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“I would say that Bernadette couldn’t have made a more personalized experience. She was very in tune with everything we were wanting and helped us make all the right choices. We felt like she truly cared about us and wanted the best for us.” -Aaron & Brianna

Farmgirlfit owners Jaunessa Walsh (left) and Jenni Niemann power through their regimen.



Functional Fitness Training to be ready for what life throws at you BY E.J. IANNELLI



802 N Washington St | STE 100 | Spokane, WA 99201

he inside of Farmgirlfit is not, as you might be tempted to think, strewn with hay bales. There are no fences to hop, no scarecrows to hurl or kick, no tractors to tow with thick rope. In fact, given its austere purple and gray color scheme, it looks a lot like any other contemporary gym, replete with rowing machines and pull-up bars. On the wall there’s a whiteboard with a list of names and ascending times next to them. And then, yes, almost tucked away in the corner, some giant tractor tires. All that familiarity is misleading, though. Farmgirlfit is a deliberately different exercise regimen, or rather, a different approach to exercise in general. Because it’s designed by women exclusively for women, it offers an alternative to the common style of crossfit training that tends to be geared — both physically and psychologically — toward men. That’s because military-style training informs a lot of crossfit workouts. As a result, crossfit can either place too much emphasis on weights, thereby overtaxing women, or it can be too timid when it comes to female weight training. “The personalities that are attracted to [crossfit] tend to be more intense,” says Jaunessa Walsh, who co-owns Farmgirlfit

with fellow Gonzaga alumna Jenni Niemann. “More men seek out weightlifting, whereas women want to change up what they’re doing. They look more for pilates, or now barre (ballet-inspired workouts) is the big phrase, or BodyPump. Women just don’t naturally gravitate towards weights as much.” With this basic difference in mind, back in 2011 Walsh and Niemann set about designing a fitness program that catered to women and their practical exercise needs. The pair aimed “to focus on quality of life,” rather than “gimmicky devices” or fitness for fitness’ sake, which ultimately translates to “being able to do the things you want to do: keeping up with your kids, your grandkids, being able to stand up without having to heave off your chair,” Walsh says. “The name Farmgirlfit came from the idea of getting back to basics. Jenni grew up on a farm in Oregon, and a lot of people who grew up in rural communities were fit because they had to be,” Walsh explains. “Our lifestyle doesn’t necessarily require that, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work towards it.” The regimen they’ve designed is split into segments called The Grind, supplemented by an optional high-energy work-

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