Fitness is different when you enter motherhood. Maybe you have always loved it, but struggle to find a fit for your life as mom, or maybe motherhood has inspired you to workout. Maybe you feel like your body is new and different, and you need help getting started. The demands of motherhood can make it hard to find time and a great space to workout. Here are some great options in the upstate to help moms of all stages.
Mommy & Me
Upstate Strong Mamas is a kid-friendly group workout class held in various locations around Greenville. While you workout, your children can accompany you in a stroller, hang out by your side, or play with other children. These classes consist of mostly body weight and some resistance band exercises, while also using other “equipment” from the venue, such as benches, tables, etc.
The group not only works out together, but they strive to be a community for one another. They also schedule playdate and crafts, hang out after workouts, and have a private Facebook group.
The classes meet Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 am. In the winter, they meet in a gym, and during the Spring, Summer and Fall, outside. For more information, see Strong Mamas’ website.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Fitness
Ashley Heringa of Strength in Her Fitness (that’s me) is an ACSM certified trainer specializing in women, certified pre- and postnatal trainer, and Pregnancy and Postpartum corrective exercise specialist.
I offer training for moms (with or without kids in tow) specifically programed to their needs. I focus on core and pelvic health, and strength to live life as you want. For moms who already exercise, I provide guidance and training to help them stay in their sport or activity of choice while pregnant, keeping their body injury free, and to help them to return postpartum. For those new to exercise, we work on any weaknesses in pregnancy and postpartum, and getting strong and healthy, to help moms thrive. My focus is to TEACH and guide moms in their fitness goals, so eventually they don’t need me any more.
I offer one-on-one training, small group training, and group classes for moms. I work in the Anderson and Clemson areas for in-person training, but also offer virtual sessions. For contact information and class schedule, visit my Facebook page.
Return to Running Postpartum Virtual Training
Alison Marie Helms of Alison Marie, PhD is a NASM & Pre/Postnatal Certified Personal Trainer and Pregnancy & Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. Because of the lack of good information that she found when she returned to running postpartum Alison created the RUN Mom Strong Courses. She also provides one-on-one coaching and training.
Alison’s programming helps moms overcome the common, but normal issues, of leaking while running. Her programs and coaching help you regain control and strength in the core and pelvic, as well as strengthening your body, so it can handle the demand of running. In addition, she helps you slowly rebuild your running volume.
Check out her FREE ready to run checklist.
In Your Own Home
Want to work out, but do not want or can not leave your home?
Ashley Benson of Train Hard Mom Hard will come to you, with all the equipment you need in tow. She also provides virtual training for clients. Benson is a NSAM certified trainer, specializing in nutrition coaching. As the name in implies, she motivates her clients to train hard during their sessions. All sessions are personalized to clients needs and desires.
Benson travels to Simpsonville, Greer, Taylors, and Greenville (to see if you are in her radius, simply map if you live within 30 minutes of the zip code 29651.)
Pilates for Moms
Body Works Physical Therapy is focused on helping moms with core and pelvic floor health. They now also offer Clinical Pilates for moms. These sessions can help with low back pain, pelvic pain or heaviness, abdominal muscle separation, or strengthen you in pregnancy and postpartum OR just help you get stronger/in better shape. Classes are small (3-4) and can be combined with physical therapy.
Hopefully this gives you a few ideas on where to start on finding options to help you with your fitness goals! We’d love to hear how your fitness journey goes!!