Babies keep moms hopping in boot camp

When she was pregnant with her first child, Alexa Hasman was working as a manager and trainer at a local gym. She looked for prenatal exercise classes but could find only yoga and aquatics classes, neither of which appealed to her.

Finally she found and enrolled in Beaverton’s Baby Boot Camp, which Alexa calls “a prenatal and postpartum stroller fitness company that helps pregnant and new moms stay in or get in shape pre- and post-baby.” When her daughter Madisyn was about 4 months old, Alexa decided to take advantage of national franchise opportunities and start a Baby Boot Camp in Southwest Portland, one of four Baby Boot Camp franchises in Oregon, all in the metro area. The other two area locations are Happy Valley and Sherwood/Tualatin.

As a member of Congregation Beth Israel and a preschool parent of a child attending Neveh Shalom Foundation School, Alexa felt it would be wonderful to have her program right in the heart of the Jewish community in Southwest Portland. She says about half of the moms in her class have children enrolled at the Foundation School or are members of Neveh Shalom. With so many Jewish participants, Alexa plans a week of Hanukkah-inspired workouts each year, with the most popular being the dreidel workout.

Alexa is well-qualified to lead the fitness programs. She has an NPTI personal training and nutrition degree. She is an AFAA group fitness instructor, licensed provider of Core9 Birth Recovery and an RRCA-certified running coach.

Baby Boot Camp’s birth recovery programs help moms recover in the first nine weeks after giving birth. “We do specific moves in class that help with common issues that moms experience after delivery, such as abdominal separation and weak pelvic floors,” explains Alexa.

“Beyond our fitness roots, we are a community of moms that support each other through the hard and exciting times in parenting,” says Alexa, who is expecting her second child in June. “Our program not only provides a healthy lifestyle for moms but displays healthy behavior for their children and other family members. We also help with birth recovery and the fight against postpartum depression. … A big component of this group is providing socialization for moms and fitness, both of which help combat baby blues and postpartum depression.”

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