Cedar Rapids, IA

Meet Your Farrell’s Family!

Get to know our great team of coaches, instructors, managers and owners!
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Member Since: 01-01-2008
I remember my husband Pat asking me my thoughts on moving from Des Moines back to Cedar Rapids to open a Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping location. The idea was scary, but very exciting! In June 2007 the Boyson Road FXB opened. It was a challenging start. Pat left the house by 4:30 in the morning and didn't come home until 7pm, not to mention I was pregnant with our third son. We now have four boys, under the age of 9, so leading a healthy lifestyle, feeling good and having lots of energy are a necessity for this mom!

We have never looked back and never had any doubts about the success of Farrell's eXtreme Bodyshaping! We feel very fortunate that our customers have embraced this program.

Prior to Farrell's I was in HR management and recruiting. Now I spend my days working out, instructing and working with the FXB team. It's a great way to spend the day!

Member Since: 09-01-2010
I have always been a very active individual, playing sports all through high school and college. Once out of college, I continued to workout at various gyms and started taking a new interest in running. I was training for my third marathon when a hamstring injury sidelined me late in my training and I wasn't able to compete in the race. The next year I began training for my third marathon (again) when an IT band injury almost did the same thing, but I wasn't giving in this time - I struggled through the pain and ran the most uncomfortable race I had ever run. That following winter, I began to train again and once again suffered from an injury. I knew that I was missing something in my training that was causing all of these injuries and I needed to fix it! Not being able to train was not kind to my waist line either - I needed to make a change!
I joined Farrell's in October of 2010 - I had always worked out at the gym by myself and tried to fit in strength training, but had never pushed myself as I needed and would often skip strength training to get an extra run in. I knew that this was a major contributing factor to my recent injury streak. Farrell's was exactly the push I needed - the coaches and instructors were so motivating there was no way I was going to miss a class, I was always excited to see what we were going to do next! With the nutrition information added in, I was changing my training in more ways than just adding strength training and ended up being in better shape than I ever expected. Not only have I remained injury free since I joined, I have also cut my race times in each race since starting Farrell's!
Now, as an instructor and coach I love being able to help others achieve their goals - no matter what that may be. I firmly believe that if you follow the program and dedicate that hour each day to yourself and push your Level 10, you are able to do anything you want to do - no matter what shape you start in! Don't give yourself the chance to forget how good working out makes you feel!
I started my journey at Farrell's in September of 2013. I found myself at a plateau after losing 80 pounds(in over 3 years) and regular exercise at the local gym just wasn't appealing to me any longer. The kickboxing and resistance band training along with the nutrition program were just what I needed. Since starting the program, I've lost an additional 60 pounds. That's 140 pounds gone, and it feels amazing! In January of 2015 I became a coach and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my weight loss journey. Seeing participants go through the same struggles that I did and being that person that pushes them toward the finish just does something to me. You get that warm fuzzy feeling inside knowing that you're helping others become something better than they were before. It's so rewarding and powerful and I'm thankful every day that I get to be a part of it. In July of 2015 I decided to step up again and became a kickboxing and resistance band instructor. Teaching and leading my peers has really motivated me because I'm the example, and being a bad example just isn't an option.
Member since January 2013
I joined Farrell's for the strength training and was hesitant about the kickboxing. I had always enjoyed running and biking on my own, but I didn't have a regular strength program. I have absolutely enjoyed the workouts from day one, even the kickboxing! I found that the kickboxing was a great cardio workout that was also a lot of fun! FXB has helped me improve my running and biking and is something that I look forward to every day. I enjoy the variety that comes from the different bands manuals each week and the delivery of each of the different instructors. The nutrition plan works because it is doable. You are encouraged to take advantage of a free day so that you never feel deprived of the foods that you love.

Now I enjoy watching and helping others work to achieve their goals. It is very inspiring to be surrounded by such a motivating, positive and hard-working group of people!

Member Since: 06-15-2009
I started fxb in June 2009. My wife was having tremendous results, and challenged me to do the same. The challenge turned out to be one of the best of my life!

This program is one of whole body fitness. Strength, conditoning, nutrition and wellness. You aren't left hanging or searching for missing pieces. And if there is a question, you simply ask. The consistency we as instructors provide will guide you.

I also offer ten week participants a challenge : due to an old fracture I recently had hip replacement. Try and guess which side........

During my time with FXB I have been able to transform my body fat into muscle, I joined not to loose weight, but to gain strength and endurance. I feel stronger and look better than I ever have, even when I was running regularly. I have gained some amazing friendships and my confidence level as far as what I can achieve physically has grown tremendously.
My husband and just finished our 3rd full years with FXB and encourage everyone we come into contact with to try it. One of my favorite things about FXB (along with lower body day) is the ability to encourage others and help them realize that they are capable of some much more than they thought they were, and watching them succeed in their own journeys!
Member Since: 01-01-2010
Why Farrell’s? That was easy. I had been physically inactive for a long time. Like many others, I told myself I needed to make a change in my life. Two years later, however, I still had yet to do anything about it and it was clear I needed something special. In 2009, A friend recommended Farrell’s to me and I decided now was the time. There were a lot of choices out there that offered tools such as weight rooms, treadmills, and various aerobic activities to improve my health. But it was Farrell’s that would present the total package. A fun, high-impact, kickboxing program to improve cardio and burn off that unwanted fat. A Strength program to build muscle and shape the body. Lastly, they would teach me about nutrition and how to eat to maximize my results. All this plus I was given my own coach!

Then I got more than I expected. The support I got once I signed up made all the difference in the world. I met coaches, instructors, and other people just like myself who motivated and challenged me to drive toward my fitness goals. There was testing and regular follow up to hoId me accountable and ensure I was seeing progress. It was these factors that gave me the confidence to push myself and fire to succeed. Ten weeks later, I was in the best shape of my life! But the change wasn’t just on the outside. I felt better inside. I had more confidence and found myself smiling more!

After about a year, I decided to become a coach and eventually an instructor myself. I wanted to give back to the program that given me so much. Since then, it has been my pleasure to help others achieve the great results they are looking for.

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Location Info

5761 C Street SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Phone: 319.841.2233 
Head Coach: BOB O'DONNELL
Franchise Owner: Thomas Fitness, LLC

 

 

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