Thursday, December 25, 2008
The past 10 days of unexpected weather has had me reflect even more on how much my family and friends mean to me, in addition to how much I am truly grateful for. It reaffirmed the phrase “Why worry about what we can not control”. The snow gave us all a White Christmas. And while we may not have wanted this much snow at first, it created memories that we will never forget. From ...learning how to truly shovel snow, digging deep into our bag of tricks on ways to entertain our kids inside day in and out, calling our Moms for more Christmas Cookie recipes since we used up the first 5 in the first 2 days of snow, learning how to be creative when working out in our homes, truly meeting our neighbors when bonding over pushing cars out of driveways or learning how to put on chains, and using our able bodies to get from point A to B in the snow.
This past week I was worried about there being no Beaverton Classes, but realized it was nothing I could control since the facilities were closed. With knowing how many of you truly start your day with coming to class, I was worried about your exercise activity, but had such great faith you would feel empowered to do the home workouts we posted. I know some of you emailed for more ideas for ways to stay active with your kids in the snow, and feel grateful you feel comfortable to ask for help and ideas. It made me look within my bag of exercises and get even more creative.
The determination I felt to make it to class for those who could come, reenergized my love for what I do. I was running on Stanton Street each morning, the only one running in the snow amidst some cross-country skiers, and realized the magic of what was happening. The challenge to make it to the Lloyd Center, running each day in the snow when my own legs were getting fried, led me to say "thanks to you". I thank you for making exercise a priority in your lives. I thank you for your hard work and determination in becoming better Moms. I thank you for your openness to try new exercises and thank you for supporting one another in doing so too. Thank you for wanting more challenges, and letting the Baby Boot Camp Team help you go beyond what you felt was possible. I thank you for your miles logged each week, legs exhausted from squats and lunges, arms depleted from push ups and dips, and cores quivering from planks and bicycles.
I thank you for sharing your stories with one another, and being open to doing so. If you read through the posts on the Yahoo! Group and see the comfort level in asking questions, or hope that your own story may help the person asking for advice, it is overwhelming with support. The gratitude I have for you is endless. You have become part of a community that was the dream when starting my business in 2005. The community of active minded, supportive, intelligent, kind, generous and wonderful Moms (and Dads). You are it!
YOU make me even more determined to help you not only reach your health and fitness goals, but surpass them. I wish you a wonderful Holiday, and may you feel the love and gratitude for yourself that I feel for YOU each day.
Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and see you in 2009-
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I just got back from running to the gym and was contemplating on the way home what to do with classes tomorrow. The streets were wide open and my mind was open as well...to try to make tomorrow work if safe for at least two classes. Right now, Sunday evening, the Conestoga 8:00 am , Nike 9:30 am and 9:30 am THPR classes are already canceled. The facilities are all closed tomorrow. I am awaiting the status of the neighborhoods around the Lloyd Center Mall.
4x 1 minute Around The Clock Lunges
4x2 minutes Michael Jordans
4x1 minute planks
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I am ready and eager to teach you at LCM! It is a dusting of snow and not supposed to get bad until the afternoon. I say take our Light Snow window while we are able to and get our sweat on! That is IF , and only IF you are able to drive safely to the Lloyd Center Mall.
I will be there early to get some extra cardio in, so if you would like to join me, feel free.
I am looking forward to seeing you, and finally getting the rest of our holiday shopping done!
Friday, December 19, 2008
School Closures check-
Please do the home workouts and I will try to post some additional ones later today. If you are able to bundle up and go for a run or walk, watch your foot tracking and try to use your stroller instead of baby carrier in case you slip.
I hope to see many of you tomorrow morning at the 9:00 am Lloyd Center Mall class.
Stay safe and have a good morning-
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Baby Boot Camp has become not only your exercise resource, but a significant part of your lives. If anything the emails from the past snow week let me know how much you appreciate classes, the instructors and the accountability. I encourage all of you to complete the attached story submission to Oprah this week.
Thanks so much and I can't wait to see you in class tomorrow or Saturday.
Beaverton Public Schools are CLOSED so no Regular 10:00 am class.
BUT there is a SPECIAL 10:30-11:30 am Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation Department Class that Tricia will teaching. We want you to drive safe, and please come ONLY IF you are able to.
The 9:15 am LCM and 9:30 am ILC(Sellwood) classes are going as planned.
