I first heard about renegade from a friend a few months before I joined. I put off going because I didn’t want to go by myself. I had been doing some running and entering some 5ks on the weekends thinking I was doing OK. Well after I saw a picture from a turkey trot in November of 2012 I knew what I was doing wasn’t enough. So a week later I was at renegade by myself. I was nervous to say the least. I didn’t think I’d be able to keep up. Chris and Jen were great. They put me at ease and explained everything. The other members there were also very welcoming. I left that first session tired as hell, but I knew I was going back and I needed renegade.
Success for me can be measured a couple of ways. A number on the scale, lifestyle changes (which have changed a lot), and just feeling better
(more energy). Chris, Jen, and Craig have helped in my success. They push me to keep getting better. The challenges have had a big impact on me. They include both exercise and the equally important diet to help me get closer to my goals. Already ready for the next one!!! For me personally it has been a huge help having John join me at Renegade and on the challenges. We’re on the same page as far as what we’re eating and making the time to fit the workouts into our busy days. Until recently, we were able to work out together most days which was great. I miss working out with him but I know we’re both still working on our goals even if we’re not together.
How do I make time to exercise?
Simple, I just commit to it and schedule it. That’s “me” time. Sometimes it’s really hard to go if I’m working a lot of hours and it may not be my best effort for the week, but I’ve never left saying I wish I hadn’t gone. I always feel great afterwards!
Wow what a year makes, I remember the first time that I stepped foot into Renegade Fitness I took a look at myself one day and realized that I needed to do something. I had slowly put on some pounds over the years! Seeing myself in the mirror didn’t do my self esteem any good. So I started running and running and running. I even started doing 5k’s . Eventually Stacey and I were running together in our fitness center at work. We started completing 5k’s together and separately, I even started lifting weights in the gym. I lost a few pounds and started to see some results; I read some of the popular fitness magazines and started a few of the routines I found within the articles, again seeing some results, but not knowing yet how my nutrition could be impacting everything and speeding up the progress. In October of 2013, Stacey invited me to a Renegade Halloween Charity workout. At first I thought ‘OK I’m running and lifting, so this will be a piece of cake.’ Yeah right! It was just the challenge I needed! During that time Stacey had been participating in a nutrition group at Renegade. I kinda participated behind the scenes as to support Stacey but with no real commitment. I found it was easy to cheat and not have any “consequences” right away. Well needless to say I didn’t give it my all, and we didn’t get the results we wanted.
Shortly after she talked me into doing a trial membership with Renegade, and I joined in on an upcoming nutrition challenge. That was one on the better decisions of my fitness life!!! During that first challenge both Stacey and I lost fat, toned up, and came a away with some great nutritional knowledge. After that challenge was complete I was hooked! I loved the exercises, the recipes, and the people in the Group Training Sessions. I especially love that Stacy and I are now on the same page together physically, mentally and nutritionally.
We just completed our second challenge and again we were able to see not only weight loss, but I also dropped a pant size, have even more definition, and I was able to drop some vises in my diet. Some days it’s hard to get motivated especially after a long day of work. Sometimes I work twelve hours days, but knowing how much better I feel after a great workout keeps me going back again and again.
I still have some goals for myself. One, is to get into the teens on my body fat percentage. Second, to climb the peg board, and third to keep learning all I can. I have also learned how important form is, so I want to keep improving on my technique and abilities. I believe that with the help from the Renegade fitness team, and my very special partner Stacy that I will be able to achieve any goal I set.
Thanks again for not only pushing my during my training sessions, but making it fun, and teaching that it’s not a diet, rather it’s a lifestyle. Keep those burpees coming:)
The leading cause of death in Fire Fighters today is not by fire or smoke, it’s by heart attack. Unhealthy lifestyles are common findings in every firehouse. High stress, long hours, sleepless nights, ungodly physical and mental demands, and unhealthy eating habits make a firefighter’s job even more difficult. There isn’t a day that goes by that we don’t see patients and coworkers with serious health problems that could have been prevented. That is why four of your Sylvania Fire Fighters turned to Chris and Jen at Renegade Fitness. We are pushed every day to make ourselves healthier, faster, stronger, and more flexible; to be able to do the job better. To make our career AND personal lives better. Chris and Jen have helped us learn the true importance of tough workouts, healthier eating, and setting goals. When the alerts go off and we have to rush into action to fight fire, rescue victims, carry family members down three flights of stairs while performing CPR, or be able to make it through our own careers without injury or death, we have Jen and Chris at Renegade Fitness to thank for pushing us hard and demanding our very best, every single day. “It will hurt. It will require sacrifice. It will be difficult. But in the end, the goal is worth it”. Thanks Chris and Jen.
Sincerely, your Sylvania Firefighters,
Lt. Mike Szafarowicz
Firefighter Paramedic Mike Sobb
Lt. Steve Kahan
Firefighter Paramedic Craig Koperski