Farmgirlfit Member Profile – Jennifer

Farmgirlfit Gym MemberName and age: Jennifer McPherson 39

Occupation: HR Manager

When I see _____ on the board at Farmgirlfit, I get happy:

Running

When I see _____ on the board at Farmgirlfit, I groan and think about running away:

Turkish Get-ups

Tell us about your fitness journey.

Well it all started with a couple of glasses of wine … My friend and I decided to sign up for the WunderWomen in February 2010. I started training May 1 by trying to run a mile.  I made it but it was hard! I found a beginning triathlon plan online and diligently followed it.  However, when my friend sobered up she decided that this wasnt for her. I did all the training by myself and finished both the Valley Girl and WunderWomen that year. I continued with the training through the fall and finished a half and full marathon before the end of 2010. I continued to participate in the local Sprint and Olympic triathlons but didn’t see much improvement, strength, or weight loss until FGF.

What was your goal when you joined Farmgirlfit?

My initial goal when I started was weight loss — about 10 pounds. I was in a roll-over car accident Feb. 2012 which resulted in my not being able to do any physical activity for two months. The weight came on quickly.

What has been your greatest fitness (performance) accomplishment so far?

Ironman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you have a performance goal?

Qualify for the Boston Marathon and do an Ironman with Jenni!

How has Farmgirlfit helped you to become healthier?

In 2012 I followed the same triathlon training plan as in the past two years but added two days a week of FGF. I cut 20 minutes off of my Olympic distance pace, ran my fastest mile, ran my fastest 5K, 10K, and half marathon because of the strength and endurance training with FGF.

My favorite thing about Farmgirlfit is:

Too many to list, but I’ll try: Jenni N., Jeni D., Liz, Laura, Jaunessa, all the members, the encouragement, the support, them believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself, and completing the workouts with my daughter!

I am so thankful for FGF.  It has changed my life.  I didn’t participate in sports as a kid and never thought of myself as an athlete — even after completing several sprint triathlons. I thought of myself as a participant, just going through the motions. It took dedication, commitment, and honesty (not cheating through a pushup or sacrificing form) but if I could do it, anyone can do it.

How have you integrated the Farmgirlfit mission outside of the gym?  

I have realized strength that I didn’t know I had, that I didn’t know was possible. There are many days I walk into the building look at the workout and wonder if I’m going to make it through. There have been workouts that I wanted to quit, thought my body wouldn’t respond — but I finished. I would have never thought I could have completed Ironman if it wasn’t for taking on the weekly challenges I met at FGF.

What do your off-days look like?

What’s a day off?  I love working out.  I do it at least one a day :)

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