Get To Know Shandel Baumgardner

Shandel is one tough cookie!  And crazy enough to sweat it out before the sun comes up.  Read on to get to know Shandel Baumgardner.

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What do you do for a living?

I am the Manager on Duty in IBM 1 Global Support Center.  I basically handle all client satisfaction issues, escalations and complaints.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of the gym?

My husband would say I spend most of my time cleaning. 🙂 I have 2 great kids, Owen is 17 and Sammy is 9.  Both of the boys are involved in a variety of activities so that takes up a lot of time.  I also read a lot and love being outside.

What made you decide to try Progression?

My sister in law, Joan, really wanted to do a boot camp and strongly encouraged me to join her.  I really tried to get out of it, but finally gave in.  Ultimately deciding to come was the best decision I have ever made for myself.

How long have you been at CFP?

Since March of 2015.

What was your biggest fear when you started?

My biggest fear was being too awkward to do things and being judged by people because of my lack of athletic experience.

Favorite cheat day meal?

Everyday is a cheat meal… I really eat anything I want all the time.

What goal(s) are you currently chasing?

I really want to climb the rope!  I would also like to do a handstand pushup or two. 🙂  And attempt the barbell work – I am scared to death of that thing.

What’s the hardest part about your fitness journey at the moment?

The hardest part for me is getting out of my own head and realizing I am capable of more than ever thought was possible.

What’s one thing your fellow CFP’ers would be surprised to learn about you?

I have to sit on the end of the aisle… plane, theatre, concerts – I cannot feel trapped and I cannot ride in a school bus.   My kids have stopped asking me to chaperone field trips.

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What’s your favorite piece of advice you’ve gotten from a coach or member at CFP?

All of the coaches have given me great advice… but the 2 things that stand out are – “Squeeze your butt”, (Sara Link) and “You are much stronger than you realize you are – just go for it”.

How has your outlook on health/fitness changed since joining Progression?

I have spent my whole life telling myself, “you just aren’t made for exercise – you are not an athlete” – and I was wrong.  My body is capable of way more than I ever imagined.  My brain was the thing holding me back.

What has been your fondest memory during your time at CFP?

My fondest memory so far has been participating in Murph.  Seeing the community come together in order to honor our Veterans was really touching.

Why do you think you’ve stuck with CFP?

Without a doubt the amazing and knowledgeable coaching staff and the members. I have made great life long friends.  They are the most supportive, intelligent, and kind group of people I have ever known.

What would be your one piece of advice for someone who’s just joining Progression?

The same advice so many coaches have given me – you are capable of way more than you think… just believe in yourself.  One of my favorite quotes is from Wizard of Oz and it really speaks to my personal fitness journey.  “You had the power all along my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself”.  -Glinda the Good Witch

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