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Kick 2 Fit at 818 Fitness in Woodland Hills with Inez
Combination of Cardio/Toning:
Bar Method in Agoura (Next to Canyon Club) with ALL TEACHERS!
In this post, I will give you simple workouts I have tried, followed, dedicated myself to and worked hard at for the last couple of months. These workouts are all easy ways for EACH AND EVERY ONE of you to try and stick to! There will be no excuses after reading this because each workout is different with all types of excuse-free classes and ways to work it out!
I promised Before & After Pictures and a promise is a promise. I swear, I am getting more brave by the day with this site ... holding my breath ... here goes!
The REAL Before: This is how I was at about 6 weeks pregnant: (tiny)
About 2 weeks before I gave birth ... I had already looked like THIS!
And the day before birth like this! And yes, I only had 1 baby inside of that belly! (isn't my Mom beautiful?)
So, needless to say, my body has been forever changed! After 2 years, I finally got my act together and started shedding the flab!
I have recently looked like this (PIC LEFT) and have ended up looking like this (PIC RIGHT): 9 lbs lighter & down 2 dress sizes!
(PLEASE try not to focus on my horrific tan I had gotten in the before pic, more keep in mind that the tan should have made me look skinnier! It's not doctored, I just pushed auto correct color to make it brighter)
Here are the workouts I did and still do:
- Stroller Fit with Melissa Thomas at The Westfield Topanga Mall (Mon. - Fri.) from 9:10a - 10:10a
- Pilates with Sherry Abdi at Firm & Fit Pilates in Woodland Hills (Mon. + Wed.) from 11:15a - 12:15p
- Bar Method with multiple instructors at Bar Method Agoura (Tues. + Thurs.) from 4:15p - 5:15p
Let me elaborate on these INCREDIBLE trainers who have gotten me where I am today .. in bathing suit shape!
Melissa Thomas is an incredible instructor who can really help ease the most out of shape women into shape! When I first started at Stroller Fit, I could barely breathe when we would run from one tree to another. I was always last and would constantly complain of some sort of cramping! I constantly laughed at myself and thought how difficult this process would be, that I would rather be at home laying on the couch or just hanging with my son ... but I started to meet other Moms that were in the same boat and it kept me coming back! It becomes like a family and we would all say "I'll see you tomorrow?" Not to mention, Melissa made me feel comfortable enough to want to keep coming back. After about a week I got the hang of getting up, getting Dylan ready to go and getting out the door to class! By the second week, I felt like a different person, mentally. I found myself having more energy and craving the workout! I haven't been the same since! I am addicted to working out because of Stroller Fit!
This class starts with a warm up, side shuffles to a serious muscle toning workout with elastic and resistance handle bands, skips on to a sprinting or fast paced jog competing with other Moms alike and moves on to the most dreaded ... but best part ... The Stairs!!! We run stairs! It's hard, but it's so good!!! After the stairs we head back into the mall where we all gather in a pack and do arms, stomach, etc ... more toning and fun and interactive with all the other Moms. This is where we usually let the little ones come out to roam on the carpet with us, my son's favorite part! This is a great workout for any Mom. Whether you are pregnant, just had a baby (and have the ok from your Dr. to workout again), out of shape or in shape ... THIS IS A GREAT CLASS FOR YOU! No excuse perk - no child care necessary! AND there are always easy payment plans and great deals each month!
I decided to interview one of my Valley Mom Team Members (my workout inspiration) and ask her why Stroller Fit was the right fit for her ... here is what she had to say!
Lisa: That I can go workout and not have to hire and pay a babysitter. I have the freedom to just get up and go workout! No need to plan everything, make meals, get babysitter, pay a kids club; I JUST GO!
VM: Have you lost weight and gained muscle tone from it?
Lisa: YES, YES and I've even gained endurance from it!
VM: What kind of person would you refer to Stroller Fit?
Lisa: ALL KINDS! Pregnant, After baby, in shape, out of shape ... ANY MOM! They have workout bands for all strengths and you can go at your own pace! Every Mom!!! (And Dads too)
VM: How do you feel about Melissa?
