How You're Missing Out When You Fear the Unknown
I’m not going to lie; I was super scared to go to a Baby Boot Camp workout for the first time. I had always been super athletic and loved exercising while pregnant, but I just had a baby and gained 60 pounds during my pregnancy. I was embarrassed, didn’t feel like myself, wasn't sure if I even wanted to exercise after pregnancy, and thought everyone would think I didn’t fit in there. Not only that, but I had a 6 week old baby. What if my baby cried the whole time? What if she needed to eat? Or pooped? How was I going to get out the door and get there on time? It was a lot to think about and pretty intimidating given my current post-pregnancy emotional state.
But, I had no mom friends, felt totally isolated and couldn’t stand one more moment alone in my house with a crying baby, so I decided I should just give it a shot! I rolled up to my first class and was greeted with huge welcoming smiles. Everyone ogled over my tiny baby and let me know that it was incredible I was out of the house at six weeks postpartum. I immediately felt better and that I had made the right decision to go.
Over the next few weeks and months, I met tons of incredible moms. Many of which are now my best friends. We created bonds over motherhood, talked about postpartum depression, figuring out our bodies after having babies, and hobbies outside of children and parenting. I was so grateful that they were there because I wonder what my life would be like without all these people in it. I just can’t imagine it!
Outside of the support, love, and friendship I gained by going to Baby Boot Camp, I gained MYSELF back. I was able to get back to my fit self, in time. I was able to repair my diastasis recti after pregnancy. I was able to get my confidence back. I realized that my body has changed since having children but I love it for everything it has been through and I am proud of my body’s accomplishments. I am so grateful and thankful for my body now, and every athletic accomplishment I achieve is that much more significant to me because I have two kids.
On top of that, my daughter, who is now two and a half years old, has met her best friends "in the whole world" through Baby Boot Camp. She loves going and seeing her friends and most importantly she comes home and imitates what exercises we do in class. She is learning a healthy lifestyle and what it means to be a strong woman.
Local moms are so grateful for our community. The most common thing I hear is “I wish I had found Baby Boot Camp earlier." Although I was hesitant at first, I look back and realize how lucky I was to have found such an amazing community of supportive moms near me.
By Alexa Hasman, Owner & Instructor of Baby Boot Camp Portland (NW & SW), OR