April 2018 Member of the Month

Name / nickname : 

Sandra (Mark, Kaitlin, Dana)

Age : 

59, 58, 25, 22

What city do you live in? 

Eagan

When did you become a member of Renegade Fitness? 

July 2016

How did you find out about Renegade Fitness? 

I did an internet search for gyms in the area.

What do you do for work, fun, etc?

Spend time at our lake cabin in Wisconsin.

Why did you choose Renegade Fitness? 

We belonged to another gym but the workouts were repetitive and not always challenging.  We didn’t feel our fitness was improving.  We were restricted to certain class days/times, class sizes were too large for their space, and we were not getting enough value for the money we were spending.  Renegade doesn’t repeat workouts and we get a full workout that is always challenging.  We can sign up for classes that meet our schedules and class sizes are limited. The staff really gets to know you and is interested in helping you improve.

Do you do 1:1, classes, small group?  

Bootcamp classes for Sandra, Mark, Kaitlin.  Dana participated in the transformation program and was surprised by how strong she really is.  That class helped her lose weight and improve her confidence levels.


What is your favorite exercise, class or workout at Renegade

We are a family of strong legs.  Strength days are best and a variety of squats would be the favorite. This is the first time most of us have had exposure to barbells so that is part of the fun.

What have been able to accomplish since starting at Renegade that you never thought you’d be able to do? 

Deadlifting my weight.  Pull-ups. Running.  Seems there have been a number of surprises for all of us as we have gotten stronger.

What motivates you? 

We are a competitive bunch.  Doing a little better than the last set is motivating.  See changes in strength and fitness helps as well.

What is something about you that Renegade coaches and members may not yet know?
Mark ran with the Olympic torch in 1984 on its trip across the US. (In Eagan)

Sandra has been in all 50 states in the US.

Kaitlin won a baby race (crawling) when she was 10 months old.

Dana’s 10U fast pitch softball team went to Nationals (she was 9)

What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Renegade? 

Make the commitment. Those first classes will be hard but you are worth it so keep coming back.  Don’t be intimated by the equipment – the trainers are there to help and explain everything.

March 2018 Member of the Month

Name / nickname:   Jim Lundberg

Age : 60

What city do you live in? 

Apple Valley

When did you become a member of Renegade Fitness? 

Best I can remember is summer of 2012

How did you find out about Renegade Fitness?
Through a friend

What do you do for work, fun, etc?
I am the General Manager of Overhead Door Co.

For fun, I work out, run, build furniture, foodie, and wine connoisseur.

I have too many hobbies…

Why did you choose Renegade Fitness?
Initially choose Renegade to recover from a hamstring tear.

Do you do 1:1, classes, small group?
Started out doing 1:1s, now doing classes.

What is your favorite exercise, class or workout at Renegade?
Enjoy all of the classes, favorite probably Barbell Plus, or Renegade Strength.

What have been able to accomplish since starting at Renegade that you never thought you’d be able to do?
The Murphy Challenge.

What motivates you?
Every day is a God given gift; I strive to improve in everything I do every day.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Renegade? 

Keep at it, no changes happen overnight, it takes time to gain endurance and change your body. Being consistent is the secret to fitness, not only in exercise, but what you put into your body.

Renegade is a fun place, filled with motivated people.

February 2018 Member of the Month

Name / nickname :
Warren/Sugar Daddy

Anne/Sugar Momma

Age :
46

A real lady never tells

What city do you live in? 
Rosemount

When did you become a member of Renegade Fitness? 

Anne – May of 2010

Warren – in January of 2016

 How did you find out about Renegade Fitness? 
Anne – I had worked out with Ryan when he was a trainer at a larger gym. We started our family and I ended up leaving that gym. I took some time off and then when I was ready to go back, Ryan had started Renegade so I signed up with him.

Warren – I’m not a fan of large gyms.  Anne had been encouraging me to try it for several years.  With our schedules and the ages of our kids, it finally worked out.

What do you do for work, fun, etc?
Warren – I’m a customer success manager for SPS Commerce.  I enjoy long walks on the beach at sunset, quiet nights by the fire, and cuddling.
Anne – I am not sure who Warren is with when he is taking sunset walks on the beach or  cuddling, because it is not me. I am the VP of Product Development for a small software company. In my free time, I enjoy running, binge watching HGTV and I am learning to knit.

