Okay, I'm just going to tell you straight up that my current mission is to:
But the good news: I'm coming out of this disappointed haze with renewed vision and a reminder to myself that, hey, the point was to talk about businesses I thought were awesome, so let's get to it.
Today I'm going to tell you about this sweet studio, south of the city right on South Park. When I got the chance to try out IN-30 at Vitality Buffalo I was pretty psyched. On the day I was set to check out the studio my kids, predictably, had other plans that included insisting on 3 braids for school pictures, ripping out said braids, then missing the bus while crying that I was a horrible mother. Because moms who braid 3 braids 20 minutes before the bus comes totally suck, right? But I digress.
When I first started chatting online with Tabitha Sweeney about health and fitness I was struck by her genuine desire to provide a service that so few gyms are offering consumers, She had hit the roadblocks herself, "My most hated trainer line 'think back to a time when you were in the best shape of your life and what are you willing to get back to it?' . Nothing- I'm not willing to do what I did then because I have these two tiny humans who depend on me and I cant devote hours to the gym!!" She understands the plight of so many moms in WNY: TIME and energy.
My time and energy on the day I was set to check out the gym were both depleted. However, once I made it to the studio, kind of tired and beaten down, I was greeted by the trainer (and mom of 2 small people) Tabitha Sweeney and a class of other moms killin' it with kettle bells. I wasn't scheduled to work out for another half hour so my 3 year old and I hit the kids play area. As a mom of 2 kids and 2 dogs, I was really impressed by how immaculate the toy room was. Like someone actually wipes down the toys daily?! No cheerios smooshed on the exersaucers?! My son was thrilled with the variety and started chatting immediately with other little person who was hanging out while her mom kicked some kettle bell ass.
What I loved most about this kids play area was it's vicinity to the actual studio. Moms working out right there could monitor their kids in the playroom if necessary. For FREE. You can see the door opening to the play area on the right of the pic below. Later Tabitha told me that she feels firmly, "That there are a million other studios people can go to if they don't like kids" in their workout space. Her motivation behind creating the studio was to provide a space where moms could workout along side their children. As a mom of a little boy who has a rough time transitioning into new places without me, this sounded awesome.
As I sat in the play area filling out my intake forms, I listened to Tabitha finishing up her Kettle Bell class, "Don't attach food to guilt!" she said and discussed each woman's individual nutritional goals. She was encouraging, but definitely not complacent: you could tell that she wanted these women to meet their goals, but wasn't going to beat them up if they didn't. I liked this sentiment and was starting to get a little nervous that my class was about to start.
Tabitha cranked some late 90's hits that made me think about college and Eddie Vedder. I didn't have much time to daydream about grunge because she started on the dot and whipped us into 30 second intervals of tabata. If you haven't heard of tabata , you don't know what you're missing. Prior to kids I hated exercise classes and avoided them at all costs until I gave tabata a try. What made Tabatha's class different than others was the intensity of the training during a 30 minute class (my ass still hurts) and that my son was able to be right there with me, when he felt a little shy. I loved having him see me challenging myself and trying hard not to die. He loved being able to grab some 1 pound weights and do some curls while mama got her sweat on.
After class Tabitha took some time to talk to me about her vision. It's not complicated: she saw a "huge hole in the industry in regards to how we treat moms and what to expect out of people." She wants her studio to be a place where women are accepted for who they are today, not for who they might be tomorrow. "I want to empower women to LOVE who they are today, but know that's it's ok to have goals and seek change too. It's a delicate line!" That was something I can get behind.
Thanks for the invite Tabatha. You can check out Vitality Buffalo in person and schedule a FREE week right here. Vitality Buffalo offers a great kid friendly schedule and a supportive environment of moms.
3720 South Park Ave
Buffalo, New York
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Hi. I'm Lindsay. Daughter, sister, wife, mother and collector of useless (and useful) information.