Barb Gregoire, owner of Trapper Fitness, hops on top of an exercise bike with her German shepherd, Tina, to keep her company. Gregoire, 56, is an advocate of staying fit through regular exercise and sensible eating, which she emphasizes to people who use Trapper’s services.

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Barb Gregoire, owner of Trapper Fitness, hops on top of an exercise bike with her German shepherd, Tina, to keep her company. Gregoire, 56, is an advocate of staying fit through regular exercise and sensible eating, which she emphasizes to people who use Trapper’s services.

‘Zest for life’: Five minutes with Barb Gregoire, 56, owner of Trapper Fitness

Where is your hometown? “I was born in St. Paul, Minn.” When did you first move to Craig? “I’ve lived in Arkansas and Texas, but most of my high school time was in northern Wyoming. My husband and I raised our daughters in Laramie, (Wyo.), and came here in 2001 after they graduated high school.”

Motto or outlook on life? “Stay active. Every minute counts in life, and the older we get, the easier it gets to stop moving. I hope I’m still playing racquetball when I’m 90.”

Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “I love the salads at Carelli’s, especially the one with the spinach and pecans.”

Favorite way to keep in shape? “I teach kettlebell classes, and I play racquetball, and I’m also a runner. All three things I do pretty equally.”

Favorite part of life in Northwest Colorado? “I just love the wilderness, being outdoors, all the people who are really friendly and down-to-earth.”

Least favorite part? “The downside of living here is trying to get good fast food, like salads or noodle bowls. I really miss having a natural grocery store like Whole Foods. Shopping, you can do it on the Internet, if you really want to find something, but I do like when they have the farmers market here.”

Book, movie or music that’s had an impact on your life? “I’m on the third book of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ series, but I can’t really say they’ve changed my life, though I do enjoy reading them because they just take me away from everything. A book that I really like that’s important to me is Michael Pollan’s ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ or his ‘Food Rules.’ I really like his approach about what we put into our bodies.”

Word or phrase you’d use to describe yourself? “I’d say ‘energetic.’ I’ve got a zest for life, and I like helping people whenever I can.”

With spring coming, what’s your favorite part of the season? “I absolutely love when the bulbs start coming out and the days are longer and the sun’s shining longer during the day.”

Proudest accomplishment? “Having two wonderful daughters. They’re both almost 30 now, and it’s just fun to see them and what they’re doing in their lives.”

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