Why did you choose Renegade Fitness? 
Warren – Anne was already a member so we were hoping for a family discount…
Anne – I like the smaller class size and the variations in the workouts.

Do you do 1:1, classes, small group? 
Warren – boot camp classes, 3-5 days a week

Anne – boot camp 3 to 5 days a week but not in the same class as my husband. I find his sense of humor off-putting at 5am.
What is your favorite exercise, class or workout at Renegade?

Warren  – probably the Saturday morning class as it’s later in the morning and I don’t have to head to work afterwards.  Deadlifts.

Anne – Fatty Fridays, although my favorite is pull-ups because I like the shoulder definition.
What have been able to accomplish since starting at Renegade that you never thought you’d be able to do? 
Warren – be partnered up with my wife for a class.   Do unassisted pull-ups

Anne – get up early – before sunrise – 3 to 5 days a week. Run as much as I do, thanks to strength training, strength endurance workouts, HIIT.

What motivates you? 
Warren – I want to be active with our kids and be a good role model for continuing to exercise.   Family history of cancer, heart disease, and bi polar disorder so need to take better care of myself.

Right before my 41st birthday, I realized that I was getting heavier and just didn’t feel good about myself. I committed to eating better (not dieting, actually changing my eating habits) and exercising on a regular basis. It has been 4 years now and I have stuck with it. At this point, it seems like it would be a waste to give it up and go back to my old habits.

What is something about you that Renegade coaches and members may not yet know? 
Warren – Anne finds my jokes as annoying as the coaches do.

Anne – Warren and I are actually happily married. I may be annoyed by his jokes and choose not to be in his workout class but it’s a system that works.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Renegade? 

Warren – Be prepared to stick with it for at least 6 months.  The first three are a grind but after that, it becomes more fun.  The other folks in the classes are great.

Anne – It is tough at first but stick with it and you will be amazed at what you can do. I have found that the other people in class motivate me to push myself – run harder, lift heavier, get in more reps – and I really appreciate that.

January 2018 Member of the Month

Name / nickname :

Kelly Larson

Age :

29 (I mean 44)

What city do you live in?

Eagan

When did you become a member of Renegade Fitness? 

Spring of 2013 (I think but am not sure)

How did you find out about Renegade Fitness? 

One of my neighbors encouraged me to try a bootcamp style of workout with her at Renegade after she tried it previously and thought the workout was a good one.

What do you do for work, fun, etc?

I am the CFO of Summit Brewing Company in Saint Paul.  We have 3 kids in our family that keep us very busy with their active sports schedules so the “fun” generally involves transporting them to activities.

Why did you choose Renegade Fitness? 

I wanted to try a different workout other than distance running.  I had been running long distance for over 20 years and wanted to increase my strength, along with maintaining my running endurance.

Do you do 1:1, classes, small group? 

I usually attend Ryan’s 5 am class.

What is your favorite exercise, class or workout at Renegade?
Anything that is an endurance or metabolic class is one I enjoy.  I wish there were more handstands in our workouts as they are one of my favorites too.  I suck terribly at pull-ups and if the kettlebells were retired I would not be upset. 

What have been able to accomplish since starting at Renegade that you never thought you’d be able to do? 

I was pretty much clueless on muscle building exercise or form before starting at Renegade.  I think it is fantastic that I know what a proper snatch, goblet squat or turkish get-up is now.

What motivates you? 

I work a lot of hours and being able to unplug from work for 60 minutes and bust out an intense workout is what I need to mentally and physically stay focused.  I am terribly crabby if I don’t workout for more than two days (just ask my husband).

What is something about you that Renegade coaches and members may not yet know? 

Chuck Knoblauch hit a line drive foul ball that broke my elbow at a Twins game back in the late 1990’s.  I waited for a week to go to the doctor and get it checked out.  I ended up wearing a cast in August for six weeks.

OR

I was a pretty darn good basketball player back in my high school days.  I grew up playing 6 on 6 half court basketball in a small town in Northeast Iowa (Edgewood) where only the 3 offensive players could shoot and you were only allowed two dribbles.  Iowa (and Oklahoma) were the only states that played 6 on 6 basketball for years.  The schools in Iowa changed and switched to traditional format basketball in 1993.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Renegade? 

It is a great place to get a killer work out in a class setting.

December 2017 Member of the Month

Member spotlight questions for website

Name / nickname : Theresa

Age : 51

What city do you live in? 

