AmandaOne year ago, in April of 2015, Amanda Isted was coaxed into coming to some crazy Spartan Race training session in the park.

She reluctantly agreed but said she’d come only for the running. She wasn’t interested in any of the obstacle nonsense…

… five months later, she earned her Spartan Race Trifecta (completing a Spartan Sprint, Super, and Beast) and was voted “Most Improved Spartan” by her teammates.

Continuing to push her limits, Amanda became a huge asset in both Winter Warriors sessions this year, helping our team carry 891 pounds of food 11 miles and completing an outstanding 2,635 burpees during our last challenge – things she would have never dreamed possible just a few months earlier.

Her newfound love for fitness has also rubbed off on her two daughters, whose hobbies now include doing burpees in the living room and joining Mom at her outdoor workouts.

Amanda’s journey has been nothing short of inspirational. Even with her quiet, soft spoken demeanor, she is looked up to by many.

Thank you for being such a huge part of the Conviction Fitness Family, Amanda. Good luck in Montana, we know you’ll crush that Spartan Beast!

Published by Riley

Riley Nadoroznick is an experienced coach and author who works with athletes across North America. A former wrestler at the University of Regina, Riley now competes in a variety of strength and endurance events such as Spartan Race, GORUCK, and the Tactical Strength Challenge. Growing up, Riley was never the biggest or fastest athlete, but he had big goals. He worked hard to earn a full athletic scholarship and knows what it takes to succeed. After his wrestling career was cut short due to injury, Riley never stopped learning, training, or competing. Now, as a full-time strength, speed, conditioning, and nutrition coach, Riley shares his knowledge, experience, and expertise with everyone he works with. When he’s not coaching or on an adventure with his wife and kids, Riley volunteers his time as a youth football coach and serves on multiple boards and volunteer organizations in his community.