FITMOM Durham has been offering classes for over 8 years across Durham Region.  During this time I’ve had the opportunity to meet hundreds and hundreds of women and families in our communities. And, it’s this community of mothers that really makes our FITMOM classes special. Without their love, support and belief in FITMOM programs, classes and services wouldn’t be what they are today.

During the month of February we have been sharing the LOVE on our Social Media Platforms!  I thought this month would be a great opportunity to share the story of how a friendship developed in our class!  Developing deep connections and community support is a big part of our class experiences.  Read on about how Ashely & Holly (and their babies) became friends!

Meet Ashleigh 🙂

Q:When did you start FITMOM?

I started FITMOM when my son Ryker was 8 weeks old! I attended the FITMOM+Baby and outdoor StrollerStrength classes!

What motivated you to join the FITMOM community?
Being a first time mom I wanted to meet other newly mothers and be able to share stories with. Also I wanted to get back into fitness and it was to hard for me to leave my baby so these classes were the perfect fit my baby could come with me!
What were you hoping to get out of the classes?
I was excited to work out again to make me feel better about my new body. I needed an excuse to get out of my house and bring up my self esteem.
How did you meet and how has this friendship impacted your first year?
Holly and I always managed set ourselves beside each other when we were working out. Our babies were only a couple weeks apart so we got to share stories and laugh with each other! When it was the Valentines Dance Party we both realized we were not good at dancing. We decided to have our own dance party and just laugh it off! From that point we would save each other spots and then we sometime went swimming with the babies after FITMOM. From that point on we exchanged numbers and kept in contact. We eventually got to the point where we drove to class together and would go for lunch after!  Ryker and Alexa just love each other and get so excited when they see the other! Holly is such an amazing friend I am so glad FITMOM brought us together!!!
What’s the biggest benefit you’ve experienced from attending FITMOM Classes?
I had bad anxiety after giving birth, I had a hard time leaving my home but knowing when I went to FITMOM Jenn was always there if I needed help! Working out made me feel way better and helped with my anxiety! Jenn has been the best thing in my life after I had my baby Ryker. If I had any questions she was glad to help! If I needed someone to just take my baby for 2 minutes she was glad to! Jenn thank you so much for everything you do!!!

 

Meet Holly 🙂

When did you start with FITMOM Durham and what classes have you attended?

I started with FITMOM 2Be. I have also attended FITMOM+BABY and StrollerStrength.

What motivated you to join the FITMOM community?
I have always been active an active person. As I began this new motherhood adventure, it was important to me to continue with the physical activity that I was familiar with. FITMOM is the perfect environment as I was able to spend time with other moms  facing similar challenges, and to work through them together.
What were you hoping to get out of the classes?
During my pregnancy I was looking for a class that was specialized and would help me stay fit and prepare for birth.  After my baby, of course I wanted to lose weight, but FITMOM also gave me the perfect push to get out of the house, get fresh air and meet new people.
How did you meet and how has this friendship impacted your first year?
I met Ashleigh at the FITMOM+BABY classes last winter and she has become one of my closest mom friends. Not only has she been an outlet through the difficult nights, she has really coached me through those difficult times where I really needed some reassurance as a mom. They have also been great to share the good memories with. Having kids close in age has made doing the fun things easier. From walks, to swimming, shopping, the zoo and many more to come!
What’s the biggest benefit you’ve experienced from attending FITMOM Classes?
As previously mentioned, FITMOM is a great for getting me out of the house and meeting other moms. But I also believe the biggest benefit of FITMOM is that it has allowed me to do something I enjoy with my daughter. Wearing her and incorporating her into my workouts has helped foster a closer bond with her. Also watching her interact with the other babies has certainly made me a proud mom!
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

Interested in joining us? Try our FITMOM+BABY 3 Class Intro Pass.
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