Vanessa is a 39 year old mum of 2 boys, Charlie 4 and Harry 9 months. She attends 2 one on one sessions with me each week and join in on 1 - 3 classes depending on her day. If she doesn't get a chance to come to a class Vanessa will always do an at home workout or go for a run instead. This lady doesn't sit still, and this is part the reason I choose her for February's Member of the Month!
Her commitment to exercise not only when she comes to the gym but also outside of the gym is admirable to say the least.
Want to know more about Vanessa and her advise on how she manages to be a wife, mum of 2 and exercise every day?!
Well I spoke with Vanessa and here is what she had to say.....
How long have you been training with Body Confidence Australia?
Since it's conception, I had previously trained with Sammy back when she was working with Tori almost 3 years ago now.
What do you enjoy most about Body Confidence Australia?
I love the variety in each session - no training is the same. I get bored easily and the workouts Sammy plans for me always keep me on my toes and interested!
Your youngest Harry is 6 months old and from looking at you, you wouldn’t even know you had had children you look amazing can you tell us a bit about your pregnancy journey?
I trained during my first pregnancy (Charlie, now 4) and knew I wanted to be active again as I tend to put on a fair bit of weight when pregnant (damn those cravings!) I trained up until 35 weeks and Harry was born at 38 weeks, I put on 23kg all up. Once I had my 6 week check up (May 2019) I knew I wanted to get back in to training, so I did! It was a slow start but I set myself a goal to be 60kg by December 1. With Sammy's help I achieved this goal, better yet, I BEAT IT! I have maintained a weight of 58kg since December through to now.
Do you have any tips to other mum's like yourself, or any one in fact on how you stay motivated?
Do it for yourself and for your kids. Make time even if you've barley slept, a workout will help you feel 10 times better! It's easy to say "oh I can't be bothered" but trust me you'll feel better for it once its done.
Over Christmas this year I brought out my first E book, how did you find it? You sure kept me motivated!
I loved the E-book! It was great to have workouts to do from home whilst the gym was closed and the Facebook group definitely kept me accountable!
What is your favorite exercise?
What is your least favorite exercise?
What exercise do you feel you get the most benefit from?
I love HIIT workouts or anything that gets my heart rate up whilst doing strength.
Do you have a goal that you would like to reach for 2020?
I'd like to maintain my weight and lift me bum! Haha! Continue to be healthy, fit and to set a good example for my two boys (who by the way often come to my one on one sessions with me). I may consider doing a figure competition later in the year before I turn the big 4 0!
That is very exciting Vanessa, and wow to look at you no one would guess your nearly 40. Congratulations on winning February Member of the Month and thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. As always it's a pleasure training you, your an inspiration to me and to many many others out there especially mum's and I love having you and the boys come in to the studio.
I'm looking forward to what this year has in store for you!