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Andrea Collins

I’m currently in the 10-week boot camp and it’s amazing...There is a thoughtful community supporting you through the whole sweaty experience. I appreciate the mindful approach to handling Covid. Seven weeks in and I’m aware of my eating habits and water intake. The instructors will push and praise your work continually. Go on....do it.

Nicole Maciolek

The workouts are fun and so effective! On top of that the nutrition counseling really gives you that key to meeting whatever fitness goals you might have. On top of that- the community is so supportive and, for me, that has been the game changer!

Alison Fisher

This place is definitely one of a kind in putting together an entire package that will help you become a fitter, healthier and happier version of yourself. The combination of nutrition support, engaging and effective workouts and personal support from coaches that really care about your progress has helped me discover a sustainable lifestyle that I can take with me the rest of my life. If you are looking for a change and place to belong, please try this out! I promise you won't be disappointed.

Shauna Vaske

Phenomenal team of coaches- Crazy good vibes and support out of this world!!! Great combination of cardio and strength training!! Super diverse community- Actual big city vibes!! This is my place...I finally found my gym people!!! Recommend this hands down!!

Lindsey Dodge

I joined Farrell's in St Paul at the end of 2019. I completed the 10 week challenge and was very pleased! I continue to see great changes to my health and body. The workouts are fun and challenging, the nutrition and personal fitness coaching are amazing perks to the membership. I love this community!! The most impressive thing about Farrell's is the passion that the owner and coaches have. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, they did everything they could to keep this community together! Online classes, special motivations, online coaching calls, etc.

Jill Sprenger Ross

Even when gyms are technically closed Farrell’s is still connecting virtually and I’ve gotten more one on one support than I ever thought possible.

I joined Farrell's St. Paul in January and from the first day I texted for info, I've felt welcomed and encouraged. The combination of cardio kickboxing, strength training and nutrition really works. Your encouraged from the first day to live life at a level 10. The owner, instructors, coaches and fellow members have created a fun, positive workout community that really supports ones another!

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Farrell's Better Than Ever

Maryann D’Angelo is a tax partner at Ernst & Young’s Minneapolis office. She specializes in mergers and acquisitions — a high stakes and complicated practice area. And given the year we've had, it's no wonder she's embraced kickboxing as part of her regular fitness routine.

 

She actually started taking classes at Farrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping in 2018, drawn by the Minneapolis' gym's flexible class schedule that allowed her mix morning and evening kickboxing and strength courses. Now, she is able to use its virtual, on-demand programs, which allow her to get in quick workouts at home, between meetings and calls.

 

Regular workouts have proven "vital to her mental health and wellness," D'Angelo said. She recently shared more about her wellness journey with the Business Journal.

On well-being

How long has wellness been a priority in your life? I have gone through peaks and valleys with my physical and mental wellness journey over the years. In 2018, I joined Farrell’s in [Minneapolis'] North Loop after I realized I hit a valley with minimal physical activity due to my work schedule. Farrell’s offered flexible strength training and kickboxing classes and I found it surprisingly therapeutic to kick and punch a bag after sitting a long day in front of a computer.

 

How do you typically start your day? My work day starts with a big cup of coffee as I jump into reading and responding to emails or reviewing documents. Before the day kicks into high gear, I skim the news and social media posts from family and friends. I work out on Friday mornings, which gives me a boost to finish off the work week, and also results in not having any guilt for a Friday afternoon happy hour.

 

How do you typically end your day? I attempt at least three to four evening workouts a week. I take a break for dinner to chat with family or friends as a way to decompress. Most nights I hop back online for a bit to finish off lingering work items and prep for the next day with a cup of tea. Lately, before I head to bed, I listen to music or a podcast.

 

What is your typical fitness routine? I attend Farrell’s classes a couple of times a week, either in person or with their many virtual classes. I recently started mixing up my fitness routine by adding in personal training sessions and bootcamp workouts once or twice a week with Holly J Fitness to give me a variety of physical exercises. Also, as Minnesota weather permits, I try to get out of my condo for a walk by the river.

 

How has your regular fitness routine been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? Before the pandemic, I started to fall back into the habit of not regularly working out and using the excuse of client deadlines, long hours in the office, or traveling for meetings. However, I started to work permanently from home in mid- March, and I realized I could focus on my physical wellness as I had more time than ever to do it. I got a fitness mat and a couple of dumbbells to transform a workout space so I could end a conference call and hop on to my workout mat about 5 feet away.

 

What are you doing differently to stay physically and emotionally fit? Being home during the pandemic, I really focus on my nutrition and track what I eat, as I have more time to prep healthier meals. And while I still enjoy a big plate of pasta, rather than punishing myself for what I eat, I balance it out with leaner food selections. I also am being more intentional about emotional fitness, like doing FaceTime dinners with my family, and finding ways to get together with family and friends, even virtually.

 

What’s the most stressful part of your job? The unpredictability of each day and the pressures of M&A deals. Often it is hard to disconnect, as I need to be ready at a moment’s notice for my clients and colleagues. Some days I am in meetings, or a document comes in at night that needs to be turned around in the next hour. Also, the weight of being an EY partner, in making sure my team is learning and developing professionally, as well as guiding them to find some balance on a personal level.

 

How do you cope with those demanding aspects of your career? I started to block time on my calendar a couple of times a week for my Farrell’s workouts as I realized I need to schedule a break from being connected to work. These workouts are a great way to interact and see people outside of work. A big and unexpected bonus from Farrell’s is that I have met some great friends who I would have never otherwise met. Lastly, a good glass of wine at the end of the day and dinner with friends.

 

What advice would you give other business leaders and young executives about staying healthy? I used to feel guilty for leaving the office to work out, but I realize it is important for my team to see I am making time for myself for my own physical or mental well-being. I encourage them to do the same.

 

Is there a podcast, blog, magazine or website you regularly check for tips on health, wellness or nutrition? Some of my favorite Instagramers to follow are Holly J Fitness, Skinnytaste, Fit Foodie Finds, PaleoMG and Fit Men Cook.

At a glance

Tax partner, Ernst & Young Tenure with organization: 10 years

Age: 46

Family: Aunt to the best nieces and nephews in the world

Education: Bachelor of Science, accountancy, and law degree, Creighton University; Master of Tax Law, Georgetown University

Board memberships: Advisory board member at the PACER Center

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