Being a mom is a workout, mentally and physically. And from pregnancy to kids in the teen years, the workout never stops. So we found a Lincoln gym that's helping moms train for this important role.
In this Lincoln Life, we head to Victress...a gym empowering women through all stages of life.
Stasi Grenfell was an athlete growing up, so she knew how to work out. But she didn't know how to scale it to being pregnant.
"When I got pregnant with my second child, I was only 8 months postpartum, and I had gained 60 pounds with my first baby," Stasi said.
Stasi was worried she'd gain another 60 pounds with her second baby. So she called Stacy Orsborn for help.
"She reluctantly accepted me as a client and I was only 8 weeks pregnant at the time, and I started working out with her."
She said her recovery time after her last c-section was night and day.
"It's really important to seek someone out or a program out that's going to teach you the appropriate movements for where you are at with your pregnancy," said Stasi.
Stasi and Stacy now run Victress together. It's located near South 14th and Yankee Hill.
Victress is a BirthFit gym, where they feel giving birth may be the most athletic event of your life. The concept is about moms taking charge of their bodies. They focus on staying fit, before, during and after pregnancy.
Head coach and co-owner Stacy Orsborn said she decided to start training prenatal and postpartum specific moms after the birth of her third child. She said it changed her life to stay active and empowered and to move accordingly throughout her entire pregnancy with her third.
Stacy said strength training is probably one of the best things a woman can do for herself.
Before baby arrives, women are trained for labor and delivery.
"We approach workouts thinking I need to give birth in 4 months or 9 months. What are the movements I need to do to get myself into shape for that delivery," Stacy said.
And after baby arrives, the focus is on rebuilding that strength.
They have professionals on had to help women, too. They are aligned with two chiropractors, a physical therapist and an occupational therapist. They are all women, and they all focus on women's health. The two chiropractors specifically work with women who have pelvic floor issues.
Brook Hansen is another mom who came to Victress to strengthen her core. It worked! She said she's the strongest she's ever been.
Brook said, "The community is amazing as well. Every time I come here, I get to work out with my friends. But just everyday being able to carry both of my kids at the same time and be strong enough for that."
It's a workout that gives moms a boost to meet the demands of motherhood.
If you want to work out with other moms, or bounce back into shape after giving birth, bring the kids and give Victress a try. There's also 24 hour open gym access. You can find more information online at www.victresslnk.com.