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Rachael Turner, 31

Posted: January 1, 2016
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Farmgirlfit Spokane


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

Growing up I was an athlete playing basketball and softball through high school, and going on to play softball in college. After college, I found myself really missing the mental challenge that sports gave me growing up along with the physical challenge. I’ll admit I still had a little competition flowing through my veins, and I needed to find something to fill that “void.” My league softball on Tuesday nights in the Spring through Fall just wasn’t giving me what I needed and was only 1 night a week.

This past year a co-worker encouraged me to start getting back into fitness so I trained for and ran in my 1st ever Bloomsday. The race, of course, came to an end, but training for Bloomsday challenged me in a way gratifying for my mind and body. Then this past Summer I was on the East Coast visiting my Mom, saw the pictures of myself in a bikini and was utterly disgusted. “How could I let myself go like this?” It was the wakeup call that I needed! It was time to actually do something rather than just keep talking about it and being unhappy…NOW or NEVER!

I knew the change I wanted wasn’t going to come from cardio alone at a gym—I needed a combination of weights and cardio, along with healthier eating habits. And I knew myself well enough to know that the results I was yearning for wouldn’t come by being my own trainer working out alone, I needed some accountability factor to keep me motivated. That’s when I decided to try Farmgirlfit.

And, what do you think so far?

My first month was extremely intimidating! There were so many women stronger than me, and even bigger but still faster than me. As the weeks passed, though, I found myself getting more and more comfortable surrounded by these women, all there for the same reasons as me, to better themselves. The other members and coaches have been my “rock.” In such a short amount of time I have found myself getting stronger, faster and really finding the happiness I had been missing for so long!

What has been your greatest accomplishment so far?

80lb. Squat Clean

What are your next health and fitness goals?

I would like to increase my muscle mass over my entire body, and decrease my body fat…strength, tighten, and tone that body up! Specifically, I want a 100lb Back Squat by 12/1/16.

Favorite exercise at FGF is:

Renegade Rows

Least favorite exercise at FGF is:

I haven’t found one yet. The ones I don’t like are because they hurt, but that gives me more of a reason to do it! That is why I am here!

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

THIS is what you signed up for! You can totally do this!

Favorite workout song?

“Confident” by Demi Lovato

My favorite thing about Farmgirlfit is:

I know it’s been said before, but definitely the comradery amongst all the women.

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

I am MUCH more open to try things that are intimidating and scary. I surprise myself with what I think I can’t do verses what I truly can, and it’s all due to fear. FGF has really inspired me to give myself credit where credit is due. Don’t be so critical of others, everyone has a story and never judge a book by its cover because you don’t know where someone started or where they are going in their life or their fitness journey.

Do you have a funny Farmgirlfit story?

I don’t care to share my blonde moments! ;)

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

I love to be outdoors. I love to watch sports of any kind. The Yankees and the Packers are my teams! I love watching U of M Grizzly football too. I am a Montana girl at heart. I travel back and forth to Montana a lot to visit my family. If I am not at work, I am cuddled up with my Chi-weenie Macie.

You might not know this about me:

I love to hunt big game (elk, deer, and antelope), and as a kid, I wanted to grow up to be an Ultrasonographer…fun facts!

I’m proud…

To be an aunt to the most intelligent, fun, loving, 8-year old. Her name is Lilly

Any advice for new members or your fellow farmgirls?

Try it once! You won’t regret it. There is something about the atmosphere, and the way you feel being here, and the way you feel when you leave that makes you want to come back for more! Not only for the support of the women around you, but from the coaches as well. I have yet to leave a workout saying, “Geez, I wish I didn’t go, or I should have never showed up today,” and I don’t foresee myself ever saying those words, EVER! Do what you know you will love, and remember how wonderful you will feel when you do, mentally and physically.

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