Chad Oliphant

Chad Oliphant

Chad Oliphant joined Unbreakable Athletics Academy in 2017 thinking he was already in pretty good shape. Chad, an operations manager for Medtronic, was a passionate climber who had committed himself to staying in shape for the love of both his hobby and his two...
Mary Cook

Mary Cook

Mary Cook didn’t want to try CrossFit. The stay-at-home mom had always been a runner, including several half marathons and full marathons, and that was how she knew to stay in shape. But it was her niece who finally convinced her to come with her to Unbreakable...
Jenna Diercks

Jenna Diercks

Jenna Diercks has a competitive streak that runs deep. But the former Illinois State badminton champion and Iowa State Cyclones tennis star had burned out on playing sports at a high level. “I loved tennis but something a lot of people don’t know is that they...
AJ Shaffer

AJ Shaffer

AJ Shaffer had an admittedly rough start in life. Living on his own at the age of 17 after his mom died, he made all of the wrong choices – he dropped out of high school, fell in with the wrong crowd, got into drugs, and later found himself in prison for an extended...
Barb Davis

Barb Davis

Barb Davis, 58, has always made fitness a priority in her life and grew up playing sports in high school, including gymnastics and softball. The Duke Energy project manager and her husband joined Unbreakable Athletics Academy after their recent move to Monrovia in the...
Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright recalls a time as a 16-year-old when a male track coach told her, “I never saw a fat racehorse.” The 38-year-old biologist, wife and mom of two boys remembers feeling the pressure throughout her high school years and into early adulthood of constantly...
Doug Riley

Doug Riley

Doug Riley had been a part of the “bro workout” scene his whole life. A lifetime athlete who played multiple sports, including soccer, baseball, football and hockey, Doug had grown bored of the typical gym life and wanted something new. “I was really tired of having...
Megan Keating

Megan Keating

Megan Keating started her journey with Unbreakable Athletics Academy completely deconditioned. The ER nurse who had retired after a 30-year career was concerned her lack of physical activity was starting to take a toll. “When I stopped working, I got really lazy. I...
Izzy Burr

Izzy Burr

Izzy Burr is far from the average teenager. The 18-year-old graduate of Decatur High School has already accomplished more in the last year than most of her peers – and she’s not stopping now. Izzy came to Unbreakable Athletics Academy (UAA) in early 2019 to prepare...
Tom & Deb Farrington

Tom & Deb Farrington

Deb Farrington joined Unbreakable Athletics Academy over five years ago after she became bored with her at-home workout routine. “I was just to a place where I was no longer motivated to work out in my basement gym. I thought to myself, I just can’t go down to that...
Megan Laker

Megan Laker

Megan Laker came to Unbreakable Athletics Academy three years ago on a recommendation from her dental hygienist. The former chemist who now works in clinical trials had a long background of former athletic pursuits, including a love of running in high school and...
Brian Culp

Brian Culp

When Brian Culp left a successful career in journalism to join the world of insurance, he discovered an unintentional downside to developing new relationships with clients. “Suddenly everyone wanted to meet for lunch, dinner, or coffee, and I gained 30lbs in six...
John Beanblossom

John Beanblossom

John Beanblossom is a rarity at Plainfield High School. The 17-year-old junior started powerlifting just over a year ago, and believes he’s still the only student at his school to actively compete in the sport. Last year after John volunteered at a powerlifting meet...
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