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Denni Backstrom

1) How/when did you start your Crossfit journey?Bootcamp #1 October 2015. 

2) What made you start your new lifestyle?

   We had a vacation coming up in Hawaii in the Spring of 2016 and I even though I had a Gold's membership at the time, but I was not seeing the results I wanted. Jen Thyssen and I were workout buddies at Gold's for years and I would not have done Bootcamp if Jen hadn't forced me to! I was reluctant to do Crossfit again because I had been injured when I tried a 6 Week…

 Denni Backstrom

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

Bootcamp #1 October 2015. 


2) What made you start your new lifestyle?

   We had a vacation coming up in Hawaii in the Spring of 2016 and I even though I had a Gold's membership at the time, but I was not seeing the results I wanted. Jen Thyssen and I were workout buddies at Gold's for years and I would not have done Bootcamp if Jen hadn't forced me to! I was reluctant to do Crossfit again because I had been injured when I tried a 6 Week program at another gym a few years before. But Jen paid for my Bootcamp ticket, so then I HAD to do it! After Bootcamp I quit my Gold's membership and I have been here ever since.

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

    I didn't really change much starting out when it came to my eating. In Summer of 2017 to 2018, but unlike most of our success stories here, it just wasn't the right fit for me. I felt too full and uncomfortable and found I was not very regimented with my food quality. In the summer of 2018 I went to the Gilmanton Fair and ran into an old friend who looked amazing. I asked him what he was doing and he told me about Dr. Usher and the Keto Diet. 

   So yes, I am Keto - meaning her body runs off of fat and operates in a state of Ketosis. Ketosis can be acheived by eating 50-20g of Carbs per day. Any more and your body cannot burn fat as energy. So that meant all of the sweets and grains I was eating had to go. I have no willpower around sweets so I think removing them completely was the best move for me. 

  When I first met with Dr. Usher he had me go through an InBody, bloodwork, and EKG to make sure we knew how to treat my body. I had a goal of weightloss so I started at 20 grams of Carbs per day. When I am in more maintenance mode I can have 20-40 grams of Carbs per day. The majority of my carbs come from Greens and Vegetables. I also meet monthly with Dr. Usher to tweak things and keep me on track. 

Here is what Denni eats in a day to give you an idea how Keto works:
Breakfast: 2-3 eggs+spinach+bacon(She NEVER skips breakfast and neither should anyone else!)
Lunch:Big salad with chicken and dressing is black pepper and lime mix
Snack: 1 Avocado
Dinner: Vegetables and a Meat(organic or range fed, or fish)

   As you can see she eats quality meats so the fats in the meat are high quality and not from the grain fed animals. You can do Keto very wrong and eat bad sources of fat, which has the opposite effect Keto wants - which is to decrease inflammation in the body. Also, all of the vegetables tend to be those that are very leafy and light in the carb department. Carrots, squash, beets, tomatoes, etc tend to be too sugary for that low of carbohydrate levels required for Keto. Keep in mind that Keto IS NOT FOR EVERYONE!  But if done right, and if it promotes healthy habits you can SUSTAIN and MAINTAIN it could be right for you. If you're not the cold turkey, all or nothing person, or weekend celebratory eater, this is not right for you. 


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

#1) Pullup - I actually got several! I also wanted to do a Rope Climb and did that as well much to my surprise!
#2) My goal was to be in the 150's for lbs by 50, did not make that so aiming for 150's by the end of my 50th year - I am 3lbs away! 
#3) I will sneak another goal in there: I want to age healthily. I have seem family members age and not care for their bodies. It's hard to watch and I don't want to be like that. 

5) What are some of your favorite things about working out at Momentum?
   
   Oh gall, there's alot! I feel like I can do anything  - because of the support of Craig and Jim, the Coaches who see me and know me best. They know what my weaknesses and strengths are. They know when to let me be and when to push me. Also the community - My friends who aren't afraid to call me out and hold me accountable. Also root for me and cheer me on. 

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

   I got two - A Pullup and Handstand Pushup! I remember after finishing up Bootcamp Jen Thyssen and I decided to jump up on the Rig and try to do a Pullup. We hung off the bar for a few seconds and that was hard! Silly of us to think that after just 6 weeks of Bootcamp we would be able to do a Pullup! 

7) What is your advice for people starting out? 

It is not for the faint of heart. You got to buckle in, keep coming back, and believe in yourself. 

 

Sarah Ward

1) How/when did you start your Crossfit journey?   A little over a year ago I moved from a job that I was on my feet a lot to one where I was sedentary at a desk. My friend Iris Lang worked out at SWEAT and told me about it. I joined shortly after that.

2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

Like I said above, I moved from an active job to an office job. I still work every other weekend on my feet but that did not make up for all the sedentary time during the week. My first weekend…

 Sarah Ward

1) How/when did you start your Crossfit journey?
   
A little over a year ago I moved from a job that I was on my feet a lot to one where I was sedentary at a desk. My friend Iris Lang worked out at SWEAT and told me about it. I joined shortly after that.



2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

Like I said above, I moved from an active job to an office job. I still work every other weekend on my feet but that did not make up for all the sedentary time during the week. My first weekend working on my feet after 2 weeks of the office was rough! I had also fallen into unhealthy eating habits. 


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

At first I thought I could continue to eat poorly and exercise was sufficient; boy was I wrong! I did the Whole Foods Challenge Fall 2018 and started tracking my calorie intake and improved my eating habits.(Sarah actually was our 3rd place winner: Gaining about 2lbs of muscle mass and losing  2.5% body fat!)

