~ originally published in the Journal of Business on Oct. 20, 2011 ~
Farmgirlfit, a fitness facility for women, has opened next to Something Else Deli, just east of downtown Spokane.
The business occupies a 4,000-square-foot leased space at 128 S. Sherman and specializes in personalized training in a group setting. Sessions last from 30 minutes to an hour and include yoga classes.
It was founded by Gonzaga University alumni Jennifer and Mark Niemann, Patrick Walsh, Jaunessa Walsh, and Ryan Leong. Jennifer Niemann is the manager and head trainer for Farmgirlfit, and five other personal trainers and a yoga instructor are also employed at the facility.
The space was renovated by Matt Collins, of Uptic Studios Inc., and Parsons Construction Inc., of Spokane and Spokane Valley, respectively.
Before co-founding Farmgirlfit, Jennifer Niemann taught a workout program at another gym here, and wanted to expand the appeal of metabolic training to women in Spokane. She also wrote a training blog, also called Farmgirlfit.