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Marianne LeSage, 63

Posted: December 11, 2015
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Name and Age:

Marianne LeSage, 63½...don't forget the ½

Member At:

Farmgirlfit Spokane


Business owner/Bookkeeper; Retired Pharmacist

How did you come to Farmgirlfit?

Other than knowing and loving the founders… :-) I know how important weight-bearing exercise is, especially with regards to aging, but was never able to stick to a program on my own. Decided to give it a shot, and what do you know, I’m sticking to it!

If you could tell your Farmgirlfit story in 100 words or fewer, how would it read?

OMG, I’m gonna die. Oh, I’m sore. Hmm. I’m getting stronger!

Who/what inspires you to be fit?

I like to eat and drink!

What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

Sticking with the program! I can definitely do more sit-ups and push-ups and can jump rope longer without stopping.

What are your next health and fitness goals?

I’d like to think my increase in muscle mass will eventually lead to some weight loss! My always goal is to be able to stay active as long as possible as I age. We love to ski, bike, swim, scuba dive, and hike.

Favorite exercise at FGF is:


Least favorite exercise at FGF is:

Wall balls and anything with impact…

Favorite workout song?

“Start Me Up” or pretty much anything else by The Rolling Stones.

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

This, too, shall pass.

My favorite thing about Farmgirlfit is:

The great attitude of all the instructors and the non-judgemental-ness (is that a word?) of the members!

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

Sitting at a computer doing books, payroll, money management. Cooking, eating, drinking, entertaining, reading, travelling. And watching the Zags, of course!

You might not know this about me:

Some of my previous businesses have been: Horseback outfitting in the Pasayten Wilderness, raising deer for venison, and a retail propane operation. Currently, my husband and I raise apples and pears in the Okanogan Valley.

As a kid I dreamt I would grow up to be:

Wait for it…a pharmacist! Yah, I know, right!

Guilty pleasure:

Gins. I love exploring all the various gins that are out there now.

I’m proud…

That I raised 2 “boys” who are fine young men.

My hero is:

My mother, Evie Pariseau, who worked as a PE teacher in an era where not every mom worked. She did amazing things for girls’ sports, before that was even a “thing”. Lots of stories I could tell.

Any advice for new members or your fellow farmgirls?

Don’t be afraid to modify any exercise that makes your body speak to you in harsh language! The instructors always have a suggestion for a modification or substitution that will still get you a great workout WITHOUT HURTING YOURSELF! It’s especially important for “ol’ ladies” like me and people just beginning. Take the responsibility for your own body and go as slow as needed.

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