Brooke Backer Fitness

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Operating as usual

01/03/2022

By this point in time when I was postpartum with Bo, I was well into establishing a regular regimented exercise routine back into my life. Sometimes it was only 15-20 minutes, but I’d still make the habit of trying my best to get it in.

I have to say life is a lot busier with two. 🤣 How do you mammas do it with 3-4+ little kids running around? I’m so impressed with women & their villages that get it done.

I know I’ll get there eventually, but I’m not in a hurry right now. Truth be told, these past couple years has taken a lot out of me. Not having a village through arguably the toughest time in our lives (covid & my eldest health issues), with a husband who was away more than home… I’m just a bit flatlined in my motivation for anything other than getting through the days & trying to make sure both my kids are healthy & happy.

So I’m here to remind anyone who needs it- that a new year doesn’t need to be filled with big intentions, lofty plans and new goals. It can just be honouring how you feel, where you’re at & know that when it’s time- you’ll do better & be better. Life ebbs and flows; some years might truly be your year to climb to the mountain top & other years might be the avalanche that reshapes your life. Both are valuable and essential to self growth. 🏔

By this point in time when I was postpartum with Bo, I was well into establishing a regular regimented exercise routine back into my life. Sometimes it was only 15-20 minutes, but I’d still make the habit of trying my best to get it in.

I have to say life is a lot busier with two. 🤣 How do you mammas do it with 3-4+ little kids running around? I’m so impressed with women & their villages that get it done.

I know I’ll get there eventually, but I’m not in a hurry right now. Truth be told, these past couple years has taken a lot out of me. Not having a village through arguably the toughest time in our lives (covid & my eldest health issues), with a husband who was away more than home… I’m just a bit flatlined in my motivation for anything other than getting through the days & trying to make sure both my kids are healthy & happy.

So I’m here to remind anyone who needs it- that a new year doesn’t need to be filled with big intentions, lofty plans and new goals. It can just be honouring how you feel, where you’re at & know that when it’s time- you’ll do better & be better. Life ebbs and flows; some years might truly be your year to climb to the mountain top & other years might be the avalanche that reshapes your life. Both are valuable and essential to self growth. 🏔

01/01/2022

My favourite years have been the years that my sons were born. 2018 and 2021 💚💙
Happy New Year 🥳

My favourite years have been the years that my sons were born. 2018 and 2021 💚💙
Happy New Year 🥳

12/25/2021

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
We taught Bowen this year that Santa doesn’t bring gifts, he delivers joy. So from my family to yours- we hope that joy has found your hearts on this Christmas Day. 🥰🎄

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!
We taught Bowen this year that Santa doesn’t bring gifts, he delivers joy. So from my family to yours- we hope that joy has found your hearts on this Christmas Day. 🥰🎄

11/23/2021

If sideburns become the next beauty trend, you all saw it here first. 😆🤪

Movement was huge for calming Bo during his colic phase & it’s been big for Dax too. I might make fussy babies, but I’ve been so grateful that they both love the stroller & truck rides… and that I have a gym full of equipment to use when looking for the motion that’ll do the trick for whatever meltdown we are facing. I remember doing the elliptical with the vacuum plugged in a lot while holding Bowen- he liked that machine best lol.

Whenever Tyler & I wonder what it’s like having a calm baby, I think of all these inventions people have made for babies: soothers, swaddles, bottles, swings etc, and I’m reminded those things were invented because most babies are not as easy as people make it seem through their highlight reels.

Let’s talk about the real things in life more & leave the highlight reels where they belong… in the toxic positivity bin. 💚✌️

Photos from Brooke Backer Fitness's post 11/17/2021

Mental health…
I told myself that if I experience postpartum depression again this time around, I’ll seek help & be honest with myself about what I’m going through.
With Bowen I had 2 doctors express their concern about ppd, but I excused it away to circumstances; a tough pregnancy, a traumatic labor & Bo’s colic. I figured anyone would feel in the dumps after everything I went through, so I basically just gritted my teeth through it & the light started shining for me again around 6 months pp. Bowen’s colic only lasted 3 months… so that should have been another indication for me that I ignored.

