you were born to be fit
As a baby, you couldn't even hold your own head up. Then, within about a year, you could pull your entire body upright and WALK. That’s *amazing.*
How did you do it? Not with hours of cardio. Not with leg day or arm day or chest day. You didn’t beat yourself up for eating the “wrong” thing. You just kept moving your whole body. You fell and got up again. Sometimes you rested. Each day you got closer to your goal. You kept at it consistently because it was WORTH IT. Plus, so many people were rooting for you!
Yet it seems the fitness industry often wants us to go for quick, extreme methods: 30 days to rock-hard abs, 90 days of crazy cardio, 21 days to fit. These methods might get us results in the short-term—and we say *might* because if you’re like us, you make it through three days of sweaty flailing and painful joints and then give tf up—but for most of us, we’re right back to where we started within a month or two. And we often attribute these setbacks to a lack of discipline or our own aging bodies. It’s inevitable, we say. We’re lazy. We’re getting old.
You’re older now, but the basic principles of living in a human body are the same as when you were first learning to walk: get a goal, work toward that goal consistently, and accept help. Don’t make yourself miserable—few of us are masochistic enough to keep doing stuff that sucks—but do challenge yourself.
At Restored Strength, we believe in you, and we’ve developed a supportive, science-grounded system called SMART Community Fitness to help you reach your goals in fun, sustainable ways.
SMART : The SMART Fitness Method is all about finding the best exercises and doing them in the best order and with the best frequency to maximize the time you spend in the gym. Each training session is designed to strengthen your whole body while building mobility, cardiovascular capacity, and endurance. You’ll be sweaty at the end, but you won’t feel broken down or exhausted—our training sessions are designed to make you feel energized and great about all the cool stuff you can do!
Community : At Restored Strength, you’re surrounded by like-minded people who want you to succeed! From our coaches who are excited to guide and support you to our members who are here to greet you, commiserate, joke around, and (social-distantly) high-five you, you’ll feel welcomed, supported and celebrated.
Fitness : Fitness isn’t just about looking good. It’s about being able to move your body with strength, grace, and energy, no matter your size, age, or injuries. It’s about being able to roll around on the floor with your kids or grandkids, to go for a long hike without feeling winded, to run up and down the stairs to the laundry room without worrying about hurting your knee, to wake up feeling your best. Looking good is just a bonus.
By using our systems to change your nutrition + lifestyle habits and our S.M.A.R.T. sessions to build muscle + mobility while losing fat, you won’t just see results in the mirror—your whole life will improve. You’ll feel better in your body—and about your body. You’ll be able to do things you’d given up on—or things you’d never been able to do at all!
Your body was made to move and be strong. You’ve got all the tools. Let us show you how to use them!
Head Coach, Owner
William grew up in Granite Falls, MN. He didn’t get involved with any physical activity until he was 18, and he didn't get serious about training until he was in his early 20s. William has been a certified personal trainer since 2014. His background in training has changed throughout the years, from body building to powerlifting and other modalities of training. His focus on training now revolves around a holistic approach that syncs all aspects of health and fitness together.
William, an RKC team leader, publishes articles regularly on exercise and fitness in places like Dragon Door and our website. He also spent a year working as a Rehab Specialist in a chiropractic rehab setting where he found a new love for rehab and therapeutic exercise.
BS in Exercise Science, Southwest Minnesota State U
AAS in Health & Fitness, Alexandria Technical Community College
Massage Therapy certification, Ridgewater Technical College (in progress)
National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT), Russian Kettlebell Certification Level One & Two (RKC II), RKC Team Leader, Functional Movement Screen Level One & Two (FMS II), Natural Movement Coach Level One, Two, & Three (MCT III), Original Strength Coach Level One & Two (OS II), Reflexive Performance Reset Level One & Two (RPR), Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Dynamic Variable Resistance Training Level One (DVRT)
Gym Captain, Owner
Saara was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and has worked as an editor, Peace Corps Volunteer, college English professor, and communications director for a poetry film company. She's received numerous awards and grants for her poetry and fiction writing. She's run marketing and communications for numerous commercial, non-profit, and literary organizations.
She didn't work out for most of her life because a) she hated it because b) she injured herself every time she did it. In 2017, she started working out at Restored Strength and within three weeks was pain-free for the first time in her life. She discovered a love for training--especially with kettlebells. She soon started working for Restored Strength, started training as a coach, and now is a co-owner.
BA in Human Development and English, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
MFA, University of Florida
Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification (HKC). Saara is also currently pursuing the NASM-CPT
Before relocating to Marshall, MN, Jen was the owner of Athlete First Strength & Conditioning in Arcata, CA where she developed and implemented programs for athletes ages 6-18. Jen also coached Olympic weightlifting, taking a number of youth and master athletes to local and national competitions. Jen has trained everyone from K-12 athletes to law enforcement/ SWAT officers.
The cornerstone of Jen’s training & coaching philosophy is that character, hard work, and consistency drive success. She received an athletic scholarship to play four years of intercollegiate basketball for the “Lumberjacks" and was an NSCA Strength and Conditioning All American. Jen is currently pursuing her teaching license and competes in Olympic weightlifting at a National level.
BS in Kinesiology, Humboldt State University
BEd, Physical Education/DAPE, Southwest Minnesota State U (in progress)
National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). USA Weightlifting Level 1 Performance Coach, International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) Youth Fitness Specialist, Functional Movement Screen (FMS)