Author: Kari Woodall

HardCORE Community Member: July

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MEET ANGIE GMUR

In a mastermind group in which I participate, I was recently asked what drives me and how I implement that in my business.  It’s an answer that some of you may be aware of from our conversations, and others may have yet to dive into my oh-so-deep psyche.  The answer is: Kids.  My life changed when I became a parent, and my inner self wants adults to train so that they in turn are happier people.  Whether you are a parent or not, you connect daily with parents and kids, and I hope that the confidence and self-esteem you feel from treating and training your bodies well matriculates to the rest of the world around you.  As Jim Carlson pointed out, it takes just one drop of water to create the ripple effect, whether it be positive or negative.  I hope to help adults so that we can, as a community, take responsibility for the children around us.  In my utopian view, this entails teaching them how to eat nutritious meals, enjoy exercise, and spend time bonding as a family in our beautiful parks.  My greatest personal accomplishment in my business was to be that first tiny drop when I created HeartCORE Kids.  I sent one simple email, and so many of you took hold and not only supported the notion with volunteer hours and donations, but you got your kids, co-workers, and friends to set a good example and spend time exercising with kids.  All of this leads up to selecting Angie Gmur for July.  I think you’ll read below and see it’s very obvious that Angie exercises for her own well-being, and actively encourages and participates in events with her kids…and other peoples’ kids!  She runs alongside her daughter, mentors young girls in a nationally renowned program (Girls on the Run), coaches youth softball, is raising a son whose only birthday wish every year is to donate money to the zoo, and she tries like he!! to get her firefighter hubby to eat clean.  She is HeartCORE.

How did you hear about Woodall Training?

My husband is a member of the Middleton Fire Department.  His horror stories of workouts only intrigued me to try it for myself and see if it was really that hard.  I was golfing at a charity golf outing and bid on one-on-one training session with Kari.  YIKES!  I was hooked from that day and asked, “How soon can I start?”  I was ready to commit to making a change.

Is there a piece of equipment that you enjoy working with the most?

I LOVE the TRX Rip Trainer, battling ropes and the Sandbells.  I really like challenging myself and these certainly do that.  My area of weakness is balance and these push me to my limits.

What is your biggest training challenge?

BALANCE, specifically BOSU.  I have been pushing myself to get to as many 5:15 am classes as possible.  I have designated 2014 to focus on balance, and I had previously avoided those classes.  Also, I still cringe when I hear “double shorten.”

You and your family are very active in school and community events that promote movement.  What are some of the activities that you all participate in?

We love the new Woodall HeartCORE Kids program.  This is a great group that allows kids with their families to find joy in movement.  Whether you run, bike, walk, skip…  I love that everyone is welcome and it is very rewarding for the whole family.  My kids are very involved with sports right now, so many of our hours are spent coaching.  We just finished basketball, and we are in full swing now with baseball and softball.  I also finished my second season of coaching Girls on the Run, which is a mentorship program for grade school girls.

What motivates you to be fit, active and healthy?

A strong motivator for me was losing my uncle during boot camp.  He wasn’t in the best of health, and while we were struggling with his short hospital stay, I couldn’t wait to get to boot camp class at night.  I was surprised to realize that in just a short amount of time, I truly needed my community.  I didn’t need them to say anything; I just needed them to push me.  The night my uncle passed, I may have had the best workout of my life, and a big thanks to my partner Jodie who pushed me through it.

The best motivator for anyone continuing this life style should be how much better you feel.  It isn’t always just rewarding physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.  I have accomplished so many things in the last two years!  I am encouraged and pushed to find just how strong I am.  I’ve found confidence that I never knew was there.

I have always been involved in sports, however, no one ever pushed me to be better, and I never challenged myself to see just how good I could be.  I was okay with good enough.  That all changed when I joined the “FREAKS”!  This community is so special and unique.  Within the last year, I completed a Tough Mudder, six 5K’s races (3 with my 8 year old daughter), Crazy Legs 8K (also with my daughter), and my first half marathon. I. AM. NOT. A. RUNNER.  Correction, I WAS never a runner.

We’ve noticed you focus a lot on cooking healthy meals for your family; do you have any tips, tricks or websites that you find helpful? 

I keep looking for fun ways to not get bored with those raw foods that are so great for us.  Or how to sneak them in the meals we make for our families.  We are also members of a CSA, which encourages us to try different foods and offers many great recipes as well.  I also follow groups on Facebook (Fit Fab Foodies, Eat Clean. Train Mean. Live Green. and 100 days of Real Food to name a few)  that offer recipes and ways to be active for those of us who get stuck at a desk all day.

Tell us something we don’t know about you.

I wear a pedometer… and I am slightly obsessed with it.  I make sure that I always get in 10,000 steps each day.  Even if it drives my family crazy because I will be doing jumping jacks or running up and down the stairs at home to get in those last needed steps. I like sneaking in little movements throughout the day because they make a big difference, like doing squats before sitting at your desk, using a bathroom on a different floor, parking in the farthest parking stall.  It doesn’t have to be big movements; the key is to keep moving.