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In need of a massage? All you have to do is come to class!

The mama who attends the most FIT4MOM classes in the month of November will win a free 60-minute massage with the amazing Susan Van Note at East Side Yoga.

The more you come to class, the more chance you have to win!

*Winner will be announced the first week of December.*

**In the event of a tie, a drawing will take place and the runner up will receive their very own FIT4MOM t-shirt!**

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It’s getting to be that time of year again…summer! That means our classes will be held in warmer temperatures which can sometimes be uncomfortable for our little ones. Here are some helpful tips to keep you and you little one nice and comfy during class.

  1. Hot and Cold Gel packs: A frozen hot and cold gel pack wrapped in a dish towel makes a wonderful climate control backrest for your little one. It’s squishy so it is not uncomfortable to lean against and because it is frozen it will keep baby nice and cool without being too cold.
  2. Frozen water bottle: Fill a water bottle ¾ of the way and then freeze it while it is partially on its side. Make sure it is on an angle and that the cap end is not totally covered with water. Right before class, fill the remaining space with cold tap water. Your water will remain cold for the duration of class.
  3. Ice Towels: Wet a washcloth or dish towel, fold it and place it in the freezer. Before class, fill a ziplock with ice cubes and place your frozen towel...
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Thanks to Emily Christie from FIT4MOM Twin Cities who wrote this awesome and inspiring blog!

Today, I taught a Stroller Strides class barefoot.

Take a second to let that sink in.

I got back from a trip last night at 9pm, solo with 2 kids, one of whom got sick on the plane before we even took off.

He has asthma, and we arrived at the airport with him in active asthma attack. Because of what is going on with TSA, the ticket agent basically told me that if we treated him before we went through security, we could miss our flight.

She was so amazing and ZIPPED us through security with nebulizer in tow and got us a ride to the gate, where the driver of the cart kicked a guy out of the seats with the outlet next to them so I could give my 3 year old his albuterol.

We all boarded and the door was closed, and I was sighing a breath of relief when we were alerted that our plane was 25th in line to take off. My son suddenly spiked a fever, and fell asleep. I...

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This month, FIT4MOM corporate featured me in their franchisee spotlight! Here's my story:

"I never in a million years thought I would be a fitness instructor. As a child, I was very active in dance and gymnastics, but, as an adult, working out was something I did reluctantly to keep in shape. I enjoyed going to the occasional group exercise class (especially if it meant I could socialize!), but working out by myself felt like a chore. When I got pregnant, I immediately stopped exercising regularly. Not only did I feel tired, crappy and unmotivated, but I wasn't sure what kind of exercise I could practice safely. I was dying for a Fit4Baby-type class to help me, but I didn't know such a class existed. As I progressed in my pregnancy, I tried my best to stay moderately fit with yoga, walking and the occasional baby boot camp DVD, but it wasn't enough. I gained more weight than necessary which caused a lot of aches and pains and a much more miserable pregnancy than I expected.

Once my son was born, I was determined to lose the weight and get my strength back, but I had...

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My little one recently turned one, and I couldn't stop myself from going all out for his birthday party - decorations, a yummy menu, specialty drinks and the most adorable outfit.

I've always felt that a successful party starts with a theme. It could be a simple theme of Italian food for a dinner party or potluck brunch recipes for a gathering of friends. It could be an in-your-face theme like princesses or, in our case, Dr. Seuss. Whatever it is, the theme gives you an easy jumping off point, narrows down options and makes for a cohesive party atmosphere.

Once you have your theme set, you can look for corresponding decorations (easily found at Party City and online at Amazon.com) and favors. We found cute Dr. Seuss favor boxes online at BirthdayExpress.com and filled them with goldfish. Super easy and...

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Pregnancy is an incredible time in a woman’s life! Your body will change more in 9 months, than a man’s will in his entire lifetime. With so much that seems out of your control as your baby grows, understanding these changes can help so much when adding fitness to your healthy pregnancy. The changes happen primarily at the muscular level, which then translates to shifts at the skeletal level. These gradual shifts lead to poor posture, which can lead to muscle fatigue and pain. When you add in “mom movement patterns” with load or resistance, we can work towards better alignment and increased energy. The specific patterns of movement that your body will be asked to do as a new mom can be practiced and mastered before baby comes home. You are training for strength for motherhood!

To understand the shifts and why they happen, let’s dive a little deeper into understanding the pregnant body. There is a hormone called relaxin which flows through the body during pregnancy and it causes ligamentous laxity (it loosens connective tissue/your joints). This is actually quite helpful...

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