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County couple returns to Fort Kent to open new gym

FORT KENT, Maine — When Rick and Cassie Daigle first met on the Aroostook County high-school skiing circuit, they had no idea that years later they would reconnect on Facebook while living states apart, marry, have a family of their own and open a gym in Fort Kent.  

Rick, a Fort Kent native, is a physical therapist by trade and Cassie, who is originally from Stockholm, attended Wake Forest University in North Carolina where she studied classical flute performance.

The couple has lived and worked in Texas, Idaho and Tennessee since marrying in 2013 but always missed their northern Maine roots.

A visit to The County last Christmas-time to visit family affirmed the Daigle’s desire to return home to raise their 2-year-old son, Keegan.

“Our son really enjoyed being around both sets of grandparents and flourished during the weeks we were home,” Cassie Daigle said.

The couple began formulating a plan to return to northern Maine permanently.

“We looked at each other and sort of talked about what can we do to come home? What service can we provide to the St. John Valley? We both kind of looked at each other and said, ‘Let’s open a gym,’” Cassie recalled.

In June, they opened Too Far North Fitness in the Main Street building that formerly housed the Family Dollar retail store. Both Rick and Cassie are CrossFit Level 1 certified trainers. Cassie Daigle describes CrossFit as “varied functional movement performed at a high intensity.” She added that the workouts can be modified to accommodate any ability level and that she or Rick coach and program all of the workouts.

Cassie also coaches a one-on-one workout program, the Amazing 12. She described the Amazing 12 as a “total physical transformation program.”

In the near future, Too Far North Fitness will sublease an exercise room for other fitness instructors to offer classes.

The gym maintains exercise bikes, rowing machines, kettle bells, and even a sledgehammer and tractor-trailer tire for an intense upper body workouts. Old fashioned pull-ups and push-ups also are part of routines, and are performed on a giant rig which also contains gymnastic rings.

“A lot of what we do involves using our body as the machine,” Cassie said.

Rick Daigle said he and his wife plan to be creative when developing exercise routines.

“We know what winter is like up here,” he said. “There will be a workout where people will be shoveling snow.”

Rick Daigle also operates Medical Minds in Motion, a continuing education business for medical professionals such as physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors and athletic trainers.

Proprietorship runs in the family as Rick’s sister, Melanie Daigle recently re-opened the consignment shop Little Daniel’s Den, which also is located on Main Street in Fort Kent.

Cassie Daigle said she, Rick and Keegan are happy to be back home.

“We have an incredible support system and we love it. We just love this place. Everyone supports each other and it’s a great place to raise a family,” she said. “We’re looking forward to building a community of fitness and meeting other fitness minded people wherever they are in their journey.”

She added that their return to The County included other advantages.

“We ate a lot of poutine when we got back here,” she said.

For more information send an email to toofarnorthfit@gmail.com or visit the Too Far North Fitness Facebook page.

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