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Wanna Be A Fit Mom (someday or now)? Here Are Your 5 Sexy Role Models. Take Notes!

Fitness

 

I'm floored by moms who somehow manage to do EVERYTHING!

Like my mom. The only thing she doesn't do for me is my laundry...because she lives in another state. Let me be clear, moms like mine cater to their families but never forget to cater to themselves. They're called Fit Moms. And their unwavering motivation and commitment stack up higher than a series of post-natal fitness dvd's...which I'm pretty sure you'll never find them doing.

I don't have kids, but I do know that juggling everything in my life including a steady fitness routine is hard enough. Throw some kids in the mix and I'm bound to drop some balls. I'm sure I'd desperately need the Mama Wants Her Life Back DVD from the series above. That's why I'm relying on the following 5 moms to tell you what it takes to be a real-deal Fit Mom. And to all my friends out there reading this: I will not drop your baby(ies), I promise!

 

PADMA LAKSHMI

Y'know...the sexy host of Top Chef! Well, she's a boxing fanatic too.

When Padma lost her baby weight in 2 seconds, everyone wondered how she did it. But the truth was that she wasn't doing anything new. Padma revealed:

"I've been boxing for about seven years now. I love it. It's a very meditative practice. You have to really concentrate. When someone is swinging at you, you don't really think about anything else. I think it's a confidence booster and I think that no matter what mood you go into the boxing ring in, you come out feeling better." (source)

Boxing is a healthy and much needed distraction for new moms. Trainer Delon Nelson (who I've personally trained with and consider exceptional) of D&I Fitness in NYC says, "Boxing is the perfect mind-body workout to keep your muscles and patience in top shape. My female clients love it because it's empowering. They get lost in the workout. No kids, job, grocery list or husband to think about, just sweat and the loud clap of the gloves hitting the pads or bags. Stress release!”

Padma's had a lot of stress in her life in the past year: the recent loss of her beloved partner Ted Forstmann and an ongoing custody battle over her daughter with Adam Dell. It's no surprise she turns to boxing to alter her mood and reset:

“I think that sweating a lot and getting your circulation going influences your skin a lot, and helps everything rejuvenate itself." (source)

Check out Padma below in Danskin's Move for change campaign showing off the sexy results of all her boxing training in Danskin performance apparel.

 

REBEKAH BORUCKI

She's a YouTube sensation (wellness vlogger) racking millions of views. And the full-time ring master of her very own family circus.

Rebekah Borucki goes by Bex on BexLife.com as well as on her extremely popular BexLife YouTube channel. She likes to talk. She's damn good at it, and she knows a thing or two about how to live a happy life even if it means traveling with a "6 ring circus", as she often says.

"I understand that I'm a priority in my life. Without me, how would the laundry get done or the lunch boxes get packed? My kids need me for everything, so I need to be at my best to give them the best. If I let myself go - emotionally, spiritiually, physically - then I'm shortchanging my kids. Be aware of how you talk about yourself. Self-esteem and body image is a legacy that you pass on, just like hair color. Teach your kids how to be confident by never criticizing your own body."

Bex is a mom of 4 and her youngest, Baby Summer, is still nursing. When I asked her how in the world she's able to make time for fitness, she said:

"There are fitness opportunities EVERYWHERE. I bound up the stairs instead of just walking, I carry the laundry basket in front of me instead of resting it on my hip. Playtime with baby can turn into a fantastic upper body workout. I don't know how moms manage to NOT stay in shape... there's so much work to do! My kids never stop moving. On a daily basis, I can join in a street-hockey game with my boys, go running with my teenage daughter, or do baby bench presses with my 11-month-old."

For Bex, sometimes balance starts with a prayer:

"I do have a little private prayer that I say everyday... I guess you can consider it my mantra. It's basically about giving up my ideas about having to get it all done at once, letting the Universe open up my path for me, and taking on the day one step at a time. And believe me, a little caffeine and a lot of sleep also goes a LONG way on bad days."

This prayer actually saved her:

"I was going through a terrible divorce with the father of my three older children and I literally stayed in my pajamas all day and was losing everything I had. My career and my emotional health was slipping through my fingers. My doctor prescribed anti-depressents, and I decided to join a gym instead. Working out gave me my life and my self-esteem back, and I haven't stopped since."