Tomorrow, December 19th, the Hillside Community Center Class is Canceled. I don't know yet about the THPRD or LCM classes. Crossing my fingers all will be on schedule.
Yippee for classes today! If you can't make classes, please do the snow workouts.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Let me know how it goes for you - and please listen carefully during the Adelaide juggling (you'll see)!
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2890296432570254573Here is another 20 minute workout for you to do at home. I've included the written instructions just in case you aren't able to view the video. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments. Have fun!
1 Min Regular Wall Sit
1 Min alternating 10 seconds of high knees with 10 seconds of low march
1 Min Single leg squats (30 s each side)
30 sec dips/30 sec pushups
1 Min Jack Squats
30 sec water break
1 Min Narrow Wall Sit (knees and ankles SQUEEZED together) - pulse your knees together for 10 sec on, then don't pulse for 10 sec. (10 pulse, 10 not for whole minute)
1 Min Burpees (Jump squat, hands go down to ground, jump or step out to plank, jump or step back in, repeat)
1 Min Single Leg touchdowns (keep standing leg straight and teeter forward to touch foot with opposite hand - 30 sec each side)
30 sec dips/30 sec pushups
1 Min Side to Side power squats
30 sec water break
1 Min Regular Wall Sit with weight transfer or marches
1 Min Jump squat/cross/cross (be a ballerina)
1 Min False Starts
30 sec dips/30 sec pushups
1 Min lateral hops
I want YOU to feel POWER too. The videos for the kitchen are seperated out into 3 videos. We found that doing one long video doesn't work as well posting wise.
Have fun, feel as if I am right there with you cheering you on. - Erin Shirey
Begin facing your kiddo in the highchair.
- 2 minutes squats with scap -squeezes - giving high fives on your way up or down
- 1.5 minute Squat and on the way up alternating high knees
- 2 Minute Speed Skating- noticing how you want to mop your floor (hee hee)
- 1 Minute step and drag sliding feet across your floor. Rotate legs- focus on engagingyour ab and adductors (Inner thighs)
- 2 Minute Speed Skating getting LOW with a flat back
- 1 Minute High Knees- Arms raised in 2 90 Degree angles by your shoulders
- 1 Minute down low to Mountain climbers
- 1 Minute High Knees FAST
- 1 Minute down low to Boulders
- 2 Minutes Cheerio Pick UP- Start in standing position and squat than reach to the ground grab the food thrown off the tray and continue. Stay in a low squat tapping hands to the ground and high five your kiddo in between bring food back to the tray
- 1.5 minutes Speed Skating
- 1 Minute Plie Squat Jump Ups
- 1.5 Minutea Speed Skating
- .5 Minute Plie Squat Jump Ups
Stretch and drink your H2O!
Have fun and repeat throughout the day when you find 20 minute windows.
© 2008 Erin Shirey When not chasing after her daughters, Erin Shirey is found throughout the Pacific Northwest helping Moms find ways to exercise. She is a Baby Boot Camp® Leadership Coach, owns Baby Boot Camp® Portland & Beaverton and does fitness segments for various networks. She has a BS in Kinesiology, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and Fit To Deliver Pre and Postnatal Certified Trainer. To reach Erin, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.babybootcampportland.blogspot.com/ .
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The Instructors and I are trying to post some workouts on You Tube tomorrow and will post the link and schedule for you tomorrow. Anne - Arms, Danielle- Legs, Erin- Cardio and more. If we are home again on Thursday, I will do and post Soup Can Workouts for you to do at home. PLEASE remember there are also the other workouts under our Yahoo Groups FILES folder and scroll down on the blog.
Stay warm and work hard-
*Photo above is the girls ready to have me pull them, but having a tough time sitting up with all the layers!
Be safe and I will be running to teach you at LCM.
Monday, December 15, 2008
According to KGW:
Portland Public Schools announce Tuesday schedule: Schools west of Willamette River closed, schools east of Willamette River open Tuesday. Full school closure list on www.kgw.com
A number of Metro area school districts have already announced closures Tuesday, including: Beaverton, West Linn/Wilsonville, and Lake Oswego. Complete, updated list at www.kgw.com
Thus, NO Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation 9:00 am and 10:00 am classes tomorrow, December 16th. As of right now, there are 9:15 am Lloyd Center Mall and 9:30 am Immanuel Lutheran Church classes.
