“I begged my parents to put me in gymnastics (as a young girl),” she said. “But I grew up really poor.”
Born in the U.S., Breunig spent her first five years in Mexico before her parents relocated to El Paso, Texas. She went on to study biochemistry at Wichita State University in Kansas, where she met her future husband, Michael. His job as a sports medicine physician for SSM Health-Dean brought them to Wisconsin in 2017.
Breunig outfitted their wooded back yard with an outdoor gym of sorts that both she and daughters Isabella, 5, and Gizelle, 1, can use. It includes a rope for swinging, a hanging trapeze bar made from a curtain rod, and a board elevated a few inches off the ground that serves as a makeshift balance beam.
Breunig also has taught turbo-kick and spin classes and four years ago started teaching CrossFit, she said. Two months after her youngest daughter was born, she started ninja workouts.
Today Breunig still trains at OrthDX Natural Fitness on Madison’s North Side, and continues to coach CrossFit at CrossFit Vultus in Sun Prairie. Although Bartman suspended his basement workout sessions during the pandemic, he’s continued to organize weekly group workouts on Zoom, which Breunig attends every Sunday.