What was your main reason(s) for joining a small women's group training program?
Ellie: After Eva was born, I found it really difficult to get back into a workout routine. I would start a class or video at home with the intention of continuing week to week, but it was very easy to make excuses and not stick to it. When the opportunity to join this group came along, I knew I needed to do it. When you work out with friends, it is a lot harder to make the excuse that you are "just too tired" because they are there to encourage you to show up anyway. Having the support of a group to hold you accountable was essential for me.
What challenges were you faced with when you started this group?
Ellie: Showing up every week was one of my main challenges. It is so difficult with a baby (and now toddler) to work around her ever changing schedule. However, the fact that we can train with our babies in tow and be so flexible about adjusting our training time is such a huge help! My other main challenge was just getting active again and back into shape. Eva was 3 months old when we started training and I hadn't really worked out at all the last 6 months of pregnancy, so I found myself 25 lbs heavier and very out of shape. While I'm still dealing with this challenge today because I'm not quite where I want to be, I certainly feel stronger than I did last year!
What kept you from keeping a regular exercise routine in the past and how have you benefited from training?
Emma: In the past clinical depression has kept me from having the motivation to work out. Having a set meeting time outside in the sun or at my house with other people means I can't talk myself out of it as easily. Even when I'm not having problems with motivation, working out with a trainer makes me push myself harder than I do with a recorded workout (plus laughs and good company!)
What has been the best part about training in a small women's group?
Desirae: It's been great being able to bring Ivan (my baby) to this who also have babies the same age. It's not just a workout but almost like a support group in a way of people that are going through similar things and all trying to feel better about ourselves physically and mentally.
What keeps you coming back month after month?
Desirae: The days we do our workouts are the best of my week. I feel so so good after working out with Mary, sadly finding the time outside of our workouts hasn't been as easier. But I know that every week on Tuesday I get a kick ass workout in and that helps me get through the week.
What are your health goal(s) and intentions for the future and what will you have to give up in order to achieve these goals?
Kathy: My goals and intentions for the future are to continue on a path to put healthy living first - not just for me and my family. This is really important to me, now that I am a wife and mother. We have cut our a lot of junk from our diet (like sodas and sugary snacks) and increased the amount of fruits and veggies we eat. I have also tried to do at least 1 or 2 meatless meal days per week. But I believe everything should be in moderation, so we aren't being extreme with it.
If you could give someone (who's recently had a child) encouragement for starting a program what would tell them?
Kathy: I would really encourage new moms to get motivated to start! It sounds daunting and exhausting when you aren't getting enough sleep and are adjusting to your new life, but getting your butt up and kicked does wonders for your mood and energy. Plus, I loved being able to get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes! I would also highly recommend doing a program as a group. It helps with accountability, but more importantly, it's so much fun! And having a trainer who knows you and your body really helps - so thankful to you, Mary, for accommodating and catering workouts to the needs of new moms.
What's been something that has kept you motivated week to week?
Kathy: I love seeing our little group during our weekly workouts. I especially love that my daughter can see her baby buddies every week. Being with other new moms has been such a blessing. We push and cheer each other on, and we commiserate and celebrate the little victories together - like getting through a tough workout or a baby milestone.
Desirae: The way I feel after the workouts keeps me coming back week after week!