The Mom Gets Moxie Story
I’ve been an athlete my whole life. Growing up with a coach as a dad, I was constantly around sports and I loved it. I grew up playing multiple sports throughout high school and college and always knew I wanted to be involved with athletics. I received a Bachelor of Science in Education and got a teaching and coaching job when I graduated. I absolutely loved my job, but knew that coaching was more what I was called to do, more so than teaching in the classroom. As my dad always said, “coaching is a higher form of teaching because people come and watch to see how well you have taught your athletes!”
I took a break from teaching and coaching to live overseas for a year and when I returned I got certified as a Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). I helped coach a college volleyball team for awhile, and as I was working on some continuing education credits, I took a course in prenatal and postpartum fitness.
I never knew there was so little being done in this field and I realized the tremendous need that pregnant and postpartum moms had for reliable, sensible advice concerning this chapter in their fitness journey. Pregnancy and postpartum is a stage of life unlike any other and needs to be approached as such. It’s not something to be feared or ignored. I knew there had to be a way to arm women with knowledge and the skills they needed to work out during their pregnancies and after giving birth – and thus Mom Gets Moxie was born.
Since receiving my initial CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification through the NSCA, I have taken multiple courses and classes to hone my skill set specifically to the prenatal and postpartum population. I definitely don’t know everything and I don’t have all of the answers, but I am always trying to learn more and pass that knowledge on. Gaining education, putting that education into practice and sharing it with those who can benefit from it is what I desire to do. Let’s grow together!