Sometimes we all need a little help from our friends! Sandy Shoop is a Coach, Instructor and front desk staff member at the Farrell's location in Urbandale, Iowa. Sandy has played an important role at the gym and is known for her welcoming smile and helpful attitude. She has been a beacon of reassurance for new students, helping them believe that they can succeed at becoming healthier.
Earlier this year, Sandy was diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. Sandy's fitness family, other coaches, instructors and students at the Urbandale facility, are planning a special fundraising workout to help Sandy and her family with medical expenses.
Urbandale is very near the intersection of I-80 and I-35 in central Iowa, so whether you're already in Iowa or just happen to be planning a cross-country road trip, you're welcome to join the team at Urbandale on Saturday, April 26th from 7:00am to 9:00am for what's sure to be a heart pumping, bag slamming, sweat pouring workout!
Our Urbandale location is at 8801 Hickman Rd, in Urbandale, Iowa. The location phone number is 515-252-0889.
Farrell's fitness locations in central Iowa raised $10,619.00 in support of the Fight for Air Climb with 99 students joining the effort. Participants climbed their way to the top of three buildings in downtown Des Moines: EMC Insurance Companies, Hub Tower, and the Des Moines Marriott Downtown on March 16th. The event is held annually to support the American Lung Association.
Top finishers from Farrell's include:
Liz Sigmund top overall female and division winner
Kelly Smith top over all female/2 second overall men and female two building.
Kaity Essink 6th 12-under
Benjamin Essink 11th 12-under
Mallory Rooney 10th age divsion
Claire Muselman 4th in age division
Laurie McNeley 1st in age division
Nichole Hill 2nd in age division
Michael Frank 5th in age division
Dustin Gean 3 in age division
Karen Love 4th ib age division
Janet Kean 6th in age division
Becky Horner 7th in age division
Curtis Perry 3 in age division
Kickboxing students dressed in 80s brights and the quintessential Flashdance and Risky Business costumes to add a little extra fun to their workout.
Music selections featured plenty of hits from the decade and students even added some hammer-dance between punches.
Prizes were awarded for the best costumes at the March 5th event. Of course our Tom Cruise look-a-like won with his Risky Business attire.
Farrell's will open a sixth Minnesota location in Maple Grove, a Western suburb of Minneapolis. Construction is already in progress at 9893 Maple Grove Pkwy N, and franchise owners (pictured) Sara Sanken, Tim Sanken and Tom Jacobs are excited to share their love of fitness transformation with more people in the Twin Cities area.
Click here to learn more about our fitness program and to receive updates about this location.
Students and instructors at our Beaverdale location in Des Moines, Iowa hosted a three hour kickboxing class in support of Michon Runyon, an instructor, who was diagnosed with cancer last spring.
The event was held Saturday, February 22nd, with a goal to raise $2500.
A team from our Blaine, Minnesota fitness location helped raise funds to support Special Olympics Minnesota by joining in the third annual Anoka County Polar Bear Plunge. A total of 740 people jumped into Crooked Lake on February 8, 2014. The event raised approximately $150,000 for the Special Olympics organization that provides opportunities to compete in a variety of sporting events to athletes with disabilities.
Farrell's 10 Week Fitness Challenge has been endorsed by the The Healthiest State Initiative, allowing Farrell's to actively participate in the effort to move Iowa from number 9 on the list to number one.
The goal of the Healthiest State Initiative is to inspire Iowans to improve their health and happiness by 2016. Farrell's will contribute to the effort by leading Iowans through a 10 week fitness transformation journey between now and 2016.
In 2012, Iowa earned a solid ranking of 9th, but there's plenty of room for improvement. Farrell's 19 locations in Iowa have the potential to make a significant difference in the health and happiness of hundreds of Iowans.
Students and Instructors from our Whitebear Township fitness location will be hosting a Change of Heart fundraising event to help raise awareness of heart disease in women. The kickboxing workout will begin at 11am on February 22nd at Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping.
The event is open to the public in addition to current Farrell's students and instructors.
Event Fee: $20 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Location: Farrell's - 1210 County Rd J #104 - White Bear Township, MN 55127
Questions: Contact Jillian 651-407-2942
Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping transformations don’t stop after 10 weeks. The longer you do the program, the more eXtreme the changes you experience. Farrell’s $10,000 winners have transformed more than their bodies. Their's is a lifestyle transformation.
These winners gave Farrell’s 365 days, and we gave them the eXtreme bodyshaping results they wanted. Our motto is results are typical, and we mean it.
Jason Holden has been selected as a Runner up for the One Year Challenge for the 2013 contest. Ryan Saul, owner of Farrell’s in Cedar Falls explains, “It’s a great honor to have one of our local students realize so much success in this program, and I’m proud to be a part of the Farrell’s family as we continue making a difference in the lives of so many Cedar Falls and Waterloo residents.”
Jason was surprised with a certificate for a FREE year of FIT membership in class on Tuesday, January 28th. Owner and Head Coach, Jessica Saul presented Jason with his certificate amidst hoots and hollers from the students in his 6am class.
Click here to see Jason's transformation in pictures and read his contest essay describing his journey from sedentary to Level 10 living.
Erica Thompson, from Lincoln Nebraska has been awarded $10,000 for winning the 2013 $10K Challenge.
CLICK HERE to see Erica's Before and After pics and to read her amazing transformation story.
The $10,000 fitness transformation challenge is open to anyone who has completed a 10 week session at Farrell's. One prize is awarded every year, and the competition is incredible.