Returning to Group Fitness

Starting in July I will officially be back to teaching group fitness….yay! I had a hiatus the last couple of years and have really missed it. I’m thankful to have the opportunity and even better, Charlotte gets to come with me to class!

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She’s pretty stoked about the whole thing.

Through Fit4Mom, I’ll be teaching Stroller Strides and occasionally Fit4Baby classes. I’m super passionate about pre/post natal fitness, so I am very excited to be a part of this company. Since I’m already certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), I only needed to pass an online exam to become certified to teach. Yay!

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Fit4Mom programs include Stoller Strides, Stroller Barre, Body Back and Fit4baby. So many fun classes to choose from no matter what stage you are at in your pregnancy or mommyhood. (Type in your zipcode and see if there are any classes in your area)

A unique component to Stroller Strides is designing a workout that engages the kids as well as giving the mommas a kick butt workout. The workout is a little more than just cardio and strengthening, we sing songs and play games with the little ones.  I love the creativity involved and know there can’t be any way I could get bored teaching this class.

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When we moved to Dallas, I had every intention of finding a stroller fitness class that I could take and eventually teach. Such a great way for moms to get out of the house, get back into exercise, and not having to worry about a sitter for the kiddos.

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 I started taking classes in January and fell in love with the workout as well as getting the chance to meet moms in my area. Each Stroller Stride location holds weekly Meetups and playgroups, all free to join! These are wonderful if you are new to a city or just want to meet people in your area! We’ve gone to a few meetups, Charlie is usually sleeping through them, but soon enough she will be able to participate!

I’m finishing up my team teaching the next couple of weeks and then I’ll be officially on my own. Woo! I’m glad they aren’t making me rush back into it too quickly as I’m feeling more confident with everything each week. I’ll be sure to report back after teaching my first class!

Have you ever taken a stroller fitness class?

Do you like to workout with your little ones?

Thanks for stopping by friends! ~M

Around the Internet

Hey, hey! You must be thinking…back so soon, huh? And yes I am.

 I was able to have some “me time” this weekend which included some blogging. Kudos to all of you mom bloggers that are about to blog almost daily, I am impressed. Before we get into the meat of the post, I have to share some updated Charlotte pictures. :)

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I die over the cuteness here.

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She sure loves to snuggle, which makes it very difficult getting anything done during the day. But oh well, I don’t mind!

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Today, I wanted to share what I’ve been reading across the internet lately…..

Fitness Blogs for Personal Trainers -This list is awesome. I discovered so many new resources, thanks for sharing Sarah!!

HIIT the Barre Workout–  I met Brittany at BlogFest last year and she is such a sweetheart. I did this workout yesterday and it was tough but I LOVED it!

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17 Days Missing Reid– Onto a much heavier subject… Emma recently went through a stillbirth and has been sharing her experience and thoughts on her blog. I’m glad I found her on instagram as I’ve been following her journey. Sadly her story mirrors my own. I haven’t shared much about Declan on my blog yet, but she has taken a lot of the words out of my mouth. If any of you have or know someone who has experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth, Emma’s articles are worth the read. <3

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10 People You Hate After Giving Birth- I found Scary Mommy through Facebook and these articles are hilarious! Anyone who is pregnant or a mom will love this site.

Gal Meets Glam– Has been my favorite fashion blog for awhile. Can I be her for a day? This girl travels so much, has cute clothes and is gorgeous. #girlcrush

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What are your favorite internet reads??

Have a great Monday everyone!!

~M

All About Personal Training Certs

I stumbled upon this article written by Amanda Vogel titled “Cert by Selfie” and it inspired me to write a blog post today! Woop!

The article delves into the debate on social medial personalities and are they taking away from trainers that are certified?

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I love being able to go on Pinterest and search “at home workouts” and have tons of routines pop up or follow people on instagram that post workout videos.  And heck, I read and write a  fitness blog, so I can definitely say I’m a fan of social media + fitness. But at the same time, is someone an authority on fitness soley by the fact that they have a huge following or a fit physique? Not necessarily.