Apple Valley

When did you become a member of Renegade Fitness? 

2015

How did you find out about Renegade Fitness?
My fried Introduced me to Renegade. Now she is an amazing coach and trainer at Renegade!

What do you do for work, fun, etc?
I have been a preschool teacher in Eagan for 16 years. I am a part-time Target employee. I love spending time with my kids and taking long walks with my dog. Over the past couple of years I have become more active in participating in the sport of Triathlons and mud runs. I don’t mind getting dirty and I love how the obstacles test your abilities.

Why did you choose Renegade Fitness?
I love the classes and small group atmosphere, the fact that each workout is different each day, the challenges, and the friendships. All of the coaches and trainers are amazing. They keep you motivated and constantly challenge us.

It’s a very encouraging place to be!

Do you do 1:1, classes, small group?
Classes/Small Group

What is your favorite exercise, class or workout at Renegade?
Renegade Bootcamp – Strength classes have been my core workouts. I have recently branched out and enjoy various classes, like barbell and the metcons.

What have been able to accomplish since starting at Renegade that you never thought you’d be able to do?
Un-assisted pull-ups! I can do 1 or 2 now. Recently I conquered the warped wall at the Rugged Maniac!!!

What motivates you?
I am a competitive person(mostly with myself). I like testing out my limits and challenging myself. Also, my mom is 75 and is in awesome physical shape! A lot of you are probably too young to remember that at one point gyms were men only. When Bally’s first opened the doors to women, my mom was one of the first in line. She has not stopped since. She is a testament to what fitness does for you. If I can be as beautiful and strong as she is at 75, well – that says it all.

What is something about you that Renegade coaches and members may not yet know?
I love the show Ninja Warrior! I secretly aspire to be the oldest female on the show. LOL!!!

What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Renegade? 

Have no Regrets! Push yourself and test your limits. Don’t be intimidated or afraid. Everyone starts at a different level of fitness. You will see results and be motivated to keep on going! You will feel great….physically, mentally and emotionally.

November 2017 Member of the Month

Name / nickname :  Kris

Age :  49

What city do you live in? Burnsville

When did you become a member of Renegade Fitness? December 2015

How did you find out about Renegade Fitness?  Through a friend

What do you do for work, fun, etc? I’m a third grade teacher.  In my free time I like to run, hike, travel, try new restaurants, and spend time with my family.

Why did you choose Renegade Fitness? I chose Renegade because of the personalized training that I get in small group classes. I had always been a member of a large fitness center and was looking for a way to improve and enhance my fitness.  Renegade was just what I was looking for!

Do you do 1:1, classes, small group? I do classes.

What is your favorite exercise, class or workout at Renegade?
My favorite class is Renegade Performance Boot Camp because it pushes me beyond what I ever thought I could do.  I have learned to like deadlifts and am amazed at how much stronger I’ve gotten throughout my workouts at Renegade.

 

What have been able to accomplish since starting at Renegade that you never thought you’d be able to do? I never thought that I’d be strong enough to increase the weight that I front squat.  With encouragement from my trainer and other classmates I have exceeded what I thought I could do.

 

What motivates you?  Seeing muscle definition when I look in the mirror and feeling stronger definitely motivates me, as well as working out in a positive environment where those around me push themselves and encourage others.  Having a trainer that pushes me past my comfort zone and believes in me is the biggest motivator!

What is something about you that Renegade coaches and members may not yet know? I have an identical twin sister.
 

What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Renegade?  Set up a good routine and stick with it.  Don’t give up, even when the going gets tough.  You’ll be amazed at what you can do.

October 2017 Member of the Month

Name / nickname : Chrsitian Puzder

Age : 42

What city do you live in?  Eagan

When did you become a member of Renegade Fitness? March 2017

How did you find out about Renegade Fitness? Internet search

What do you do for work, fun, etc? Responsible for Platfrom technologies at Thomson Retuers. I try to get on the bike 4/5 days a week in the summer, both road and mountain, but I focus on going fast at high power on the road. In the winter I train indoors using The Sufferfest training videos.

Why did you choose Renegade Fitness? I wanted to focus on growing muscles, as cycling is not a mass building exercise. After attempting to meet with various trainers in the area, Ryan returned my email on a Sunday, and met with me the following Monday. He seemed like an alright dude who knew what he was talking about, so I joined his 530a classes

Do you do 1:1, classes, small group? classes

What is your favorite exercise, class or workout at Renegade? Anything that is not running or pullups

What have been able to accomplish since starting at Renegade that you never thought you’d be able to do? Look good in a tight tee shirt. That’s what matters. At 42 when your wife of 18 years comments on the size of your arms after 3 weeks, you know you made the right decision. HOOHAH!

