Warrior Wednesday: Adam Wittbrodt & Level Up Fitness Training in Sanford
“For someone who really wants to change their life, all it takes is that one opportunity.”
But before he got that chance he was in a dark place.
Wittbrodt says, “I was prescribed Vicodin, for a neck injury from playing baseball and I didn’t know it at the time, but I didn’t realize it would be an issue. I avoided feeling pain, emotional pain. I kept compromising little, small boundaries that I had for myself.”
And those small compromises soon becoming major ones.
“I lost my dad when I was 18. I didn’t wanna feel that pain. I just gotten off of suboxone, which was maintenance therapy. When I got off that, and my grandma died right in the same week, I went right back to using. I was injecting heroin. It turned out being laced with fentanyl, and what happened was I overdosed.”
He says, “I literally had maybe 10 minutes to live. And right at that moment when I had fallen out, there is someone at my work that came in and they called 9-1-1. The ambulance was there in five minutes, resuscitated me.”
Adam knew something had to change.
“There’s a reason why I am still here. I have work to do. I’m never gonna sit back and say I’m good with my life, I did that with my life when I was completely unhappy.”
Working out turned into his version of therapy.
Wittbrodt states, “I used to get in my head about it, don’t get in your head, people don’t wanna hear my problems. We wanna be there for you. One of my big things is making working out fun because there is science behind it is being an antidepressant. You feel better, you look better, you just move better!”
He formed a community of people that quickly turned into family.“When you have a community that supports you and you know you can pick up the phone and call someone to talk about something, you know there’s a huge sense of relief…and that’s what the LIFT community is,” Wittbrodt says.
Training all kinds of clients , from those that have experienced loss, have gone through the ups and downs with drugs, and those that just want to get strong.
Terri Cosgrove is one of his clients, she says, “I had lost my mom the year before, then I lost my husband, and then I was going to figure out what I was going to do. And by coming in here and working out, and just the accomplishment that I can sit there and deadlift almost 240 pounds is, it makes me smile.”
Ryan smith has been part of level up fitness training for just about a year. He says, “I’ve been almost a year here, and I went from a couple days a week to now I come every single day. I’ve gotten to where I need it in my life everyday. So if I miss a day I feel guilty.”
And no matter what your situation, Adam wants you to know.
Wittbrodt says, “Don’t give up, at any point, don’t give up. Reach out for help. There are tons of services. Stop in the edge, message me on my page, there’s people that will listen.”