Well, Fit 4 Two Mid Vancouver Island is now officially back in business! Friday and Saturday I taught two trial sessions of Stroller Fitness, one in Shawnigan Lake and the other in Duncan, to introduce the class to a new group of moms. It was so much fun!
First of all, the babies–the babies! Who doesn’t love a cute baby? It’s awesome to look out at the class and see these adorable little faces. It’s also a really interesting challenge to learn not to be distracted by their sweetness while teaching the class.
And the moms…I’m impressed! There were moms ranging from 2 months to a couple of years postpartum, and all of them rocked it! Some were more accustomed to exercising than others, but each one gave it her all, and it was exciting to get to introduce people to a new kind of work out. My hope is that everyone came away with some new knowledge and ideas about ways of moving their bodies, which they can carry on into their lives whether or not they choose to take more classes with me.
My goal for the next classes I teach is to do more to emphasize building and/or re-building mind-body connections. This is such an important skill to have for everyone, but all the more so for pregnant and postpartum women–it’s crucial during labour and birth, and while trying to figure out how to move and live in a body that has just had a baby. Our bodies change so much during pregnancy; they literally feel different to inhabit, and it takes some pretty big adjustments to work with new proportions, appreciate new capabilities, and manage new stresses and strains. I believe really strongly in mindful, conscious movement, and pregnancy and the postpartum phase–when everything feels different, and every day is a new experience–are exciting opportunities to discover exactly what that means.
This week I’ll be continuing with Stroller Fitness, and teaching the first classes in the Mom & Baby, and Prenatal Fitness series. These are both studio-based classes, whereas Stroller Fitness is outdoors and mobile, combining intervals of strength training with power walking and/or cardio drills. The studio classes this week will also use intervals, including aerobic-style cardio and work with resistance bands, hand weights, and body balls. I’m hoping to see some of the Stroller Fitness moms at the Mom & Baby class on Tuesday, and looking forward to seeing a new group at Prenatal.
Getting into the fall session is confirming what I already knew, which is that teaching these classes is absolutely a labour of love for me. It is really exhilarating to work with these women, to provide an environment where they can make connections with each other, and to know that people are leaving the classes feeling better than when they came in (even if better means a little sore, lol). I’m looking forward to another great week!