By Kristen Horler, CEO & Founder of Baby Boot Camp www.babybootcamp.com
Each year, Baby Boot Camp delivers a three-month fitness challenge across the United States. In 2013, we had close to 1000 participants from Seattle to Miami. For the first time, we asked MOLO participants to submit an essay about what MOLO meant to them in 2013. The responses we received were overwhelming, reinforcing why we do what we do and Baby Boot Camp.
One MOLO participant shared that she started a food journal, which helped her to realize that a 1200 calorie diet wasn’t enough for her to get the proper nutrition she needed to be healthy and have lasting energy for her workouts, her children and her husband.
Another MOLO participant stated that the length of the national challenge provided her with the opportunity to really make healthy living a new habit. The support from our instructors and our clients is part of our culture and it shines through in this statement; “I am so thankful for the caring, knowledgeable and motivating instructors. You have created an environment where women can encourage each other—something our culture needs so much”.
“MOLO has been a life changing experience for my entire family”.
“I knew how to adore my children and love my husband, but I did not know how to love myself. MOLO has changed everything”.
“MOLO has been fantastic, and I am truly sorry to see it end”.
“In the first month of MOLO, my confidence increased and I was able to complete a push up”.
Our private MOLO facebook group helped to not only connect participants from around the country, but it also provided motivation and education. Christie Bruner, Baby Boot Camp’s Director of Fitness Programming, posted weekly exercise videos to provide guidance on the exercise of the week, as well as demonstrating how to make the exercise more challenging or decrease intensity for pregnant participants or moms who are new to exercise.
We are launching our 2013 Nutrition Solutions Challenge on June 1; our 4-week nutrition program to help you make small changes in your food choices that will have a lasting impact on your family’s health. Learn more online at www.babybootcamp.com .
Kristen Horler is CEO and founder of Baby Boot Camp and Karna Fitness, offering fitness and nutrition programs for women. With more than 15 years of professional fitness experience, Kristen is a continuing education provider for the American Council on Exercise, 2012 IDEA Health & Fitness Program Director of the Year Finalist, and author of Baby Boot Camp: The New Mom’s 9-Minute Fitness Solution (Sterling 2010). For more information visit www.babybootcamp.com .
What is MOLO?
By Kristen Horler, CEO & Founder of Baby Boot Camp www.babybootcamp.com
You may have heard some buzz about MOLO, but what is MOLO? Mother Love Fitness Challenge, also known as MOLO, is Baby Boot Camp’s annual fitness challenge. Moms across the United States compete against themselves and each other for exciting prizes, including Mountain Buggy strollers and the chance to be recognized as America’s fittest mom.
When I created MOLO in 2009, I had no idea it would grow to have the impact is does today. We have nearly 1000 MOLO participants this year and created a Facebook group just for our registered participants. We just finished week five of our 12-week fitness challenge, and here’s some feedback from of our moms:
“I love the different exercises we focus on each week.”
“I love the community environment! It feels like all the MOLO women from across the country are motivating and supporting each other.”
“The ability to push myself physically and mentally to know how strong I really am and to know that this pregnancy I have done everything to stay active and to become one hot, fit pregnant momma of soon to be 4!”
“I love the RESULTS!”
“I love how women around the US are communicating and supporting one another to be better healthier moms everyday. Its been so much fun!”
“Moms supporting moms....it's a beautiful thing!”
“I love the support of my instructors and fellow team members!!”
“I love that MOLO has given me a better awareness of my body and nutrition.”
The inspiration and motivation from fellow participants is amazing. I am so inspired by the commitment each mom has made to improve her own fitness and nutrition, while setting an incredible example for her family.
What inspires all of you as parents?
Check out the MOLO page at http://mountainbuggy.com/en/active/molo
Also check out one of our MOLO moms blogs written by Maria Gorosito at
Baby Boot Camp offers MOLO February, March and April each year. Learn more online at www.babybootcamp.com .
