Name and age: Amanda Deeds, 27
Member at: Farmgirlfit Coeur d’Alene
Tell us about how you ended up at Farmgirlfit: Some girlfriends and I saw Farmgirlfit was coming to Coeur d’Alene so we decided to try it out together. We figured we needed some motivation after a long summer of lounging around!
What has been your greatest fitness/performance accomplishment so far?
Probably a handstand with a halfzie push-up on a good day! I was always so scared to go upside down and would usually bail once I got my hands on the floor. One day [coach] Christie told me to just commit and get up there and I did — thanks Christie!
Who inspires you to be fit?
Everyone at the "farm" inspires me. The ones stronger or faster inspire me to get to their level and the ones who are weaker and slower inspire me to keep going because they, like me, are here trying to reach goals. We’re all in it together, and better because of it!
What are your next health and fitness goals?
I would love to get my 1,000 meter row under four minutes. I'm at 4:04 right now so I'm hoping this goal will be accomplished here soon with all the rowing we have been doing!
Favorite exercise? TABATA anything — it goes by fast, you get little 10 second breaks and I feel I get the best overall workout with it.
Least favorite? T-push-ups. They are awful. Enough said.
What’s your favorite thing about Farmgirlfit?
My favorite thing about Farmgirlfit is knowing when I walk in the door I WILL accomplish something! And it's even better when your accomplishment was either something you never thought you could do, or "PR'ing" a previous accomplishment.
When you’re not pumping iron, what does the rest of your life look like?
I am a stay at home mom to two children (ages 4 and 1), and a wife — AND Italian, so my life is family. I also am a 4H leader so I spend lots of time with my other "kids" too.
What advice do you have for new members?
Wear at least two sports bras, three on high impact days, use lots of chalk because it makes you stronger, get the 35-pound bar if you can because the 45-pound hurts your hands, and just keep coming — things will get easier! But then once they do, you have to move up a level so they’re hard again …