After a horrific car accident, Glenn Hattem, in a newfound stoke to be alive, quit his job and founded Get It Back University; a nutrition, lifestyle, and fitness company. Near-death experiences have a way of putting things in perspective. One of his first clients of Get It Back was Robert Redford…so that’s cool.
Not too long ago, Glenn had another life changing moment: a breakup from a long-term relationship. In the aftermath of the breakup, he realized he’d been living too much in the entrepreneur world and there was a massive imbalance in his life. He began branching out, exploring new hobbies and discovered EVO Rock + Fitness. (Fun fact: he’s afraid of heights, but that hasn’t stopped him from getting on ropes. Hint hint: you can do it, too.)
What led you to the position of wanting to help others?
I had an Olympic gold medalist for a coach, named Rick DeMont. With him, I recognized the value of having a good mentor. Despite growing up in a non-health-oriented household, I became a fitness enthusiast and was off to the races. What I hadn’t realized, was that nutrition and fitness could be a profession.
After a terrible car accident, I wound up on a gurney in the hospital, but was unscathed. The next day I quit my job. I realized I wanted to help others get in touch with their inner-wisdom and fitness, even if they’d lost it; hence the “Get it Back.” It took me from California to Colorado, mostly working with former athletes.
You recently discovered rock climbing and have jumped in with both feet. Can you tell me a little about that evolution?
EVO has come at the perfect time. I recently came out of a long-term relationship of 14-years; it was a tough breakup. Leaving the traditional gym scene was helpful in itself, but also having this space for personal growth.
I’ve used this breakup as an opportunity to work on myself, to learn to love myself. I’ve been figuring out what to do, and climbing has leaked into that.
That’s a seriously cool transition, especially because climbing has played a role.
Yeah, I got shoes and a harness. I made a commitment that I’d climb four days a week and signed up for sessions with Justen Sjong. He’s great because he’ll say things like “your breathing should be louder than your feet,” and give me tips that I am able to practice.
The Sensei is good like that. What parts of climbing have surprised you?
It’s a totally different kind of workout that involves problem-solving and socializing. It’s also easy to mark progress.
Oooh, progress. Tell me more.
I’m a 225-pound guy, trying to get back down to 195. I thought I was the worst climber. V0’s and 5.8’s felt impossible, but suddenly I was climbing V4’s and 510c’s.
I went from “No way,” to “Oh wow, I can do this.”
What’s been the most helpful tip in progression?
There’s a lot of value in climbing V0’s and V1’s and doing it well; just being able to relax and take it easy, focusing on technique, has given me a foundation that I can carry forth.
That’s what’s up. Thanks, Glenn.