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Amanda Folden, 35

Posted: January 19, 2018
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Member Of:

Farmgirlfit Cd’A

Occupation:  

Nursing Student – I graduate in May!!! 👩‍⚕️👩‍🎓

Tell us about your fitness journey. How did you come to Farmgirlfit?

I have always been an outdoor enthusiast and played sports all my life. Prior to coming to Farmgirlfit, I was at a time in my life where I lost touch with who I was and what I once loved. I was found re-creating myself and having to find that love again. I was searching for a like-minded community that could bring health, fitness and being a new mom together.

I didn’t know anybody when I walked through the Farmgirlfit doors, so I was certainly out of my comfort zone. I found familiarity in the environment which was comforting, but little did I know, in no time the women, the coaches and the grey/purple? walls became my biggest influence to come back for more!

What has been your greatest fitness/performance accomplishment so far?  

My first accomplishment was finishing the Montana Spartan Race in 2016. That race was such a beast and I had never climbed a rope before. I practiced in the gym and come race day I was ready to whack that bell, and I did! Though the greatest accomplishment for me has been summiting Mt. Adams-12,280 ft. last May. I was defeated by this same climb in 2012ish, making it only ½ way up before turning back. Thinking back and comparing how my body felt climbing that mountain then to how it did last year is night and day. Not only has my physical strength improved but more significantly my emotional and mental state has as well.

Who/what inspires you to be fit?  

My little guy is my biggest inspiration to be fit. He’s only 4 but someday he’s going to outrun me!  If I start now maybe I’ll be able to keep up!

What are your next health and fitness goals?

I guess I don’t have any specific health and fitness goals. I just want to feel strong and that will happen by showing up! I’d like to do some more mountaineering and improve my rock climbing skills.

Favorite workout song?  

Just turn it up loud so I can’t hear myself breathing! 🔊

Favorite exercise at FGF is?  Least favorite?

Favorite: Tabatas! Least favorite: ROWING!

When the Grind is kicking my butt, I’m thinking…

“I’m not dead, so keep going.”

My favorite thing about Farmgirlfit is:  

The support from the coaches and the likeminded community. 

How has the rest of your life been influenced/impacted by Farmgirlfit?  

Seeing women of all different ages show up to the gym each day is such an inspiration to me. Nobody is against you except yourself, and that flows over to life also. If you show up and put in the effort results will follow.  Also, sometimes my legs are so sore I have a straight leg duck walk/limp kind of thing going on, soooo that looks weird in public. 😳 🙄 😆

When you're not pumping iron at FGF, what does the rest of your life look like?

I’m always looking for that next opportunity for an adventure! Currently, I am quite busy with nursing school and raising my little guy who is 4. He keeps me busy by just being him!  You can find us hiking in the mountains, snowboarding, riding bikes, camping and having snacks!

My happy place is:  

In the mountains!

Words that inspire me?  

“There’s beer after” 

Guilty pleasure:  

Ice cream and beer. 🍨 🍻 NOT together. And I’m not even really sure I’m guilty about it! 🤷‍♀️

I’m proud…

Of my little guy and the sweet adventurous soul he’s becoming! 

My hero is

My dad

My trademark dance move:  

Anyone that knows me, knows I love to dance!  But those moves, though, you gotta see it to believe it!

My spirit animal and why:  

COFFEE because, coffee!

My favorite post workout meal:  

Cold Brew coffee, a splash of almond milk, banana, 4 ice cubes, a scoop of SFH Coconut Protein and almond butter, blended up! Yum! 😋

Any advice for new members or your fellow farmgirls? 

As long as you show up, results will follow!

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