Lisa: I LOVE HER! She is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. Just a great person in general. Very personable. She's motivating! If you need more of a push .... she'll give it to you. If you need her to lay off because you are pregnant or just getting back into shape ... she will ease up. Stroller Fit would not be the same if Melissa was not the instructor ... she is the one who makes Stroller Fit what it is and why I go!
VM: Any perk or bonus you would want to share with other Moms?
Lisa: My 2 years old, Tyler, has learned Spanish, Days of the week, the Months and how to workout just like Mommy! Plus she loves going! I also met a lot of new friends there ... more Mom's I would have never known if I didn't join! I wish I would have known about SF right after I had my first daughter. Just getting out of the house and needing to get back in shape... you feel gross, hormonal, in need of other Mom's, etc ... this class gives you all that and more! It's like a Mommy and Me that helps Mommy tremendously and Baby gets to hang with Mommy, play with other babies and learns things too! It's a Win-Win!
You can contact Melissa Thomas at Stroller Fit by Clicking Here for the details on her website or call her at (818) 631-1257 or you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pilates is dedicated to restoring muscular balance, increasing functional strength and flexibility, lubricating and mobilizing joints, improving body alignment and posture, and heightening body control and awareness.
I truly rave about Firm & Fit Pilates because I didn't really gain any muscle tone whatsoever in he last 5 years until I started there! Sherry is so flexible and accommodating with times. Whether you want a private training session, semi-private or group classes, you will find exactly what you are looking for.
Before I found Sherry my stomach flab was awful. I had a HUGE pooch and thought that only tummy tuck would be the answer! Sherry proved me wrong! She helped me get rid of the worst part on my body, my horrific stretched out tummy. It's the focusing on the core that helps so much! Trust me! The three women I know who have become true workout fanatics ALL do Pilates and say it changed their life. I feel the same exact way!Now I know why they became so addicted.
This is a great workout for those of you who can get away from your little ones for a while. While my son is in school, I go to Pilates! And guess what ... Sherry is offering all you readers the deal of a lifetime! You can't find this kind of a Pilates deal anywhere! Just mention The Valley Mom to get the following:
- First trial class is FREE!
- $20 off for every time you refer a friend that signs up too!
- $100 off the group class price for the 11:00a & 12:00p classes
If you have been wanting to try Pilates ... this is the place, now is the time and here is your chance! CALL! Every friend I have referred absolutely loves Sherry, loves the studio and loves their new body! And please know you obviously do not have to be a Mom or a woman to enjoy Pilates or this special offer!
www.FirmAndFitPilates.com or call (818) 331-4070 or email Sherry at SherryAbdi@aol.com
Firm & Fit Pilates is located at: 4881 Topanga Cyn. Blvd., #215, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
You can also find Sherry's Firm & Fit Pilates on Facebook - CLICK HERE
I truly have lost a ton of flab, cellulite, unnecessary weight (9 lbs.) and two dress sizes! Everyone can do this! I want to personally thank Melissa @ Stroller Fit; Sherry @ Firm & Fit Pilates and all my AMAZING instructors at Bar Method - You have seriously changed my life forever! Because of all of you, I am a happier person, more energetic person, better Mom and so much healthier! I love all of you so much!
More Motivation? Here goes more bravery, holding breath, closing eyes, attempting to send this to all of you ... ughhhhhhhh ...
We started on May 17, 2010 to join our Mommy Brains and Mommy Muscles to dish to all you fellow Moms that want a pre-baby, 21 year old, hot body figure again!
- Is it cost effective?
- Does it give you the yearn to burn?
- Will it fit into my Mommy schedule?
*Bar Method with Michelle - Click Here for more info. *INCREDIBLE BURN!!!
*Kick2Fit with Inez - Click Here for more info. *HOLY SWEATING CARDIO UNREAL!!!
WE CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THESE CLASSES ... we will be trying more!!! We promise!