Better known as "baldo"
Back Squat 385#
Front Squat 305#
Overhead Squat 235#
Push Press 235#
Power Clean 245#
Weighted Pull up 106#
Box Jump 56”
100 m dash - 11.1
200 m dash - 21.56
*Very few of these numbers really mean anything to me; they are but a reference. Numbers do not reflect who I am. I stopped talking about numbers and started living my life.
I started Vitality initially to train like-minded individuals, and family members. The gym has organically grown into something I never expected it to be.
Some individuals come to the gym from other gyms, some individuals come out of necessity, some come over weight, and some come using the gym as their vessel. No one in the gym experiences the same thing, but everyone leaves understanding what I want:
- Hard work
- Desire for adventure
I know that fitness means something different to everyone. I know that fitness is ever evolving – as it should be. I challenge myself mentally and physically. I do this to have a better understanding of myself and of life. I suggest you do the same.
Better known as "bertums"
Front Squat 245#
Push Press 210#
Power Clean 215#
Weighted Pull up 96#
Box Jump 53”
Half Marathon: 1:31:25
500 m row: 1:29:09
2,000 m row 7:05
Portland Marathon 10/09/11 – 3:16:07
TJ Bottom and I have had an ongoing relationship for roughly 10 years. We often saw one another at local gyms lifting and such. Conversations about training together were few and far between, but he approached me in March of 2010 seeking a facility in which to train. He had been to other facilities and strength trained on his own, but had not yet really found a place in which he deemed home. He entered Vitality with an open mind, and a desire to work. Since then, TJ has helped me and many others find a much-needed outlook on life, and training.
Being product of an active upbringing TJ has been engaged in sports since the age of 3 (skiing/snowboarding, basketball, surfing and swimming), but has found himself most active in mountain sports: snowboarding, hiking, and trail running. He has been employed and immersed in the Action Sports Industry for 12 years, working with Burton Snowboards, Analog, and Volcom to name a few brands. In doing so, he has had the opportunity to engage in sport around the world and continues to venture out in search of new adventures.
Much of what TJ has done this past year is accredited to his efforts lifting and practicing functional fitness. He is trained to first mentally prepare himself for whatever he does; this preparedness allows him to excel at whatever he wants to do.
TJ has a great outlook on life, and a strong work ethic both inside and outside of the gym. Asked about his training philosophy, TJ replies “Anyone can pick weights up and put them down, and anyone can move them. But altering your perception towards yourself and your life, which translates into meeting your physical goals, be them aesthetic or performance-based is primary. My interest lies in unlocking the mind. The body always follows.” Because of this philosophy, TJ has set goals for himself for the year of 2011 that are both fun, and challenging. TJ has great absolute strength in many facets, but has chosen to stray away from heavy lifting to run and cross train – with staying healthy as his primary goal.
- Written by – Chase Evans
Better known as "big steve"
5,000 m row: 18:06
2,000 m row: 6:45
1,000 m row: 3:06
500 m row: 1:22
Back squat: 365#
Bench press: 345#
Max dead lift: 500#
50 burpee-pullups: 6:01
10:00 airdyne test: 306 calories
1:00 airdyne test: 68 calories.
Steve and I have been friends for over ten years. Our fitness goals were always drastically different from one another’s. Steve had a nickname: “Big Steve,” and for good reason. He is built like a freight train. He never expressed a problem with being bigger, and never seemed uneasy about being overweight. That was his life, his reality. Several years ago during “the bodybuilding phase” I joined Steve at our local gym for weight training sessions. Once he stepped foot in a gym he never looked back. He built a habit from scratch; unlike anyone I know: training 5-7 days a week at 5:00 am before work. His goal was to look awesome and that was about it. He informed himself, he coached himself, and created diet plans all to increase size.
Before creating Vitality I asked Steve if he would want to check it out, and without hesitation he responded with, “oh fa-sho man.” Back then, the gym consisted of nothing more than a bare concrete floor, a row machine, some ropes, three kettle-bells, and dimming lights. Steve walked into the gym weighing 307 lbs. His first workout consisted of body weight squats, lunges, and then a circuit of kb swings and burpees. I remember his face during the first round: a look of panic. After a short trip to the restroom he returned with a look of determination. He finished his first day, and has not stopped progressing since.
His attitude and commitment to Vitality matches mine. He loves a mental challenge, and he physically changes everyday. While he may have never thought about running before, I have required Steve to pick up the sport – initially for conditioning and weight loss. Since starting to run he has developed a passion for the sport. Steve’s ambition, happiness, and approach to fitness and life match the definition of Vitality through and through.
-Written by – Chase Evans
Weight: 155 lbs.
Max dead lift: 405# (post broken back)
Max front squat: 295# (post broken back)
Max power clean: 215# (post broken back)
Box jump: 54″
5,000 m row: 18:26
2,000 m row: 6:52
1,000 m row: 3:18
500 m row: 1:29
Ryan has been an active part of Vitality since March 2010. His dedication to fitness and growth is indescribable. His drive, focus, and mental capacity are like non other I have seen. Even after reconstructive surgery on his knee, and an unfortunate skydiving accident resulting in a broken back he has come back to crush any goal I set for him. Ryan’s brain does not allow for stagnation, so his future plans are ever evolving.
Ryan is a national champion skydiver. He is a professional skydive instructor with over 5,000 jumps and countless hours in the wind tunnel. His main focus this year will be competing in national skydiving events, and hopefully world’s. Even with most of his attention driven towards those goals he still finds time to run, bike, and swim, which will allow him to participate in his first sprint distance triathlon the summer of 2011.