Kristen Horler is CEO and founder of Baby Boot Camp, offering prenatal and postpartum fitness and nutrition program for women. With more than 12 years of professional fitness experience, Kristen is a continuing education provider for the American Council on Exercise, 2012 IDEA Health & Fitness Program Director of the Year Finalist, and author of Baby Boot Camp: The New Mom’s 9-Minute Fitness Solution (Sterling 2010). For more information visit www.babybootcamp.com .
Now that you’re a mummy, donʼt think for a second you canʼt still be that gorgeous person you once were pre-babies, thats rubbish! You’re even more gorgeous than you ever were!The only thing you need to do, is believe it is so!
OK, so you may be a single mummy. You may feel let down, abandoned and alone.Your partner for whatever reason (and there are many, many reasons out there why single mums are single mums!) left you and you’re doing this by yourself. Turn those emotions around and start to look at your life through a different lense. See yourself as an empowered, blessed, happy,conﬁdent, able and happy single yummy mummy!
Yes, you now have two mouths to feed, sleepless nights, and at times lonely days, but life is wonderful. Embrace this time in your life! Look at it as a positive, instead of a struggle.Those lonely moments are ﬂeeting when that little person looks up at you - you are all they need right now, they love you unconditionally.
By turning your emotions around, you will feel empowered. My sister from imagineican.co.uk is an amazing inspiration to me - always says the word “Gratitude”. Be grateful for what you have in your life, not for what you donʼt have. Try not to compare yourself to your neighbour as we all live different lives. We are all given a purpose or challenge in life, and it is up to you how you deal with those challenges. You can stick your head in the sand, hide away, look at all the negative things you have, OR you can give thanks, stand tall, take a breath and look at all the positive things you have... like a healthy, happy baby in your arms! ʻAttitude to Gratitudeʼ!
Be the person you want to be! Surround yourself with positive people, who encourage and support you - look at what you can do, not what you canʼt.
You’re a single mum, thats ok! You are doing a great job. Yes it’s tough, nobody said it would be easy so try not to put too much pressure upon yourself. If you get one project done a day that’s brilliant. If you’re a single and working mum like me, then just do what you can asthe most important thing is that you are in good health. You must schedule a time in theday for “YOU” if that means when the baby sleeps, great! Get outside, put baby in the Mountain Buggy and go walking - meet your friends for coffee, or let baby sleep in the buggyand do some yoga, whatever it is... start doing it, the beneﬁts are endless.
Play with your little one, laugh with your little one, get outdoors! Life has no limits...
askALANNAH @ FitMummy asks you a question:Are you a single parent who just wants to get on with your life? Perhaps needing a bit of a boost? Then don’t hesitate in asking questions below in the comments area or email me firstname.lastname@example.org OR if you have pulled yourself out of a tough time then please share this below and inspire others out there who need a guiding hand!
So you had a baby, and along with all of the coos and cuddles, oohs and aahs, comes the realization that maybe you should get some fresh air! Some exercise maybe? A stroll in the park? How about a light hike on the trail? All sound like great ideas for new moms, but will your stroller live up to your newly found active mommy lifestyle? Being active before, during and especially after pregnancy is vital to any new mom’s overall well-being. Including your baby in outdoor activities is a great way to regain that pre-pregnancy shape and ward off the baby blues.
Do you feel inspired and excited by the Olympics? Wow, I am! I’ve been glued to events I never even thought about before, like diving! Who’d have thought it's was such an incredible event?! I was blown away by the opening ceremony - it brought a positivity to people that was long overdue.
Sounds corny, but the only way to start is, as Nike says, Just do it! Get up, get out, get energised! I guarantee you, by just moving your body, getting the blood flowing, filling the lungs with fresh air and oxygen, and moving your joints... you're halfway there!
Outdoor fitness has sky rocketed in the last few years in Ireland, races popping up all over the place and rightly so, I can’t see a more perfect country to get out and about in. I have lived in Australia for ten years, and done Adventure racing over there - a perfect place for such events! Those of you unaware of Adventure racing, its off road running, cycling and kayaking.