This weeks’s member profile features sisters Maira and Diana. We love seeing the dynamic between these two as they both motivate and challenge each other to constantly push harder and achieve new goals!
Name and Age: Maira Perez, 26; Diana Perez, 22
Occupations: Mairia: Federal Investigator; Diana: Human Resources Assistant at Northwest Farm Credit Services
When I see ____ on the board at Farmgirlfit, I get happy.
M: Box jumps and kettle bell swings
D: TABATA and Benchmarks: I love when the work outs are done TABATA style. TABATA forces me to push myself and not stop during the work out even though there’s sweat pouring down face or I feel like I’m about to pass out. I also love doing benchmark workouts because it allows me to see my progress and push myself even more.
When I see _____ on the board at Farmgirlfit, I groan and think about running away.
D: Bears and ladder workouts
Tell us about your fitness journey:
Maira: I have usually done some sort of work out, but never too hard core or very diligently. I would lose interest or momentum and I would get very self-conscious at the gym. It wasn’t until Farmgirlfit that I really became consistent about my workouts and it helps to have [my sister] Diana there with me and sharing in the pain and gains.
Diana: When I was in high school I was very active. I played both Softball and Tennis, worked, and was involved in clubs. When I got to college it all changed. I no longer was active or had the balanced meals my mom would prepare so I inevitably gained the “freshman 15”. It was hard to fit in a workout with my schedule because I worked all day and went to school at night. This last year I just got fed up with making excuses and decided to change my lifestyle. I’ve been a part of FGF for 1 year and have lost 11 pounds so far and still going strong!
Why did you initially join Farmgirlfit?
M: What was your goal when you started? I initially joined because I wanted to try it out and see what it was all about. I had heard about it from a friend and thought it sounded like an interesting way to get in shape and thought that being an all women gym, I might not feel as self-conscious. My goal when I started was just to get in shape and to try to find something I enjoyed. Long term, I wanted to get in shape for my wedding this fall.
D: I joined Farmgirlfit to get my health back on track. When I first joined FGF a year ago, I was starting my senior year at EWU and was looking to lose the “freshman 15” I gained throughout college. Since then I’ve really changed my mind set and instead of just focusing on losing weight, I’m focusing more on becoming stronger and feeling healthy.
What has been your greatest fitness (performance) accomplishment so far? Do you have a performance goal?
M: My greatest accomplishment so far in fitness has been improving the box jumps. I used to think that I would never move up from the pipe valve boxes, the 20″ and 24″ seemed too daunting, and the day I graduated to the 24″ my motivation just jumped!
D: My greatest performance accomplishment so far has been deadlifting 170 lbs. I never thought I would be able to do that! My main focus is just to go in every time with a positive attitude and do better than I did the week before.
How has FGF helped you become more healthy / When it comes to your health, what goals do you have?
M: FGF, the improvements and fitness accomplishments I have seen in my body have motivated me to also be more diligent about my eating habits. I might not have completely changed my diet, but I have made improvements to the type of food and amount I consume. Having my sister to keep me accountable also helps immensely!
D: It’s helped me to understand that in order to see results in the gym, I have to be disciplined about what happens outside of the gym as well. Be realistic – I know I’m a curvy Latina by nature so I know that in order for me to be healthy, I don’t have to be a size 0; we all come in different shapes and sizes.
How have you integrated the Farmgirlfit mission outside of the gym?
M: Again, being more conscientious about all aspects of my physical well-being, in particular what food goes into my body and how it makes me feel.
D: I’ve integrated the FGF mission outside of the gym by focusing on my overall health. I try to eat healthy and stay active even when I don’t go to FGF.
What do your off-days look like?
M: Honestly FGF is my hard core workout, I do a lot of walking and stairs!
D: My sister is getting married this October, my friend is getting married in September, I’m getting married next June, and another friend of mine is getting married next September so right now my off-days mostly consist of planning my own wedding or helping with my sister/friends weddings. I’m on wedding overload! So to keep my sanity, on my off-days, I do what relaxes me, which is running.
My favorite thing about Farmgirlfit is:
D: The environment and the trainers. I’ve been to gyms whereI just feel extremely uncomfortable and intimidated by the gym members and the equipment. At FGF all the women and trainers are extremely nice and motivating and I never feel like I’m competing to see who lifts the most, runs the fastest, or finishes first (Except when it comes to my sister; we’re both extremely competitive and always push each other :)).