The most beautiful part of being a Fit Mom for Bex?

"I'm so glad that my kids are getting to see me build a business out of nothing and are witnessing my transformation from a defeated woman to a fit confident entrepreneur. You can tell your kids everyday that they can do anything, but if you're not going out there and grabbing what's yours, then they probably won't believe you. I'm showing my kids that they can do anything, be anything, and achieve anything. The world is theirs."

Take a glimpse into Bex's life below. She will change your perspective and make you laugh--that's for sure.

 

MICHELLE WILLIAMS

Heard of the Oscars? She was nominated for Best Actress. But she won for Coolest Single-Mom Yogi (here on MizzFIT).

Michelle Williams truly lives by example. I mean, I can barely carry my yoga mat and gym bag without plowing down people I walk past. But this woman manages to carry her kid too! For Michelle, motherhood and exercise go hand in hand (as you can see) but getting a little 'me-time' is crucial.

That's why she co-founded the Yoga for Single Moms Project with two friends in Boston. She explains the meaning behind this endeavor saying:

"Yoga gave me relief like nothing else; it made me a better person and a better mother. I could come back to my daughter anew. And then I started to think about how expensive it is to get a babysitter to take a yoga class, which makes it out of reach for so many women. The idea behind the program is that if you can clear the time, we do the rest. It provides childcare while the mom is in the yoga class, and it’s all free.” (source)

Michelle also conveys that true Fit Moms help other moms get fit and gain more control and peace in their lives. The Yoga for Single Mom Project is currently in effect in Boston but is expected to sow it's roots in Brooklyn, NY where Michelle lives with her daughter.
 

KIM JOHNSON

Model turned Mid-west mom turned fitness trainer who coaches women to be what they want to see in the mirror. Transformation is her thing.

Kim Johnson was a model but that doesn't mean it was easy for her to get back on track after having 3 children within 4 years. She explains:

"For me, getting fit was a survival technique. I had 3 young children, I was a part-time book keeper for our restaurant, a maid, a chauffer and a babysitter. I needed to come up with a solid plan. I felt like my light went out. My passion was gone, my lust for excitement and thrills all disappeared. I felt like when I looked in the mirror I didn't recognize who was looking back at me. I knew I needed to make real changes. I needed to find a way to eat better, get more sleep and get my pre-baby body back."

How did she do it?

"I put my kids on my back and did push ups. I played leapfrog and tag with them. This was a great way for me to get in my squats and cardio."

Now Kim's career focuses on helping other women struggling with the same issues she once had. She calls her studio and coaching program Mirror Image Fitness. These are the types of tips her clients get:

•    Find out why you want to embark on change. Write it on your bathroom mirror with lip liner if you have to so that you see it every morning when you wake up.
•    Wear your workout clothes all day. That way you're always ready for a quick workout or walk. It's a reminder to get some kind of exercise in, no matter how short.
•    When it comes to grocery shopping, if you can't pronounce what's in the package put it back on the shelf!
•    Include your kids in your workout. Use papertowel rolls or toilet paper rolls so they can copy your exercises.
•    Add some fun to outdoor chores and let the kids join in (i.e. fun competitions to see who can make the biggest pile of leaves).

Kim's motivation for embracing fitness is genuine. It's the simplest of mantras that more women need to say to themselves:

"I still want to stay sexy and have fun."

When I asked Kim how her 3 kids react to her fitness lifestyle she explained, "Compromise is key, but if I don't workout, I'm cranky and my kids have come to learn that they're better off if mom gets her workouts in. Kids don't want to be around a cranky mom.

Kim also stays active by picking excursions she knows her kids will enjoy, like biking or rock climbing. When she gets alone time at the gym, she's a fan of Piloxing (a combo of Pilates, boxing and dance).

From Kim, I learn that Fit Moms look to their children for affirmation, no matter how young they are.

"I love hearing them tell their friends that their mom works out and is really strong. I can't wait to hear my grandchildren tell their friends that their grandma works out."

Kids seem to value fitness in ways we may forget about as adults. But Kim isn't forgeting or giving up on the Miror Image dream anytime soon.

