As I was powering on the air bike, head down and sweat dripping, the perfect pump up song came over the load speakers that roared throughout the place. Eminem, Lose Yourself, a song I haven’t heard since walking out to a CIF basketball game my Senior year in high school. I would have laughed to myself and sang the lyrics I still remembered but I didn’t have the time or the extra breath to be honest as my partner and I were heading over to our next station. There are some moments and places that make you feel a little more badass than you really are… this place and moment was one of them!

 

From the moment I walked into McAlister Training to the second I walked out, I felt like I escaped into a place where regardless of age, gender or physical ability, you were going to kick ass and work hard. Ladies and Gents, McAlister’s owners Michael and Lauren  have the recipe down… good people, detail oriented workouts,  top-notch equipment, and a community of people who all care and want the best for one another. Plus they had bobby pins and endless hair ties in the bathroom.. need I say more? If you want to workout at a place that makes you feel like you belong, look no further.

Somehow they made of mom of two kids feel like I was training in an Olympic Training center and  most importantly…. that I belonged there.

What I loved about this place is the fact that the groups are smaller, ours had 7 people so it felt a little like a personal training session. For 55 minutes went from station to station where we completed 3 rounds of the exercises, and at the end of each station we would gather as a group and do a few things to get our heart rates up before a few minutes rest. From TRX bands to weighted ball lunges, each station worked a different part of our bodies and kept us engaged. This workout flew by, in fact I don’t even remember seeing a clock there come to think of it!

 

 

 

I wasn’t the best at all the stations and I certainly wasn’t in the best shape but it didn’t matter, the energy that Micheal brought combined with the unbelievably good playlist had all 7 of us in the room pumped to be there.

 

The focus was not on who was best, but on how many reps I could do in a certain amount of time, so I never felt a pressure to keep up with those around me. I was at my own pace and motivated by those around me doing the same.

As mamas we are taught to stay in our comfort zones. Quite often people equate risk taking with bad mothering, and to be honest I haven’t found anything to be more untrue. Instead of giving ourselves reason why we can’t, we need to give ourselves reason why we can. We can and we should be out here pushing our boundaries and bodies.. heck we created humans, we can take on a good workout. This workout did more for me than just kick my ass, it showed me that I can still rock out to a good playlist and push my own limits. Never underestimate what a good workout with good people can do for you, McAlister fitness is the way to go.

 

 

Interested in a bundle of free classes? We are running a giveaway on my Instagram, enter HERE

Have the best week!

 

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Four months ago you could find me with an In N Out double cheeseburger, animal style french fries and a big ice water all balanced on my 9month pregnant belly. The days approaching delivery were a total free for all and I took serious advantage of it. Fast forward to today, 4 months postpartum, exactly! My In N Out order looks a bit different, and my belly not so big. The adjustment has been tough. I’ve had my great moments and not so great but all in all, completely worth it.

Postpartum fitness can really suck, I equate it to our bodies being thrown into a blender with little to no direction of how to put all the pieces back together. To be honest, it’s much harder going back to working out when your main priority is being a mother, and your body feels so different. Somewhere in our brains is this giant area called mom guilt and I don’t know if you have it, but I do and it weighs heavily on me! I felt like investing in “me” was a bit selfish but boy was I wrong. Taking care of myself means taking care of them.. Gavin Wyatt & Rosie. The second I realized that, I pushed through.

Three pieces of advice I would give to you that work for me are:

1. Get Up Before them or Stay up later: I ️ ️ found that if I worked out during a time I wouldn’t normally be with them made me feel much better. Mornings for me are by far the best time, I set my alarm and pack my clothes the night before. I literally roll out of bed, brush my teeth, and roll to the gym. My alarm is set at 5:30AM with the quote “Now or Never. Get Up.”

2. Tighten my Ponytail and get after it: Y’all better watch out when you see a girl tighten her ponytail, it generally means it’s about to get serious. When i’m at the gym, I work hard. It is my time, I want to use it wisely. It’s easy to get distracted on your phone or doze off in distraction but I know the time I have is limited and if I don’t use it wisely, it’s gone before I know it.

3. Get Ready! immediately after! Once I get home, it is no time before my babies wake up and my job is back on. When I get back from the gym I jump in the shower and get “ready ” even if that means putting leggings and a tee on. It makes me feel like my day is beginning and even if I don’t leave the house, I still feel ready and I don’t smell haha. Being dressed is a small act that really changes my attitude and outlook on the day ahead. That brings me to my favorite pair of leggings that have aided in my postpartum journey… Lalabu Leggings.

Today I’m teaming up with Lalabu, featuring their leggings because these suckers are life savers. Not just for postpartum bodies although that is what they are intended for, they suck in and push back, work their magic. If I could wear leggings every moment of my life, these would be them. I’ve tried all brands of leggings, and these certainly win. They are high up reaching just below the belly button, perfectly hiding the kangaroo pouch that held my babies. They are thick and dark for full coverage, because nothing is worse than a pair of see through leggings. I’ll continue to wear them for months because they squeeze tight in my abdomen area and give good support to my back as I lug around my kids! Check out their options here

I am doing an awesome giveaway on my Instagram, go here and Enter to win your own free pair!!!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

xoxo

Stephanie