Brooke Backer Fitness

Brooke Backer Fitness is a company that specializes in personal training. We uplift, motivate & empower you to look and feel your best! We will uplift, motivate & empower you to look and feel your best!

Operating as usual

05/12/2022

What a comeback‼️

Amazing 🤩

05/08/2022

Motherhood is such a unique journey- no motherhood experience is the same. So here’s to wishing a Happy Mother’s Day to all the different kinds of moms out there. 💛

America has never seen health like this before 05/07/2022

America has never seen health like this before

America has never seen health like this before The USA has never seen health like this before. Despite all of our knowledge about diabetes, and the medicines available, more people exercising, less people...

05/04/2022

100% this 👇🏻

ED trigger warning.

I’m saddened to see the headlines today, featuring Kim K at the Met Gala, after losing 16 lbs in 3 weeks in order to fit into Marilyn Monroes dress. What disturbs me even more is the fact that this is being applauded, condoned and normalized in the media.

I repeat: disordered eating and dangerous weight loss practices are being praised and normalized in the name of fashion, for ALL eyes to see.

This is a disgusting display of diet culture and just a reminder that we have so SO far to go.

This will happen and our kids will be exposed to it. But I assure you that the messages and narrative at home is what matters most. It is what will stick; what will become your child’s inner dialogue. Inquiring and curious kids need to know that this isn’t ok, nor is it healthy or beautiful. In fact, it’s dangerous.

Clothing is meant to fit your body. Not the other way around. ❤️

https://www.sarahremmer.com/what-is-food-neutrality-and-why-is-it-important-for-your-child/

Photos from Brooke Backer Fitness's post 04/17/2022

Happy Easter! 🐰🐣

Photos from Brooke Backer Fitness's post 04/17/2022

Happy Easter! 🐰🐣

03/25/2022

THIS!!!!!
Can we please say THIS louder!!

It has been one hell of a ride & everyone has had different challenges. While some had their health throughout this, others didn’t. While some had financial hardship through this, others didn’t. While some had falling outs with friends & family, others didn’t. While some people lost loved ones, others didn’t. The list goes on & some people had multiple items of hardships on that list.

If you’re struggling, it’s ok. It’s been an extraordinarily hard couple of years & that plays a toll on your mind, body & soul.

So if you’re having a hard time getting motivated to exercise, give yourself some grace. Know that it might take longer than usual & don’t shy away from loving yourself through this.

It is OK to look at your body & not love what you see. But it’s not ok to mistreat your body simply because it doesn’t look the way you’d like. Our bodies got us through these last couple years & they will get us through the next- LOVE that about yourself. Love everything your body does & allows you to do. Take that energy into your exercise sessions & be kind to yourself.

We at the very least owe ourselves kindness after going through all of this. 💚💜

03/21/2022

I’m here for this 😂

03/05/2022

The feeling of being able to physically pack both my children outdoors on a walk is a rewarding feeling for me! I might be 30lbs heavier and I might not be actively training right now, but the decade (+) of strength training prior to having children has paid off in so many ways. The older I get, the less it’s about aesthetics & the more it is about being able to do cool things with my kids. I want them to be keeping up to me for a long time, not me trying to keep up to them & holding them back on adventures.

02/15/2022

Happy Love Day from my little love bugs!

Photos from Brooke Backer Fitness's post 01/28/2022

Apparently I missed national breast pumping day!! I didn’t even know this was a thing, but tbh I’m so thrilled it is! Exclusively pumping is so time consuming & labor intensive, and I feel like these mammas get overlooked. They are feeding their children breastmilk but through a bottle, and sometimes I feel like even that is judged & frowned upon.

So these are my thoughts around it, and I hope it can help at least one other mama feel confident in whatever she decides is best for her & her baby. Because ultimately- whatever is best for mom, is best for baby.

I exclusively pumped with Bowen for just over 1 year, and I’m now exclusively pumping with Dax too. Bowen just never latched well. Dax latched a lot better….But I discovered that I actually really despised breastfeeding. I feel touched out every day, let alone when I have an infant physically latched onto my b***s. I felt more connected & happy bottle feeding my baby. And at first I felt guilt over that & wondered what was wrong with me. I wondered if I was withholding my son from some unknown magical b**b bonding connection. However, I honestly just have no more space in my life for feeling guilt over things I’m busting my butt about. I work really hard ensuring that my baby gets breastmilk in a way the saves my sanity. By choosing to stop trying to force myself into enjoying breastfeeding, it in return also helped my ppd slightly. Feeding infants is a demanding task regardless of how you choose to do it. 💜

So to end this long post, I’m gonna list a few pumping tips I’ve learned:
1.) use a ni**le cream that’s safe for baby to help lubricate your ni**les against the plastic.
2.) pay attention to the time of day you pump at. I actually label mine, because milk pumped at night has more melatonin - which can help baby sleep better. On the same note, any caffeine drank will affect your breastmilk & baby too.
3.) freshly pumped milk is good for 4 hours at room temperature. Refrigerated milk is good for 2 hours at room temperature. Previously frozen milk thawed in the fridge is good for 24 hours within the refrigerator, and for 2 hours once at room temperature.

Happy belated national breast pumping day!

01/23/2022

It’s a special milestone for the entire family this month. Today Dax is 3 months old, Bo is 3 years old, mom is turning 30 (in 2 days), and dad is 33!

I have nothing fitness or wellness related for this post. 😂 Just that 3 is our lucky number this month 🍀😜

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. 🏔

01/01/2022

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. 🥰🎄

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. 🌺

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. 💚

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