She has tried many of the fads in the fitness industry in her journey from a fit and active child, to a heavy and active teen, to a stronger and more fit woman who loves the amazing body that has carried her through this life so far. She has found that the absolute BEST way to be fit and maintain a healthy body weight is to TRAIN not exercise and GET STRONGER. No one ever said they were “too strong”.
Anna Marie is a Starting Strength Coach. This certification is the most difficult certification to obtain in the fitness industry. It requires many hours of practical, hands-on, barbell training and instruction, a background heavy in the hard sciences (Physics, Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Chemistry), demonstration to a panel of SS coaches at a Starting Strength seminar that you can execute and coach the main lifts, and a minimum 25 page essay question exam that you must pass with 80% or better.
Anna Marie is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Gig Harbor Strength and Fitness. She runs beginner, advanced-beginner, and intermediate classes and programming in either on-going or 8-week cycles. She teaches the 8 week beginner and advanced beginner classes 4 times a year (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) where you will learn the 5 main barbell lifts and how to properly utilize them in your training program (beginner) or where you will continue in your Novice training with personal adjustments made as the need arises (advanced beginner). Her programming option is for the Intermediate lifter who needs a more personalized program depending on their sport, life, hobbies, etc.
Anna Marie knows that barbell training can be intimidating to many people, but she also knows how to scale all the major compound movements to fit your particular place in your fitness journey as well as find appropriate accessory movements to get you to the place you want to be. She has battled with her weight, self-image, body-love, and self-esteem like many people out there and wants you to know she can HELP YOU!
Come in and see her! You won’t regret it!