As a group fitness instructor and personal trainer I come across a people in various stages of life. Some are young, trying to figure out who they are personally and professionally, some are dealing with injuries and trying to stay fit while healing, some are more mature and have great perspective on life and fitness.
I have been so inspired by Colleen, she is a working mom with two young children and pregnant with her third. Throughout her pregnancy she has stayed committed to fitness and has met every workout with the same commitment as she did pre-pregnancy. I’m thankful today to be able to share her fitness story with you…
It’s Possible to Stay FIT While Pregnant
by Colleen Kendrick Fairbanks
Jenn so kindly asked me to share my fitness story as a result of watching me exercise through my most recent pregnancy. Since the time of Jenn’s request, I’ve spent considerable time procrastinating and mulling over in my mind what exactly “My Fitness Story” means to me.
Here’s the deal. I don’t think I have a fitness story, because I don’t consider myself “fit.” A few of the many reasons that came to mind as I analyzed my difficulty in completing this task was that I’ve historically held very high standards for myself as well as I’ve lived with lifelong anxiety about proclaiming my strengths for fear of being called out by others on the contrary. So, while I exercise regularly, I feel like I could be doing more. While I’ve made changes to my eating habits, I know that I could do more. I don’t have the physique of someone that others would determine as “fit” from just a visual assessment. I know in my heart that I’ve made significant strides towards building a healthier lifestyle but I’m not sure I feel qualified enough to serve as a role model to others on how to live a fit life.
That’s not to say I’m a lost cause when it comes to building up my fitness related self-esteem. I’m a constant work in progress. When I get down on myself believing that I haven’t done enough, I stop and think about where I would be if I hadn’t made any of the changes I’ve implemented to strive towards a living a fitter life. Only now, as a result of being pregnant with my third child and seeing the difference in how my body has responded to carrying this baby and associated weight gain, as opposed to my other two pregnancies, am I now starting to slowly entertain the idea that I was at a pretty fit pre-pregnancy level. I have no idea what it will take for me to feel fully confident in sharing my fitness achievements or when and if I won’t care about other’s opinions or assessments of me, but I do know that I will continue to exercise and work on providing my body with nourishing food because above all else, it makes me feel good.
Keep up the amazing work, Colleen – and that baby is DEFINITELY born to do burpees!!
I don’t know about you but when the weekend rolls around I am always looking for something fun to do. Eating out, bowling, drinks, etc. – it all kind of seems the same after a while. So that got me thinking…what can I do to start the weekend off in a fun way?
Start your weekend out right!
Grab a friend or your significant other and join me at CustomFit on March 13th at 7:00pm for a fun partner workout. This is a great chance to burn some calories in preparation for the fun weekend ahead, all while having a good time.
The cost is just $10/person and rumor has it people are already planning to head out for a cocktail afterwards!
Space is limited so you can pre-register by emailing me or calling 574-387-1344.
I recently finished reading the book called, ‘Do the Work,’ by Steven Pressfield and my mind hasn’t stopped reeling ever since.
In some ways, the book put me on blast. If fitness is truly my passion, and helping others discover healthy living is my mission, then it’s time to ‘Do the Work’ to start helping and serving more people.
So in moving forward, and discovering how I can better serve both those in my community and beyond, I want to strategically plan my next moves so that they match the needs of the people I want to help most.
Take a few moments to tell me how I can better help you.
In looking at my target audience I have to be true to myself and to those I can best serve which are busy women. After all, I am a busy woman! I know what it’s like to run out of the house for work and look back only to see dishes piled high and laundry needing to be put away. I know what it’s like to try and get in a workout between helping with homework and diffusing sibling disagreements. I know what it’s like to realize I haven’t planned a single thing for dinner and it’s already 6pm.
And while I can identify with women on so many levels, we are all unique individuals and we all have different priorities and roadblocks that keep us from our goals.
I’ve worked with a partner to design this survey in the hopes that it will help gather the important information beyond just the fitness. True health involves so much more than just being able to put in time at the gym.
This survey contains some quick questions about you and your health priorities. It will only take a few moments to complete and will greatly help me in determining next steps for helping women become stronger in all aspects of their lives.
Click here to complete the survey.
If this survey sparks something in you and you want to talk personally about your goals and roadblocks, drop me an email or give me a call. I’d love to chat with you about your unique needs and desires and what the first steps might be in helping you achieve them.
With spring only 17 days until spring it’s the perfect time to start training for a spring race.
If you are new to running a 5K race is very doable to walk, run or a combination of both. Between the excitement and energy of the race day crowd and spectators coupled with the feeling of accomplishment when you pass the finish line, there is nothing like the rush of completing your first race. If you’re ready to start training now don’t wait for the workshop, drop me an email or give me a call at 574-387-1344.
Train for your first, or train for your fastest!
I am a race day junkie! I just can’t get enough of the anticipation of the start, the adrenaline that comes along with setting out on the race, the support encouragement I feel as I pass spectators who are enthusiastically cheering every runner on, and the pride I feel when I cross the finish line.
