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Happy Birthday FPC!

Happy 1st Birthday to FPC!

It’s been exactly a year since we’ve opened our studio doors. Carolina and I knew there was a desparate need for a place for moms to work out out safely and create a community but we greatly underestimated the outpouring of love we would experience this first year.

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Starting a business is HARD and overwhemling work (oy, our email inboxes), especially while raising families of our own. There have personally been many times when I’ve wanted to throw in the towel (usually over the frustration of towel deliveries not showing up on time!) and then I teach a class and my heart is bursting with passion and love for what we’ve created. If it weren’t for each and every one of you, we wouldn’t be here today.

We’ve collected some beautiful testimonials over the last year and we just wanted to take a moment to share a few.

Carolina and I want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This last year has been a wild and wonderful roller coaster and we can’t wait to see what year 2 brings for FPC!

Lots of love and appreciation,

Joanie & Carolina


Beyond being one of my all time favorite fitness classes; FPC is also a community of women supporting and encouraging each other while we go through this incredibly special time in our lives. 

 I've always been very active, but pregnancy demands slowing down. It also fundamentally creates a vulnerability that I really wasn't comfortable with... that is, until I found FPC. The community gave me confidence, solace and joy both during my pregnancy and postpartum. It also allowed me to continue to be active without the fear of hurting my baby or myself.  I can not rave enough about Fit Pregnancy Club! 

-E.R.

FPC was a staple for me through out  my pregnancy, and the benefits were obvious in my labor and delivery. I was induced at 41 weeks and after 27 hours of labor and 2 and a half hours of pushing, I delivered a beautiful 9lbs, 2.5oz baby boy. Because of FPC, my pushes were strong and sustained, and without question, class was the difference between my natural birth experience and avoiding an emergency c-section. After my delivery, my doula asked the nurses how much tearing I had, given the size of my baby. All the nurses were stunned to tell us that my perineum remained intact. They all asked if I had I done pelvic floor exercises during my pregnancy...another point goes to FPC’s Pump and Kegel technique!! FPC was a massive help for my pregnancy, labor/delivery, and recovery. 

-A.L.

I can’t say enough great things about FPC, the staff and my overall experience. FPC has been the source of physical and mental sanity as well as fun and sisterhood for me ever since I walked through the door. 

When I found out that I was pregnant, I immediately struggled with 2 things: how do I stay safely fit and find other women to share the experience? Then, serendipitously, I saw FPC’s flyer in a pregnancy clothing store. 

While pregnant, I loved prenatal Pilates but that didn’t give me enough variety in exercise and cardio. FPC perfectly filled that void for me and also provided a great network of women to go through the  pregnancy experience with. It became my all encompassing resource for all things pregnancy and childbirth related. But it didn’t stop there, after my daughter was born, FPC became the perfect place to bring my newborn. Their post-natal workout classes are not only extremely effective, but also super fun for my daughter and me. Thank you ladies of FPC, 5-star review all the way! 

-O.C.

Before starting at FPC, I hadn't even heard about diastasis. Everyone had told me that it was important to exercise during my pregnancy but no one mentioned that it could also cause more harm than good.  FPC taught me how I can safely exercise during pregnancy, their workouts are fun, and I learned what to pay attention to when working out on my own / taking other classes - and I probably exercised until a lot later in my pregnancy than I would have otherwise.

My plan for postpartum recovery was to work with a pre/postnatal certified personal trainer once I got the OK from my doctor. It turned out to be a scheduling nightmare and after trying for over 6 weeks to find someone, I eventually gave up. At that point I really wanted to start exercising again and this is when I discovered that FPC also started offering postpartum mom and baby classes - so obviously I went back! 

I enjoyed their classes even more after my son was born. I loved to have other moms around me who went through similar things while doing something good for myself. And the best part? 12 weeks postpartum I was fully healed, felt stronger, and able to resume my regular pre-pregnancy workout routine. I don't think I would have taken such good care of my body and recovered so quickly without FPC - thank you Joanie, Carolina and to all the other amazing trainers at FPC!