Anne, Danielle and I are trying to work a time for a Skype workout for you to do tomorrow and will keep you posted in the morning. There will most likely be two options in the morning and afternoon.
Be well, stay warm, and please do some of the workouts posted on the BLOG or in the Yahoo! Groups.
Try to walk/run your holiday errands with your kids in the jogger, instead of driving. -Anne
To drink enough water, put 5-6 rubber bands around the top of the water bottle. For each empty bottle, bring one band to the bottom. Make sure all rubber bands are at the bottom at day's end. -Danielle
Put your kids in the bike trailer and ride your holiday gifts/cookies to your friends. Your kids will think it's an adventure and you are getting more exercise.- Erin B.
In the evening when cozy after dinner, bundle the kids up and go for a long walk instead of drive to look at the Holiday Lights. Find a new neighborhood to explore each week.- Erin S.
If you wouldn't allow your kids to eat 5 Christmas Cookies, than why can you? Don't eat what you wouldn't allow your kids to have - Danielle
This season marks a special holiday for me- I made it through what was an incredible but very challenging year. We started off 2008 welcoming our little Emerson McCafferty Shirey into the world. And what an incredible mark she made- charming everyone whom she encounters. While I was worried how I could love two kiddos as much as I loved my Makenzie, I quickly learned how "ginormous" one's love is. Emerson opened my heart to feel even more love and joy than I realized, and also taught me how strong I was and had to become.
After Emerson was horribly sick in the hospital for 2 weeks in March, I realized my cheerful mentality was actually getting worn thin. I was trying to care for my sweet baby who was unable to breath on her own and had additional health concerns, my energetic 4 year old, two businesses and my Baby Boot Camp Leadership role. All attempting to do so maintaining my positive demeanor. Through it all realized I wasn't feeling like "myself". I didn't have the cheer I normally felt, but was feeling more anxious and worried about getting everything done. The levels of stress I felt when leaving my escape- teaching class- were bigger than I could conquer on my own.
I have always been a referral source for Moms with postpartum depression. I have been one to help those in need and those who needed the extra support, comfort and care when they were trying to take care of themselves and their little babies. What I realized in July was I was one of those Moms I had always helped. I wanted to truly feel the energy, joy and exuberance I normally felt for life and those around me. I didn't want to cry over nerves relating to not getting everything done and feeling I was letting everyone down. I wanted to feel complete and happy at the end of the day and allow myself to be in the moment with my girls.
I worked hard at finding ways to take care of my family and myself, working with my doctor. I sought out the services I referred many of my Baby Boot Campers to. My OB-GYN said that with my own pneumonia, Emerson's RSV and pneumonia, 2 businesses and being type- A he was actually not surprised. What he shared with me and I feel honored to share with you is that those who one would think are least likely to experience post partum concerns are the most likely to experience them.
It has been 5 months since I started my path to true recovery and I feel "cheer" again. I have done so on my own pace and privately, out of hope to not disappoint any of my students who look up to me for energy and enthusiasm. But I would actually be letting you down if you didn't realize I am a REAL MOM like everyone else.
Postpartum depression doesn't discriminate and doesn't play favorites. Selfishly I wish that were not true, but I also feel fortunate to know I can genuinely relate and understand where many of you are coming from. Through the last year I feel my experience has only made me a better teacher because I know I LOVE teaching so much. I know how Baby Boot Camp is genuinely integral in so many women's lives; to be active, social, supported and around genuine "cheer" helps.
I carve out additional time for myself to take care of my own needs in addition to those required and requested of me. Now many people may be surprised that I had/have PPD, but that is the reason I am letting you know. You have no idea if you might not feel the cheer you are used to, and please don't ignore any signs or symptoms. It is nothing to be embarrassed about, but something we can all help one another when healing. I am fortunate, my symptoms were not as severe as others, but they have been challenging none the less.
What I am pleased to share is that I feel the genuine "cheer", support and confidence this Holiday Season. I have an excitement and gratefulness for not only my incredible family, but for the talented and gifted Moms I am surrounded by every day. This holiday season, when I say "cheers" know it is with deep warmth and joy to have a great holiday. Enjoy it, and celebrate how far you too have come this past year.
