Barbell Testimonials

“Competitive Edge has been the single best decision I have made about my personal fitness. The difference? The phenomenal coaching. I didn’t realize the benefits of having a coach until I experienced it for myself. The coaches are on a mission to reveal the inner athlete in everyone – whatever their age.  At 38, I’m the strongest, healthiest, and leanest that I have ever been. As a mother of three and working 40+ hours per week at the hospital, Competitive Edge is my daily dose of “Barbell Medicine” and makes me better in every aspect of life. Stronger is better.” Amber Norbeck, KRH Pharmacist

I’ve been doing CE for a year and a half.  After 6 years of declining bone density despite taking prescribed medication my doctor told me that I was the kind of person that will tend to get frail as I age, and that the only thing that could turn that around is to lift heavy weights.  Most importantly, by doing CE my bone density has remained stable though I no longer take medication.  I also enjoy the companionship and inspiration of the other CE members seeking to improve and maintain their health.  The trained instructors keep a watchful eye on our form which helps make even heavy lifting safe…..  “Don’t call me Frail!!” - Janette Braaten

I feel so fortunate to have discovered Competitive Edge-Barbell! It has really changed my life. The chronic pain I used to suffer with has drastically improved. With emphasis on form and proper muscle recruitment, barbell has helped me find my true “core” strength. I can tolerate so much better those activities like driving in the car and sitting at the computer which used to bother me after too long. I love the variety of workouts and how the exercises aren’t random but are carefully chosen. Finally, I love the sense of community. I have met so many people that I never would have met otherwise and I am thankful to be part of this program. It has been empowering to accomplish things I no longer thought were possible, like doing unassisted chin-ups and learning to snowboard at age 38. Stronger really is better!” — Leslie Washburn, KRH PA

"I joined the Summit several months ago and I was very interested in the Competitive Edge classes. I had the opportunity to participate in the 8 week barbell class. I'm very impressed with the professionalism of the instructors. Their knowledge and expertise is top notch. My strength and endurance has drastically improved in only a short time period. I'm hooked!!! I am now starting my second 8 week class and very excited to see more improvement with my personal fitness. I encourage anyone who is looking to get fit or just looking for a great challenge to start one of the Competitive Edge classes." – Rick Mehring

"I am a full-time professional, mother of a special needs toddler, and wife.  Like most women, I put all of those things ahead of myself.  My weight never came down after having my son, I was feeling sluggish, and low self-esteem was affecting me both personally and professionally.  I joined Competitive Edge to lose weight.  In 5 months of Competitive Edge Barbell I have lost 22 pounds of fat and 6 inches off my abdomen, but what I have gained is so much more valuable.  Competitive Edge has become a positive outlet for stress, taught me what my body is truly capable of, and shifted my focus from thin to fit.  I have more energy, a dramatically improved range of motion, and a renewed confidence in both my physical and mental abilities.  The small group personal training environment is the perfect mix of personalization, accountability, and fun.  The Competitive Edge trainers and other program participants are always there with a smile and encouraging word.  I still have work to do to meet my physical and fitness goals but I am so much more confident that I will get there.  This program truly has given me a competitive edge." – Holly Williams

"I just wanted to share a sweet moment this morning:  my 16 year old son, Ryan, remarked (out of the blue) that I looked stronger & leaner.  Halleluiah!  - Something’s changing.  Thanks CE – that’s a first month-halfway mark- happy moment that will keep me moving forward in Barbell 1 training.
Thanks for your program and excellent coaching… 
Now I’m gonna hobble down the stairs because my glutes & hams are sore – lol!
Big Scary goal: complete a triceps pushup (down & UP) by April 1st.
" - Deb Harding (since then Deb has CRUSHED this goal)

"After coming through a diagnosis of cancer, I wanted and needed to feel in control again. I was running regularly, but weight training kind of scared me because I had never done it before. I was really nervous about doing it “right”. The Competitive Edge program at The Summit, and specifically the Competitive Edge coaches, walked me through everything; starting with the very basics. They ensured that I used proper form and technique from the beginning. My sense of empowerment from those incremental weight increases is astonishing. The strength, confidence and discipline I gain with every class is a gift to me and my health." – Leann Speakman, KRH RN

