It is time for another installment of “One Fit Mommy”! As I surf around the blogosphere, I come across fit moms (and dads too!) who inspire me to fitness. From there, I hunt them down and force them to tell me their secrets, which I then share with you!
Today’s fit mom is Amanda, who blogs over at Sistas of Strength. She is new mommy (to an adorable little boy!) who finds time for early morning workouts despite a busy full time schedule. She also loves her kettlebells and is training to get her RKC. (which means she is now added to my girl crush list!) 😉
Please read on for more about Amanda and why she is definitely “One fit mommy”!:
Q: Have you always been fit? What inspired you to live a fit lifestyle?
I’ve always been active, but not always ‘fit’. Growing up I was constantly outside playing with the other kids in my neighborhood and in high school I played soccer until I was sidelined by 2 knee injuries/surgeries. I joined a gym and started running once my knee was better.
In college and during my early twenties I ran often and went to the gym (I was a cardio queen!), but my nutrition habits were less than stellar. I always had plenty of veggies because I loved big salads, but during that time I also included candy, frozen yogurt and beer as staples in my diet. Looking back at pictures I can’t believe how much my weight fluctuated!
I remember going to the doctors when I was 23 or 24 and seeing a number on the scale I didn’t like at all. I looked at him and told him I was going to lose some weight. I made myself accountable by telling everyone I worked with (and ate lunch with everyday) about my goal. I started taking care of my body and over the last 7 or 8 years I have continued to learn more about fitness and nutrition. I became a personal trainer, kettlebell instructor (HKC) and nutrition expert through a Precision Nutrition. I also got married and had a baby!
Q: What advice do you have for moms who claim they don’t have time for exercise?
I have to admit that being a mom is much busier than I ever could have imagined. I knew it would be busy, but I thought I was busy before so no big deal, right? Wrong. Having someone who depends on you 24 hours a day is a lot of work and creates a whole new level of busy in your life. 🙂
In addition to taking care of my little one I also work full time, blog and help my husband with our company. If I can find time to train, you can too! I shared a few tips about fitting in workouts with a newborn on my blog, but I think the main things that help moms fit in exercise are the following:
- Schedule your workouts just like any other appointment that you can’t miss.
- Really think about what time works best for you so it’s not as easy to make up excuses or find something more important to do. Whether you go to a gym with childcare, exercise at a time when your husband or someone else is around to watch the baby or train at home while your baby naps/plays is up to you!
- Set realistic goals so that you don’t get discouraged. If you’re busy, it’s probably not realistic to train seven days a week (and you don’t need to anyway!). Shoot for three or four workouts and make them count.
Q: How have your workouts changed since having a child?
I have to be much more efficient with my workouts since having a child. I have found that strength training and kettlebell training give me the biggest bang for my buck. I mostly stay away from easier, more time-consuming workouts like jogging or training with lighter weights. I also take two rest days a week whereas I used to take just one day off. I usually aim for three real butt-kicker workouts and two easier/recovery days.
That said, I was able to get back into working out shortly after having my son and I truly believe that staying fit during my pregnancy helped me bounce back into shape (and gain back my strength) much sooner than I would have otherwise.
Q: Are you more of a cardio mommy or strength training mommy?
Strength training is where it’s at. I’m currently training for the RKC so most of my workouts right now are with kettlebells, but I also use barbells, dumbbells and do tons of body weight exercises like pull-ups, chin-ups and pushups. For my conditioning, I do kettlebell swings and kettlebell snatches as well as some jog/sprint intervals or intervals on the Arc Trainer.
I don’t know how I used to be a cardio queen. These days staying on any type of cardio machine for more than 20 minutes (and that is really pushing it) bores me like crazy!
Q: What is your least favorite exercise?
Running used to be my favorite exercise, but I just don’t feel the love anymore. Not only does running not feel particularly comfortable (even 5 months after giving birth), it just feels too time consuming and not efficient enough.
Q: Do you have any mental tricks that you use when you just don’t feel like working out?
I have a few mental tricks that I use when I don’t feel like working out. Usually I think about how lucky I am that I am physically able to work out (so many people are not!). I also think about how blessed I am to have a healthy baby boy and great husband. I want to stay healthy and fit for my family.
If that doesn’t work, good music does the trick pretty darn well too. 🙂
Q: Random question: what is your go-to snack food?
I have a few go-to snacks. Right now, I love apples with almond butter. Or really…anything with almond butter.
Thank you Amanda for allowing me to feature you and for being an inspiration to moms everywhere.
Ok gang, now that you have read about this fit mommy, how are YOU going to make the most of today?