Coach Cassandra, Founder, Active Moms’ Club
Cassandra’s desire to help others achieve their fitness goals began as a hobby in 2001 when she moved to Chicago from the east coast. Never an athlete in her youth, she began her athletic journey teaching weekly Spin classes, and found it incredibly rewarding to touch the lives of so many people. Her appetite to inspire others continued to grow, and, in 2002, Cassandra received her personal training certification through the American Council of Exercise — she also ran her very first road race that year: The Chicago Marathon.
In 2003, Cassandra took a leap of faith. Leaving a steady paying job as a graphic designer, she set out to pursue her true passion of fitness and established an independent personal training business.
Baby Buggy Bootcamp was born in 2003. At the time, a stroller fitness class was unique to Chicago. This class format was known most recently as Biceps, Babies & Buggies. Working with mothers in a supportive group environment has proven to be successful and very rewarding. It also heightened Cassandra’s awareness for the need of quality fitness programs, specifically strength and conditioning classes for prenatal women and postnatal mothers.
As a result, the Active Moms’ Club was founded in 2008. AMC’s strives to enhance the lives of mothers and their children in the Chicagoland area through safe and effective fitness classes and community events. AMC provides a supportive environment where mothers can build self-esteem and confidence, belong to a community of peers, gather information from experts and lead their families by example – healthy moms have a healthy family! Perhaps the most unique aspect of the club is that moms can bring their children to their workouts, eliminating the hassle of finding and scheduling childcare.
Cassandra has led a healthy lifestyle since coming to Chicago. She is an ACE certified personal trainer since 2002 and a pre- and post-natal fitness instructor since 2003. In addition to teaching classes and expanding the Active Moms’ Club, Cassandra thoroughly enjoys participating in endurance events. Her athletic resume includes: 3 marathons, 11 half-marathons, 2 Ironman Triathlons, 7 Half Ironman Triathlons as well as numerous other road races and shorter distance triathlons all since her first road race in 2002!
Cassandra and her equally athletic husband welcomed their first children to the world in August 2011. Their twin boys occasionally accompany mom to classes and are known as AMC’s handsome little mascots. They are the inspiration for Cassandra, her quest to live a healthy, active lifestyle, and be a positive role model for her family. The boys will accompany mom to Kona, Hawaii and cheer her to the finish line of the World Championship Ironman…well, some day.