 

What motivates you? Success, beating something that previously beat me.

What is something about you that Renegade coaches and members may not yet know? Ryan and team do a great job of getting to know you as a person. I am not sure there is much Ryan doesn’t know about me. My affinity for pizza and gummi worms (not together) my passion for cycling, my vacation schedule. Its this customer service that makes Renegade enjoyable at 530a
 

What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Renegade? Be prepared to recover after your first day, jump in with both feet.

 

Name / nickname :  Kim Puzder

Age : 40

What city do you live in?  Eagan

When did you become a member of Renegade Fitness? 

March 2017. My husband and I were getting ready to go on a vacation – the longest we’ve ever been away from all 4 of our kids (4 days)- and we wanted to look HOT by the pools!!

How did you find out about Renegade Fitness? 

My husband, I think he found you via the interwebs.

What do you do for work, fun, etc?
I don’t have a job, officially. I’m MOM.  To 4 kids (13, 12, 7 & 6) a 4 month old puppy. And well, Christian, if it’s not too weird to call him one of my kids… Acts like one, anyway! In my free time I like to hike, read, cook (what I want to – not mac n cheese) and sleep!

Why did you choose Renegade Fitness? 
 My husband told me the small classes would be good for me 🙂

Do you do 1:1, classes, small group? 
I do the classes.

What is your favorite exercise, class or workout at Renegade?

Hiking! LOL!  I hate working out, I just like the results! I do like the challenge that Renegade brings to me. I’ve been a member of many clubs before and I’ve never had the small “family” style training where I feel like the trainers actually care about me getting stronger, not just finishing the class. The trainers, especially Ryan, pushes me every time I’m there.

What have been able to accomplish since starting at Renegade that you never thought you’d be able to do? 

Got nothing here… sorry. Getting stronger on my pull ups though. IF I can ever do an unassisted pullup, that will be my answer 🙂

What motivates you? 
Being thin and fit. Vacations, obviously 🙂.  Praise, though not necessarily verbally. I like a little competition, but not the way my husband CRAVES it. And judgement… I would like to be able to track my growth by having monthly fat-check visits and/or a recording system of the weight I’ve been able to lift/squat, etc. Make me afraid to fail at my numbers that you all will judge me for being worse than where I started.

What is something about you that Renegade coaches and members may not yet know? 

I want to learn how to swim as a form of exercise… do the whole flippy-push-off-at-the-end-of-the-pool thing. The only reason I hesitated on joining Renegade; there was no pool.

What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Renegade? 

Show up, eat right, get results.

 

September 2017 Member of the Month

 

 

Name: April

Age : 29

What city do you live in? Apple Valley

 

When did you become a member of Renegade Fitness? November 2017

 

How did you find out about Renegade Fitness? Google

 

Why did you choose Renegade Fitness?
 I knew that I would be pushed to take my fitness to the next level

 

What do you do for work, fun, etc?
For work – I’m a dentist

Fun – golf, rollerblading, camping, traveling, spending time with family and friends

 

Do you do 1:1, classes, small group?
I started out by doing 1 on 1 with Ryan and then joined up with classes about 6 months ago

 

What is your favorite exercise, class or workout at Renegade?
I love the Renegade Performance Boot Camp; I always get my butt kicked! My favorite exercise is probably Cleans.

 

What have been able to accomplish since starting at Renegade that you never thought possible?
I’ve gotten so much stronger since I started working out at Renegade. I had never been able to do a true push up and now can do multiple. My next goal to tackle is pull-ups!

 

What motivates you?
I have always strived for overall health and though diet is a huge component to achieving that, fitness in my opinion is just as important.

 

What is something about you that Renegade coaches and members may not yet know?
I have done the world’s highest commercial bungee jump in South Africa.
 

What advice would you give to someone just getting started at Renegade? 

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Everyone struggles with fitness, whether its getting started, finding the time, pushing through the soreness, getting stronger, running faster, or doing that one pull up you’ve never been able to do. No one’s perfect. However, it’s worth the struggle when you reach goals you’ve set for yourself. Achievement is such an amazing feeling.