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Looking for some “me” time while bonding with your baby?

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

You just had a baby. Congratulations! Let me get right to the point and then turn this blog over to Brittany Harpole, one of Ballet Austin’s Certified Pilates and Fitness instructors who just recently had a baby.

My point: It’s hard to find the time or motivation to work out at any time; an even greater challenge when you have a new baby.

Brittany’s baby Ava is just over 5 month old. Even though fitness is Brittany’s job, she is fully aware of the daily challenges new moms face when it comes to taking care of baby and taking care of themselves. Let’s hear from Brittany…

Besides getting a night of uninterrupted sleep, moms long to get back to their pre-baby shape. But how? When? Where?  Fatigue, time constraints, concerns about leaving the baby with a care provider, and the uncertainty of what workout is best, make post-natal exercise difficult for new moms.

Whatever the challenges, moms must realize how important it is to take care of themselves; to do something special for themselves now and then, and begin to work on their fitness as soon as possible after a pregnancy. Having trained in Pilates and fitness helped me know that as soon as the doctor cleared me, I needed to work my body. There so many benefits to postpartum exercise. To sum it up, when women are able to find the time to exercise after having a baby, they will lose the pregnancy weight and regain muscle strength, reduce back discomfort that comes after pregnancy, have opportunities to meet other new moms, and have a general sense of well-being that comes to anyone who gets sufficient exercise.

After I had my baby I started thinking about how great it would be to exercises with Ava. The more I thought about it the more I realized how it would encourage me and benefit Ava! What if there was a class for that? A class that would promote bonding between mom and baby; moms would get the exercise benefits and the babies would be stimulated by the movement, music, and watching other smiling moms and babies.

With that thought I created Mommy & Baby Fit!  Mommy & Baby Fit is not just about the workout. It’s about giving you both time together; valuable time with your child so they can begin learning the importance of movement at an early age and you don’t have to worry about finding a babysitter. But yes, you will work out!

I hope you’ll join me for Mommy & Baby Fit at Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School. We will work together to get back into shape and have fun with our babies!

Baby Steps Toward Motivation

Monday, July 9th, 2012

The Ballet Austin staff “Get Moving Challenge” ends this week. It’s been fun watching staff take a variety of classes, and especially fun to receive the photos of staff in a class.  I am also enjoying the blogs as well!  Check out what LuAnn has to say about her experiences…

LuAnn Glowacz, Ballet Austin Communications Manager

A body in motion stays in motion. I have to remind myself of Newton’s law every day as I contemplate the endless excuses I have to skip that 5:30 am power walk or noontime Pilates class. Working at Ballet Austin, I’m surrounded by elite athletes. And I can’t help but covet the apparent gene they possess that keeps them craving blood, sweat, and tears (while I much prefer the couch, kolaches, and pedicures).

So it’s as if the Staff Challenge was custom made for me. During June, I used the opportunity to take Ballet Fit, Pilates Ballet Barre Workshop, and Feldenkrais. I also had the chance to duck into a few minutes of Videodance™ and Brazilian Samba…WAY outside my comfort zone. And here’s what I’ve learned on the road to better motivation.

  1. Don’t be intimidated. As someone who doesn’t exercise regularly, I’m always the “novice” in most classes that I take. What I’ve learned with near certainty is that your fellow classmates are not there to watch you or judge you. If you don’t believe me, ease your nerves (and paranoia) by bringing a friend or by arriving early and seeking out another person in the studio who seems terrified to be there (introduce yourself and make a quick comrade).  Just knowing that someone else in the class who feels as if a big “A” for “Amateur” is written across his or her forehead can be a huge help.
  2. Commit yourself. While signing up for a full workshop wasn’t requisite for the Staff Challenge, the commitment of a multi-week workshop (as opposed to relying on drop-in classes) did wonders for me. While I struggle with motivation, I do not take accountability lightly. Having a reserved spot in Pilates Ballet Barre Workshop kept me motivated to show up, week after week.  And how was the workshop? If you’ve never taking a Pilates course led by a former Russian ballerina (in this case, Pilates Program Director Vlada Sheber), you haven’t truly taken a Pilates course. My body transformed within minutes (as well as my ability to gracefully descend Ballet Austin’s grand staircase).
  3. If you want to dance, dance! I’m not a dancer and anyone who has taken a dance-based fitness class with me can attest to that (Can I hear an “Amen!” my Ballet Fit and Videodance friends?). But dancing fills an hour’s worth of exercise much easier for me than any other fitness class or routine can. Concentrating on choreography or ballet positions takes my mind off of the fact that I’m [gulp] exercising. And the added responsibility of not tripping the person next to me helps. That type of trickery is really the only way to keep me moving for any extended period of time. So if you’re not a dancer but you feel like dancing…congratulations! You’re a dancer! Don’t allow anyone to convince you otherwise.

Working Moms and Working Out

Monday, June 25th, 2012

I asked several of my colleagues to join the Staff “Get Moving Challenge”. Two of them are busy working moms of young children. What I love about both of them is that they don’t pull the ’mom card’ as an excuse to not work out. Look what they have to say. Can you relate to their story? Besides finding classes during the day that fit their busy schedule they seem to have figured out the “buddy system”!

Brooke Holmes, Senior Development Associate:

I fall into the category of ‘like to work out, but don’t have much time for it’. I’m a mom of a 3-year-old, work full time, commuting from Cedar Park to downtown Austin. I leave my house before 8am and don’t get home until 6:30pm. It’s then my second job kicks in. I begin the evening routine of making dinner, a little playtime with my daughter and then get her ready for bed. By the time she is asleep and the house is cleaned up, it is 10:00pm. I am tired.

Working out is important to me; it makes me feel good. I have to find time to make it happen. Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School daytime classes are perfect; a mix of cardio and strength training which I love, and both are available during the day. My favorites are Arms & Abs, Below the Belt, Pilates Ballet Barre, and for cardio I like Pilates Cardio Workout and Turbo Kick® (love, love, love this one!).

I think it is really important to take care of yourself even when you are a mom, especially when you’re a mom; really busy and working a lot. When I don’t work out, I feel more tired and more stressed out. When I do work out it makes me a better person and a better mom. So, I make the time during times when I can, and am always glad when I do.

Christi Cuellar Lotz, Development Director

As the mother of an 18-month-old daughter, working out has found its place in many different places on my priority list over the last year and a half…including the bottom of the list. Last summer she loved riding in a jogging stroller and was up early enough in the morning to allow me the opportunity to get a good 30-45 minute walk in before work. NOW, however, she’s a fantastic sleeper, and you know what they say…”Never wake a sleeping baby!” So, with a travelling husband, those early-morning walks are a thing of the past.

Though I’m not opposed at all to a post-work-day workout, as we enter the 100+ degree days of summer, I’m also not crazy. There are times I’ll brave it, but mostly not. The Butler Community School daytime fitness classes are such a blessing! I try to take at least 3 per week, and my favorites are Arms & Abs, Pilates Ballet Barre, Below the Belt, occasionally Turbo Kick®, and Pilates Cardio. All allow for a great work-out, targeting various sections of my body, and don’t get me too sweaty to get back into work clothes 20 or so minutes later.

I also find, like my colleague, Brooke, that I feel more alert and less stressed when I work out… Sometimes when that 45 minutes is the absolute only gap in my day, and I feel like I should sit and answer email instead of take the class, Brooke talks me into going and I don’t ever regret it!

Join Christi and Brooke in a class soon. Working mom near downtown? Check out some of the dance and fitness classes and workshops offered at Ballet Austin’s Butler Community School.

 
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