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I had never taken high-intensity fitness classes before going to F45. As someone who grew up dancing, doing yoga, or hitting the Pilates reformer, I never thought I’d be interested in bootcamp-style workouts like these. But after my first class, I was shocked at how much I loved it. Within days, I decided to become a member. Here’s why...
One of my favorite things about F45 is that the routine switches each day. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are traditionally more cardio-based workouts, and Tuesdays and Thursdays are focused on weightlifting. I had started to get a little bored in my other yoga, Pilates, and barre classes because I felt like it was the same thing every day. F45 switches it up daily, so you aren’t doing the same movements, and you get to work different parts of your body!
I was so scared to try my first F45 class. I had been thinking about it for months but was intimidated because I didn’t know what to expect. I thought the class would be filled with super-strong bodybuilder-type guys. I was so wrong! My first class was primarily female, and the instructors were so nice and inviting! I was bummed it took me so long to try it. The atmosphere was so community-driven and friendly—I immediately felt at ease, and the class was fast, super fun, and an incredible workout! I became a member right after that first class and have loved every minute of it since.
F45 made a conscious decision not to have mirrors in their classes. This makes a huge difference that I’d never thought about before. I love it because it keeps everyone’s focus more on the workout and less on looking at ourselves or worrying about our appearances. Rather than fussing with my outfit or making sure my ponytail stays intact, I’m sweating like nobody’s watching, literally. And if you’re thinking about form, don't worry. Instructors go around the room the whole time and give corrections!
Going into a bootcamp style class, I had this irrational fear that I’d end up super jacked and bulky. My goal was to become leaner and more toned, and I didn’t know if F45 would be the right type of workout for me to achieve that. I was so wrong. I’ve noticed how the classes at F45 have toned my body in the best way, without bulking out. They’re guaranteed to get you sweating, so if you're looking for restorative or low impact, this may not be for you. It is a high-intensity team training workout that is fast-paced and intense. But don’t worry, it's just the right amount.
The classes provide various weights, so if you’re like me and new to the whole weightlifting thing, start light. They encourage people to protect their bodies and work at their own pace to do what’s best for them. It’s great because you can choose to go a little harder one day but keep it lighter and focus on recovery and form the next day! Don’t push it. Overall, there’s something exceptional about F45—it really is life-changing team training.
Ready to see what the hype’s about? Find an F45 studio near you to book your first class!
I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week. This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life.
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change.
Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes.
I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see.
The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence.
After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.
On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.
Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time.