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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.

    Bob Traut

    Bob Traut has been a member of Momentum Sport Fitness since 2016.  What many of you may not know about Bob is he grew up as a farm kid; bailing hay, picking stones, and heavy labor were all everyday activities in Bob’s life.  Even with his physically demanding lifestyle, Bob still felt the desire to make himself stronger than he already was from doing chores.  When Bob was thirteen years old, he ordered a set of fitness videos…

     Bob Traut

    Bob Traut has been a member of Momentum Sport Fitness since 2016.  What many of you may not know about Bob is he grew up as a farm kid; bailing hay, picking stones, and heavy labor were all everyday activities in Bob’s life.  Even with his physically demanding lifestyle, Bob still felt the desire to make himself stronger than he already was from doing chores.  When Bob was thirteen years old, he ordered a set of fitness videos called, “Get Muscular Video Set,” after watching a promotional commercial about them on television.  The videos gave instructions on how to do bodyweight exercises using items common to any household, like a dining room chair to do dips on.  Bob still remembers when the videos came to his house in a manila package—he also remembers getting scolded by his mom for spending sixty dollars on such an unnecessary item.     

    There is something to be said about farming and the work ethic it develops.  Here in the North Woods, every one of us can call to mind a farm kid they went to school with, or knew—in most cases, these kids had a brute strength that an hour in the gym a few times a week could not create.  Bob was one of these kids.  In high school, Bob began strength training as part of the school’s wrestling program, and that is where a lifelong passion in his life would develop.

    Bob continued lifting free weights after high school, mainly on his own at home.  In the mid to late 1990’s, Bob joined a gym in downtown Eau Claire called Fitness Quest.  It was here that he tried powerlifting and competed in a bench press competition for the first, and last time.  You can tell from speaking with Bob about his fitness that its simply a way of life, not a pursuit to outdo anyone else.  After he left Fitness Quest, Bob went back to lifting at home on his own, primarily due to his demanding work schedule.  He wouldn’t end up back in a gym again until his daughter, Coach Alicia, dragged him to a class she attended. 

    The class setting appealed to Bob.  Working the number of hours that he is accustomed to, it is much easier to get a good workout when there is a coach and others around to hold you accountable.  When Alicia joined Momentum, long before she began coaching here, she ensured her dad joined her.  In Bob’s words, “I got pretty hooked on it immediately because it made me feel so damn good.”  Bob took to CrossFit right away; not for its popularity in the media, or its fad like growth over the last decade, but because he could feel the benefits that came from such intense and structured programming.  “I went to the doctor for a physical, say six or seven weeks after starting at Momentum, and my numbers were the best they’d ever been,” Bob recalled.  Fitness as a lifestyle requires a methodology that invigorates you physically and promises longevity.  That is what Bob found at Momentum.

    Recently, at 54 years young, Bob became a grandfather.  He also found out he has a second grandson on the way.  He is grateful that he maintained his physical health and strength all his life, and has now found an increased motivation to “feel as good as [he] can for as long as [he] can.”  Bob loves playing with his grandson Knox and is already anticipating teaching him to ride dirt bike and how to do work around the house.  To do that, Bob must maintain his health, and that is the biggest reason he is thankful he found Momentum Sport Fitness! 

    Written by Coach David   

      

    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.

    Kelly Metcalf

    “I’d always heard it was a crazy cult,” Kelly Metcalf told me when we sat down totalk about this testimonial. She had also been under the impression that CrossFit was forpeople who were already strong and athletic. “I didn’t think it was for me,” she explainedin a very matter of fact tone. It was interesting to hear her misconceptions of CrossFit priorto joining Momentum in October of 2018. Especially since both of us were still sweatingthrough our gym clothes from the double under, wall ball, and deadlift workout we had justsuffered through at eleven am…

     Kelly Metcalf

    “I’d always heard it was a crazy cult,” Kelly Metcalf told me when we sat down to
    talk about this testimonial. She had also been under the impression that CrossFit was for
    people who were already strong and athletic. “I didn’t think it was for me,” she explained
    in a very matter of fact tone. It was interesting to hear her misconceptions of CrossFit prior
    to joining Momentum in October of 2018. Especially since both of us were still sweating
    through our gym clothes from the double under, wall ball, and deadlift workout we had just
    suffered through at eleven am class. Kelly is now a full fledged CrossFitter, navigating her
    way through the variety of athletic movements and lifts each one of us spends endless
    hours trying to improve—perfection in this case being the carrot we are all chasing, and
    Kelly has fully committed herself to this difficult, but fulfilling process. So what changed?
    Kelly has been a nurse for 16 years. It was her coworkers in the emergency
    department at Mayo, Denelle Rietschel and Amanda Hahn, who finally convinced Kelly to
    try CrossFit. Having friends already at Momentum helped to ease Kelly’s anxiety over
    starting a workout regimen that came with so much hype surrounding it. Kelly was given
    her intro to Momentum by Coach Rachel. “She seemed caring and interested in me as a
    person. Like she really wanted to help,” Kelly remarked on her impression of the intro
    session.
    It would appear obvious to most that being a nurse is a highly demanding
    profession. Nurses do twelve-hour shifts on their feet, and for nurses in the Emergency
    Department, those twelve hours are filled rushing from one crisis to the next. Kelly has
    experienced positive overlap from CrossFit into her career. She expressed that there has
    been a very noticeable difference in her strength at work, where she is constantly lifting,
    bending, and pulling.
    What interested me most about the benefits Kelly said she’s experienced however,
    had very little to do with physicality. As we sat on the gym floor of Momentum, I could see
    Kelly’s demeanor change when she began explaining the emotional toll of her job. “There
    are a lot of sad situations, especially the one’s involving kids.” I could tell that Kelly
    approaches her job with passion—that it is much more than a profession to her. But as
    with all things that we devote ourselves to, the potential for emotional overload increases.
    “The stuff would eat away at you,” Kelly said, commenting on the death, sadness, and
    violence she witnesses on a daily basis. Kelly then went on to explain that CrossFit has
    become her release. By coming into the gym and “barbelling it out” (Kelly’s words), she has
    been able to release the negativity that seeps in, by doing something that is healthy. Most
    importantly, Kelly recognizes that CrossFit gives her the opportunity to sweat the
    negativity out, allowing her to return home as the loving mother and wife that her family
    knows her to be.
    A ways down the list of benefits Kelly says she has enjoyed since starting CrossFit,
    but still something that put a smile on her face, was the fact that others were noticing
    definition in her body. With all the seriousness of her profession, and the vital role gym life
    has played in mitigating those stressors, I am happy to hear that Kelly is able to enjoy some
    of the superficial, yet very rewarding results of CrossFit. When we are able to tell that our
    outward appearance accurately reflects how we feel inside, it has a reinforcing effect on
    our identity. Kelly also realizes the example she is setting for her children, especially Leora,
    her youngest daughter, who you will oftentimes see accompanying her to class.
    Five years from now, Kelly still sees herself being a member of Momentum. She is
    anxious to conquer some of the Olympic lift techniques that she has had difficulty with.

