Run, Lift, Climb, Overcome! The Ultimate Fitness Run
The CoreFit Ultimate Fitness Run is a race for everyone. Break up the running by throwing in obstacles requiring both grit and strength and you will find yourself completing your most exciting race yet. Start and finish the race as a fun adventure knowing you will get through the course completing our obstacles or take on the alternatives offered. Those in it to win it can sign up in our competitive division where you will be held to the standards as you find out where your fitness levels stand as the Ultimate Fitness Athlete demonstrating both endurance and strength.
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It was January, 2011 and I ached all over -- my neck, legs, shoulders, and especially my back. I felt pain every time I got out of a chair or out of bed. I didn’t feel energetic about anything, not even my lifelong, low stress hobbies of sewing, shopping or even traveling. My memory was failing, too. Names, places, words would just escape me. January 2011 had come along and I knew I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to gather just enough courage to give it one more hurrah. A friend of mine had been seeing a trainer, Kurt Salquist, and she had finally beaten back her insulin needs and was no longer diabetic. I thought this would be it, one more attempt to lose the weight. The results I’ve experienced in only 7 months amaze me. My weight has gone from 161 to 139 pounds, I have lots of energy and have become a lot stronger. Not only did I gain some definition in my arms and legs, but all of my aches and pains went away. I can do push-ups (REAL push-ups!) boxing, deep squats, lift weights, and even run for the first time in my 64 years! I’ve gone from a size 16 to an 8. I’ve never worn an 8 before, except in shoes! My energy level is higher and it’s consistent all day long – I never feel those late afternoon ‘crashes’ anymore, even on the days of an intense workout. Now I have enough energy to work out with Kurt and then mow our acre-big lawn! It feels good to be tired from a hard workout, and I don’t feel spent. My memory and alertness have also improved and I feel more present in my everyday life. My goal is to complete the Wunder Woman Triathlon on August 21 in Medical Lake. Kurt has me doing things I never dreamed I could do, such as swimming laps, bicycling, and running in intervals. But my biggest surprise has been that the more I do, the easier it is to do it. For example, on my 15-lap swim, the first 5-6 laps were scary, agonizing, exhausting, and doubtful. The middle five were just to get them done, but the last five were strong and relaxed, with a slower heartbeat, and my best times! He makes me think I can do this. My only regret is that I waited so long to get started. I think everyone should work out with Kurt. He has a specific plan for each person and he has the uncanny ability to know just what is needed each day for each person. molly-bike2.jpg Kurt is the smartest, toughest, most serious, and considerate trainer you will ever find. He has changed my life and I’m sure he can change yours. Do not wait as long as I did! Thank you, Kurt. -- Molly Destefano I'm proud to say Molly has finished her first ever Triathlon, Wunder Women 2011 since this testimonial was written!
I had tried for a couple of years to lose the weight I had gained by not eating right or working out, but just could not do it. My blood pressure was so high I was having headaches daily and my doctor wanted to put me on several medications. I started working out with Kurt and lost 15% body fat and more than 20 pounds of fat! I am in the best shape of my life and do not have to take medication. I have Kurt to thank for that. It's amazing how when you do what your trainer tells you to do, the pounds fall off. I would definitely recommend working out with Kurt to meet your fitness and health needs!
First and foremost, it starts with you. You have to want to make a change. It's not something you can half ass and expect to see drastic changes. You have to understand that you spent a lot of time getting out of shape and its going to take a lot of time and commitment to get to where you want to be. Once I wrapped my head around that and also having my best friend call and ask me to be her maid of honor, I was finally ready to make that change. And it has been one that has changed my life. Second of all, you need Kurt as your trainer. I have played sports at a collegiate level and can honestly say that I have never pushed myself as hard as I have since joining Corefit and Kurt is the main reason for that. There are days where you are so challenged mentally to get through a workout where you want to give up and that's why you need Kurt in your corner. He isn't someone that goes through the motions and tells you what you should do. He is someone who has done the workout you are trying to complete, he follows the diet that you need to follow, and when you are injured or sore, he always has something modified you can do to keep moving....whether you want to or not :). I started Corefit in February of 2013. I needed to lose weight by August for my best friend's wedding, and was also finally fed up of being overweight and out of shape. After my first workout I was hooked and knew this is where I wanted to be and haven't stopped since. By the time the wedding came around, I had lost 60 pounds and people didn't even recognize me anymore. More importantly, almost 2 years later, I have kept the weight off. What I have learned about nutrition and taking care of injuries has been enlightening. I am stronger than I have ever been and the confidence I have in myself to complete anything I set my mind to has been empowering on every level. It doesn't matter how old you are, how much weight you want to lose, or whatever your goal is, there is nothing like the feeling you get when you complete a workout that you thought you had no chance of finishing. Sometimes that in itself is the goal....just finishing the workout in front of you. And once you realize you can attain what you thought was impossible, anything that is put in front of you becomes possible.
To those who wish to pursue their fitness goals, whatever they may be, Kurt Salquist is the man to go to. I have been training with him for three full years. I can honestly say that without his training programs, I would not be the athlete I am today. Like Emmit Smith said, “All men are created, some work harder in preseason.” Being a hockey player, my summers are spent every day in Kurt’s gym preparing for the long season ahead. Hockey is a sport that without the proper preparation, injuries often occur and seasons go to waste. Off-ice training is just as important as on-ice training nowadays because the pace of the game gets faster and faster each year. I have participated in many hockey camps and each time the coaches there tell me that I was the most prepared physically and mentally out of any group. Kurts training will test you physically and mentally to the point that you want to give up, but he’s always right there pushing you to finish. He’s the most passionate trainer, and is fully dedicated to seeing me succeed on and off the ice. Kurt will make sure that you meet your goals, and blow past them. He has made me more ambitious than I have ever been in my life. Don’t show up to a session with him without knowing that you are going to be better than yesterday. In high school I was the typical skinny kid that just couldn’t gain weight and couldn’t hold my own on the ice. I was barely 150 pounds. When I met Kurt I didn’t know what to expect. That first summer I spent with Kurt changed my life. I started to take hockey seriously and looked at it as a job. That summer I gained 15 pounds and had a new found confidence. I went into my senior year season for the Coeur D’ Alene Thunder knowing that I was working harder than any opponent I was facing. I reached my goals that season, carrying my team as a captain to the organizations first ever USA Hockey National Championships birth, and an offer to play back east the following season. The 2010 summer was another win for me because I continued to gain weight and became a better athlete than before. I went to Bridgton Academy the fall of 2010 and went through the toughest preseason team workouts I have ever had. But I was ready. I’m not a cocky person but I tore up the workouts. Throughout that year there, everyone knew that I was game-ready every day. That season I received the “Unsung Hero” team award as being “A person who quietly gives 100%” and I owe that to Kurt. This past year I spent playing Junior A for the Trenton Habs, something that I never thought I could do before I trained with Kurt. He spent that summer training me harder than I ever had before. I wrote out personal goals that I wanted to achieve that season, and each one of them I reached. I started every game, was a league all-star, and achieved the goal I set forth when I first started with Kurt, a college hockey offer. In these past three years, I have gained over 40 pounds of muscle and became a serious athlete. I cannot stress enough how crucial training with Kurt has been in my pursuit for success over the years. THANK YOU KURT