"I will never go back to that place where i felt my identity was gone. I'm strong, healthy, have lots of energy and find time to fit what I'm most passionate about in my daily life."
 

SADIE LINCOLN

Barre-fitness superstar who trained Madonna and raises her kids without missing a beat or at least 10 minutes of daily exercise.

After having 2 children, Sadie Lincoln went ahead and had a 3rd baby--the barre3 studio franchise (read about it here on MizzFIT). She even trained Madonna but didn't stop there. Sadie recently launched mybarre3, the online subscription sister to barre3 (in case you don't live near a studio). Now that's a lot of work on top of being a mom...and she still manages to smile...ear to ear! I had to know how she does it. What does it take to be a Fit Mom in Sadie's world? Here's what she had to say:

•    Get your workout in before the kids get up. It's like on the airplane when they tell you to first put your own oxygen mask on before helping your kids. My workout is my oxygen mask!
•    Find exercise methods that work with kids in tow (especially for moms with kids 0-2 years). A home practice, hikes with a stroller, facilities with childcare. I have childcare at barre3 for this very reason!
•    Surround yourself with other fit moms. This is key!

Sadie makes it clear to me that no mom can possibly get it ALL done. But something is always better than nothing:

"Most days I don't do it all and something gives. On busy days I do little spurts of 10 minute workouts throughout the day. I created mybarre3 with these 10 minute workouts because they work so well for me. I also have a standing desk which keeps me moving all day."

A standing desk, now that's an idea!! Sadie also hits me with these commitment-enforcing tips:

•    Plan ahead and ink it into your calendar.
•    Make a date with a friend or reserve a class you will get charged for if you don't show. (Sadie swears by this and so do I)
•    Create an inspiring place at home for your home practice.

Sadie reveals confidence that her career and lifestyle will rub off on her kids the way it did for her:

"I really think fitness can be imprinted on our children by simply living an active life. One of my first fitness memories is of my Mom doing yoga in her room while I rolled around on the floor next to her. Obviously it had a big impact on me! Her lifestyle continues to inspire me. She's in her 60's and does barre3 right by my side. My children see and hear me talking about being active every day and I think it is one of the greatest gifts I can give them. I don't think they will think much about it until they are older. This is when it matters. When they are making their own life choices and reflecting on their parents choices."

It doesn't how much exercise you do or don't get while being a mom, you've got to find balance. This is why Sadie is so Zen!

"Meditation or simply self reflection combined with eating and sleeping well are the building blocks to finding balance. For me, finding exercise that doesn't disrupt these building blocks is important. For example, in my 20's I was a cardio junky. I loved to spin and run because of the of the endorphins and also because I felt like this kind of exercise was the answer to "burning fat". The problem was, I was already so turbo and "type A" in life and I needed something to slow me down and replenish my energy. I often felt depleted after exercise and would end up eating more to compensate or stay up later because I was wired. It wasn't until I discovered yoga that I became grounded and balanced."

The most beautiful part of being a Fit Mom for Sadie?  "Infectious positive energy", she says. I couldn't pick 3 better words to describe her.

For more on Sadie and barre3, watch this interview I did with her!


 

What was your favorite piece of advice shared by the Fit Moms?

Leave a comment below to win a Stash fitness wrist pocket -- perfect for working out or going out!  2 winners will be picked on March 22, 2012.

 

written by Bianca Jade a.k.a Mizzfit

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29 comments
Angie March 3rd, 2012 8:25PM

Great article!

Bex (Rebekah)really knows how to inspire others! Love her videos and how she makes healthy living a priority all while having a busy lifestyle.

I am not familiar with the others but Piloxing sounds really cool. Will have to check it out.

Christine March 3rd, 2012 11:07PM

I had no idea Padma was into boxing. That is great.

And Bex… I can relate. I was going through a tough divorce, too. And I had to sludge myself outside and make myself walk around the neighborhood just to keep my mind above water. But I will tell ya, it was ALL that walking that helped me survive it.

What a great group of mamas! Sadie’s got it going on with Barre… seems to be the popular fitness class right now.

