Happy New Year Ladies,
Who better to have as our January Mom of the Month than FIT4MOM Boss, Natalie Russell?! It was so fun for me to learn more about this amazing and inspiring woman. She's done so much for FIT4MOM Richmond over the past (almost) two years, and I know we all can't wait to see what's to come in 2018. Read on to learn more about this fascinating woman!
Natalie, you've done such an amazing job running FIT4MOM Richmond! How did you find the business and how did you end up becoming the owner?
My good friend, Ashley Digby, owned FIT4MOM Richmond before me. She was actually the second owner. I knew she had a fitness business, but honestly didn't know much about it. I was busy teaching ballet, chasing after a preschooler, taking on house renovations, and settling into life in Richmond. One day she and I were talking in the preschool parking lot and she told me that she was selling the business. We kind of looked at each other and jokingly she said "you want to buy it?" The next week I went and took my first Stroller Strides class (without a stroller or my son!) Our instructor, Katie, was teaching a Halloween class and I fell in love with everything about FIT4MOM and here we are today. About to celebrate my 2nd anniversary as Owner!
What do you love most about FIT4MOM?
Oh gosh, I don't even know where to begin! There is so much to love, but I suppose if I have to narrow it down I'd say the thing I love most is that FIT4MOM (nationwide) provides such a warm and welcoming environment to ALL moms. Through our variety of programs we're able to bring women together and hopefully are able to encourage and build their confidence. To help them realize they are badass moms, who can conquer ANYTHING and that they're not alone! That FIT4MOM is not only THE best place for pre and postnatal fitness, but that we create these amazing little villages of moms across the country!
What's next for FIT4MOM?
FIT4BABY!!!! We have our Grand Opening on January 4th and I'm beyond excited!
Before you were the owner of FIT4MOM and our fearless leader, what were you doing?
I was teaching ballet at a small dance school here in Richmond and guest teaching in the dance department at Henrico High School. I was also teaching fitness classes at Victory Lady Fitness and trying desperately to figure out what job I could do that would give me the flexibility to work while Charlie was in school (he was headed into Kindergarten) but be home with him in the afternoons. Good thing FIT4MOM came along! (by the way, who says I'm "fearless"?!)
Who are you a mom to?
6 year old Charlie (How is that possible?)