The strongest person in your life may not be the one who can do the most TRX Pushups or Pullups. It’s probably the person who was with you on day one: your mother. For most of us, moms—or maternal figures—teach us what it means to be smart, capable, confident, and resilient. In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked three rockstar moms in the TRX community about their own journeys with strength, flexibility, and balance.
Rachel Aram, a San Francisco Bay Area fitness entrepreneur, says her parents’ active lifestyle shaped her views on exercise, as well as her career. Eight years ago, Rachel left her job as a journalist to start her first fitness business, a studio called Cardio-Tone.
“People ask ‘How did that happen? One day you’re working for CBS News, covering the Democratic Primary, and nine months later, you’re opening a fitness studio,’” she recalls. It was hard work, but an easy choice. Rachel knew she wanted to stay home with her then-6-month-old daughter and 18-month-old son, so she created a job that would give her the flexibility to be with them.
In 2009—shortly after she opened Cardio-Tone as an indoor cycling studio—a TRX sales rep approached her about introducing TRX classes for her clients. Rachel loved that the TRX Suspension Trainer™ could offer dynamic strength training to a broad population. “Offering cycling classes was great, but I wanted a studio where people could get all of their workouts in one place,” she recalls. “[TRX] allowed us to serve everyone who walked in, to help with everything from mobility to post-natal recovery—all the things that really make your life great, in addition to looking nice.”
For Emily J., a TRX regular, that sentiment rings true. Emily first tried a TRX Suspension Training class while on a business trip to Seattle in 2012. When she returned home to San Francisco, she insisted that her fiancé join her for classes at the TRX Training Center.
“I continued to take TRX classes throughout my pregnancies, and I found it to be a great tool for my recovery afterwards,” Emily says. “I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be strong enough to hike the Marin Headlands with my son in a backpack without TRX.”
Emily often works out at the Training Center with her friend, Michelle H., a self-described “busy mom of three boys” who shares her commitment to balancing the demands of parenting with personal wellness. “I think it’s important for my health and mental well-being to have fitness as a part of my daily routine,” Michelle says.
That positive attitude toward fitness is something that Michelle is passing on to her sons. All three, (ages 7, 9, and 9), play multiple sports to stay active. “When they’re not playing a sport, they’re outside playing and running around as much as possible. They just completed the Miller’s Mile, which is a two-mile run for their school,” Michelle shares.
Emily also finds ways to get outside and move with her family. “Our kids vary in age from 12 to 2, and fitness is a very fluid component of our family life,” Emily says. “We are in a phase where a bike ride or a hike can be an amazing way to unplug the pre-teen and offer time to catch up. That very same activity may lull our toddlers into a long snooze, and give us an opportunity to enjoy one another, or the peace and quiet.”
Rachel’s children, who have grown up watching their mom teach thousands of classes, have even picked up fitness coaching tips along the way. “My son can teach an entire TRX class,” she says, laughing. “He can cue any TRX exercise very well. And he’s bossy. He has a commanding voice.”
For all three of these TRX moms, the concept of strength changes moment by moment, depending on whether they’re working out or working to raise their children to be well-rounded people.
Like her parents before her, Rachel is encouraging her kids to be active and strong because she recognizes that fitness is an opportunity to be open, to be vulnerable, to fail, and to pick yourself back up again. “I’m just pleased that my kids will have that as a tool to use as they turn into adults.”
Michelle says that strength is the ability “to support my boys emotionally and physically with whatever success, achievement or failure comes their way and knowing at the end of the day we all worked together.”
Right now, strength for Emily is carrying both her kids down three flights of stairs when her son wants to be held at the same time as his baby sister. She knows that will change.
“I’m sure the day will come all too soon when he’ll stop wanting to be carried,” Emily admits. “When it does, being a strong mother will evolve into how I will try to raise our kids to become independent, inquisitive, patient and determined, as my strong mom did for me.”