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New fitness class combines moms, health and children

by Sarah Hauck
shauck@recordcourier.com
Personal Trainer Jessica Fagundes jumps in the air with one of her Mommy and Me class participant's kids Friday during class Friday at the rec center.
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Most wouldn’t associate the word chaos with a fitness class.

At Mommy and Me Strength Training, a new class at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center, chaos is welcome.

“There are moms working out and kids playing. There are moms that are using babies as weights and then there are other moms that have to stop and nurse or take care of child’s needs,” instructor Jessica Fagundes said. “The class is different for everybody.”

For an hour every Friday, Fagundes gathers with other moms to work through a beginners strength training work out.

Some of the exercises require weights, and babies make a great alternative for moms, Fagundes said.

“The class is a place where moms can come and be active and get a workout in and where kids don’t have to be worried about being separated from mom,” she said. “Moms don’t have to worry about having someone watch their kids just so they can take care of themselves.”

Mommy and Me Strength Training has been something Fagundes has wanted to start since her daughter was born four years ago.

Seeing the need for an interactive fitness class for moms in the area, Fagundes is excited to be able to provide a health-based environment without separating moms and babies.

“Right after I had her I joined Pulse,” she said. “They didn’t have any classes like this and she wasn’t able to be in the day care until she was six months old. Even after she was able to be in the day care she had such bad anxiety they’d have to come get me every five minutes. That is when I thought to myself, ‘why can’t there be a class where kids could be involved.’”

Each of the workouts created by Fagundes who is a certified person trainer, is printed out for moms to take home, with the goal of completing it two more times, on their own.

Being not only a fitness and wellness resource for moms is what Fagundes hopes her class can bring to the Valley.

“More than anything I would like to be a resource for moms to strengthen themselves, lose weight and get back to where they were before baby, and to socialize,” she said. “There are so many positives for this class. There is nothing like this in our area and I wanted to change that.”

Classes are 10-11 a.m. every Friday.

Moms can take the class for a $5 drop-in fee.

For more information call the rec at 782-5500 ext. 1, or contact Fagundes at 209-628-6565 or Jfagundes12@yahoo.com.