-M.W.

Birth Like A Badass Part 2: Speak Up For Yourself!

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Contributed by Ashley Brichter who is a Childbirth Educator, Lactation Counselor, Postpartum Doula and Mom of Two

If you haven’t heard Serena William’s birth story, her daughter was born via unplanned c-section, and the morning after Serena nearly died due to a blood clot. Luckily, she suspected a the clot when she began feeling short of breath, and immediately pressed her doctors to give her a CT and heparin drip (a blood thinner). She knew her body and advocated for herself and saved her own life.

You would not expect in our first world nation that you would have to advocate for yourself in this way, but we know, among other things, the gender bias in health care is real and women are at a proven disadvantage when it comes to our healthcare system. Women commonly face being misdiagnosed or undiagnosed with it comes to gynecological issues. When doctors cannot pinpoint the cause of a woman’s pain, it often goes untreated and unquestioned. Black women are even more at risk of negligence. A recent NPR / ProPublica report showed Black women are 12 times more likely than white women to die during childbirth regardless of socioeconomic status.

It is an unfortunate reality that childbirth is not always on your side. It is always responsible to arm yourself with information, work with trusted providers, and consider a doula, but ultimately you should never trust anyone more than yourself. It’s so important to listen to your body and your intuition and to find the courage to speak up.

We’re passionate about making you the best advocate you can be during your labor and birth process which is why we’ve teamed up with Ashley Brichter of Managing Overwhelming Moments. Learn more with Ashley during her Childbirth Prep Weekend + Breastfeeding and Newborn Care at FPC.

The upcoming Sept 28-30th class is perfect for parents expecting in December and January.

Meet Your Instructor: Maddy Wasserman

If you haven't taken Maddy's Signature class yet, you are missing out on some serious fun.  Here's a little more about her...including a mysterious story about winning "best dressed" at a taco festival?  Ummm, we promise to get our hands on that picture.  

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Hometown- Ashland, Oregon

Current location- Williamsburg

What is your background-  In 2005 I attended massage school at the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute in California. The following year I moved back to Oregon where I received a Bachelors degree in Communication and Culture while working full time for a Brewery start up. I spent 10+ years in the hospitality industry opening and running restaurants in Bend, Oregon and during that time I became a doula, I was trained through DONA (Doulas of North America) in 2010.  

In 2011 I became a certified Barre3 instructor and have been teaching group fitness for the past seven years.  In 2015 I trained with ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association)  to become a Childbirth Educator. And as of 2018, I am now a certified Prenatal and Postpartum Fitness Specialist. 

What do you do when you don't teach at FPC- When I am not at FPC I am attending births, reading books or spending time with the people I love!

What inspires you- My clients! I love getting to know little tidbits about the people I am working with for inspiration of what they need in class.

Describe your FPC Signature class-  Curated with safety, driven by music, and full of education. 

What do you want to be when you grow up? A badass mama!

Current favorite song- Passionfruit (feat. Denham) - By The Golden Pony (It's a Drake remix!)

If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be and why- A wolf. I’m a leader and feel best with a crew of loving & like minded people, AKA my Wolf Pack. 

Tell us something that not a lot of people know about you- In 2011 I won "Best Dressed" at the Arizona Taco Festival, the prize was a 5' tall trophy with a taco on top! (Now I bet you want a pic...TBD)

 

Birth Stories: Erin

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I wrote this on a Thursday, in the odd hours of the morning while I rock my son back to sleep. Thursday’s were important markers of time during my pregnancy. Thursday’s were when my gestational weeks rolled one into the next. Thursday was the day my cat died unexpectedly when I was 35 weeks pregnant. Thursday was the day I was induced at 39 weeks. 

