How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?
I heard about Stroller Strides from someone in a moms meetup group. I attended one of the ACAC classes in November 2016 when Ella was just 9 weeks old. I joined in January and then became an instructor in March.
What do you love most about FIT4MOM?
I love that FIT4MOM tailors their workouts to the pregnant and postpartum mom and the issues we face. That is not something you find anywhere else.
How and why did you decide to become a FIT4MOM instructor?
I actually got an email that Natalie was hiring instructors a month after my first class. I hadn't been back to class again yet, but knew that as a fitness instructor, this would be the perfect class to teach with my baby. I emailed Natalie and went back to class the next week.
Who are you a mom to?
I am mom to a sweet, smart, and crazy energetic, 17 month old daughter, Ella.
What gets you out of bed every day?
The goal of starting my day before Ella wakes up is what gets me out of bed early. I like to have some time to myself to get my day in order before the rush of getting her up and ready.
When you're not exercising with FIT4MOM how do you stay fit?
I also teach barre at The Barre Boutique. Finding time to workout for myself has really been a struggle since having Ella, though. It wasn't really until Ella got down to one long nap per day that I was motivated to fit in workouts for myself. I try to get to the gym once a week for either a strength workout or a swim in the pool. I also love to do our FIT4MOM instructor training videos at home when Ella is napping.
When you think about being fit and healthy, what is the thing that motivates you the most?
Having my body feeling and performing at its best keeps me motivated to be healthy and fit. Eating well makes me feel good. My body is off when I eat things that aren't a part of my normal diet. I workout to be strong so my body can perform tasks like walking up stairs or holding Ella.