Welcome to the WellMom Client Spotlight, Jenn Chandler! Jenn became a WellMom distance training client about halfway through her second pregnancy. She feels her workouts helped her mentally and physically during her pregnancy and expedited her recovery after delivery. She continues to train with me today, and she’s getting stronger all the time! Way to go, Jenn!
Mom to Jack (4) and Max (6 months)
What motivated you to work with WellMom? What goals did you have?
When Jack (baby #1) was a born, I remember thinking, “wow, I never realized how physically demanding having a newborn is.” My back, neck and arms were so sore from nursing, lifting him and carrying him (and his gear). For Max, (baby #2), I was nervous about being physically strong enough to keep up with a very active toddler AND carry around a newborn. Plus, I worked out regularly during my first pregnancy with Jack; with Max, I did little beyond chasing a toddler and walking the dog. I just felt sort of “blah” from not having a good exercise routine. I happened to see Chris’ interview on ARLNow and, on a whim, emailed her.
What are your accomplishments since working with WellMom?
Compared to my first pregnancy with Jack, I was not nearly as sore right after Max’s birth or the first few months after he was born. Even towards the end of my pregnancy, I always felt strong and energized after my workouts. They were a great mental and physical boost. I can now do 20 real push ups on my toes, and I’ve moved from 8 lb weights to 15 lb weights for some exercises! Overall, I feel stronger and just more fit.
To what do you attribute those accomplishments?
I really attribute those to having a good relationship with Chris and staying consistent. I do distance training with her where she emails me a full workout, with links to video clips for new moves, every Friday morning. As I’ve told her, I always get a little excited AND a little terrified to open that email every week and see what she’s cooked up for me. I can do the workout whenever is convenient for me and then report back to her. Chris knows how to push me without overdoing it and has always been great about offering modifications, especially towards the end of my pregnancy.
What goals do you have moving forward?
(1) Be able to consistently do 25 push ups on my toes; (2) Be able to crow pose in yoga (a move I’ve never been able to get); and (3) Get back into running shorter races and eventually run another marathon before I turn 40.
What health and wellness advice do you have for other moms based on your personal journey?
Figure out an exercise routine that works for you. And then stick with it, even when it’s hard or not super convenient. I look forward to my hour workout from Chris every week. And even when I’ve had to start and stop the workout because of a fussy baby, I’ve always felt great after powering through.