Mum makes exercise fit
Fitness trainer helps others find time to work workout into schedule
SINCE becoming a mother, Bec Glasgow of Monto has become a proponent of what she calls ‘functional fitness’, and takes inspiration from working exercise into her daily routine.
She has taken to sharing that approach to training through her fitness classes, which resume next week.
“Functional training is about making general daily movement easier and incorporating it into your life,” Mrs Glasgow said.
“Things like a squat, when you’re an older adult makes getting off a chair easier. It strengthens the muscles for daily function.”
While anyone can attend the classes, they are aimed primarily at mums.
“We make it fun, like boot-camp style,” Mrs Glasgow said.
“It depends on your level of fitness, some people aren’t seeking high-impact training.
“I think about who’s coming to the classes and program based on that.”
Mrs Glasgow will next week start a beginner’s challenge fitness course for those looking to improve their health.
She said people tend to ease off their training routine over the holidays before picking it back up again in the beginning of the new year.
Training is a mix of cardio and strength training, with the aim of the challenge to get people into a routine of setting aside a small amount of time each day to dedicate to fitness.
The time element is crucial because Mrs Glasgow, like many mothers, has to balance parenting with personal time.
“When I became a mum I realised I was very time-poor and didn’t have time to go out for a two-hour walk or gym session,” she said.
Mrs Glasgow has four kids, the youngest is three-year-old Milla.
It was shortly after Milla was born that Mrs Glasgow began her fitness journey, studying to become a qualified fitness instructor.
“I wasn’t really into fitness and then I found that when I incorporated it into my life, I had ticked off something I’d done for myself on the day and that really helped mentally getting through the long, lonely home-alone days with the kids,” she said.
“It’s very much an anti-depressant.”
Mrs Glasgow said the fitness classes are a way to share the self-esteem gains and confidence boosts she felt from taking time out of her day to devote to personal health.
This year, she’ll have some extra time to herself with all of her children at school with Milla now at kindy.
The Beginner’s Challenge runs from January 31 to February 28.
It comprises half-hour sessions starting at 10.15am on Tuesday and Thursday.
Group sessions are generally held at the St Therese Hall, although Mrs Glasgow said the location is flexible based on the demands of the participants.
She also has time on Wednesday for personal training sessions for one-on-one advice.
For Enquiries, contact Bec Glasgow on 4166 5105.
Bec Glasgow with youngest daughter Milla, 3, is keen to help other mums find ways to fit exercise into their daily routine.
Fitness instructor Bec Glasgow gets ready for the new Beginners Challenge fitness course.