My son is nearing 8 weeks old. 8 weeks it has taken me to process my birth story and realize the particulars are not what matters. The exact details don’t need to be shared or even truly remembered in detail. What matters is this: 

At the end of a wonderful and easy 39 week prenatal visit with my midwife Shar, baby’s heart rate and position were checked along with my fundal height and blood pressure. All normal. Except it wasn’t this time. My blood pressure was elevated. My midwife encouraged me to go to the hospital for additional monitoring so off we went a few hours later to Metropolitan Hospital. It continued to be elevated after several hours, even with meditation and relaxing music. The on staff midwife suggested I stay to be induced but I chose to sign myself out AMA. Soon after leaving, however, both of my midwives called to urge me to return. We discussed the risks involved with elevated blood pressure and what that meant for my planned home birth (it risked me out). After lots of tears on a long call with my doula, Lindsey, I ate dinner, packed a bag and returned to the hospital. 

I had planned for an unmedicated birth at home. Even in all of my transfer scenarios I had not planned ahead for this one. Being a doula I knew that inductions could take a while. I came prepared with an eye mask, music, essential oils, and items for my birth altar.

My story is a long one, and one I don’t think is necessary to share. The short version is this. It took 3 days for my son to be born. Labor didn’t follow a typical arc. It started and stopped over and over. My doula stayed with us almost the entire time. We labored during the intense moments and chatted or rested during the quiet ones. We ate guacamole and pita chips. I was obsessed with pineapple. The hospital had wireless monitoring and wonderful midwives who support physiological birth. They allowed me to be in my space without pressure and with respect to my choices. I declined routine cervical checks and IV fluids. I moved around, walking the hallways or rocking on my birth ball. 

63 hours after arriving at the hospital, my son was born. Almost 2 hours of pushing and he came out face up (direct occiput posterior) and eyes wide open. He was a tiny little guy, 6.5lbs and 20” long. He latched for his first of many feeds in the first hour, after we both had some time to adjust to our change in conditions. 

I’m so grateful to every midwife and nurse who supported me in my birth experience. I was continually respected and supported in every decision I made. And I was allowed to make my own educated and informed decisions without pressure, which was vital to me. There were tears and laughs. Somewhere along the way my mantra became the very unzen “fucking hell” that I repeated as each new contraction began in earnest. 

Birth looked and felt like nothing I had ever imagined for myself. I had prepared for long. I had prepared for challenging. But I had not prepared for this. I’ve learned that no matter how prepared, healthy, fit, educated you are that birth happens how it happens.

The Best (at home) Post Pregnancy Exercises

Calling all new mamas!  

Use this 7 move workout that we put together with Coveteur on the days you can't make it to our Postpartum Rehab or Signature classes.  

Be sure to activate that "belly pump & kegel" with every exertion.  Regaining strength postpartum, is all about that inner core unit!  

 

 

 

 

 

Article By: Curranne Labercane

Photography: Alec Kugler

Outfit By: Outdoor Voices

15-Minute At Home Glutes and Lower Body Workout X Parents.com

Don't let you butt disappear during pregnancy!  We partnered up with Parents.com to bring you this 15-minute glutes and lower body workout. Click on the image below to start working that booty!  

15-Minute At-Home Labor Training Workout x Parents.com

Go to Parents.com to try our 15-Minute At-Home Cardio Workout.

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Move of the Week: Grocery Bag Lifts

This is the last of our Functional Training Series with our friends from The Parent Collective.  Whether we are carrying bags home from the grocery store or lifting items out of our grocery home delivery boxes, this is a move we find ourselves doing all the time.  Learn how to protect your body and gain core strength at the same time!

FPC in the News!

FPC had an amazing press week.  Check out our mentions in the articles below and don't forget to treat yourself to a 15-min, in home workout! 

Parents

15-Minute At Home Prenatal Workout

Well + Good

4 Moves Every New Mom Should Master Before Jumping Back Into Fitness 

Romper

You Really Can Run Through Your Whole Pregnancy, So Why Does Everyone Say You Can't? 

Our Favorite Holiday Mocktails

Does the holiday fun have to stop just because you are pregnant? We think not. Here are some mocktail recipes to get you through the last few weeks of the holiday season. 

