A new boot camp for a mom like me

Throughout my life, I have dealt with weight issues. After having my beautiful son, I find that the challenges I face losing weight are much different. Nowadays, I am tired, none of my clothes fit, and to make matters worse, I have no motivation. Under these circumstances how am I supposed to lose weight?

Haven’t we all been there?

Currently, I carry a considerable amount of excess baby weight and am clearly out of shape. I woke up one morning and realized something needed to change. My priorities have changed and this weight loss is not just about me, it is about my son. I realized as a parent, I need to be a role model. This is where I am starting my journey.

I wanted a workout program that would challenge me and make me break a sweat. When I read about  Salire’s Boot Camp I thought, “OK. This is it. This is my chance.”

I started at boot camp in City Park mid-way through the month. I went into it with a lot of confidence that I would kick butt. The workout started with different stretches followed by two laps around the track. Half way through the first lap I realized how out of shape I was, but I was determined to keep going. The rest of the workout consisted of arm exercises with weights, a ton of lunges, and ab work.

I finished the workout feeling like a million bucks. It was the kind of workout where you get into your car to drive home and you instantly feel sore. I call it the good sore, the sore that makes your muscles stronger. After the workout I was itching for more!

About the author:  Eliza is 29 years old, born and raised in Tennessee. She and her husband moved to New Orleans from New Jersey and recently welcomed an adorable baby boy. 

3 types of moms who would benefit from a barre3 class

Lots of “firsts” this week! A first grader, a first-timer and the first year I’ve had all my kids in school. Can I get an AMEN? Everyone asked me what I had planned for myself after the momentous 1-2-3 drop-off.

Tequila shots, of course.

Just kidding. It was too early. I actually edited and posted some of those first captured moments, ran home to grab one of the lunch boxes we left behind in our rush to be tardy on the first day of school, and then headed to my husband’s office to get a little work done.

I didn’t get much work done.

My final “first” was a 60-minute workout at the beautiful new Barre3 New Orleans studio on Magazine Street. Touro and Barre3 have partnered together this week to offer a Mom’s Day Out afternoon of free classes and free screenings for cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure. If you missed the Thursday MDO, there is one this Saturday. I highly recommend it. It felt good to know what my cholesterol and glucose levels were. I never really knew. High cholesterol and/or glucose levels can lead to heart disease, the #1 killer of women. (https://www.goredforwomen.org/)

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The barre3 class was great. I really enjoyed it and I didn’t think I would.

Being pregnant can really do a number on your body, and all the new and sometimes awkward positions you find yourself in during and after giving birth (nursing, wearing, holding, carrying, transporting baby and gear) can really throw off your alignment. Tack on multiple kids of all ages and weights for multiple years and you may find yourself perpetually aching and sporting a slight lean thanks to one hip being used as a side saddle for most of the day. I personally have a lot of discomfort in my neck, shoulders and lower back.

I know, I know. Who doesn’t, right?

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Parenthood is so physically demanding and if you’re anything like me, you probably focus more on parenting and tending to your child’s body and health than you do your own.

Regardless of the mom-stage you’re in, the barre3 approach to core strength, muscle development and alignment is a great option for those of us looking for a way to prepare and/or reclaim our bodies.

Note: Barre3 1) aligns and strengthens the muscles 2) energizes and elevates the heart, and 3) stretches, elongates and prepares the body.

Here are the three types of moms who would benefit from a barre3 class:

1. The Someday Mom

If you’re planning on getting pregnant, barre3 is a great way to prepare your body for the physical demands of pregnancy, labor and recovery. If you’re core is strong and your muscles are accurately aligned before you get pregnant, the muscle memory that you establish makes it so much easier to bounce back. Barre3 helps strengthen your pelvic floor (important for laboring, pushing and preventing future incontinence), which speeds up your recovery post-labor.

2. The New Mom

Pregnancy and childbirth is a major physical event at every possible level of your existence, regardless of the type of delivery you have. Barre3 is challenging but in a gentle way and focuses on 1) strength so you can pick up your children with less risk of injury, 2) length so you grow taller and have less compression in the spine, and 3) stabilization through the pelvis to protect the foundation of the spine.

3. The Aching Back Mom

Barre3 focuses on functional movement so the hour you spend in the studio, makes the other 23 hours in your day more productive. The focus is on balance, as opposed to cranking out more reps. You regain your balance and alignment in a very accurate and deliberate way. When you are aligned and your core strong, your back is set free.

The Barre3 New Orleans studio is beautiful, warm and welcoming. It’s nice to have a place to go to be supported by other women who are committed to helping you feel good. And it’s a great way to make new friends. I founded nolaParent after I had my first child because of the friendships and support system that grew from a weekly prenatal yoga class I attended. It was that group of women who inspired me (and still do).

A big THANK YOU to Touro and Barre3 New Orleans for hosting what I hope will be the first of many Mom’s Day Outs and opportunities for women to come together, support each other, get strong together and be healthy together. Also, Barre3 New Orleans owner, Kendall Carriere, was a huge help in educating me on why a barre3 practice is relevant to moms in particular.

Healthy moms = healthy families = healthy communities.

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