Cheers to you and your family this Holiday Season
- Erin Shirey, Baby Boot Camp Portland Metro & Baby Boot Camp Leadership Coach
Warm up with 3 minutes running in place
2 minutes Cross Country Skiing in place holding the 2 16 pz cans - hands should be raise to shoulder level
2 x 15 reps Lateral Raises holding the 16 oz cans
2 x 15 reps Overhead Press to Front Raises holding 16 oz cans
2 minutes Speed Skating. To make it more challenging hold cans and swing arms across your body
1 minute Squat Jumps holding Big Can in both arms
2x15 reps Squat Rotations holding Big Can. Start sqauting low towards your right leg, and rotate to standing and raising can above left side of body. Repeat 15 times, switch sides and do again.
2- 1 minute planks
2- 1 minute reps of bicycle abs
Repeat if time permits and have fun!
© 2008 Erin Shirey
Friday, December 5, 2008
- 2 minutes high knees in place *Remember knees to hands, not hands to knees
- 2 minutes stairs or liners
- 1 minute mountain climbers
- 1 minute plank
- 3x15 push ups
- 3x15 dips with 5-count holds every 5th rep
- 2 minute False Starts * going low to lunge position
- 1 minute curtsey squat each leg
- 2x15 shoulder push ups
- 1 minute ab bicycles
- 1 minute reverse plank, slow breathing
Repeat if time permits and have fun!
15 minutes for YOU! workout ©
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Each friend you refer that joins Baby Boot Camp, you receive $25 off your next class package. (normally it is free class or $15). They MUST put your name on their waiver for me to know that you referred them.
There is NO limit on the amount of referrals. ie: 4 Friends = $100, 6 Friends = $150
Have fun and see who can refer the most! The person who is the Referral Winner receives 1 Month of Baby Boot Camp in addition to their referral savings!
This Challenge is point based. Everyone has equal opportunity to win and all will excel athletically by months end. The prize is a day at the Spa!!
1 Point = 15 minutes of busy activity with kids - playing tag, hide and seek, rolling around with them, dancing in the house
2 Points = 15 minutes of strength work at home or gym (push ups, dips, lunges, weights, etc.)
3 Points = 30 minutes of cardio or strength activity at 70-90% intensity
4 points = 60 minutes of exercise class or cardio activity
5 points = Baby Boot Camp class
Each person keeps a weekly stat sheet with their numbers and emails it to Erin Shirey on Mondays. The weekly highlights will be on the blog. There will be 4 weekly emails from Erin with tips for the Holidays and ideas how to be more active.
Only $10 to participate, but the reward is priceless! The funds collected go towards the uber-SPA day for the winner. Best holiday gift you could give to yourself. Email me today to register!
The winner will be announced January 10th, 2009 at the Special Mom's Late Afternoon Out
4:00 p.m. at OBA!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
9:00 a.m.- LCM
9:30 a.m.- THPRD
NO 8:00 a.m. Class at Conestoga or 5:30 p.m. Class at Multonomah Arts Center
Thursday-11/27: Happy Thanksgiving!
No Baby Boot Camp classes, but join us for the Turkey Trot benefitting the Oregon Zoo!
Friday-11/28: Black Friday
NO Baby Boot Camp Classes, exercise with your family
8:30 a.m.- Lloyd Center Mall-Special Civil War Class!
NO 8:30 a.m. Conestoga Class.
Also, please note the changes on the right for our December class schedule! The Tuesday Peninsula Park Class and Saturday Conestoga class will return after the holidays. Also, with our busy Holiday schedules, there may be some instructor juggling. Thank you for understanding and enjoy class!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Now you can hear what Jack has to say, on his work-life balance. He was interviewed for Mamapreneurs Inc. Radio and it was a very telling segment. I was impressed with what he had to say, but also felt there were some perils of wisdom that could be passed on. Take a listen and let me know your thoughts too. Also, how does your own partner support you and your goals? What do you do to help support his/hers?
Check out our photos
And come out to support the Oregon Zoo this fall by running the Turkey Trot at 9am on November 22nd! Bring the whole family and get in a workout before that Thanksgiving feast!
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
On Tuesday night during the excitment of the election, I was home withEmerson. Jack took Makenzie on a date to a party, and Emerson went to Baby Boot Camp with me and then home to watch CNN. When driving home I turned my Blackberry off and while eager to text my friends throughout the results, I decided not to. I wanted to just "be" with Emerson and truly remember the monumental evening. That I did.