I used to dread and avoid lifting weights because I was not confident that I knew what I was doing and was afraid of hurting myself. I also thought it was totally boring. Barbell 1 has changed my perspective. First of all, it’s fun working out with other people. Kyle, the trainer, has provided the knowledge and coaching to raise my confidence and lower my fear. And the personalized workouts provide a path for me to keep progressing. I’m recommending the class to my friends.” – Jeanette Houghtelling, KRH RN

“I was introduced to Competitive Edge in March, 2016, and simply put, it has been the best investment I have made for my health.  What started out as a polite recommendation to enroll in a barbell class from a fitness coach during my initial “Wellness” evaluation has become my little “Happy Place” where, twice a week, I look forward to challenging myself and seeing the immediate (“Yay, I lifted that!”) as well as downstream   (i.e. replacing 5 lbs of fat with muscle! ) returns  of my sweat equity.  For me, there are fewer things more gratifying than experiencing first-hand how I evolved from attempting a push up with “wet-noodle”- like arms that could barely lift me up--- to actually being able to do coach-approved reps after a few months!  Being strong can definitely fire up not only one’s metabolism but also self-confidence like nothing else, and the stronger I became, the easier every activity I did became as well , be it hiking or biking. The idea of training all of the muscle groups simultaneously is as much of a mental as it is a physical endeavor, and having a small-group setting with excellent coaches making sure we do so properly and safely has been invaluable.  As an endocrinologist,  I have for years  advocated  engaging in  non-specific  “exercise”   to my patients ad nauseum;  now I can personally  endorse how empowering strength-training can be for their health and well-being (and skinny jeans!) .  I have a long way to go myself, but as that famous movie with you know who goes, “I’ll be back” (to the Summit)!” Dr. Irene Feria, KRH Endocrinologist 

"I started Barbell in September of 2017. It has been a year requiring patience; between learning form and technique and allowing time for muscle growth. In the process, I have learned a very important lesson about Barbell. I have learned to trust the coaches and the workout programs they have created for me and many others to help us become stronger and better. They have helped me set and achieve challenging yet attainable goals and have encouraged me to continue my strength training. All of this while having fun and creating lasting friendships with those around me who enjoy this awesome thing we call training!" - Kallie Woods, KRH RN

"After suffering for over 30 years with back pain and weakness, which led to progressive overall physical weakness and weight gain, it was recommended that I do more physical activity to strengthen my core and to improve overall fitness.  Competitive Edge Barbell training provided me with a structured method of regaining overall mobility and improving personal confidence.  I’m now addicted to the classes and have built great friendships and a support network, with my fellow barbell classmates, to continue to achieve greater levels of fitness!” - Whitney Casey, KRH Collaborative Services Coordinator

"“I recently had my annual health screening at work and they track all data in my account so I can see health trends. My weight is almost the same it was 4 years ago, but my body fat percent has gone down 6% with a sharp drop from March 2017 to now. What happened in the past year ???? BARBELL happened! Yay me!” - Julie Robertson, FVCC Professor, Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Running, biking and Nordic skiing are my passions. I have been aware for a long time of the critical need for weight training. I worked the weights without a specific plan or coaching, with limited success. When I saw a runner friend in barbell, I asked about the class. After a enthusiastic referral I signed up. My goals were strength training of opposing muscle groups, core strength and instruction to avoid injury! I was in good condition, but the class kicked conditioning up a notch or two. There hasn't been any burn out as the programs change regularly.
The three coaches are superb in the attention to form, encouragement and enthusiasm. I can only assess the effect on my running and biking at this time, the same hills both in running and biking aren't as tough and downhill running is much improved due to balanced leg conditioning.
Can't wait for ski season!
” - Mike Fraser, avid outdoorsman