 

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

I feel so much better about my lifestyle and I feel stronger!  But, I still have improvements to make when it comes to my eating habits, you can always do better! 

 

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

I love the structure, group workouts, and getting to see the same faces at each class. It is a lot of fun! 

 

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

Previous to joining SWEAT, I had never stuck with a regular workout routine and didn't think it was something I was capable of committing to; but I did! 

 

7) What is your advice to people starting out? 

Stick with it and don't forget to have fun! 

Stephanie Ische

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

   6 weeks post partum with my 3rd child. I decided to come try out SWEAT. I've known Alicia since Kindergarten but she didn't even know I was going to show up! Surprisingly she did not have to harass me to get in and try it!

2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

   I used to play sports in high…

 Stephanie Ische

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

   6 weeks post partum with my 3rd child. I decided to come try out SWEAT. I've known Alicia since Kindergarten but she didn't even know I was going to show up! Surprisingly she did not have to harass me to get in and try it!

2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

   I used to play sports in high school and I had always been active. The first 2 pregnancies my body bounced back quick and all I did was run and eat a little bit better. But this last one felt different and I knew I needed to work harder. So originally I joined to lose the baby weight, but now I continue to do it because of many more reasons than just to keep off the weight.

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

   I have lost 32lbs total, and unlike previous post pregnancies, I definitely gained muscle. The pictures don’t really show it, but I am so much smaller, and much more muscular and defined. Especially my shoulders and arms. I have never had defined arms until now. It is SO true when they say you can't out train a bad diet! I ate quality Whole Foods and focused on getting in protien. My whole family's eating habits have changed due to my switch, we all eat better. To maintain myself I eat really good 4 out of the 7 days. For the most part I don't crave as much unhealthy food and I really noticed a big difference once I focused on post workout protein. 


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

#1) Losing the baby weight was my original goal and that has been accomplished along with gaining muscle and so much more.

#2) I would say what I am working on now is challenging myself more when it comes to lifting and to become more coordinated. I really want to get better at Overhead Squats. I used to never be the person to do more or push myself, but I want to now.


5) What are some things you like about working out at Momentum? 

   I like that the Coaches care about the movement standards and form; I like to know that I am learning to do something the right way. The Coaches are also so encouraging. I have crossed paths with so many people I wouldn't have otherwise met and I have met some really great people here. Also, I am 100% a better Mom when I workout. I feel better, less stressed and the time for me to work on myself is what I need to recharge.

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

   Just coming in and doing it! I honestly never thought I'd be a workout person looking for a challenge. I never thought I'd ever jump on a tall box or do a Clean & Jerk with the Barbell. It's very empowering!  I also haven't felt comfortable wearing a regular swim suit bottom after kids until recently. The lifting shapes your body in different ways than just running and I feel strong and confident. 

7) What is your advice to people starting out? 

   Again, I never thought of myself as a person to challenge myself. I am the first to say "I can't do that”, but I somehow decided to try it. So, once you just give it a try, you will keep coming back! 

Jason Faanes

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

   I actually worked out with Kurt in middle school when Momentum was at the Sports Center. Then I met Jim because he coached my football team in high school and he also coached me in strength and conditioning at UWEC in college. I was a defensive end in college and when I graduated college it made sense to stay in shape (get in better shape) and continue by doing CrossFit. I didn't take much time off after football because it is hard to start over. I come to class 3x a week at…

 Jason Faanes

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

   I actually worked out with Kurt in middle school when Momentum was at the Sports Center. Then I met Jim because he coached my football team in high school and he also coached me in strength and conditioning at UWEC in college. I was a defensive end in college and when I graduated college it made sense to stay in shape (get in better shape) and continue by doing CrossFit. I didn't take much time off after football because it is hard to start over. I come to class 3x a week at least. 

2) What made you start your new lifestyle?

Well obviously after Football I needed that structure and competitive environment. So it was a natural progression from Football to CrossFit. I used to just lift (Bench, OLY lifts) and play Football, so my Cardiovascular endurance has gotten so much better. I can't quite squat or bench as much as I could, but I also weigh 25lbs less. My Oly lifts are the same or have gone up, and overall I feel much healthier and in better shape. 

3) How have your eating habits changed?

My eating habits have definitely done a 180 degree turn around. In Football I pretty much had free range to eat whatever I wanted. I would eat a whole frozen pizza as a snack! When I stopped Football and focused on getting healthy I went from 240 to 215. I watch what I eat by sticking to meat and veggies, and try to be very strict during the week knowing that I like to enjoy myself over the weekend. I do travel for my job, which can make it hard to be consistent. But I eat as good as I can when traveling so as not to throw myself off. I also come to 5am classes a few days a week if I know I will be traveling for work that week. 

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

I'd say my goal was to get in better shape overall - which means getting a better engine, more athletic and well-rounded, I can say I have definitely accomplished that. Now, I am working towards getting a Muscle Up(any kind) hopefully soon.

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

I like the people here. The coaches and members keep you motivated to get better. I also have a group of college buddies to workout with and push each other. We come in and compare times and compete together. 

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

I never thought after Football I would still be lifting even close to the amount I used to. Even after losing so much weight, I can still lift. 


7) What is your advice to people starting out?

Make CrossFit, coming to the gym part of your routine. 

Don't get discouraged if it doesn't go well right away, because it won't, it will get better and you will get better. Be patient and enjoy learning and pushing yourself. 

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.