Name and Age: Angie Ball, 39
Occupation: International Account Specialist with Brooks Sports.
My favorite exercise at FGF is: The lifting. I especially enjoy practicing the snatch. I have a lot of work to do on it, but it’s a fun move I think.
My least favorite exercise at FGF is: Turkish get ups.
Tell us about your fitness journey.
It’s had a lot of starts and stops. I didn’t participate in sports growing up and didn’t really do much exercising at all until college. And that was quite limited to the occasional jog with friends or maybe 20 minutes on the Stairmaster (while watching TV, of course!). After college, I would join gyms, buy videos, and take classes here and there but was never really serious about anything until I took a boxing fitness class. I loved that! I learned a lot about myself and about what I need in order to love exercise: variety, camaraderie, fun, challenge, encouragement, and tangible progress. I also learned that I need someone to tell me what to do. And that I like to feel strong.
Tell us your Farmgirlfit story:
I was really afraid to join FGF, but that fear was what motivated me to do so in February of last year. Before that I had been staying at home with my then 14 month old son. As any SAHM knows, life at home with a baby can be isolating- especially during the winter months. We had moved to Spokane from Seattle when I was newly pregnant and I didn’t have much of a social network established yet. I was a bit lonely and a bit lazy… I knew I needed to do something to shake things up that was FOR ME; something that would give me a break AND a boost- mentally and physically. FGF is all that and more! There is a point during every workout that I think to myself ” Holy —- I am not gonna make it through this!” (sometimes this thought occurs during the group warm-up) But I always do make it through- and I usually perform better than I expected. And that feels amazing! I truly can’t sing enough praises of FGF. There are wonderful, wonderful things happening here for women. The trainers and members are all so great! I feel lucky to be a part of it.
What has been your greatest fitness (performance) accomplishment so far? Do you have a performance goal?
My greatest accomplishment and performance goal are actually the same – getting stronger. I have a little notebook that I keep with all my “stats” and seeing those numbers go up is the best feeling in the world. Oh, and I can do 1 kipping pull-up without a band. And I did a handstand hold all by myself the other day. Those feel like pretty big milestones to me! I would love to someday do a rope climb but I need to work on my fear of heights first.
How has FGF helped you become more healthy / When it comes to your health, what goals do you have?
I am certainly more healthy thanks to FGF. There are definite changes in my physical health, but I think one of the coolest things about the FGF workout is that it works your mind as much as it does your body. For me, part of the accomplishment is getting out of my head a little so that I can get over fears and gain confidence to do the work. My mental health is so much better than it was 8 months ago. I have way more positive energy. I always look forward to the hour I spend at FGF 3 times a week. Its such a great way to relieve stress. It has also been a great social outlet for me. I find that I laugh a lot when I am at the gym. I think that is one of the best things you can do for your health.
My favorite thing about Farmgirlfit is ________
EVERYTHING! But, if I have to pick one its definitely the trainers. They are all so dang inspiring and have this unique ability to challenge members in a very encouraging way. They always say just the right things to get me to add a bit more weight, or to try something new. I never would have tried to a pull-up without a band, but Jenni “made” me. She knew I could do it. All the trainers pay close attention to everyone and you can tell that they really care. That goes such a long way!
How have you integrated the Farmgirlfit mission outside of the gym?
The positive energy, strength, and confidence that I enjoy as a result of my work at FGF spills over to all other aspects of my life. Everything is easier and more fun when you feel strong. I need to work on integrating better nutrition in my life, but I am way more aware about what and why I eat nowadays (especially in anticipation of the energy needed to complete an FGF workout). I love cheeseburgers and chocolate chip cookies, but I have developed an appreciation for spinach and apples. And water!
When you’re not pumping iron at FGF, what does the rest of your life look like?
I keep pretty busy chasing after my little boy (and his dad) who is now 2. I recently started a temporary (remote) customer service position with Brooks Sports in Seattle, which I am really enjoying. It makes my life busier, but l am not worried because I have FGF to help me keep it all balanced.