Ryan had this to add, “while blossoming into an American consumer, I played football, baseball, wrestled, power lifted and crushed hella track. Skydiving consumes most of my time. I recently transitioned from work/fun jumping to pro competition. As an individual I am committed to doing anything which sets me apart from what I’m told to be. I loathe authority and question everything and everyone. If I’m told something is status quo, you’ll generally find me doing the opposite. Most of all I question myself. Can I go beyond the pain threshold established by my brain? Can I extinguish burning anxiety? I am committed to finding out.
My future plans are to do whatever my brain resists. Dan Dennett said, “the only meaning of life worth caring about is one which resists our best efforts at examining it.” I want to examine the parts of myself which my brain, body and will resist being examined. Hopefully in the end I will find meaning to my life.”
Better known as “piss pants”
Favorite treat: 6-pound Costco bucket of Red Vines
What can I say about Jeremy Jones that hasn't already been said by one of his close friends, or any other person who has encountered him? I started watching Jeremy in a Mack Dawg film “Technical Difficulties” This inspired me at an adolescent age, along with a few friends to hike up the Wasatch and build our own kickers. This, in retrospect allows me to really appreciate what he has been doing for such a long time. After 20 years Jeremy is still putting out unbelievable video parts, year after year.
Jeremy started exercising with us after a long hiatus from gym work. Within a month it seemed as if he had taken little time off, and with a few minor adjustments he was back on his game. His presence exudes success and hard work and radiates within the Vitality family. Jeremy's commitment to the gym has been nothing short of outstanding considering his daily obligations with snowboarding, his family, traveling, riding and building motorcycles, and skateboarding.
Better know as “the boss”
Favorite treat: anything baked
Seth came to the gym to gain general strength and to become well conditioned as a whole. Seth has been producing video parts as a snowboarder for over 20 years. In his early years as a professional, fitness maintenance was not really as much a concern as it surely is now. His sport requires a lot of hiking, plenty of power for jumping on his shred stick, and a substantial amount of body awareness. All of those aspects of fitness are incorporated into his program throughout the warmer months, and in return I have the privilege to watch him do his thing at the end of the season on the big screen.
Seth is one stoic individual. Regardless of what is set in front of him his attitude is always the same: “get it done, and get it done right.” He is always the first to start a new round, lay him self out, get back up, and repeat. I have only been in the mountains with him a few times, but every time I'm amazed at what he does. Whether it be hiking Mt. Olympus, or hiking to “the spot” he has an agenda to get there quickly leaving me short of breath, and humbled.
Outside of snowboarding for Volcom and Giro, you can find Seth building and riding motorcycles, skateboarding at any one of the parks throughout the valley, completing the Stansbury Triathlon with his brothers Kody and Ben, or playing around with his little boy Mason. Seth takes charge of anything he sets out to do, and in the gym is no different. He is a great member of the Vitality family.
One of the greatest aspects of Seth is his desire to change his approach to the season - going into the season a little lighter, or perhaps with a better diet, or incorporating a good warm up before hitting a kicker. Seth challenges me to be a better coach. He has the curiosity to ask questions and obtains the wisdom to give answers. He has taught me to think outside of my linear thinking patterns, which has only forced better coaching on my end. In the long run Seth has adopted a solid stretching regimen, forced him self to maintain a proper exercising schedule during his off season, and with the exception of the occasional pizza and hamburger-blowout has tightened up his diet pretty well.
Shout out to the boss!
Better known as “stu”
Favorite treat: McFlurry plus Oreos post race after not eating dairy for 90 days.
Pumpkin Man Half Ironman 2012 – 6:00:13
Echo Olympic Distance Triathlon 2012 – 2:30:25
Jordanelle Olympic Distance Triathlon 2012 – 2:29:58
Yuba Olympic Distance Triathlon 2012 – 2:48:40
Emigration Hill Climb 2012 – 27:40
Stuart Anderson is much more than just another triathlete. Stuart started with a foundation similar to mine: lots of lifting workouts to prepare for the triathlon season, and then finishing days with 10x10 back squats @ body weight, or 10x10 bench press @ body weight. This seemed to be an appropriate workload for an upcoming event. After a long enough time showing up to races with the hopes of merely completing the event, Stuart called me and asked if I could steer him in a new direction.
Stuart and I raced in the same races, we both finished with similar times, and similar placement. The real difference is that I was not willing to do what Stuart has done - and completely remove myself from the gym in order to fully succeed in the sport of triathlon. Starting in April of 2012 I challenged Stuart to stop spending his time lifting and to start spending his time in the gym maintaining core strength, and functionality (whatever that means for a triathlete). In the beginning he pushed back, asking whether or not the absence of squatting was going to hinder his ability to press on a pedal, but after a short period of time recognized that time spent on his bike was allowing him to get faster, and squatting was not related to this progress.
As a result of this training, great progress has been seen in the season of 2012. The season of 2013 will only allow for more success. What I truly admire about Stuart is his ability to really understand what needs to happen within a season; monitoring heart rate during races or practice rides, eating a lesser amount of food in order to successfully lose weight and keep it off for the entirety of the season, and sticking to a plan that we agree upon. Stuart brings a great amount of intention to the gym and outside of the gym, which is seen in his accomplishments on all accounts.
Weight: 175 lbs.
Max dead lift: 405#
Max front squat: 255#
Max back squat: 305#
Half Marthon: 1:33:21
Holding it down as the one man Vitality Nor Cal branch.