 

 SPARKLING BERRY AND POMEGRANATE MOCKTAIL from Casa De Crews

Ingredients

  • 2- 12 oz cans DASANI® Sparkling Berry, chilled
  • 4 oz. pomegranate juice, fresh
  • Cranberries, for garnish
  • Sprig of thyme, for garnish

Instructions

  1. To a highball glass, add ½ serving of DASANI® Sparkling Berry, 1 oz pomegranate juice, and 2-3 cranberries.
  2. Top with 1-2 sprigs of thyme for garnish. Will make four mocktails.
  3. Enjoy!

 

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FRENCH 75 MOCKTAIL from Always Order Dessert

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ice
  • 3 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 4 dashes lemon or orange bitters
  • 2 (6-8oz) bottles premium tonic water (such as Fever Tree or Q Tonic)
  • 2 rock candy swizzle sticks

Instructions

  1. Add fresh lemon juice and bitters to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until frosty then divide into two champagne flutes or coupe glasses.
  2. Top off with tonic water until it reaches about 3/4 of the way up the glass.
  3. Garnish with the swizzle sticks and serve immediately.

NOTE: Can't find rock candy? Add 1 teaspoon superfine sugar along with the lemon juice and bitters in the shaker.

 

SLOW COOKER GINGERBREAD LATTE from The Rookie Cookie

Ingredients

  • 8 cups whole milk (although FPC suggest switching to plant-based milk like almond or oat)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • pinch cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 3 1/2 cups strongly brewed coffee or espresso
  • whipped cream, graham cracker crumbs, caramel sauce, and gingerbread cookies for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a large slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 3 hours or until heated through. Monitor to make sure it doesn't boil.
  3. Turn slow cooker to warm setting and cook for another 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir again right before serving and taste.
  5. Dip rims of cups in caramel sauce and then in graham cracker crumbs to create the look above (optional). Top with fresh whipped cream and caramel syrup if desired. For extra fun, top with gingerbread cookies.
  6. Enjoy!
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Debunking Myths Surrounding Prenatal Exercise #3

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The Myth:

A woman can not lie on her back during pregnancy.

Why this myth exists

There is a risk of the depression of the vena cava (a large vein carrying deoxygenated blood to the heart) by the weight of the placenta, uterus and baby while on your back during your 2nd and 3rd trimesters.

FPC’s answer:

In a healthy pregnancy, lying on your back for a short period of time, for example, the completion of one exercise, isn’t likely to have any repercussions.  In general, we usually don’t put women on their backs during our workouts, but sometimes we may.  (For example, pelvic tilts are a great way to release lower back tension!)  Your body will let you know long before you are at risk.  If you feel faint, lightheaded, nauseous, dizzy, or short of breath, move yourself off your back and on to your side.  Once you adjust your position, the symptoms will resolve with no harm to you or your baby.  

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Move of The Week: Crib Lifts

We are continuing our Functional Fitness Series with the boss babes at The Parent Collective

Check out week two: Crib Lifts!

Move of the Week: The Perfect Squat

"Squat 300 times a day, you're going to give birth quickly."

-Ina May Gaskin

#GOALS

Join Joanie and learn the ins and outs of The Perfect Squat.

Meet Your Instructors: Jess Parks

 

We took ten minutes to sit down with our friend and FPC instructor extraordinaire to find out more about her (and how she keeps 43 plants alive!)

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Hometown?

Detroit, Michigan. Well, actually Plymouth, MI, but I think Detroit makes me sound more hard core.

Current location?

I’m a Brooklyn girl.

What is your background?

I started dancing when I was 3 years old and never looked back! I danced all throughout high school, received my undergraduate degree in Dance from the University of Arizona and moved to NYC right after graduation to pursue my career as a professional. I worked as a dancer for 11 years during which time I had the good fortune to perform and teach both nationally and internationally and, eventually, even had my own contemporary dance company.

