Post baby body is tough. Unless you are one of those amazing people who bounces back two days after giving birth to life and claim it was all due to breast feeding. If that is you, stop reading. And I hate you.
If you have to work hard to shed those baby pounds (in my case 40+ with his lordship Niko), then I am happy to share part of my work out cocktail. Here it is: I work out a lot. And I still have pounds to shed. I also eat a lot. And refuse to give up chocolate or wine. So there's that. I also sleep a lot. Like, in bed by 9 on a school night in order to make up zzz's lost to feedings and all those charming wake ups when my kiddos swear they want to see me because they are hungry or miss me ay 3AM. When I'm not sleeping, eating chocolate or drinking wine, I try to eat sensibly. Think, a lot of protein and non processed food with essential cheat days. But the most important part of this equation is working out. I feel energized, healthful, and even though the scale still has some creeping to do I'm in most of my pre-baby clothes. Most of this is common sense. Finding the time to practice common sense with two kids, now that is the secret sauce.
My quest for daily fitness and a taste of that elusive secret sauce led me to the ladies of Alloy Fitness in Norwell. Full disclosure, my a$$ kicking trainer Liz is one of the instructors. Nineties rap is her jam and let me tell you, she will push you beyond. BEYOND. So I knew that same a$$ kicking ethos had to be a cornerstone of Alloy. In fact, you'll find it upon the stairs as you walk in.
Alloy's lady boss Tina Morin is a boss on many levels. A dog lover, lover of work outs, working out with dogs, and connoisseur of wine and chocolate. See how I did that, it all comes back to wine and chocolate....and if you know that, you know the keys to a life well lived.
I picked Tina's brain on all things Alloy, below. Now read, go forth and try the IronRyde and IronOar classes. You won't be dissapointed. If you're a House of Cards geek like myself, you'll also be pleased as punch to try out the water rower that Frank Underwood uses during your row/sweat/fitness.
Exact moment you realized you wanted to launch your own business?
I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and that came through in every job I had. Prior to my adventures in the field of Exercise, I worked in Corporate America. I worked in large corporations, small start-ups and everything in between and always found myself searching for more. I have never been happy working for anyone else – I’m the definition of a Type A personality J - that became clear to me the longer I stayed in my cubicle life. I knew I had to make a change and decided to take the first step towards a new career by enrolling in an Exercise Science course at Quincy College.
What I didn’t realize is how quickly my life would change after getting back into the classroom. My inspiration would come in the form of the professor of my first Exercise Physiology class. She worked as a physical therapy assistant, owned her own small gym and also was an adjunct at Quincy college. It took me by surprise that someone could actually DO all the things they wanted to do in life. This gave me a whole new perspective on my career. I remember coming home to my husband and telling him my Professor had the perfect life. I realized I could do the things I wanted to do and be in business for myself… the only thing getting in my way was me. I quit my job 2 months later.
Hardest obstacle to opening your own space?
FINDING A SPACE!! You know what they say, “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.” There seems to be dozens and dozens of vacant commercial real estate available EVERYWHERE but what no one tells you is that it is nearly impossible to sign a lease for a fitness studio! There are so many factors and details that go into finding a space that will work: zoning, noise levels, adjacent tenant agreements…blah blah blah…it took me almost 10 months to find a spot and I went to lease with 5 other locations that fell through before Alloy found its home in Norwell.
Exercise you hate to do the most?
Mountain Climbers – they make me feel like I am going to yack! I would rather do 100 burpees…hmmm…maybe we will do 100 burpees next class…J
Exercise that will have the greatest impact in the smallest amount of time?
In order for something to have impact, it needs to be done consistently. In order to be consistent, you need to have access to it which is why I love pushups! Pushups work your chest, back, arms and abs all at the same time. They are truly a total body workout that you can do anywhere at any time. To be clear, I am not talking “on your knees, bending your elbows one inch”-type of pushups. I am talking getting your chest all the way to the floor and all the way up, firing up your upper back, lats and abs every time.
If you can’t do a push up, they’re easy to build up. Lower yourself down to the floor with control, come all the way down until your belly reaches the floor, then push yourself up. The first few times you’ll probably flop around like a dead fish but you will be training the muscles that need to be engaged. Start with 10, then do 20 and pretty soon you will be banging them out and your whole upper body with change (and you can bust them out at parties and look cool). Once you can do 10 pushups with good form, a lot of exercises become easier in the gym. This boosts confidence and serves as a stepping stone for greater goals.