I want to share all of those feelings with you so on Sunday, March 15th I will be hosting a running workshop at CustomFit from 1 – 2pm. The workshop is designed to help new runners establish a training plan for completing a 5k and assist current runners with finding ways to increase speed and endurance.
During the workshop we will discuss:
- Training tips
- Running schedules
- Injury prevention
- Running routes
- Suggested races
Following the workshop all participants will have the option to join a FaceBook group that I will facilitate to help answer questions, connect people looking for running partners and to offer encouragement to stick with a training program.
Some 5K Race Options Coming Up:
Whistle While You Walk/Run Sunday, April 26, 8:00am
Mutt Strut Saturday, May 16
Reach Out for Outreach Thursday, June 15, 7:00pm
The cost to register for the workshop is $25. Pre-registration is required and spots are filling fast. To reserve your spot at the workshop drop me an email or give me a call at 574-387-1344. Whether you are new to running or are looking to improve your pace this workshop is for you.
Over the past few months I’ve had the pleasure to lead the KidFit classes at CustomFit in Lombard.
During this time I have witnessed the children grow both in physical strength and abilities but also in their self-confidence and teamwork skills.
The classes focus on teaching the children easy ways to stay active and stress the importance of healthy living.
I feel now is the perfect time to add to the class offerings for KidFit and starting Wednesday, March 4th, KidFit will meet from 4:30 – 5:15pm at CustomFit.
The format of this class will be slightly different in that rather than completing interval training, circuit workouts and team relay activities, the students will be engaged in a series of Pilates and Yoga exercises designed to increase flexibility and core strength.
Classes are open to all children ages 8 – 13 and cost $125 for a 10 class punchcard. Classes meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 4:30 – 5:15pm.
KidFit classes are filling quickly so please contact me via email or by calling 574-387-1344 to reserve your child’s spot.
Active kids grow to be healthy active adults
I’m so excited to announce that I will be presenting the CustomFit KidFit program this Saturday, February 28th at the Lombard Fitness Fair at Yorktown Mall!
Over the past few months I have met some great kiddos who are having fun staying active. We meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 – 5:15 and do everything from partner exercises, to relay races, to agility challenges to PiYo! Each class is different and the children have the opportunity to share ideas on activities they would like to do in future classes.
In addition to the physical activities, I take the time to talk about healthy choices, educate about the various muscle groups, and promote ideas for staying active outside of class.
Here’s what one KidFit mom had to say about her son’s experience:
Our son, Michael, started KidFit with Jenn in December of 2014. We noticed that with the onset of cold weather he needed some additional exercise and discovered KidFit. From Day 1 he LOVED going to this class. Jenn has the kids play games he loves and also the opportunity to use some of the “grown up” equipment that he thinks is very cool (like the bosu, heavy ropes, etc) while working up a serious sweat. The punch card is a huge plus for our busy family since we also have other commitments throughout the week (that vary from season to season). Since basketball season has begun we’ve noticed that Michael is more coordinated, has more endurance, and is in better shape than he has been in the past. I mentioned it to our pediatrician as well, and he was thrilled that Michael was attending a class like this. Jenn is great to work with as well. She’s patient and firm with the kids while also being open and accessible to the entire family.
It’s been a pleasure for me to watch my students grow over the past few months. They have not only made physical gains, but personal growth as well which is evident in their self-confidence in taking on challenges.
Please join me on Saturday, February 28th at 11:20 at Yorktown Mall to see what KidFit is all about. I’m going to be looking for kiddos ages 8 – 13 to come up on stage and have some fun!
To learn more about KidFit drop me a line or give me a call at 574-387-1344.
Looking for a way to destress from the day? Skip happy hour and join me at CustomFit for our 5:30pm classes.
Each class is formatted to offer you a full-body workout making you stronger, leaner, healthier and happier!
Make your happy hour healthy at CustomFit
Muscle-sculpting and core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of Yoga. But don’t for a second think you won’t sweat in this class because it’s all done at an intensity that helps you burn fat with low-impact moves. You’ll burn calories, tone muscles, work on balance and core strength all while getting a great stretch.
Tuesday Body Sculpt
Did you know that resistance training is an excellent way to change your body? Lifting weights increases lean muscle mass while building bone density. The more lean muscle mass you have, the more toned your body will look and the more efficient your metabolism will become. This class combines lower and upper body exercises so you will evenly tone and increase lean muscle mass.
Wednesday Cardio Plus
There’s more to cardio than just running on a treadmill. Our Cardio Plus class is a fun way to improve heart health while burning some serious calories. During class, you will complete a series of interval cardio moves, ranging from low to high impact and low to high intensity so you’ll have fun while sweating it out.
Thursday Kickboxing & Core
Looking for a high intensity cardio workout without high impact? The kickboxing portion of this class will give you a full body, cardio charged workout through punch and kick combos, while the core part of the class will bring your heart rate down and tone your abs.
If 5:30pm doesn’t work for you check out our BootCamp classes offered both during the day and in the evening.
If you are new to CustomFit you are welcome to take your first class for FREE. Classes fill up quickly so email me or give me a call at 574-387-1344 to reserve your spot.