Louise’s amazing story is one that inspired me to design an online fitness course for new mothers that they could do in their own time and in their own homes. She started in my bootcamp classes in June 2013 having previously had little interest in fitness. Like many, she faced a long commute to and from work every day. It was great timing for her as she got engaged in July 2013 and set about planning her big day quickly. Considering her lack of fitness motivation previously, she got stuck in and worked really hard. I felt like she was a true fitness convert when she took to Croagh Patrick for her hen party! I can’t take credit for Louise’s dietary plan as she worked on that herself but I put her through her paces in bootcamp and then we did some extra personal training sessions just before her wedding in July 2014. By the time her big day arrived she had lost just shy of 3 stone, a massive achievement. Her wedding picture says it all.
Often after a bride has worked her bum off for her big day she disappears into the weight gaining abyss and I may never see her again but thankfully Louise came back to me after her honeymoon. Not too long after, in October 2014, she called me aside to tell me she had some news and I nearly dropped on the spot when she showed me her ultrasound photo – she was expecting twins! With her doctor’s permission she continued to attend classes where I modified her exercises to make them more suitable for her. The exercise helped her energy levels and she was able to maintain her strength too.
The picture of Louise at her baby shower above was taken at 32 weeks. That night she went into labour and had a natural delivery. Her two beautiful girls, Laura and Emer, spent the next 4 weeks in hospital but this marvellously organised lady took it all in her stride. She bounced back into shape, a result of both keeping fit during her pregnancy, and feeding her girls to help them get home as quick as possible.
After getting the all clear from her doctor to return to exercise Louise came back to me 6 weeks after the twin’s birth. However while she felt good and really wanted to exercise again, the struggle to balance her babies feeding and sleeping schedules with leaving the house was too much and unfortunately she has had to give up the classes until the girls are a little older. Her babies come first and Louise believes that organisation is the key to happy, healthy babies and their Mammies too!
It’s always disappointing to lose someone from one of my fitness classes, even if only temporarily. Luckily the weather is good so Louise is managing to get out for long walks with her girls and fits in other exercises wherever she can, often doing things like squats and jumping jacks at the side of the girls cots to entertain them.
However for many women the struggle to balance family and getting fit outside of the home is a common problem, particularly for new mothers. There are few who can get away to classes without having to go to the ends of the earth to organise it. From my experience as a group instructor of mainly female attendees it is at this time in a lot of women’s lives that keeping fit goes by the wayside. For some, from that point on, weight is a continuous struggle and many never manage to get control of it again. What’s most frustrating about this is that exercise is so important for a new mother’s mental health. Usually tired and emotional, exercise can help her to feel good about herself when faced with the multitude of struggles that a new baby brings. More help is needed to give new mothers the chance to be able to take control of their health and fitness again and that’s what I hope my online fitness plans will do.
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