I am a tall and curvy girl that has always been active but has also always struggled with a few extra pounds. I have tried a couple of fitness programs and boot camps in the past and usually saw the very minimal 5lb lose, got my hopes up but then was stuck in weight lose limbo. I would lose interest and then I would start making excuses and that would be the end of that.
The day I found out I was pregnant was the happiest day of my life. The first thought in my head was of course “yay!! baby!!” and then I thought I finally have an excuse to sit and lounge around and eat whatever wanted to because I was pregnant. No one would dare say anything about gaining weight to an emotional mom to be. Days went by and I talked to more and more moms and the most common thing I heard about was the amount of weight they gained and how they could never get that mommy weight off no matter what they did. The more I thought about it, the more unhappy I felt about the inevitable weight gain. I thought to myself if I was already unhappy with the extra 20lbs i had to lose now, how would I feel giving birth and having an extra 20-60lbs to lose on top of that. I told my fiance my thoughts and he just wanted me to be happy and just like it was meant to be, he mentioned that a girl he went to school with had just opened her new gym and was certified in pre and post natal fitness programs.
I talked with my doctor about working out during my pregnancy and she was a little hesitant but I had done some research about being active during pregnancy and found only positive results if done safely. I was eight weeks pregnant when I made an appointment to meet with Amanda and have a consult. Amanda was very thorough and really knew what she was talking about. she went over specific things about working out during pregnancy, it didn’t just feel like a generic “get to know you and your fitness goals” talk. She was very friendly and really seemed like she loved being a personal trainer. I felt welcomed into her studio and could already tell that we wouldn’t just have a regular trainer/trainee relationship. I felt comfortable and knew that I would finally enjoy working out and would feel good about what I was doing for myself and my baby.
The initial baseline workout was tough, I had never felt this bad of a burn from just doing some lunges, squats, push-ups and sit-ups but I wasn’t going to give up this time. I was committed to staying active and healthy during my pregnancy. I knew that my baby and I would reap the benefits of this momentary pain.
I started seeing Amanda twice a week, and felt the best I had felt in a very long time, even being pregnant. I breezed through my first trimester with no morning sickness or any other usual symptoms. I felt energetic and always looked forward to my workouts with Amanda. All my workouts were mainly consisted of body weight exercises that really targeted my legs and upper body, because I was pregnant I couldn’t do many of the traditional core workouts but that didn’t stop Amanda from making me do a lot of planks!
By the end of pregnancy i had only gained 10lbs, i was ecstatic because I felt such a difference in my body. I could see definition and tone in my legs and arms. I was so happy with the results. During my times with Amanda she would also remind me about my breathing and how to use it to push through the pain of an exercise and that piece of advise stuck with me through my labor and delivery. I felt great right after the birth of my daughter and I can definitely say Amanda had a huge part in that. And the icing on the cake was that I had actually lost 30lbs, (the 10 that I had gained during my pregnancy and 20 of my pre pregnancy weight).
Two months after my daughter was born I was back at Amanda’s working out. I didn’t make any excuses, my daughter would have to come with me for the hour most times but Amanda and her new employee Jess loved getting to see her. They made it easy to transition back into working out. I have nothing but good things to say about premium personal training. Amanda made my pre and post natal body feel great. I have never had such great results in any fitness program that I have done. She really knows what she’s doing and you can tell she loves what she does and the feeling she gets when she has such a positive impact on peoples lives.