“The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.”
- Jessica Lange
Last, but certainly not least, is our 6th and final BOOMer Mama of the Month...Brittni Phillips!I've taken many classes with Brittni both pre and post baby and let me tell you this mama is awesome! Known for her practically perfect form and tendency to run circles around everyone, she is an athlete in the gym! Beyond that she is a caring and compassionate mama to her two adorable kiddos (check out that super cheesy grin on her daughter!!)
Brittni displays calm and focus in all that she does. She is everything a mother needs to be. Fully understanding that you don't have to be perfect to be an amazing parent, her kiddos are so lucky to have her and will no doubt grow up to be stellar human beings.
I touched base with Brittni to find out all about her pre and postnatal journeys, here is what she had to say.
Did you train while you were pregnant? If so, what was your workout schedule like?
Yes. I tried to keep my schedule as close to my typical schedule as possible. I was typically working out at LFT 5-6 days/week with walks or hikes on my recovery days.
Do you feel people have misinformed opinions about pregnant mothers who lift weights?
Yes. I find a lot of people think it’s a big no-no. Really, it’s about listening to your doctor, coaches and your body.
Have you found LFT coaches to be supportive during your prenatal and postnatal fitness journeys?
Absolutely! They have continued to push me to my best, even as my best has changed during and after pregnancy. They’ve also given me modifications and alternative exercises as needed.
What has surprised you most about motherhood?
Just how hard and exhausting it is!
What has been most challenging for you as a mom?
Making time for myself. There never seems to be enough hours in a day to get everything done that needs to be done, let alone extra time for me.
Society puts a ridiculous amount of pressure on mothers. Have you felt pressure as a mom and how have you reacted to it?
I have definitely felt the pressure to “do it all”. I’ve learned to try to ignore the expectations of society and unsolicited advice and just do what is best for me and my family. As much as we want to please everyone, we just can’t put that pressure on ourselves.
What does it feel like to get back into training after having a baby? (Physically and emotionally)
Physically it’s hard. My body is sore and tired, and my endurance is down. Emotionally it’s both invigorating and frustrating. It is so uplifting to be back to my workout that I love, not to mention the thing I rely on to keep my stress down and energy up. It’s also frustrating, though, feeling like I’m starting back at square one with my fitness - I know it just takes time though.
What obstacles have you had to overcome to make that important time for yourself? (Or how are you still trying to overcome them?)
Finding that time for me is a constant struggle of juggling schedules with work and kids, a traveling spouse and having to be dependent on other people’s time and schedules, not to mention the not-so-easy thing of asking for help. Some days it’s a challenge to get myself out of bed to make my morning gym class (especially if I’ve been up all night), but knowing how it makes me feel afterwards is usually enough to get me there.
What has encouraged you the most during this postpartum time?
The support I’ve gotten from family, friends, and of course, my gym family.
What has been discouraging for you during this postpartum time?
Being out of my normal daily routine and trying to establish a new one.
Tell me a little about your children.
My daughter, Rylee, is three and a ball of fire. She is so fun, nurturing and loving. She loves performing and is always on the move. Cooper is our newest addition (2 months). He really enjoys eating and sleeping, but has certainly figured out how to be heard over his chatty sister.
What advice would you give yourself if you were an outsider looking in?
Don’t be too hard on yourself - you’re doing a great job!
What are you accomplishing as a mom that has made you feel proud?
Seeing my daughter’s reactions to various situations makes me so proud that she is turning into such a strong, confident and compassionate person. This makes me proud that, as a parent, I have been able to teach and model these qualities for her.
What advice would you give to other mamas who want to continue training and making exercise and health a priority in their busy lives?
It’s hard and you will have weeks or months or years where you fall off the wagon, but keep at it because the only way you can take care of your family is if you make time to take care of yourself first.
What is your favorite exercise at LFT?
I like exercises that are full-body movements such as GTO and power cleans.
What are your fitness goals going forward?
Right now, my goals are to get back to where I was performing pre-pregnancy and establishing my new “normal” routine.
For my last question, I’m going to list 5 categories and you tell me what you recommend in each (just let it be the first thing that comes to mind)
Food: yogurt and fruit, or anything chocolate
Music: anything country, alternative rock
Book: You are a Badass
Film/Television: Friends (an oldie but a goodie)
Person you admire: my mom
Congratulations on the arrival of your sweet little Cooper! Keep up the amazing work Brittni! I hope you know how inspiring you are to those around you and your "mom game" is on point. Even more balance will come in time and you'll have a set routine before you know it. Don't change a thing mama!
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