It has been a night of interrupted sleep, but I drag myself out of bed and make myself get ready. Breakfast, getting our seven year old ready for school, organising the toddler, and then the walk for school drop off. I feel exhausted, foggy-headed, as I’m sure a lot of parents do many days, but I’m looking forward to my exercise session.
Yes, you read that right. I’m looking forward to working out! I have been working out with great trainers and small group of mums for about a year now, and it is something I look forward to every week.
It’s my time to blow the cobwebs off and wake up. To work out the frustration of having a rough week, or just to feel good the way you do once the endorphins are pumping after exercising. And I can now totally justify that glass of wine after dinner without any guilt, or the bowl of icecream!
I’m always greeted with a smile, a ‘hi’ and my toddler loves it. Whilst there is free child minding there (which is fantastic!), every now and then he prefers to hang out in the main exercise room with me, watch me doing the circuit or the traffic outside the window and occasionally ‘help’ me exercise by assisting with squats or climbing on my back when I’m doing push ups. Nothing like weight resistance training!
Fit 4 Two is run by qualified trainers, who also happen to be parents, and they make sure every session is as effective as possible for you! They know you have only got a certain window of time between bub’s feeds and naps, so they make it work for you. I’ve had a few sessions when my toddler has just decided to have an epic meltdown for no apparent reason. I’m sure in other gyms, I would have to pack up and just go home, all the while, being given glaring looks by others in the session for so rudely interrupting their workout, but at Fit 4 Two, it’s different. I can take a few minutes out to settle him and then start again when he’s calmer, or I can utilise the ‘Baby Whisperer’, AKA, Rachael or her husband and fellow trainer, Torsten. They have the magic touch and have the kids giggling and smiling again in no time, and I get to finish my work out. And no guilt attached! Win – win!
The small group of mums in each session means that you get the personalised attention you need. You’re shown how to use all the equipment, the trainers Emma and Rachael check you’re doing the exercises correctly, and push you when you need it! Last week I was rapidly fading towards the end of the session, so Emma did jump squats with me until I finished my set so I wouldn’t give up! How’s that for support?! I’m betting that wouldn’t happen in a larger gym…
Many of Canberra’s physiotherapists refer mums to Fit 4 Two for a safe exercise routine, ensuring new mums in particular, don’t unintentionally injure themselves by doing the wrong exercise. Fit 4 Two have had new mums referred to them by specialists – new mums who have unfortunately injured themselves by going too hard with certain exercises too soon. They just hadn’t been shown, or didn’t know the correct and modified way to safely exercise. Rachael and Emma know what exercises are safe and what mums should or shouldn’t be doing, particularly if their clients have had a caesarean delivery. Oh, and one of the best things about exercising at Fit 4 Two? No burpees 🙂
A lot of new parents may inadvertently shut themselves away, particularly if sleep has been hard to come by, or the kids have been feral and you’re feeling like crap yourself. You can start to feel like it is just easier to stay at home. But exercise is so important for your mental health – for both mums and dads. Plus I personally think that having exercise as a regular part of life is a great example to set for kids.
Because I love working out at Fit 4 Two and believe they are truly awesome trainers for parents, I am giving two followers the chance to win (imagine dramatic drum roll here please….) a free personal training session with one of the Fit 4 Two trainers!
Just comment below why you’d love to win a personal training session for your chance to win – entry is open to both mums and dads! Dads sometimes get forgotten about, but Fit 4 Two also run special classes for just dads, contact them for more details. As well as personal training sessions, Fit 4 Two run small group sessions, with session times to fit in with work and kids, including weekends.
What’s your favourite exercise to help blow off the cobwebs?
Do you hate burpees, or are you one of the crazy people that loves them!?
I haven’t been paid for this post. I just love working out with the mums at Fit 4 Two and was super excited when they offered the free personal training sessions to my followers!
Terms and conditions of entry:
- I’d love it if you follow Life, kids and a glass of red and Fit 4 Two on Facebook – you’ll be kept up to date with all the awesome stuff going on and we’d be really happy!
- Prize is one (1) of two (2) half hour personal training sessions with a fully qualified personal trainer at Fit 4 Two in Fyshwick, ACT, valued at $120 each.
- Entry opens at 8.00am AEDT 24 November 2015, and closes at 7.30pm AEDT 8 December 2015.
- Entries only open to residents living in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region.
- Give away is based on skill. Entry is via leaving a comment to the question above on this blog post.
- The promotion is not endorsed by or associated with Facebook.
- A valid email address must be included in your entry so I can contact you if you have won. Your email address won’t be shared with anyone.
- One entry per person.
- Current clients of Fit 4 Two are not eligible to win the free personal training session.
- The decision on the winner is final.
- The winner will be announced (first name and initial only) on Life, kids and a glass of red’s Facebook page.
- If after contacting the winner by email, the winner does not respond within four days, a redraw will occur.
- The prize is not redeemable for cash.
- It is the winner’s responsibility to contact Fit 4 Two to redeem the free personal training session, and contact must be made by 15 January 2016.
- Life, kids and a glass of red accepts no responsibility if the winner does not redeem the prize.
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