MOMpreneur Monday: aquaBelly® Fitness

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Welcome to MOMpreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Florida Mommas!

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Today’s featured MOMpreneurs are…Samantha Bense and Kristy Wexler, co-founders of the South Florida chapter of aquaBelly®, water fitness for Moms & Moms-to-Be.

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The concept of the fitness program was born while Kristy and Samantha were teaching swimming lessons to young children. They noticed that expectant mothers had a hard time keeping up with their toddler-aged children poolside. This observation coupled with Kristy’s personal experience with high-risk pregnancy (i.e. being permitted by her Perinatologist to exercise in the water  because of the buoyancy and forgiving environment– she now has 3 little ones!) created the foundation of aquaBelly®.

Kristy and Samantha obtained their exercise credentials and soon offered water fitness classes to Moms and Moms-To-Be in Boynton Beach. In 2012, aquaBelly® expanded its target demographic to include classes like aquaBootyaquaBelly Baby and aquaGrand which not only focused on Moms and Moms-to-Be, but Active Adult Women as well (I like to call them the #modernbocagrandmoms).  Now, aquaBelly® is a national fitness and healthy living brand.

Wow!

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MBMom personally took an aquaBelly Baby™ class earlier this month with #dailybabyavery and we had a great time. Avery probably had even more fun than I did as evidenced by the 2.5 hour nap she took after class!

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aquaBelly® classes are unique because they are all conducted in the water (heated pool- check!) although you don’t need to know how to swim.  Classes mix yoga, pilates, dance and aerobic exercise to give students a well-balanced, full-body fitness experience each time.

I wore a Lycra exercise tank and shorts in the pool.  I didn’t have water shoes, but I would recommend getting a pair for a better grip on the pool floor.  Babies must wear a swimsuit and swim diaper.  A cute poolside lounging outfit is optional.

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This particular class would be great for moms easing back into exercise post-baby.  It is nowhere near as high impact as a Flywheel or Stroller Strides class which is especially helpful when you’re just starting out.  #dailybabyavery is very “squirmy” at her 11 months of age, so keep that in mind since the goal is to not only bond with your baby in the pool, but use him or her as a resistance weight during the class.  At least she looked adorable in her little swimsuit (and she clearly loved the colorful puppet Samantha used to demonstrate all of the moves in class)!

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I also really appreciated that the aquaBelly® instructor kept a close eye on the form of each student. Everyone received individualized attention in the safe, low-impact arena while getting a good workout (without the sweat).  Did you know water provides 12x the resistance of air?

I always like to ask my fellow Mompreneurs the tough questions: why should Modern Boca Mom readers participate?

Classes are conveniently located at the Boca Raton Peter Blum YMCA (no membership required), at the beautiful Canyon Springs Community and will soon be offered in Delray Beach and central Boynton Beach.  Tons of class times are available to fit any schedule and prices range from $15-$17 per class.

Kristy and Samantha even offer fitness evaluations, coaching, nutrition and meal planning, breast feeding coaching, as well as instructor training in case you have interest in becoming an aquaBelly® teacher!

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Samantha and Kristy also LOVE working in South Florida.

They told me, “Not only do we live in paradise, but we also [get to] work in paradise!  We feel truly fortunate to get to work and exercise in nearly 365 days of beautiful weather.  Waking up to jump in the refreshing pool & feel warm breezes listening to the sound of palm trees is an incredible way to get a workout session in.  During the hot summer days nothing can top cooling off when you exercise.  South Florida moms are friendly and so many of our participants & their families have become lifelong friends!  Getting to know each of the mommies while they are pregnant and watching their babies grow up is priceless!”

I think so too. 🙂

I definitely plan to try an aquaBooty™ class in the future sans #dailybabyavery.  I’d like to fully experience the resistance that the pool can offer.  Plus, working with Samantha is a lot of fun!


Great news MBMoms!  If you’d like to try any aquaBelly® class for yourself, just mention “Modern Boca Mom” and your first one is FREE!
Contact aquaBelly® directly by clicking HERE.

Disclaimer: MBMom received a complimentary class for this review.  As always, all opinions and comments are my own.

Let’s Talk About Flywheel Boca

Full disclosure: I have a love/hate relationship with exercise.  My “must haves” if I’m going to get sweaty on purpose are air conditioning, a workout buddy, a cute outfit and variety.  Especially variety.

But, since I had #dailybabyavery, I’ve made it a point to TRY to fit 2-3 sweat sessions in per week– if anything, to keep my energy up and stress down.  I typically alternate between a Pure Barre class, Pound, Stroller Strides and NYC fitness craze: Flywheel.

