I remember 2014’s photoshoot vividly. It was a beautiful spring day in May. I packed up the City Select with snacks and strolled the boys a mile down the road to Kevin Hammett’s studio on Webster Street in Lincoln Park.
… if you live in Chicago, maybe you know Kevin too. He is THE best family photographer.
What a difference 8 years makes.
…for my boys
…and for me
Am I the only one feeling the time warp?
Before kids I was an endurance athlete (ya know, marathons, Ironman & various road races in between) and had a TIGHT KNIT group of endurance athlete friends.
We traveled in packs to put in long training days and raced together on weekends.
I tried to hold on to those endurance training days after my boys were born and built up to compete in a half IM triathlon when the boys were 2.5 years old.
Nope, not because it was physically challenging, (that kinda goes without saying).
It just wasn’t FUN.
Simple. I didn’t have “my people” on race day.
Inevitably I lost my training buddies during my transition into mom-ming as I needed to schedule my (solo) training runs and rides on my family schedule, which usually entailed my husband and I tag-teaming our workouts.
BUT, soon after, I discovered “my NEW people” at i.d. Gym….
I learned how to swing and press Kettlebells at a beloved 6am KB class every Wednesday and Friday. I LOVED this new challenge.
Kettlebells slowly became my new jam. I got physically stronger at the young age of 45!
I developed deep friendships and a belonging to this badass Kettlebell tribe. My people. ❤️ (2017 I got certified to teach KB!)
Gyms closed. The world shut down. We moved to Wisconsin the summer of 2020.
My tribe… broken up again.😢
Maybe you can relate.
The silver lining of Covid… the introduction to LIVE-STREAMING training and classes!
Like most fit pros, I quickly pivoted from in-person training for Active Moms’ Club to live-streaming training via Zoom.
While I lost my in-person AMC community & KB tribe, we all continued to meet up online for our workouts (who knew!!!).
AMC alums who previously moved out of Chicago returned to live-streaming training! #winwin
FUN FACT: I have clients stream classes from California, New York, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota!
- exercise doesn’t have to be an hour, or even 30 minutes for it to be effective
- deeply understanding basic movements and utilizing them in different ways
- listening to my body’s pain points and transforming them into possibilities
- boosting my consistency by making exercise ENJOYABLE
- following a specific format to take brain work out of exercise
It’s actually why I created AMC’s 30-Day Fitness Challenge that includes these 20-minute workouts.
Until then, you can learn more here or hit reply and let me know if any of this resonated with you.
xoxo ~Coach C
P.S. We all want to feel supported and have a sense of belonging, that’s exactly what AMC’s provides. As my client, Katie declares…