Laura Kovall March 4th, 2012 1:48AM

Something for me to aspire to! I just did Sadie’s 60 minute class at 9 months pregnant, but going forward I am excited to try her 10 minute work outs especially when I am “home-bound” with the baby :)

Amanda Richards March 4th, 2012 2:10AM

I am familiar with Bex :) She is very inspiring! I have never done any Barre workouts but they look awesome and I love that they help lengthen your muscles so you look last long and lean.
I do love what Michelle Williams said about yoga. One of my new years resolutions was to get more into yoga so I could reap the me talking benefits of the practice. I too am a single mom and know how hard it is to find ways of getting in a class or some physical activity without going broke. I wish we had a Yoga for Single Mom project out where I am.
All these women are inspiring and it helps me to remember to work on myself and make myself a stronger person.

Tara Burner March 4th, 2012 5:32AM

Love Bex and the others look inspiring as well!!!

capri March 4th, 2012 9:47PM

I like bex the best!!
LOVE HER TO DEATH >.<

MizzFIT March 5th, 2012 8:38AM

Hi Angie,

Bex is an inspirational superstar. I immediately connected with her when I first met her. She has great positive energy. Piloxing is so much fun! It’s spreading across the country quickly actually. There are also dvd’s you can buy if you want to do it at home. There are even classes in my hometown of Saint Louis, Missouri…and actually Kim Johnson teaches a class!

MizzFIT

MizzFIT March 5th, 2012 8:41AM

Christine,

Padma is a tough cookie! I had no idea about her boxing skillz either until I started doing research/interviews for this article. Her body inspires me to box more.

I love how Bex openned up so much about her divorce. Really admire and appreciate that.

Sadie’s barre3 studios reach as far as the Philippines.

All these women are amazing role models!

Thanks for your comment, MizzFIT

MizzFIT March 5th, 2012 8:42AM

Hi Laura,

Was this a workout on mybarre3.com? Was it easy to follow? Caters to pre-natal moms? Give us a little info on what you liked about it! And amazing that you are still working out. Love it!

MizzFIT

MizzFIT March 5th, 2012 8:44AM

Awwww Amanda,

Really loved your response. Perhaps you can email the women from the Yoga for Single Mom’s project and request that. I know they are looking to expand everywhere. It’s all about starting something and helping other mom’s out. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here smile

MizzFIT

MizzFIT March 5th, 2012 8:44AM

Tara,

I 2nd that! Thanks for your comment!

MizzFIT

megan hutt March 5th, 2012 10:56AM

I find all of these mama’s inspiring but Bex daily mantra is one that hit home with me. It’s so important to remember as mothers that we can’t do it all. That our roles as mothers and wives and friends will only fall short if we try to do too much. I’m trying my best in this new year to let the dishes or the laundry stay dirty for an extra day if it means I can have more time with my daughter or time for myself or even time to sit and write a note to a friend.

Rebeca March 5th, 2012 11:00AM

I love bexlife, she has so much positive energy in her videos it’s extremely inspiring. She’s one of the most down to earth fitness personalities online, and I love she’s just so real in her videos. You can tell what she does makes her happy, and she’s such a positive influence, I too found a new confidence and happiness in fitness and she just gives you more reason to keep striving for more. Love her!

MizzFIT March 5th, 2012 11:23AM

hi megan,

Isn’t it funny how perfect moms try to be with chores that are somewhat trivial? I think it’s easy to forget that your kids want your time more than they want spotless dish. I’m not saying to never wash the dishes, I’m just saying that sometimes the dishes can wait for you to go outsides and chase lightening bugs with your kids. Dishes don’t have feelings. People have feelings and memories to cherish forever. I think you’re doing the right thing. You’re choosing to live and exercise more for yourself and for your children. Good work and thanks for sharing this personal tidbit with us all.

MizzFIT

MizzFIT March 5th, 2012 11:25AM

Rebeca,

Wow! So much love for Bex! I am not one bit surprised. But now I’m gong to have to fight all of you off just to get some QT with her, lol!

Thanks for your comment, R.

