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“We are going to annihilate one body part before moving on to another,” Julie (Jules) Sherlock says with a wink and a smile. She’s not joking.
She’s bubbly and enthusiastic but she isn’t going easy on anyone.
“I’m really disappointed in you all,” she says with a stern look, “you should all be wearing a tutu like G here. G I love your outfit!”
My 3-year-old daughter grins and dances about, her pink tutu swishing and swaying with her movement. She loves the attention. I love that I can bring her and her baby brother with me to the class.
I was introduced to Fitness with Jules by friends when big G was still in daycare. I would bring baby G along and he would sleep in his car seat while I worked out. As we got closer to the date I was going to take big G from daycare I was worried about the number of tickets I had left. I asked if there was any chance I could bring big G if she sat quietly in the corner.
Jules surprised me with a big smile as she explained “we love littles! She is absolutely welcome and can even take part in the class if she wants.”
I was so relieved. I wasn’t sure how I was going to fit in a workout with both kids at home. I wasn’t ready to leave baby G at the gym daycare just yet, and there was no way I was waking up before everyone to workout when I wasn’t getting much sleep through the night. I could workout at home but didn’t have the motivation to push myself hard enough to see the results I wanted.
Before signing up for these classes I had tried a mom and baby yoga class but found it way too easy. With that in mind, I was surprised when I showed up at the Glebe Community Centre for class and Jules had us essentially doing suicides as a warm up.
But what I really love about the class is how you can adjust it to your level. Before having kids I would bike 20 kilometers to and from work, and loved pushing myself through grueling circuit training at Greco Fitness. Now, my core is weak, my balance shaky, and my stamina is nowhere near what it was. I always leave class feeling like I had a great workout but didn’t push things too far.
I threw my back out this summer and, after letting Jules know, she started giving me alternative exercises to those I wasn’t ready for.
If you’re in the Ottawa area and wondering how to start getting back in shape after baby try it out! The first class is always free.
Jules also runs a Stroll & Roll class at several Boomerang Kids locations and an indoor walking workout at St. Laurent Shopping Centre. You can find a list of her programs here.