Who are you?
I'm Laura's older sister ;) I’m a wife, and a mother of two happy, energetic girls.
What's your relationship with your exercise/your body/movement?
I used to be a devoted gym-goer. I've always loved classes and the group fitness environment, so I took a lot of step aerobics, Tae bo, weights classes...you name it, I tried it. More recently I've fallen in love with exercising outdoors, knowing my workout will be different every time, and most of all with the amazing group of women I get to see three mornings a week during our class.
I’m also very interested in nutrition. I feel proud when my kids are asking for kale chips with their dinner or reminding me that they need to take their probiotics in the morning. I want to teach them that eating well and exercising is not about how you look, but about feeling great, both mentally and physically.
How did you get into teaching?
Last spring, a couple of my close friends and fellow moms at my kids’ school asked if I could meet them at the park and work out with them, knowing I was very interested in fitness and I was loving my workouts outside. I agreed, and we started meeting twice a week. Word started to spread, and before long we had a group of about 12 ladies. We'd all bring our kids and they'd get to have a playdate while we got an awesome workout done near to the play structure!
I think there are a lot of moms who feel like they don't have time to workout, or are intimidated by the gym atmosphere, so this made it easy for them to get their exercise and get in shape. We've continued to meet and I'm now teaching four classes a week and working on my group fitness certification.
Why are the classes fun for you?
I love sharing my love of fitness with other women. It's so rewarding to see them getting stronger. There are some ladies who couldn't do one push-up when they started, and now they are doing 20 of them in a row (or more). It makes them feel empowered and confident.
I also love the conversations we have during our hour together. Sometimes we're talking about a struggle we're having in our lives, sometimes we're sharing funny stories about our kids, and other times we're swapping healthy recipes. Between the rounds of burpees and squat jumps, we are a support group for each other. It's the best kind of therapy!
What energizes you?
I think what energizes me is my kids. They give me a reason to get up and take good care of myself every day. I want them to be comfortable in their own skin and to develop a love for movement like I have. So, I have to set a good example. That keeps me going.
Why is it important for you to work with other moms?
I love working with other moms because I understand their struggles. I understand why they’re exhausted because they were up with a sick kid all night or why they have to skip a workout because it's more important that they spend the time volunteering in their son's classroom. But I also understand how important it is for each of them to take care of themselves (not just everyone else) and I hope to help them do that by providing a fun, positive way to stay healthy.
Has exercise changed how you feel about your body?
It has made me feel more confident. Not because I look better, but because I am more capable. I love that I can keep up with my kids running through the park, or that I can carry a 50 bag of chicken feed to the backyard without help from the hubby. :)
What do you look forward to?
I look forward to that rush of endorphins you get after a great workout. It's a natural high.
What advice about your body would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Don't spend too much time thinking about how you're going to get toned or stay in shape. Focus more on finding something active that you really enjoy. If you find something physical you love doing, you will be consistent, and a fit, healthy body will come naturally.