Fast forward to now….
I had a beautiful birth. I got to bond with Dax exactly how I wanted. My husband took 3 weeks off work, Bowen has been nothing short of an amazing big bro, and yet…Here I find myself, arguably feeling worse than I did with Bowen.
To describe it for me personally, it’s like time drags by at a painstakingly slow pace every moment all day long.It feels like nails on a chalk board & my mood can flip quicker than a light switch for no reason. I cry a lot & often can’t explain what brought it on.Sometimes my legs feel like they’ll give way. I love my kids more than life itself & the guilt I feel for experiencing this is soul crushing. I’m angry because it’s not fair to them or my husband that I’m going through this.

But I promised myself that I’d get help & be honest about it; so I asked my husband to take a parental leave from work to come help me. I plan on discussing treatment options with the midwives this week & I’ve made a point to move my body everyday in a way that’ll get my endorphins going.

As much as I don’t want to share this publicly, I also do. I want to share because I want the stigma to be broken about this. I think we often think of Hollywood’s movies portrayal of ppd & think the mother is unfit and may harm her children. And while that can happen, ppd has varying degrees & looks different on everyone. It also doesn’t discriminate- it can happen to anyone.

So here I am, posting at a time where I’m most vulnerable & don’t have all the answers. But I want to be real & share the truth behind all these newborn photos I post.

11/11/2021

Remembering. 🌺

Remembering. 🌺

11/09/2021

My heart and hands are full. 🥰

I’m still left in awe at how the journey of motherhood is vastly different for everyone. Each baby is so unique with how they affect our bodies during pregnancy, delivery & then what their needs and personalities are once they are born. Not to mention how every mother is in a different set of shoes, which affects the way we navigate motherhood.

The only constant in motherhood is the love we hold for our children. The rest comes and goes in stages and ages. The hard times pass, the good times are found in unexpected moments & time in general never quite feels the same.

For me personally, I don’t find motherhood natural. I struggle with breastfeeding, feeling touched out & don’t adjust gracefully to change. But my love for my children carries me through & we find our way through it. With Bowen, he was colic and I was struggling with mild postpartum depression. So far Dax isn’t as fussy as Bowen (only nights are rough- where as Bowen cried almost all day & night when he was a baby). But I’m struggling with missing my relationship with Bo. The things him & I have been through together has bonded us in a way I can’t describe; and it breaks my heart not being able to play and help him the same way I did before. But at the same time, I love Daxy & feel like he completed our family. I know we will find our way through it, and that this too will get easier- but I still wanted to share the differences of “hard” between both my boys as newborns. Everyone will have different versions of hard & different versions of success. 💚

So this is my reminder to anyone reading this, to give things time if you’re struggling right now. Sometimes when we are struggling, time seems to drag by even slower- but I promise you, it IS passing by & things WILL change as time ticks on. 💚

My heart and hands are full. 🥰

I’m still left in awe at how the journey of motherhood is vastly different for everyone. Each baby is so unique with how they affect our bodies during pregnancy, delivery & then what their needs and personalities are once they are born. Not to mention how every mother is in a different set of shoes, which affects the way we navigate motherhood.

The only constant in motherhood is the love we hold for our children. The rest comes and goes in stages and ages. The hard times pass, the good times are found in unexpected moments & time in general never quite feels the same.

For me personally, I don’t find motherhood natural. I struggle with breastfeeding, feeling touched out & don’t adjust gracefully to change. But my love for my children carries me through & we find our way through it. With Bowen, he was colic and I was struggling with mild postpartum depression. So far Dax isn’t as fussy as Bowen (only nights are rough- where as Bowen cried almost all day & night when he was a baby). But I’m struggling with missing my relationship with Bo. The things him & I have been through together has bonded us in a way I can’t describe; and it breaks my heart not being able to play and help him the same way I did before. But at the same time, I love Daxy & feel like he completed our family. I know we will find our way through it, and that this too will get easier- but I still wanted to share the differences of “hard” between both my boys as newborns. Everyone will have different versions of hard & different versions of success. 💚

So this is my reminder to anyone reading this, to give things time if you’re struggling right now. Sometimes when we are struggling, time seems to drag by even slower- but I promise you, it IS passing by & things WILL change as time ticks on. 💚

Photos from Brooke Backer Fitness's post 10/28/2021

We welcomed the newest addition to our family on Oct.23, 2021.
💚Dax Drummond Blaikie 💚

He arrived 10 days early on his own accord, saving his mama from a hospital induction & delivery. 🙏🏻 We had a beautiful home birth, that I can’t wait to share more about.
Bowen is the sweetest big brother; I’m certain Dax chose to join our family because of his amazing big brother Bo. Dax reminds us soooo much of Bowen in his looks- just not quite as fair as Bowen was.

