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Gwen Grasdal

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I’ve had a gym membership on and off since my first year at University. Due to my husband’s employment demands we never stayed in one place long enough to see anything to the finish. As time went on and the number of moves multiplied, it became easier to grab fast food or heat up things out of boxes and call it food. The weight kept adding up over the years until I became frustrated with it all. I lost some of it in 2006, but then we moved again and I had to start over. After 12 moves I got a membership at Wrench Fitness in November of 2010.

I knew I needed help so I started training with Reg every week. He helped me to understand how hard you really had to work – I didn’t like to get sweaty. I started out training 3 days a week and then quickly moved to 4 or 5 and added a meal plan. I learned to feed myself and my family with food made from ingredients not boxes. Over the next 2 years I lost 45 pounds and got stronger. I ran three 5k’s and settled into a routine that put my health first.

I started working at Wrench in January 2013 and started studying to become a certified fitness trainer soon after. I wanted to be able to help myself, my family, and the people who came into the gym. I watched my first powerlifting competition in June 2014 and got busy training to compete myself. I won a gold medal at the Provincial championships in 2014 and haven’t looked back since. I’ve competed at 4 events and won three gold and one silver. Each time I’ve competed, I have increased my personal score by paying attention to training and diet.

Powerlifting has given me a new reason to come to the gym every day. Getting strong and healthy are still my main goals, but lifting heavy things, competing, and trying to be better than last time just makes it more fun. I am happy to add that this has become a family affair for me – both my adult children are competitive powerlifters now as well. We have several meets coming up and ultimately we are training to compete at the CPU Nationals in February 2016.

Being nearly 50 and stronger than I was at 20 is a great feeling. I am making my life better now and in the future as well. I still have a coach and believe most people need help to get started, to keep it exciting, or to help meet new goals.

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"I joined Wrench Fitness to increase my overall physical health.  Once I met the owner Reg Lepage I knew it was not like any other gym I had ever been to.  The atmosphere was very inviting, not intimidating and everyone is very friendly.  Reg is always there if I had any concerns or helpful tips that I needed.  The gym its self is very clean and organized - everything you need to maximize your fitness goals.  My goal is to be at the best physical shape of my life by the time I reach 40 and I’m well on my way thanks to Wench Fitness."
-Laurie Sochaski
Member Since October 5th 2009