“For someone who really wants to change their life, all it takes is 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 know it would be a problem. I avoided feeling pain, emotional pain. I kept compromising the little, little limits I had for myself.
And these little compromises quickly become big ones.
“I lost my father when I was 18. I didn’t want to feel this pain. I just came off the suboxone, which was a maintenance treatment. When I quit and my grandmother passed away the same week, I started using again. I was injecting heroin. Turns out it was mixed with fentanyl, and what happened was I overdosed.
He says, “I literally had maybe 10 minutes to live. And just when I was down, someone at my work came in and they called 9-1-1. The ambulance was there in five minutes, revived me.
Adam knew something had to change.
“There’s a reason I’m still here. I have work to do. I’m never going to sit back and say I’m fine with my life, I did with my life when I was completely miserable.
Working out became his version of therapy.
Wittbrodt says, “I used to get in my head about it, don’t get in my head, people don’t want to hear my problems. We want to be there for you. One of my big things is making work fun because there’s science behind it being an antidepressant. You feel better, you look better, you move better!
He formed a community of people that quickly turned into a family.“When you have a supportive community 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 what the LIFT community is,” says Wittbrodt.
Train all kinds of customers , fof those who have suffered losses, who have been through ups and downs with drugs, and of those who just want to get stronger.
Terri Cosgrove is one of his clients, she says: ‘I had lost my mother the year before, then I lost my husband, then I was going to figure out what I was going to do. And coming here and training, and just the accomplishment that I can sit there and lift almost 240 pounds, it makes me smile.
Ryan Smith has been in next level fitness training for about a year. He says, “I’ve been here for almost a year, and I’ve gone from a few days a week to now, I come every day. I have arrived where I need it in my everyday life. So if I miss a day, I feel guilty.
And whatever your situation, Adam wants you to know it.
Wittbrodt says, “Don’t give up, at any time, don’t give up. Ask for help. There are tons of services. Stop at the edge, send me a message on my page, there are people who will listen to you.