

    2) What made you start your new lifestyle?     

     Jasie Mullen

    1) When did you start your Crossfit Journey?  

       I did my first Bootcamp(#14) January of 2018. Then I did the 45 Day Summer Challenge starting in May of 2018. I signed up for membership after that! 


    2) What made you start your new lifestyle?     

       I started because a gal friend of mine in Idaho started doing Crossfit, and she was more out of shape than I was, so I figured if she could do it, so could I! A gal at work found out about Momentum's Bootcamp and said we should do it together. I signed up, and she bailed, but I still came. Before Bootcamp I had just been doing the elliptical/cardio 2-3x a week at Planet Fitness. I was looking for something different and ready for more of challenge.


    3) How have your eating habits changed?(How much weight have you lost?) 

       From the first InBody to the most recent (Jan 19) I have lost 7% body Fat, lost 2.3lbs and gained 6.2lbs of muscle! Of course it is March now and I know I have lost inches since then, so more than that now! Originally I just wanted to lose weight - I didn't care about gaining muscle. I went from a greasy fast food eating girl to: not perfect eater, but so much better!
       
       The things I do now are: Utilize My Fitness Pal App, don't eat fast food daily, eat less fried foods, replaced greasy sides with vegetables, drink less alcohol, and replaced some of my unhealthy PM habits with Crossfit class. In the evenings, I used to chain smoke, eat unhealthy foods and work remotely on my computer on my front porch. So yes, I do so much better than I used to. 

        Now I care about the muscle I have gained. I have gained muscle, strength and lost many inches everywhere. I am ok not being super thin, I am enjoying being strong. 


    4) What is one goal(or several) you have reached and a goal you are working towards?

        #1) I wanted to do a pushup, period. Then do a "legit" pushup. I can now do several in a row!

       #2) My next goal is to get a Pullup, Handstand Pushup, and a Rope Climb


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

    People and the Community - it's great to be surrounded with people that support you. 
    The fact that I can bring Jeremiah(my son) here and he is never bored. 


    6) What are some things you have done here that you never thought you could do? 

       Double Unders! Just started to link them! I never thought I'd compete - ever, and I am doing my first Friday Night Lights(Crossfit Open). Never thought I'd be the one to make the Consistency Club or invest in all of the equipment(the shoes, barbell, band, jump rope). You could say I've bought in! 

    7) What is your advice to people starting out? 

      Stay consistent and find a buddy to hold you accountable. Don't be afraid to make friends, most likely they need a consistency partner too. Don't be afraid to reach out to a Coach or other members for guidance, they want you to succeed.