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This 45-55 minute spinning class slash ‘workout way of life’ has a HUGE following of devotees, not only in NYC, but in South Florida as well.  ALSO SEE: SoulCycle (which has yet to reach South Florida).

They also have a barre version of their class, appropriately branded Flybarre, which I have yet to try personally.

Flywheel has outposts in both Boca and Miami Beach and if you like loud music, hi-tech workout tracking (I’m obsessed with my “power”) and cycling your little heart out (mind you, at your own pace despite the instructor pushing you), this fitness option is for you!  Plus, you get really cute spinning shoes.

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Word.

Flywheel has definitely capitalized on tech use…and gear.  They sell brightly colored workout clothing right in their studio and let me tell you, it’s tempting to give in…and this is why.  Look what they recently posted on their Instagram?!

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Cuteness overload.

A single class goes for $25 (first class FREE) and unlimited spinning at Flywheel Boca runs $180 per month.  You can sign up for everything including payments and your bike placement right online and they also recently released an app, so you can book classes on the go.

Find out more information at: http://florida.flywheelsports.com/

A Walk in the Park: Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton

Let’s talk about Patch Reef Park in Boca…but first: I really miss throwing all of my baby gear into the basket under the stroller, walking out of my apartment and powering along the paths of Hudson River Park in NYC (in the spring/summer, obvi) with beautiful city views and #dailybabyavery smiling in the sunshine!

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It sounds so idyllic…

The reality was that I had to squeeze our big stroller through our tiny apartment door, carry it down a bunch of stairs and then bump it and #dailybabyavery along over multiple broken sidewalks to even get to the park in the first place. It’s easy to mentally block out that stuff.

Yesterday, I took my baby to Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton. I had heard through the grapevine that there was a paved, fitness trail at the park, so I threw my jogging stroller easily in my trunk, grabbed a couple waters and a snack and drove the short distance to check it out. No squeezing through doors and broken sidewalks for suburban MBMom!

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Patch Reef Park in Boca has 55 acres of passive and active recreation facilities. Park facilities include a community center, softball and baseball fields, soccer/football fields, basketball courts, a fitness trail, a children’s playground, picnic pavilions and tennis courts.

I parked at the tennis center (which was beautiful and had a restroom- score!) and hit the trail…

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It was a smooth trail and the majority of it was shaded, so it doesn’t get too hot.  I also packed a blanket, so we could stop and play (and MBM could check her emails).

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I would love to come back another day with #modernbocadad or a friend to take advantage of the fitness stations.  They look challenging (enough), but aren’t intimidating. And, it’s a free way to exercise!

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Patch Reef Park in BocaLast but not least, there is a killer playground called Pirate’s Cove with water features. It was built on a bouncy, cushioned, poured-in-place surface. I know that Avery will love it when she gets older!

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For my tennis aficionados, I checked out the programs that Patch Reef’s Tennis Center offers for kids. These are the two classes that really stood out to me. Cardio Tennis for Kids and they even have a Mommy and Me program for children 2-5 years old.  How cute would that be?  Where do you even buy a tiny tennis racket?

It was a great day in the park!


Now it’s time to hear from Modern Boca Moms: What’s your favorite park?  Post in the comments below!

The Great Party Invite Debate: Paper vs. Online Party Invitations

Paper vs Online Party Invitations…or is either fine?

I am in the early stages of planning #dailybabyavery’s 1st birthday party, yet I feel like I’m woefully behind for a Modern Boca Mom…and a blogger. I’m a big online reader and let me tell you, some of these mommy bloggers are intimidating, especially when it comes to planning and capturing images of their kids’ parties. How can I compete?

Well, NYC Michelle would have thrown some money at the situation and hired professionals to handle the execution side of party planning, but SOFL Michelle is on more of a budget and despite the time crunch, I’d really like to plan this party myself.

“1” is a huge milestone, right? It may not end up being picture perfect, but Avery is my baby. She deserves a celebration from the heart.

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First Up: Paper vs Online Party Invitations

Because Avery’s personal hashtag has become such a part of her “baby image,” I decided to theme her birthday party around it.

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So, when I was perusing Pinterest for inspiration on paper vs online party invitations, I came across this gem:

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However, the thought of duplicating 30 of these by hand while Avery crawls around stealing felt circles and eating rainbow ribbon gave me heart palpitations, so I thought what’s the harm is making a digital version?  Less waste, no stamps needed.

It may not be “Pinterest crafty,” but this is the ‘almost-finished, still needs some tweaks’ product.  What do you think?

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I want to hear from YOU, Modern Boca Moms: what are your invitation preferences and why?  Comment below!

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