In a parenthood world of round-the-clock kiddo care, it can be hard to work in time for a workout and find a routine that’s perfect for you. Enter Mommy Moves Fitness, your Totally Awesome pick for best mom fitness resource. With stroller fitness, boot camps, yoga, personal training, and more, Mommy Moves is tailor-made for busy moms who want to be at their physical and mental best. Owner and Head Mama Lori Sawyer recently took the time to chat with us about what makes Mommy Moves awesome, her proud moments as a business owner, and more. Read on:
Red Tricycle: Congratulations! Your community recently voted you “Most Awesome.” What do your customers value most about your business?
Lori Sawyer: I think our customers love how real we are. We create a non-intimidating environment for moms to workout, share ideas, and learn about health and fitness not only for them but for their entire family.
RT: What inspired you to start your business?
LS: After having my first child, I saw the need for fitness classes that catered to moms. After having a bad experience with a gym daycare, I decided to start Mommy-Moves. Mommy-Moves began with just a few stroller classes, and we listened to the wants and needs of our clients. Now we have grown to provide different classes and seminars to fit into any mom’s lifestyle.
RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?
LS: Know that it is not easy. If you have an idea, find out the need for it (local or national), look into the competition, and research as much as you can. Don’t just jump into something from excitement. Really do your research and take one step at a time.
RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?
LS: When you are working, work, when you are with the kids, be in the moment with your kids. They are only little for so long—enjoy them, but work hard and focus when you are working.
RT: What is your proudest moment as a business owner or parent?
LS: There are so many things I can think of. Seeing a mom reach her goals really makes me so proud, not only of Mommy Moves but of her. Whether it is hitting her goal with weight loss, doing 100 lunges across the park, crossing the finish line of her first 5K or finishing a half marathon, I know that Mommy Moves was a crucial part of that. I will never forget seeing a mom who thought she could not do it, cross that 5K finish line in tears…we cried out of pure excitement for her! When I know I made a difference in a mom’s life, and that she has changed her lifestyle because of Mommy Moves, it makes my job worth it.
On another note, one day after class a little girl got out of her stroller and started to walk around the playground bending her knees and walking around the jungle gym. We asked her what she was doing and she said “Mommy, I am doing ‘lunches’ (lunges). I want to be strong like you!” When you see the kids get it too, it puts the icing on the cake!
RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
LS: Red Tricycle readers can receive our special fitness and nutrition tips and hints package for a busy mom FREE!