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William Sturgeon

Jefe of Fitness, Owner

Saara Raappana

Gym Captain, Owner




Director of Sports Performance

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 & 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, Exercise Science, Southwest Mn State U

  • AAS in Health & Fitness, Alexandria Tech

  • Massage Therapy certification, Ridgewater Tech


Nat'l Strength & Conditioning Assn 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 Lev One & Two (OS II), Reflexive Performance Reset Lev One & Two (RPR), Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Dynamic Variable Resistance Training Lev One (DVRT) 

Saara was born & raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan & has worked as an editor, Peace Corps Volunteer, college English professor, & communications director for a poetry film company. She's received numerous awards & grants for her poetry & fiction. She's run marketing & communications for numerous commercial, non-profit, & literary orgs. 


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 adult life. She discovered a love for training, especially kettlebells. She soon started training to be a coach and became co-owner of Restored Strength in 2020.


  • BA in Human Development and English, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

  • MFA in poetry, University of Florida


National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer (NASM-CPT), Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification (HKC), Size Inclusive Fitness Specialist (SIFS)

Before relocating to Marshall, MN, Jen was the owner of Athlete First Strength & Conditioning in Arcata, CA where she developed & implemented programs for athletes ages 6-18. Jen also coached Olympic weightlifting, taking a number of youth and master athletes to local & national competitions. 


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 Mn State U


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)

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