MizzFIT

Amanda Richards March 5th, 2012 9:17PM

Lol I just read through my comment and didn’t realize that my tablet messed up what I was trying to say. :) I meant to say that this year I wanted to get more into yoga to not only reap the physical benefits but the mental ones as well. I didn’t even think to email anyone about the Yoga for Single Moms project. I might do that! Thanks for the great idea!

Sadie March 6th, 2012 3:18AM

Honored to be in the company of these AMAZING fit mamas. There are some sweet and similar themes that drive us all. Thank you Bianca for including me and for writing an article that I am sure will inspire other fit moms. xo

Jenny March 6th, 2012 3:41AM

Barre3 rocks! I absolutely love it and the mybarre3 at home workouts are so great since there aren’t any locations in San Diego. Thank you, Sadie Lincoln!

Kimberly March 6th, 2012 3:58AM

This article is so inspiring. I’m so excited to be included ith all of these rock star moms.
I love the mantras that Bex spoke of. I find a quote that inspires me and write it on my mirror for a week. It definitely helps.
Moms are so amazing. I love all of the responses. Bianca is so right , dishes, laundry etc. is not as much a priority as we think. It’s amazing what moms can fit into thier days. The age of juggling it all is over . I say pick and choose what you want to accomplish that day and forget about the rest. That’s how I do it. Moms Rock!! Thanks mizz fit for including me:-)

MizzFIT March 6th, 2012 9:39PM

KIM!!!!

So excited to see you comment here. I’m honored and have always been so amazed by the way you care so lovingly for your kids and for yourself. I’m thankful to have met you and grateful for the opportunity to keep learning from you. Can’t wait to see you in Saint, Missouri soon! Love your comment too!

Big hug,
MizzFIT

MizzFIT March 6th, 2012 9:40PM

Amanda,

Your welcome! Anytime! Please let me know if they respond to you :)

MizzFIT

MizzFIT March 6th, 2012 9:42PM

Sadie,

Since the day I read about you and then finally got to meet you, I have always been inspired and impressed by you. But then finding out that you were a mom made me worship you. I hope to be a hot/fit mom like you someday. See you in Portland!

MizzFIT

Whitni March 6th, 2012 10:25PM

Absolutely amazing!! I love MizzFit and Sadie!! I continue to be inspired by all the awesome, fit mama’s in barre3, as well as our lovely clients. Thanks so much for this article, MizzFit. And thanks to all of these women for inspiring us to be healthy, fit mamas!!

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MizzFIT March 7th, 2012 9:12AM

Hi Whitni,

Sending love right back to ya! And yes, I think much applause is due to women like your clients at barre3! They are devoted to their workouts and from what I hear, very fashionable and inspiring. I love writing articles like these because as women I believe we need to observe and learn from each other. Sometimes we become competitive with the very women who could help us become even better/stronger versions of ourselves. And that is silly. Better for us to empower each other, right?

Thanks for your comment, Whitni!

MizzFIT

DOROTHY SOBREVEGA March 7th, 2012 11:55AM

I ENROLLED IN A 1YEAR UNLIMITED BARRE3 PROGRAM. I AM VERY EXCITED TO BE BACK ON MY FITNESS JOURNEY.

BARRE3 HELPED ME A LOT IN ALLEVIATING MY UPPER & LOWER BACK PAINS. THE EXERCISES IMPROVED MY POSTURE, STRETCHING HELPS AS WELL IN DE-STRESSING grin

MizzFIT March 8th, 2012 2:45PM

Hi Dorothy,

Stretching is key to tension relief. I never start or finish a workout without at least a few minutes of stretching. Barre workouts are so good about incorporating stretching between repetitive toning/muscle building moves. It’s like a beautiful break that you look forward to in between each workout set, y’know? So glad that you love barre3 and have experienced great results from it! Thanks for sharing your comment!

MizzFIT

sarah March 13th, 2012 6:08PM

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MizzFIT March 23rd, 2012 2:21AM

Hello ladies!

I've picked 2 winners for the STASH Giveaway! Congratulations to Angie and Christine and thank you to all for leaving your amazing comments. It feels so good to know that I can introduce you to women that inspire you, and that you can easily connect with and learn from. Please keep reading MizzFIT.com and leaving your insightful comments. I read every single one!

Much love,
Bianca Jade/MizzFIT

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