Name and age: Lori Preuninger, 42 years old.
Occupation: Forensic Specialist.
My favorite exercise at FGF is:
Turkish get-ups! They make me laugh and (almost) cry at the same time. I guess you could call it a love/hate relationship.
My least favorite exercise at FGF is:
Double Unders. Ugh!!!!!! I will learn how to do DU’s this year. I will, I will, I will….
Tell us about your fitness journey.
My fitness journey has been a tumultuous one! I have always loved sports and I played them since grade school (basketball, volleyball, softball, and my favorite was running sprints in track). The camaraderie of being on a team was more important to me than winning or losing. After high school, I was surprised by how much I missed being involved in a physically challenging group activity. I played intramural sports, step aerobics in the 90’s (haha – not really my thing), found that I liked weight lifting – but didn’t have a clue what I was doing and – at 21- couldn’t afford to hire someone to teach me. I continued my search, and after getting married and having my two great kids, I started participating in sprint triathalons. I had way more fun training for them than I did during the races. I had a bad experience during a swim and that was it for my triathlon stint. I continued to run, feeling safer on dry land, and after completing a couple of half marathons I decided to run a full marathon. I completed the marathon and then hung my running shoes up for 6 months! Do you see a theme here? I just hadn’t found my fitness ‘niche’. I found the FGF video online while searching for yet another gym to join. I was intrigued. I went to FGF watched a GRIND and thought – this is it! That was almost 2 years ago. I’m hooked!
If you could tell your Farmgirlfit story in 100 words or less, how would it read?
When I joined FGF it was very exciting. The ladies were great. The trainers were inspiring. I loved the feeling of sweat dripping off my forehead onto the floor during burpees or planks. I knew it was the place for me. Something new and exciting everyday! I could barely do a pull-up with the thickest band. Rope climbs were out of the question. I really enjoyed the Olympic lifting so I decided to concentrate on what I COULD do rather than what I COULDN’T DO QUITE YET. My whole body ached for the first month but I loved it. Sometimes I would go the entire class without saying a word to another member. We would smile at one another and that alone was enough. It was as if I were building friendships without having to speak because we were all about to go through the same experience together. There is an effortless bond between members.
What has been your greatest fitness (performance) accomplishment so far? Do you have a performance goal?
My greatest fitness goal so far is doing 6 unassisted pull-ups in a row and rope climbs! My performance goals in the coming months are to deadlift 250 pounds and to master DU’s.
How has FGF helped you become more healthy / When it comes to your health, what goals do you have?
FGF has helped me become more healthy in many ways. My mom and sister have pre-osteoporosis and there is a history of breast cancer on my mom’s side of the family. I decided to be proactive rather than reactive. By incorporating the resistance training and cardio that FGF offers, as well as eating ‘cleaner’ than I have in years past, my doctor says I have a clean bill of health with no signs of “osteo”anything! My health goals are to continue with FGF and other activities that keep me out of the doctor’s office completely. It is also very important to me to set a good fitness example for my kids.
My favorite thing about Farmgirlfit is:
My favorite thing about FGF is the supportive environment. The trainers are truly amazing. Each trainer knows when to push us to accomplish a goal. The support between members is also priceless. Members are able (and encouraged) to check any baggage at the door. I have never experienced one ounce of ‘drama’ at FGF and that speaks volumes about the group of women who belong to FGF and about the trainers. FGF is a place where women can go to improve ourselves both mentally and physically.
How have you integrated the FGF mission outside of the gym?
Being stronger inevitably makes a person more confident. My 14 year-old daughter has started crossfit and I already see a new spark in her. My husband started crossfit at a co-ed gym a year ago and he feels better than he has in 15 years. Our family has a blast going hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and even going to crossfit workouts together! My son is proud to have strong parents. The philosophy of FGF has simplified my life in the best way possible. It has helped me realize that our health is the anchor to keeping everything else in-check.
When you’re not pumping iron at FGF, what does the rest of your life look like?
When I am not working I am usually shuffling kids to and from sporting events and practices. I love watching them in their sports and I hope they always have a passion for physical activity. My husband works graveyard so when the four of us all have a day off together it is precious. Sometimes we turn off our phones and go for a hike or catch a movie. Taking an hour a day 3 times per week to attend FGF on my lunch breaks has made me a better mom, wife, friend, and employee.
Any advice for new members, or your fellow Farmgirls?
When I see new members at FGF I try to send a smile their way and help them get through their first few GRINDs. I remember how much it meant to me to have some of the ‘Veteran Farmgirls’ help me when I didn’t have a clue what EMOM or SDHP meant (thanks Angie and Katelyn). My advice to new members is to keep coming back. The first month or two can be intimidating and painful but it will change your life for the better. YOU CAN DO IT!