Couldn’t be more thrilled & honoured to be a boy mom to these two. Our hearts are full. 🥰👨‍👩‍👦‍👦

10/17/2021

☀️
As Bowen says, “Bo help mom be brave.” -He’s done exactly that since he’s arrived in this big world. It’s amazing how much our children teach us. 💞

☀️
As Bowen says, “Bo help mom be brave.” -He’s done exactly that since he’s arrived in this big world. It’s amazing how much our children teach us. 💞

Photos from Brooke Backer Fitness's post 10/12/2021

Bowen is officially walking at the same (if not faster) pace than mom. 😂
I’m 37 weeks tomorrow & the OB and midwives are wanting to induce me early (between 38 & 39 weeks). So I’m laying off the bed rest & doing what I can to see if baby will come early on it’s own.

Bowen has been asking baby so nicely to come out. He says, “baby come out soon please.” 😂 I think he’s ready for a new playmate!

Feeling so thankful for my little tribe. Hope everyone had a safe thanksgiving. 🦃 💚

10/09/2021

Our Stollery journey started during this pandemic, and is still on going. As you can see in the pictures though, the healthcare workers have made such a difference in my son’s life- and we are forever grateful.

Bowen thinks doctors fix everything & make everyone feel better- and he’s not far off. 💚 Very thankful for his team, especially Dr.Carroll & his nurses. 🙏🏻

We hope everyone has a meaningful thanksgiving weekend, while respecting the health & safety mandates. From a family who relies on our healthcare system, we truly appreciate those who are acting as their brother’s keeper during this pandemic. 💞⭐️

#stollerychildrenshospital #yourchoiceaffectsme #protectourhealthcareworkers #brotherskeeper
#thanksgiving

Our Stollery journey started during this pandemic, and is still on going. As you can see in the pictures though, the healthcare workers have made such a difference in my son’s life- and we are forever grateful.

Bowen thinks doctors fix everything & make everyone feel better- and he’s not far off. 💚 Very thankful for his team, especially Dr.Carroll & his nurses. 🙏🏻

We hope everyone has a meaningful thanksgiving weekend, while respecting the health & safety mandates. From a family who relies on our healthcare system, we truly appreciate those who are acting as their brother’s keeper during this pandemic. 💞⭐️

#stollerychildrenshospital #yourchoiceaffectsme #protectourhealthcareworkers #brotherskeeper
#thanksgiving

10/01/2021

Happy October!
The time of year where the colours in Alberta are truly breathtakingly beautiful. 🧡

Happy October!
The time of year where the colours in Alberta are truly breathtakingly beautiful. 🧡

09/30/2021

Listening, remembering & honouring

Listening, remembering & honouring

09/24/2021

Imagine if this was your 2.5 year old… how differently you might feel & see the world.

Please care, and please care enough to take action. Caring without action defeats the intention.

#yourchoiceaffectsme

Imagine if this was your 2.5 year old… how differently you might feel & see the world.

Please care, and please care enough to take action. Caring without action defeats the intention.

#yourchoiceaffectsme

09/20/2021

Another child affected who’s family is willing to share their story.

Families like this have been affected since the start of covid, in a way that the average family can’t even fathom. But all these families have endured & kept quiet, because at least we still had the ability to make choices that kept our high risk children safe.

And now we don’t. After the extraordinary obstacles these families have endured for the last 19 months…their basic right to healthcare are being stripped away. This isn’t ok.
#yourchoiceaffectsme

Another child affected who’s family is willing to share their story.

