Simona's main goal with personal training was to help her continue to recover after being in a bad car accident so that she could feel strong enough to start building a family. The accident had left her in chronic pain but after some therapeutic bodywork (by way of Bowen therapy), she was ready to do some strength training.
We started really slowly, working on breathing and core stability. Some of the first sessions were spent entirely laying down on the floor. But Simona quickly gained a lot of strength and before we knew it she was able able to move about her day pain-free (which, if you've ever had chronic back pain, you know can be the most freeing feeling in the world).
Timing was perfect because Simona soon found out she was pregnant! As with everyone, getting fit is a journey with ups and downs. Mommy fitness is no exception. Now at 36 weeks, Simona has proven that when your goals are big enough, you figure out how to reach them and push through (and sometimes that means knowing when you need to rest!).
So without further ado, meet Simona!
Please tell me a little bit about yourself!
My name is Simona, I'm 33 years old and at the end of this month I'm gonna have my first baby! I love reading, spending time with my family and lately I loved working out!
What were your initial goals when you started training?
My initial goals were to get fit and strong enough for pregnancy. I wanted to be able to carry my baby without having excruciating back pain.
How do you think your sessions have helped you out?
My sessions with Izzy have helped me to have a back pain-free pregnancy so far (I'm 36 weeks pregnant now). And I am very confident that they are gonna help my during labor and delivery.
What have you enjoyed the most about your training?
What I've enjoyed most about my training is being able to complete the exercise plan that Izzy made for me. Personally I’ve gone through three stages since I started working out with Izzy. At the beginning I was very enthusiastic and eager to work out. In the second stage I started trying to make excuses with myself to cancel the session at the last minute (which, by the way, I only did once ) :) And the final stage was getting to that point where no matter how tired I was I knew that working out was going to make me feel so good that I couldn't miss it!
Do you have any fitness goals for the rest of this year going into the next?
My plan is to get back to the gym as soon as possible after the baby is born and participate in the next 21-Day Detox with Izzy in January. I know that it's not gonna be easy... My main challenge is to quit eating sugar.
How would you describe your philosophy on working out and nutrition?
I think that you have to eat a healthy diet and everything is good in moderation. You have to know your body in order to choose a good diet for you. Exercising is important if you want to change your body but most important is eating right. No matter how hard you work out you need to watch your nutrition.