    Fitness has become a major staple in Kelly’s life, and she is looking forward to applying it to
    some of the activities that have fallen to the wayside, such as biking and kayaking. Kelly
    credits much of her rapid improvements in fitness to Coach Rachel, who has helped her
    construct an effective diet regimen.
    Hearing stories such as Kelly’s reinforces my belief that fitness is paramount in
    being an effective person—that effectiveness being projected all the way into the lives of
    those that are influenced through Kelly’s example. There isn’t a scale to quantify the
    positive impact Kelly is having on everyone she comes in contact with, either through work,
    at the gym, or in her personal life. But it is safe to say that our community is made that
    much better due to the efforts of people like Kelly! 

    -Written by David Carlson



    Aaron Kiraly

    Aaron Kiraly’s legs burned as he attempted to keep his pace at one-step-per-second.The seventy-five pound weight vest strapped to him sunk into his shoulders with each step,making it difficult to breath, and limiting the oxygen his body was supplying to his legs.The burning sensation he felt with each step on the stair climber machine chipped away athis will power, he had no idea when this test would end, and therefore no way to set asidethe pain caused by this portion of the firefighter’s Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).Before Aaron was able to complete the three minutes…

     Aaron Kiraly

    Aaron Kiraly’s legs burned as he attempted to keep his pace at one-step-per-second.
    The seventy-five pound weight vest strapped to him sunk into his shoulders with each step,
    making it difficult to breath, and limiting the oxygen his body was supplying to his legs.
    The burning sensation he felt with each step on the stair climber machine chipped away at
    his will power, he had no idea when this test would end, and therefore no way to set aside
    the pain caused by this portion of the firefighter’s Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT).
    Before Aaron was able to complete the three minutes and twenty seconds required
    exercise, he gave into the voices in his head telling him to quit. Aaron had failed the CPAT.
    Aaron was born and raised in Stanley Wisconsin. He was a farm kid, early to rise in
    the morning to complete chores, and late to bed at night with another round of chores to
    finish after school and sports. Aaron was accustomed to hard work in the same way that
    kids are accustomed to playing with friends—it’s just a part of life. After high school, Aaron
    moved to Chippewa Falls and lost most of the physical routine he’d grown up with. It never
    fully occurred to him that his active way of life could be lost, because it had been all he’d
    known. While attending the Chippewa Valley Technical School’s Fire Medic program,
    Aaron worked out sporadically. Soon he would find out that this small amount of
    ineffectual training would not be enough for the demands that faced firefighters.
    Two years ago, Aaron found himself on a call to Lake Hallie for a fire that had started
    inside a garage. He was working for the Chippewa Fire Department. After dismounting the
    fire engine, fully geared, Aaron pulled the fire hose from the truck to get into position to
    begin extinguishing the flames. The explosive movements we make as human beings when
    we are under intense stress and adrenaline, may seem like slow motion, but we are actually
    taxing our nervous system, musculature, and cardiovascular system while under this
    extreme pressure. Out of breath, Aaron thought to himself, “what if I needed to pull
    someone out of this fire.” This feeling of vulnerability scared Aaron—a testament to how
    seriously he takes his duty.
    Aaron began working out on his own to become more prepared. After he failed two
    attempts at the CPAT, Aaron knew he needed to find a training regimen that would be
    effective, and just as importantly, keep him motivated. Brett and Dawn Klonecki, Brett, a
    member of Momentum and Eau Claire firefighter, and Dawn, a Momentum coach, as well as
    Isaac Hahn, a firefighter and Momentum member, recommended CrossFit to Aaron. He
    joined in January of this year. Aaron retook the CPAT after a couple months of CrossFit,
    and this time he passed! As the two evaluators watched Aaron on the stair climber, he
    gazed out the window at two geese in the distance. His three minutes and twenty seconds
    were up before he knew it. He then went on to crush the hose drag, ladder raise and
    extension, the dummy drag, and the sledgehammer drill. “CrossFit taught me how to cope
    with the discomfort caused by physical exertion,” Aaron expressed, especially in domains
    that aren’t necessarily trained for.
    Preparation is what makes heroes stand out in times of emergency. The drive Aaron
    felt to get his physical conditioning above standard is exactly what will push him to be the
    person needed when chaos ensues. The staff at Momentum Sport Fitness are honored to
    have been able to participate in that readiness, and we look forward to more great things to
    come from our Momentum family member, Aaron Kiraly!

    -Written by Coach David Carlson

    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.