Emerson and I had a nice dinner, with her "razzie faces" making her food fly everywhere... but I soaked it all up. She followed dinner with a half hour bubble bath with more bubbles than a bath of 3 kids would have and was laughing the whole time. When it came time to cozy up, read stories and rock to sleep was close to the 8 o'clock hour. I rocked with her falling asleep in my arms as my eyes were glued to CNN. The moment she succomed to her blissful sleep face was when the results were called and Obama was announced our Future President. It was a historical moment that was exciting across the board for Americans. I looked at Emerson with tears in my eyes capturing the moment in my mind at exactly where I was and how special and innocent she looked.
I invite you to take hours out of the day when your phone and computers are turned off. Allow yourself to disengage from the world and just be in your own world with your kiddos and family. Those are the moments to remember and truly enjoy.
Be well all- Erin Shirey
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thank you Icebreaker!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
NOW is the time to make that happen by doing the following exercises 3x/week. You need three items: 5-10 pound weights, a chair or coffee table and YOU. Before starting any of the exercises make sure to roll your shoulders back, keep your belly button held in and relax your knees.
Favorite Shoulder Circuit-
Take one 5 lb. weight in each hand, with your elbows outside your shoulders and arms at 90 degrees. Feel as if your back is flat against a wall. Push your arms up overhead to an overhead press, slowly bring them down to starting position with elbows parallel to shoulders and do a chest press. With the chest press, squeeze your elbows together in front of your face, elbows level with shoulders. When bringing your elbows back to starting position, squeeze your scapula together. Repeat for 3 minutes.
90 Degree Arms
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees bent to almost 90 degrees and back straight. Hold your heavier weights in each hand and create two 90 degree angles' with your arms, palms facing you. While squatting, raise your hands in the 90 degree angle until your palms are above your head and your eyes see your elbow. Slowly come back to starting position, engaging your shoulders along the way. Do 3 sets/15-18 repetitions.
Mr. Miagi Wax On-Wax Off
Stand with feet shoulder width apart, knees relaxed, shoulders back, elbows by waist and palms holding 5 or 10 pound weights facing away from your body. Think Mr. Miagi from Karate Kid, "Wax on, wax off". Bring your right arm towards the mid line of your body drawing a circle, follow with your left arm drawing a circle to the mid line of your body. Bring your right arm away from your body, followed by your left arm. To make the exercise more challenging, stand on one foot for 30 seconds and rotate to the other foot. Repeat for 3 minutes.
Raise the Roof Dips
Remember "raising the roof" in high school, now you will do so to get stronger arms. Start in dip position - sit on your chair or coffee table, walk your feet in front of you to a 90 degree angle of knees over ankles, hands are beside your bum. Keeping elbows and shoulders back, drop to a dip position. Upon returning to starting position bring one hand off the chair to "raise the roof", in other words reaching towards the sky with a little push of your wrist. Return hand, drop to a dip, return to starting position with other hand "raising the roof". You can get crazy and after "raising the roof" do a jack with your legs. Repeat for 3 minutes.
As the Baby Boot Camp Leadership Coach, owner of Baby Boot Camp Portland & Beaverton Metro, and Co-Owner of POWER Outdoor Fitness Inc. , Erin finds ways to help develop a greater sense of self esteem and confidence through exercise. She has a BS in Kinesiology, is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and Fit To Deliver Pre and Postnatal Certified Trainer. To reach Erin, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
3x15 lunges traditional
3x15 lunges with double pulses counting out loud to your little one
2x15 squats holding your munchkin in proper form
2x15 squats with 5-count pulses each rep
3x10 dips (or your magic number) with 5 second holds
2x60 second forward arm circle reciting ABC to your kumquat
2x60 second backward arm circle
3x12 side steps-get lower each set
3x15 scap squeeze
3x45-second plank talking to your tyke!
3x15 airplanes with your munchkin
3x10 reps side plank
Run the stairs to your house 5x between exercise sets, or if you don’t have any, run in place for 60 seconds between sets.
Jump “rope” for 2:00 in between Exercise sets
Alternate Jumping Jacks for 60 seconds and Jack Squats for 60 seconds, for 6:00 minutes.
Pretend to step over/jump the line “downhill ski” style for 60 seconds each direction.
False Starts-pretend you’re on a race track in ready position. Bring feet together, jump up high, and alternate legs behind. Repeat as fast as you can for 60 seconds.