Families like this have been affected since the start of covid, in a way that the average family can’t even fathom. But all these families have endured & kept quiet, because at least we still had the ability to make choices that kept our high risk children safe.

And now we don’t. After the extraordinary obstacles these families have endured for the last 19 months…their basic right to healthcare are being stripped away. This isn’t ok.
#yourchoiceaffectsme

09/17/2021

There is a certain point where we must behave like adults.

Adults make hard sacrifices so our children don’t have to. Adults are suppose to be care takers of our children & our community.

Where is their village? It’s time to put our children first, especially the ones who need it most.

#yourchoiceaffectsme

There is a certain point where we must behave like adults.

Adults make hard sacrifices so our children don’t have to. Adults are suppose to be care takers of our children & our community.

Where is their village? It’s time to put our children first, especially the ones who need it most.

#yourchoiceaffectsme

Photos from Brooke Backer Fitness's post 09/17/2021

I will continue sharing these stories as they come out. Please swipe right to read each one & feel free to share.

Medical children need to be put first for once during this pandemic. They need their community to advocate for them & to spread awareness. These families need support from their community.

I know what it’s like to have a high risk child during a pandemic, and these children and families have already endured enough. Canceling children’s life altering surgeries because willfully unvaccinated adults are taking precedence isn’t right.

Educate those who think their choices don’t affect others, please.

#yourchoiceaffectsme

Photos from Brooke Backer Fitness's post 09/14/2021

Somehow the hardest 1.5 years of our lives, has also been the happiest.
Tired beyond sleep, yet filled with so much love & joy for our family. Our perspective of the world has shifted axis, and while it’s a hell of a lot scarier- it also makes everyday feel more alive. Makes every blessing bigger, laugh deeper, and privilege brighter. We grew stronger as a unit and as individuals. It took carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders, to shed burdens not worth carrying. Adapting to change brought us far more than focusing on what we couldn’t. It’s beautiful how bright the light shines in the darkness.

09/04/2021

I’ve had a lot of people calling me brave for recently publicly talking about my abortion. And while I truly appreciate the compliment, I don’t feel it’s mine to own. There have been women for thousands of years that have paved this road for us. Our ability to speak up comes from their strength and bravery in a time where there was absolutely no acceptance. Where the risk of their own death was high, and the consequences if ever discovered were treacherous.

There are still countries & states where this is happening. For all of those women, I speak up. I give voice to them because they risk everything by using their own voice.

I risk someone not liking me. I risk someone telling me I’m going to hell. I risk some potential lost employment opportunities. I risk some hurtful words. My risks are mild & nothing in comparison. I am brave, because the women that came before me were braver.

So to the women who are living in areas where they risk breaking the law or death by making a choice that is THEIRS to make- I give you my voice, my support & my admiration. I wish I could give you the privilege I had, but I will continue fighting for that day to shine on your daughter or great-grand daughter.

@abortionsupportnetwork is an amazing nonprofit organization who helps women around the world achieve access to abortions & advocates for their rights. For anyone seeking help or looking to donate to the cause, they are worth the consideration.

I’ve had a lot of people calling me brave for recently publicly talking about my abortion. And while I truly appreciate the compliment, I don’t feel it’s mine to own. There have been women for thousands of years that have paved this road for us. Our ability to speak up comes from their strength and bravery in a time where there was absolutely no acceptance. Where the risk of their own death was high, and the consequences if ever discovered were treacherous.

There are still countries & states where this is happening. For all of those women, I speak up. I give voice to them because they risk everything by using their own voice.

I risk someone not liking me. I risk someone telling me I’m going to hell. I risk some potential lost employment opportunities. I risk some hurtful words. My risks are mild & nothing in comparison. I am brave, because the women that came before me were braver.

So to the women who are living in areas where they risk breaking the law or death by making a choice that is THEIRS to make- I give you my voice, my support & my admiration. I wish I could give you the privilege I had, but I will continue fighting for that day to shine on your daughter or great-grand daughter.

@abortionsupportnetwork is an amazing nonprofit organization who helps women around the world achieve access to abortions & advocates for their rights. For anyone seeking help or looking to donate to the cause, they are worth the consideration.

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