My take?

The consumer should be informed and/or research who they are taking serious exercise or nutrition advice from. Do they have a degree in Kinesiology, are they certified, what continuing education courses have they taken etc?

When I was in college (OMG 10 years ago), ACSM and NSCA were the big two to pursue. More recently ACE and NASM have gained more recognition. Thinking about becoming certified or are you looking for a trainer? I’d make sure they are certified by one of these organizations. Of course a big part of the job is being relatable to people. You can have a billion certs but if you aren’t easy to communicate with, it isn’t going to do you any good!

I had a certification through ACSM, but more recently pursued my CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist). I wanted it is because it is well respected when working with the athletic population as well as the general public.

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To take the exam you need a Bachelor’s degree (not necessarily in Kinesiology, but of course that helps).  There are two sections Scientific Foundations and the Applied/Practical portion. The exam covers nutrition, anatomy, exercise physiology, biomechanics, exercise technique, program design, and testing/evaluation. The test was a beast and I studied for about 3 months prior and A LOT. I remember keeping flashcards in my purse and studying any chance I had. Don’t miss that!

I don’t think one certification is better than the other as you learn more through experience and continuing education.

Remember Group Exercise is different than personal training. For example, spinning instructors don’t need a personal training certification- they are certified to teach spin. Same goes for zumba, yoga, pilates etc.

Have you worked with a personal trainer?

Are you certified?

*Check out a recent article I contributed to from Gym Geek!*

15 Minute HIIT Workout

Happy Friday everyone!!

Can you believe it is already Memorial Day weekend? Anyone have big plans? Ours is going to be pretty low key consisting of BBQ’ing, hanging out with some friends and being lazy at home. My kind of weekend.

Now, onto the workout………..

HIIT (High intensity interval training) routines have been all the rage lately and for good reason. These types of workouts include any variation of intense work alternated with less intense work or rest. Tabata is a type of HIIT workout. These workouts are efficient, can be performed without equipment, and the high intensity helps your body to burn more fat. With that said, let’s get started……

You will need a stopwatch, yoga mat, and water for this routine.  Perform each exercise for 30 seconds and rest for 30-60 seconds in between sets.

Repeat the circuit 2-3x. And get ready to sweat…I know I was!

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Do you enjoy HIIT workouts?

Do you like to workout at home?

Enjoy the long weekend friends!

Thinking Out Loud

Hello Friends and Happy Friday!

The days all kind of blur together, so it is rare that I know what do it is. I’ve had lots of random thoughts running through my head for a blog post this week and since I couldn’t think of one theme, this will be a random post.

And here we go!

Chrisley Knows Best is Coming Back!! (cue the applause and cheering)

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I think I’m a little too excited that this show is coming back. I laugh out loud almost every episode, I don’t know if it is the southern accent that makes everything seem so much funnier or what. Please tell me I’m not the only one that watches this show??!

My New Favorite Snack

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These are so good. I love chocolate and I feel less guilty about eating these instead of a candy bar. I think I could eat an entire bag in one sitting. I blame that on the fact that the bag is so small.

Home Cooking

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I finally tried out Plated this week! I first heard of this food delivery service on Shark Tank and was always curious to try. Basically, you choose a meal and they send you all of the exact ingredients you need along with cooking directions. It’s not something I would do on the regular cause it is a little pricey, but it is definitely something I’d do again when I’m feeling bored with my cooking routine. My meal didn’t turn out exactly like the picture, but close enough right?!

Yoga

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Okay, I must admit I don’t think I have done any yoga since maybe September or October? Oy! The last class I took was at lululemon with a girlfriend in LA. So it’s been awhile. I know my body needs something a little calmer and relaxing since getting back into the workout routine. And as luck would have it, Tone it Up posted a new yoga video last week. Loved it, my body appreciated it, and it made me miss living near the beach. Waaa.

