A kid-friendly fitness studio is a must for Jessicca Krell.
It saves the mother of three from having to arrange a babysitter for her three weekly workouts.
Krell has been visiting Well Mama, a fitness studio designed for moms, for nearly two years.
[Read more: 18-month-old son is part of Omaha mom’s workout]
Before a recent workout, Krell checked her two older children Henry, 5, and Ingrid, 4, into the child care area. Maura, 16 months, got buckled into her stroller, headed outside and accompanied mom during the workout class.
“I just turned 30, I have three kids and this is the fittest I’ve ever been,” Krell said.
Krell and other gym-goers, some pushing baby-clad strollers, warmed up with brisk laps around a pavilion in the Rockbrook Village parking lot. Krell tackled jumping jacks, planks and pushups.
Meanwhile, Maura watched and bobbed along from her stroller. She kept an eye on mom, even while kicking off her shoes. The baby tackled a makeshift workout of her own: yanking off a sock.
Q: When did you start working out and why?
A: I started working out in November 2017. I was about eight months pregnant with (my youngest child). I had been going to a couple other places, but hadn’t really loved them.
Q: Describe your workouts. How many days per week do you exercise?
A: I usually do more boot camp-style workouts. We lift weights, run, do squats and some yoga moves at the end to stretch. I try to come three times a week.
Q: What is your current fitness goal?
A: I want to be able to do more in class. The instructors offer modifications. I’m always trying to keep up with the hardest stuff.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment?
A: Starting weightlifting. That’s something I’ve never done. To start at age 29, with three kids, that’s pretty cool. I like to see what I can do, what I can accomplish.
Q: What has been the toughest hurdle and how did you overcome it?
A: Getting out of the house in the morning. Making sure we’re all dressed, we all have shoes on. It’s especially hard on Monday mornings.
Q: What helps you stay on track?
A: The Well Mama app. I schedule my classes for the week on Sundays. That way, I have it all planned and I’m not doing it on the fly.
Q: What is your gym pet peeve?
A: At other places, when I was postpartum, I felt so behind everyone else in class. Here, no matter what level you are, someone else is at the same level.
Q: What do you do when you aren’t in the gym?
A: With the kids, we go for walks, go the library or the zoo or Lauritzen Gardens.
Q: What is the piece of equipment, supplement, clothing, etc. that you can’t live without?
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness journey?
A: Even if you can’t keep up with other people or you’re not where you want to be yet, do something. Even if it’s just walking. Doing something’s better than doing nothing.
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