Name and age: Falesha Ankton, 26
Occupation: Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Gonzaga School of Law
Tell us about your fitness journey.
I have always been an active person and involved in the fitness world. I ran track at the University of Washington from 2005-2010, then ran professionally under the sponsorship of Brooks hoping to make it to the Olympic Trials. I really enjoy everything to do with speed, circuits and Olympic lifting. After hanging up my spikes, I went on to be a personal trainer and do speed and agility sessions with high school track athletes.
If you could tell your Farmgirlfit story in 100 words or less, how would it read?
I moved to Spokane from Seattle in September and was looking for a great gym and new friends, everyone referred me to Farmgirlfit. I wanted something that would challenge me. After going to a few local gyms, I really wanted a gym where I could do Olympic lifts. The first workout was a grinder and really showed me that I had some work to do, but also made me feel at home. I love the HIIT style workouts and the group atmosphere. Everyone is very welcoming and it’s truly helped my transition to Spokane.
What has been your greatest fitness (performance) accomplishment so far? Do you have a performance goal?
In 2010, I was the 9th fastest 100-meter collegiate hurdler and ranked 25th in the country. I ended my UW career as a 2x All-American and as the 2nd fastest women hurdler in Husky history. I spent the next two years training hard in hopes to make it to the 2012 USA Olympic Trials. I ended my season ranked 36th and missed the trials by four spots. Although I enjoyed the journey and was thankful for the experience and beautiful places I got to travel to, I was ready for my next chapter. I would love to get back to my running weight and improve on my power cleans and deadlifts. Since joining FGF I’ve become aware of some of my weakness, by the end of the year I hope to make them my strengths. I’ve been able to improve my push press max and move from Level 1 to Level 3/4 in our daily grinds. My focus would be to work on my endurance and perfect my double unders, kipping, and those brutal Turkish get ups!
How has FGF helped you become more healthy / When it comes to your health, what goals do you have?
I am stationary for a large portion of my job, so FGF really encourages me to be more active throughout the day. Also, those Saturday workouts are the best, they help me kick start my weekend and make me stay disciplined the night before. I currently go to FGF 2x a week and hope to transition into 3-5x a week.
My favorite exercise at FGF is:
I am all about Olympic lifts, so anytime I see power cleans, bears or anything using a bar I get excited because it takes me back to my college days.
My least favorite exercise at FGF is:
TURKISH GET UPS!
My favorite thing about Farmgirlfit is ________
The support and encouragement you get from the members, it’s a great way to keep pushing yourself past your comfort zone. I also really like the different levels; it helps me track my progress.
How have you integrated the Farmgirlfit mission outside of the gym?
Since starting FGF I’ve been pushing myself past my limits and constantly looking for new challenges to conquer. On my days away from the gym I incorporate some FGF exercises in my regimen like practicing my double unders and wall balls in the living room.
When you’re not pumping iron at FGF, what does the rest of your life look like?
I enjoy watching sports, I am a big Husky athletics fan and Seahawks fan. I also like being outdoors, so I am looking forward to snowboarding this winter.
Any advice for new members, or your fellow Farmgirls?
Push yourself! Don’t get too comfortable and stay at one level, keep striving for the next level.