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I can’t have an entire post and not share a picture of Charlotte. She says Happy Friday to you all!

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Oh and I need to find this shirt. Seriously!!

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What are your weekend plans??

What are some things that you are loving lately?

Thanks for stopping by friends! XO, M

Body After Baby Thoughts

First of all can we talk about how in the hell anyone looks like this after giving birth??

Because I did not!

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Changing out of the hospital gown was way too much effort for me the first 24 hours. And wearing heels? Forget it! My feet and ankles were so swollen that I could only wear flip flops. Thankfully there weren’t photographers and fans waiting outside for me to leave the hospital!

I documented some of my “bump pictures” throughout the pregnancy but haven’t had the urge to document it postpartum. Mainly because I don’t want to put some ridiculous pressure on myself to loose all the baby weight right away and look super fit and toned.

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The most I have jogged has been 2 miles and it feels like 6 miles.  My dog is also out of shape so we are building back up together, lol. I have a ways to go with getting my endurance back. But it feels wonderful to get out there and sweat again, I missed this so much the last 5 months.

My abs are also shot. Like seriously I think they disappeared. I didn’t know I could shake so much while doing a forearm plank. ON MY KNEES. Oy!

I still have a little baby pooch and feel a little impatient to get rid of it. But you know what? It is what it is! It is seriously amazing what our bodies go through and how they change to create and grow a life.

 I try to eat relatively healthy and have always incorporated exercise into my life. While it is important for me to get back into shape, it isn’t my number 1 priority right now.

This little munckin is. A happy and healthy Charlotte!

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No more pictures MOM!

One of the main reasons I love exercise is HOW I FEEL during and afterwards. Of course I want to have a toned body (who doesn’t) but it isn’t all about the aesthetics. I like the time that is just for myself, to sweat, and to feel my muscles working.

I am learning now it’s best for me to take everything one day at a time and not put unnecessary pressure on myself.

This is how I have been feeling most days!

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The baby snuggles make it all worth it!!

Do you feel like your body bounced back after baby?

What are your thoughts on postpartum body image?

 

The Return to Exercise

Hello Friends!

Sorry it’s been a minute since I’ve been able to blog.  I haven’t had much inspiration the past few weeks and have been busy with the little one.

And speaking of the little one, this is my new favorite picture of her. <3

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Charlotte is officially 6 weeks, which means my doctor  released me back to exercise. Woo hoo! Exercise is a huge stress release for me and it’s been tough physically and mentally not being able to do anything besides walking. Although I respect the healing that needs to happen after a C-section, the last week I have been very anxious!

Earlier this week I took Char to her first Stroller Strides class! I took the class when I was pregnant, so it was fun to have her with me this time. I’m actually going to be teaching starting in June and I can’t wait. I plan on writing up a post soon explaining more about the Fit4Mom and Stroller Strides programs…..they are amazing to say the least.

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 Charlotte was a perfect angel and slept the entire time, I’ll enjoy this while I still can.

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I made it through class modifying any jumping activities and taking it easy on any core work. Oh and I took A LOT of water breaks throughout. I plan on going to class about twice a week…it’s quite the production getting myself and her out the door in the morning!

I also did a Pop Physique DVD this week at home and was able to rest whenever I wanted :) To ease back into the exercises, I did the arm section without weights and did about half of the abdominal section.

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(I love having my little workout buddy with me)

It honestly just feels great to get my muscles working again and get that heart rate up a bit. The doctor took my weight at my appointment this week but I didn’t ask what it was. I honestly don’t care. I know I have some weight to lose but I’m not going to get caught up on a number…I’m just trying to enjoy moving my body again and making sure to get enough rest.

What was the first exercise you did after giving birth?

How do you modify your exercises when coming back from an injury or a long hiatus?

I wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone for the sweet messages and comments regarding the loss of our little boy, Declan. I’m not planning on going in detail about this on the blog, so that’s why I haven’t mentioned it much. We are taking it day by day and thank you all for keeping our family in your thoughts and prayers. xo