Name: Martin Rittenberry
Location: Uptown, Minneapolis (five-block commute to the gym)
Movement Minneapolis team member since: October 2013
Role at the Movement: Coach, Marketing & Design odds n’ ends
What’s your athletic/fitness background?
In junior high I would get in sets of the bench press followed by rounds on the heavy bag after watching Rocky 1-4. Also, I played soccer and tennis in high school.
What brought you to the Movement? Do you remember your first workout here and what you thought of it?
I found out about the Movement from a podcast Jen Sinkler was on when she first left Experience Life. I loved my first workout; I knew I was home with the group workout setting and with Lyrics Born playing on the radio.
When did you know you were hooked?
Right away. I knew I would at least stay with the gym as a member. When my friendships with David, Jen, and Mark took off, I knew I’d hang around for a while (heh, puns).
What’s been the biggest change for you since joining the Movement?
My mindset approaching work, workouts, and just about anything in life. I’m much better at a taking a “question-first” and “does this test well?” approach. Oh yeah, I’m also about 30 pounds heavier and have a stronger grip.
What does being ‘strong’ mean for you? How do you see strength manifest in yourself and others?
In essence, I see strength as the ability to decide to overcome inertia in any direction and to start moving in the actual direction you want to go. And to follow through and finish — in whatever capacity that means to you.
Once members notice they have the ability to choose and the capacity to exert their will in the gym, we see it take shape in all other aspects of their life. While the testing principle is great and a game-changer, it all starts with trusting the ability to make a change.
What’s been your favorite Movement moment so far?
That’s a tough one. I’ve had different favorite moments for different reasons. But to actually answer your question: The first Still Kickin workout (and the brunch afterward), the skydiving trips, spectating the strongperson competition in 2014, and the first TCO powerlifting meet.
Tell us about your most memorable PR.
Pulling 365 for my first “legit” max attempt at the Jefferson Deadlift as a member. And then pulling 500 back in November of 2015 (vid below).
Do you have a favorite exercise/workout/training style? If so, what is it?
Generally whatever Mark programs for me.
How about your least favorite exercise/workout?
Also, pretty much whatever Mark programs for me.
Do you prefer training solo or with a partner/team?
In a group setting. But with my current jiu-jitsu (BJJ) training, I’m getting plenty of social workouts so my weight-training has been slightly skewed towards flying solo.
If you could tell people one thing about the Movement, what would it be?
One thing? “You should join.”
How do you spend your days when you’re not at the gym?
I really just try and take advantage of what Minneapolis has to offer while finding the balance of enjoying peaceful nights on my couch reading or watching a movie. I also like to enjoy the various burger and brunch restaurants in the area. If Minneapolis ever launches an underground breakfast-eating competition circuit, I’ll be the first to join.
What do you think people would be surprised to know about you?
I lived in England for five-ish years when my parents were in the Air Force. And I finished my freshman year of college with a .60 GPA. Mankato State and mechanical engineering clearly weren’t for me.
Any secret/hidden talents or hobbies?
They wouldn’t be secret if I told you (and the reader).
What’s your favorite post-workout meal?
Traditional steak, potatoes, and spinach. Or any brunch-like meal.
What are you training for/what’s your next training goal?
I’ve got my first jiu-jitsu competition coming up on Oct. 8. Before that, it was chasing after the 500-pound deadlift and then I put a focus on muscle-mass. This winter I’ll probably start focusing on my barbell strength again.
How can people find/connect with you?
@mritty85 on Instagram and I’m on Facebook.