Speed Skating-Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Bend down, engage your abs. Bring your right hand down to touch your right feet, and your left foot comes up towards your bum. Switch side. Continue like this, trying to stay low to the ground and going fast. Repeat for 60 seconds.
Repeat 3x entire routine of cardio blasts.
When not chasing after her 2 kiddos, Erin Shirey is found throughout the Portland area helping Moms find ways to exercise. As the Baby Boot Camp Leadership Coach, owner of Baby Boot Camp Portland & Beaverton Metro, and Co-Owner of POWER Outdoor Fitness Inc. , Erin finds ways to help develop a greater sense of self esteem and confidence through exercise. She has a BS in Kinesiology, is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and Fit To Deliver Pre and Postnatal Certified Trainer. To reach Erin, please email at email@example.com, www.babybootcamp.com, or 503.703.1269.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The baby bootcamp community has had an amazing summer full of great classes, beach trips, team races, and so much more! We want to be able to share some of these memories that we have captured along the way so we have joined the world of flickr.
Click Here for our Photo Album
Conestoga Recreation Center: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8am and Saturdays at 8:30am
Peninsula Park Community Center: Tuesdays at 9:30am
AND an old location with a new time...Sellwood: Mondays at 10am
Classes will be moving indoors the first of November with the following locations:
Sellwood: Immanuel Lutheran Church
Northwest: Hillsdale Community Center
Northwest: Lloyd Center Mall
North Portland: Peninsula Park Community Center
Southwest: Multnomah Arts Center
We are still looking for more locations for the SW and Tigard...suggestions welcome!
Continue to check the official website for times and changes! www.babybootcamp.com
Friday, August 29, 2008
Sunday we were in a sea of red running shirts and did the Nike Human Race 10K. It was Emerson's first race in the jogger, and Makenzie loved to sit along side her. Makenzie was encouraging us to go faster which helped in having Jack and I keep a nice pace. Running with the girls also encouraged me to look around and take in what we were all running and raising funds for- the Human Race. It made me think about Moms and how many of us feel like we're racing against one another, especially in terms of juggling and doing it all, but in actuality are supporting each other in the Mom Race.
Moms in Baby Boot Camp are very supportive and encouraging of one another, especially when it comes to the work-Mom-life juggling act. We all want to be the best Moms possible, and help our kids excel in what they do. We struggle with the question"to work or not work". It is a challenge that evolves over time and that a Mom has no idea about until she is immersed in it. For me, I knew I wanted to be with my kids if I had the opportunity to do so. But I also knew that I couldn't fathom not helping women with exercise and personal training because I loved and was fulfilled by my career. Upon moving to Portland my goal was to start an exercise program to help Moms develop greater self esteem through athletics. What I didn't realize at that time was how integral my Baby Boot Camp business would be to the work-life-home balance for many of us, myself included.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Unfortunately the bully from last month, who pushed me off the swing, had two bigger pushes I didn't know about. He pushed me so HARD with BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM that I didn't know what hit me and was thrown into survival mode. Last month I got pneumonia, and then my infant Emerson had RSV. Emerson also had pneumonia and was treated for pertusis, which meant she had to go to the hospital for almost 2 weeks. During that time, my Dad was rushed to the hospital with unexpected heart issues requiring him to get a pace maker. All this while, I was also trying to make the hospital fun for Makenzie. It can be done and actually provided some family memories I will never forget. Sneaking beer on St.Patrick's Day in Rm #470, Easter Egg hunting throughout the ward, doing lunges down the hallway, having nurses laugh when they caught me doing my own aerobic workout in Emerson's room...but the survival mode Jack and I were thrown into wouldn't have been possible without the community of Baby Boot Camp.
When I first started my Baby Boot Camp business 3 years ago, I had a goal of creating phenomenal exercise classes for Moms(and Dads) that were inviting and encouraging. My goal was to focus on helping Moms improve their self esteem through athletics. I also wanted to create an active support community for parents in the Portland Metro Area, providing activities that were fun for all and incorporated into the city's many events. While having the goal to do this for all the Moms in Baby Boot Camp, I guess I was also doing it for myself.