While I was dancing I fell in love with the practice of yoga. It taught me about my body and myself in a way that I had not had the opportunity to explore before. I knew that the next step would be to make the yoga practice a primary component in my life. Fast forward to 8 years ago, I did my first teacher training at Yogaworks. I was fascinated when we covered prenatal yoga. Learning about the innate intelligence of the female body during pregnancy and childbirth inspired me to continue my studies at Yogaworks and to begin teaching prenatal yoga. I loved working with my pregnant students and felt that I learned so much from each of them (I still feel this way!).  My interest in supporting women continued to grow.

At this point, I left behind my career as a dancer and began school at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine to pursue a degree in Chinese Medicine with a speciality in women's health. I already knew that becoming a doula was something that I was very interested in and, during an externship in L&D at the NYU Lutheran Medical Center, my interest was confirmed. Shortly thereafter I became a doula.

My passion for women's health, yoga and movement were the perfect combo that lead me to FPC!

What do you do when you don't teach at FPC?

Currently I spend most of my time studying! When I don’t have to study you’ll find me practicing yoga, bathing in nature, mixing essential oils and cooking.

What inspires you?

I am constantly inspired by my students. I literally live to pull people towards the depths of their potential. When someone is along for the ride and they learn something about themselves that they didn’t know was there, well, that’s inspiration!

Describe your FPC Flow class.

My FPC Flow class is a bit of a hybrid. I combine the intensity of strength training with the calming nature of a well choreographed flow sequence. Students can expect to break a sweat, find some calm in our crazy city and, most likely, hear a few tidbits about the anatomy, science and magic of pregnancy.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Well, I’m pretty grown up already BUT I do have a future dream that I am in the process of building. I hope to open a space dedicated to women’s health and well-being. A place where I can combine my work as an acupuncturist, herbalist, yoga instructor and doula to support, educate and inspire women.

What is your favorite 90s jam?

"You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette. Yep. Still love it.

Current favorite song?

"Black Book" by ORI. I CAN NOT stop listening to this song.

If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be and why?

Definitely a gazelle. They are so light on their feet and move through means of effortless leaping. Pure magic.

Tell us something that not a lot of people know about you.

I shaved my head in my early 20's! Poor decision.

Last but not least, what's your secret to keeping 43 plants alive?!

I really love my plants! I've given each of them a name and feel like they have their own personalities. I guess I just commune easily with the plant world. Also, luck!?!

 

You can find Jess at FPC on Tuesdays at 9:30am and 6:30pm. Sign up for class here

 

Where Does FPC Eat Lunch?

The entire team at FPC are total food lovers and we are always exploring the neighborhood for new places to satisfy our cravings. Here are our current list of favorite lunch spots in SoHo.

 
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By Chloe at 240 Lafayette Street has the BEST vegan fast food. We order the guac burger, sweet potato fries and quinoa taco salad on the regular. Make sure you try their vegan ice cream too while you are there.

At Dr Smood on 470 Broome Street you will find things like Wild Caught Salmon sandwiches on their performance bread, vegan greek salads (with cashew feta cheese), green juices, and turmeric lattes. Do not leave without trying their store-made cashew milk in your drink of choice. 

If you are in the mood for traditional deli food but still want to keep it semi-healthy go to The Butcher's Daughter on Kenmare Street. Not a day goes by without us thinking about their vegan deli-style Reuben or vegan grilled cheese. If you want something to grab and go we recommend their Brass Monkey smoothie; Heaven in a cup! 

Last but probably the most frequently visited by the FPC team is DIG INN on Prince Street. They feature healthy, hot lunch bowls served with your choice of ingredients (vegan, vegetarian, and carnivores can all mingle together here). Our go to bowl is made with Classic Brown Rice, Broccoli Three Ways w/ Sesame Crunch, Roasted Kale w/ Acorn Squash and Wild Alaskan Salmon. While you are there you have to stop at the Matchabar for the most insanely delicious rosewater matcha latte.