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Mark Rossow

1) When did you start your Crossfit journey?

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

2) What made you start your new lifestyle?

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

 Mark Rossow

1) When did you start your Crossfit journey?

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

2) What made you start your new lifestyle?

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

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

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

4) How have your eating habits changed? 

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

5) What keeps you coming back for MOre? 

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

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

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

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

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

Darren Dehnke

1) How did you start your Crossfit Journey?

Bootcamp .007, November 1 year ago!

2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

Encouragement from Shannon (his wife) who knows a lot of members here that work with her at Mayo. I wanted to support Shannon in her healthy choice and realized this is something I could do. 

3) What has been your biggest challenge? 

It's hard to start(something like Crossfit); also dedicating time and making it a priority…

 Darren Dehnke

1) How did you start your Crossfit Journey?

Bootcamp .007, November 1 year ago!

2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

Encouragement from Shannon (his wife) who knows a lot of members here that work with her at Mayo. I wanted to support Shannon in her healthy choice and realized this is something I could do. 

3) What has been your biggest challenge? 

It's hard to start(something like Crossfit); also dedicating time and making it a priority in my daily routine was a struggle at first. What I mean by that is I tend to be the person that gets consumed by work and I could work all day! I needed to see it as something that I do for one hour for my health. I reframed that hour of working out as a benefit to my lifestyle and work day. I go workout, reduce my stress caused by work, and then go back to work refreshed and able to get more done. It's a win-win when you look at it that way! 

4) How have your eating habits changed? 

Well since starting Bootcamp I have lost 70lbs total! I weigh 210 and the last time I weighed that was 17 years ago!  I definitely completely changed how and what I ate. I started out by counting calories and measuring everything, and I don't go out to eat very much anymore so I can control what I am eating. When I started educating myself further with the Coaches at MO I learned I needed to focus on my Macro Nutrients and getting the right amount of them.  I worked with Rachel on her Eat To Perform plan and working on consistency and eating the right amounts of foods. I have been doing well and dropping Body Fat and feeling stronger. 

5) What keeps you coming back to MO for MOre? 

I have a slightly addictive personality. I am a workaholic so I try to apply that to my consistency here and my thirst for progress in my health and strength. I have seen the results from this lifestyle and I don't want to go back to where I was before. I have lost the weight and now looking to continue to gain strength. With all the members here at different levels of their Crossfit journey I can see what I can achieve if I stick with Crossfit. It motivates me to keep coming consistently. I also love the members and coaches, the social aspect of this place; it's not as intimidating as you would believe. 


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

Toes to Bar - I have just started to link them!  Also running - I ran 1 mile without stopping in a WOD. It's not something I thought I'd ever be able to do.

 

7) What is some goals you have?

I want to be able to get to a Muscle Up next year. This is a long term goal so I am focusing on the progressions to get there right now. I am looking at just being able to do 1 Strict Pullup. After that I would like to get Kipping Pullups and then on my way to Muscle Ups. I have seen people take this route so I know that if I stick with it, I can get there some day. Also I want to improve my overall mobility so I can master the Snatch. 

Amelia Roemer

1) How did you start your crossfit journey?

I started out in Bootcamp Troop 003 the summer of 2016. I had been running a little bit, inconsistently; I had ran a few 5k races. I had dabbled around doing cardio and the elliptical here and there. Nothing stuck or gave me results like I wanted. Pam Branshaw dropped a Bootcamp flier off in the work break room. I don't really know why I decided to try it, I just did! 

2) What is one goal you have reached and one goal you are working towards? When I did the Nutrition Challenge I had a specific goal to…

 Amelia Roemer

1) How did you start your crossfit journey?

I started out in Bootcamp Troop 003 the summer of 2016. I had been running a little bit, inconsistently; I had ran a few 5k races. I had dabbled around doing cardio and the elliptical here and there. Nothing stuck or gave me results like I wanted. Pam Branshaw dropped a Bootcamp flier off in the work break room. I don't really know why I decided to try it, I just did! 

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

When I did the Nutrition Challenge I had a specific goal to get in better shape and lose weight I did both! My current goal: Pullups. I could do them in high school and I want them back! 

3) How have your eating habits changed? 

I definitely pay way more attention to it. I look at labels and ingredients when it comes to deciding what to eat, not just whatever sounds good like I used to. I have reduced my carb intake since it used to be all I ate. I try to eat more protein and more of a balanced diet.


4) What keeps you coming back?

The people and the environment here! I don't plan really when I can workout, I just go when I can. Sometimes it's in the morning and sometimes in the evening, just depends on my day. I enjoy classes because I will push myself harder than just going in on my own. I enjoy being with the wide variety of other members, the community is amazing. 


5) What is a struggle you have had to overcome?

Not knowing what to do - like the movements and lifts. The coaches are there to teach and coach, but it is still intimidating at first. I have dealt with a knee injury as well and it is frustrating when you can't do a lot of things you could do before. I always struggle with internal competitiveness - we all want to be the best, to win. You have to learn how to compete against yourself and don't compare your success to others. 


6) Favorite Lift?

Hang Snatch!


7) Advice for people starting out?

Stick with it and don't get discouraged! You will improve and surprise yourself!

 

Amy Sather

1) How did you start your crossfit journey? 

Last August (just over a year ago in 2016) I started out training with Jackie, then switched to classes soon after. I grew up an athlete doing softball, Basketball, Track and Cross Country. I did Track - Heptathlon in college. After college I had my two kids and the recovery was long. I started out running a few marathons, trying to fill that competitive void and looking for my "thing". My lifting partner from college told me to try Crossfit and said I'd love it. She was right! 