As a Mom, business owner, athlete, uber energetic type-a gal I have a tough time asking for and accepting help. It is probably more common amongst many Moms than any of us will admit. The inability to ask for help is what showed me what a huge community has developed through classes. I didn't have to ask, the help came to me and told me I couldn't say "no". A group of dear Baby Boot Camp Moms and the phenomenal Baby Boot Camp Team, put together a whole support network in place for my family. They sat me down and said that I was not allowed to say no to help. They created "to do lists", playdates for Makenzie and had everything in order before we left the hospital. This ability to tell me I have no choice but to accept help led me to realize again how genuine and incredible the Baby Boot Camp community is.
Over the years I have been elated to see tons of playgroups formed from classes, hear Moms in class plan events with other Baby Boot Campers, have Dads start regular poker nights and see regular running groups form. I received the following email last month that sums it up best:
"I have only lived in Portland for 10 months, and most of my social life is thanks to Baby boot camp! I've got 2 play groups now and a whole bunch of great friends. I'm fitter and stronger than I have been in a long time and all my clothes are too big! So, I thought it was about time I thanked you all for making Portland really feel like home. I don't know how I would have survived without it.
Thank you for putting up with my (very sarcastic!) British sense of humor, and for giving me something to leave the house for in the mornings! - xxoo Alison"
Thank you everyone, for helping make my goal of a supportive and active community come true. I thank you and appreciate your excitement and enjoyment in doing so. I know this next year our community will grow bigger and deeper than ever before. Even if you get kicked off the swing, you have plenty of strong women who will dust you off and pick you right back up.
Warmly and with much appreciation- Erin Shirey
Kicked Off A Swing
I feel like I am in Wallace Park on a big swing pumping my legs and soaring high on the joy of the past weeks- a new baby girl, a business that brings me joy, a husband who is as excited as I am to teach Baby Boot Camp, goofy and sweet "big girl" and the spring flowers in bloom. But * BOOM * getting pushed off by a bully in the park.
Three weeks ago I was on the path to a sweet recovery from the c-section and getting the 2 munchkin juggle down. Boom the bully came and pushed me off the swing. Makenzie got sick and stayed home from school for one week. Had to start all over again. So I hop back on the swing soaring and pumping my legs with more vigor than before. Makenzie is back in school and I had quiet newborn mornings with Emerson. BOOM the bully pushes me off again! My back goes out, and I get the "flu crud " so I actually take a couple days in bed and enjoy lame movies. Then I attempt to get back on the soaring swing and BOOM BOOM BOOM the nastiest bully in the park pushes me off. That bully has the name of Pneumonia for me and RSV for my 6 week-old Emerson. I was admitted to the ER and then had to stay in the hospital for 3 days while Emerson was being nursed at home by Jack and my Sister, Robbie. The problem is the bully doesn't realize who he is messing with. Now I am mad, ready for payback, and eager to pump higher than ever before. I have hopped back on the swing with others behind me pushing me as high as can go. I won't let this dang bully push me off again, because I will definitely be pumping away fiercely.
In the meantime, while I am attempting to pump my legs to health, I encourage all of you to do the same. When you get pushed off the swing, which we all are at times, hop back on stronger than before. They say what breaks you down makes you stronger, so heck, we in Baby Boot Camp are making you stronger in class to prep for those times you break down. Cheers to all of you to keep exercising and running for me, while I am attempting to be healthy in beating this pneumonia and RSV bully.
A healthy St. Patrick's Day "Cheers" and know a pint of Guiness does every body good!
3 x 10 Rainbow push Ups
3 x Plie Squats with 10 count pulses in the low squat position
4 x 30 second crab walk followed by 4 x 15 Tricep Dips
As I have gradually come back to class the past two weeks, it has struck me that some Moms think the workouts are always easy for the instructors and I. We are definitely a determined bunch, and eager to make each workout more challenging than the next, but we have days and weeks where the workouts kick our fannies too. AS I am attempting to get back to my 100% pre-new10 week old baby body and pre -pneumonia self I have found myself more challenged cardiovascularly than I imagined I would be. I was doing hill repeats last night and I felt my lungs needing to get strong again. When doing 5 sets of push ups with chest flies, I was shaking toward the end. On Saturday there were two Moms in class who said "It is good to see you sore too", with smiles. It was said in a sweet way and I laughed back," I am just like you but my business is fitness. I, too, am a new tired Mom all over again". That reality is what helps set the Baby Boot Camp Team apart from other Personal Trainers...we get it. We are all athletes and love our jobs training you, but we also get "it".
ON that note, I have to go so my rainbow push ups, plie squats and crab walks before bed so I don't get in trouble with myself.