2) What is one…

 Amy Sather

1) How did you start your crossfit journey? 

Last August (just over a year ago in 2016) I started out training with Jackie, then switched to classes soon after. I grew up an athlete doing softball, Basketball, Track and Cross Country. I did Track - Heptathlon in college. After college I had my two kids and the recovery was long. I started out running a few marathons, trying to fill that competitive void and looking for my "thing". My lifting partner from college told me to try Crossfit and said I'd love it. She was right! 


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

Kipping Pullups and just overall strength. I was in great shape in college but I think I am in better overall shape now. Strength-wise I am so much stronger. I also have lost a totol of 60lbs. I never thought I'd lose that much and feel so strong. 

3) How have your eating habits and lifestyle changed? 

When I first started out, I was eating poorly. When they say you can't out train a bad diet, they are right. Once I cleaned up my diet, with hard work I lost the 60lbs. Now I am doing ETP with Rachel and my focus is on building lean muscle and getting stronger. Another big one for me is making sure I get enough sleep. I go to bed really early, and I need to if I am going to get up everyday for 5am class! Crossfit is part of my daily routine now. I go 6 days a week and I go to the 5am because it is early enough that after class I can go home and take care of my family in the morning (Not to forget, Amy co-runs the family business with her husband and cares for her parents at her home - talk about busy!). 

4) What keeps you coming back? 

I need something to work towards, I can't just go to a gym to go to the gym. Crossfit is always challenging and always changing. There is always a new skill, new weight to reach for; you can always get better. The people here make it easy to come back as well. I have met so many people and I LOVE my 5am crew!

5) What advice would you give someone starting out with crossfit? 

Ease into it, try everything, and don't worry what everyone else is doing. Focus on yourself and beat your own goals. You will have "haters" or people that will not be happy for your successes. You've got to keep doing what makes you happy and don't feel bad for your changes and successes. 

Megan Barnes

1) How did you start your Crossfit journey? This past February when you ran your 28 days for $28 at SWEAT Logan(my husband) had been bugging me to try it out. Now I'm the one that bugs him to go to class because I go every single morning during the week at 5am! I like to say he created a monster!2) What made you start your new lifestyle?  I had Gallbladder removal surgery last year and once that happens it is harder to lose weight. So being healthy and taking care of myself became a priority. Finding a gym and workout routine was the next step.  3) How have your eating…

 Megan Barnes

1) How did you start your Crossfit journey?

 This past February when you ran your 28 days for $28 at SWEAT Logan(my husband) had been bugging me to try it out. Now I'm the one that bugs him to go to class because I go every single morning during the week at 5am! I like to say he created a monster!

2) What made you start your new lifestyle? 

 I had Gallbladder removal surgery last year and once that happens it is harder to lose weight. So being healthy and taking care of myself became a priority. Finding a gym and workout routine was the next step. 

 3) How have your eating habits changed?

 I lost quite a bit of weight when I started out in February. I recently went vegetarian and have been feeling great! Gallbladder surgery has made it difficult because I always felt sick to my stomach after eating, but after removing meat and processed meats I am now feeling so much better! I am excited to see how much my body changes after time passes!

 4) What keeps you coming back for more?

 It's a good addiction(working out), far better than many other habits people have. It gets me going every morning and when I happen to miss a workout (which has happened only 7x since February) I just don't feel as good during the day. It's funny how big of a difference it makes for my day.

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

 Ok, there are more than one! I started lifting a 15lb Torpedo for squats and now I am at the 40 or 50. I have gained so much strength. What I am actually surprised I am doing that I never thought I could do is sign up to compete. I am competing at the in-house Festivus competition in October and I want to get strong enough to lift that 185lb Deadlift(in the Deadlift Ladder event). The coaches did a good job of persuading me to sign up(We call it nice arm twisting!).

 6) Do you and Logan get competitive when it comes to what both of you are doing at the gym?

 Yeah...We definitely both have a little bit of a competitive nature and push each other. They say the couples that workout together stay together. We are always comparing workouts and I am always bugging him to get up and go to the gym at 5am more! He is obnoxious and has squatted me before just to prove he can. Because I signed up for Festivus, he didn't want to be outdone so he signed up too. It will be interesting to see how that goes(a smile and eye roll).

Friday Night Lights 2017

Momentum Fitness strengtheded ACASD today with a powerful donation to our Homeless Program! Thank you to everyone involved ion sponsoring, coordinating, participating, and donating during their awesome Friday Night Lights crossfit competition events in March.  The energy and encouragement during the events was amazing!  What a great feeling of family and togethernesss. As alwasy,  100% of your donations will provide direct services and necessities to the students we serve!  From everyone at the Eau Clarie Area School District, thank you!

CrossFit For A Cure 2014

Thank you for all your contributions and support for the 2nd Annual CrossFit for A Cure. Because of our Momentum Family we were able to raise $12,000 for CrossFit for A Cure which is enough money to fund the 2014 Fall Joshua's Camp.

Crossfit for a cure at momentum fitness

Sweatin' For Boobies 2015

WOW! You all rocked it! Together we raised over $530 dollars for "Cards for Hope." A local organization that donates gas cards to cancer patients having to travel for treatment. This can help alleviate some of the financial burden these patients are facing.

Momentum Fitness Cards for Hope fundraiser