We spoke to one of our Mermaid Waters barre lovers and mother of two, Kylie, about her own experiences after having kids. Wanting to share her story about those 'awkward moments' and the difficulty of being active and exercise to her full potential - due to having a weak Pelvic Floor post children, a common and often unspoken topic among women. After discovering Aleenta BARRE Kylie has been an avid attendee coming regularly, why? because thanks to barre, Kylie has been able to strengthen her Pelvic Floor and get back into her active lifestyle with her kids.
1) Tell us little about yourself...
Hi, I'm Kylie and I am a 41 year-old mum of 2 kids – a son 9 and a daughter 6. Before kids I spent 11 years as a flight attendant, international and domestic, and was also a PT and now I am a Dermal Therapist / Laser Technician. On a personal note, around my ‘mummy duties’, which never seem to end, I like to keep active and engage in sport whenever time permits.
2) How long have you been coming to Aleenta BARRE and what do you like about it?
I started at Aleenta about 4 weeks after the Gold Coast studio opened and was introduced by friends. I like it because it looked easy …. but isn’t. It is hard. Not only is it physical conditioning, but I also enjoy the mental ‘peace’ that Aleenta brings. Unlike the gym, it seems more holistic. I think the balance between the 2 makes me a better mum.
3) What has Aleenta helped you with?
This is embarrassing but it is true – I have always been fit and active but once I visited Bounce with my kids and 30 minutes bouncing around on trampolines I felt like I had wet my pants because I HAD!!!!!
The ‘learning’ from this experience that enabled me to get through the next 30 minutes with the kids was that I could get in 4 bounces at a time before I had to cross my legs... I basically weed my way around bounce.
I should never had tried bounce - because sneezing, skipping even coughing would end up with the same result. It was pretty embarrassing.
Since Aleenta, even after 2 months, I can visit bounce, pretend I am a World Champion gymnast, jump and flip my way around everywhere and … you guessed it, no need for nappies, and no need to walk out with my bag strategically positioned to cover my wet pants.
As for the flu… no need to put wads of paper in my pants if I cough or sneeze. PS: My boyfriend loves it too !!!!
4) What was life like when this was a problem? Did you try to fix it before or never that fussed?
I was mortified when my daughter stopped wearing nappies and I thought I was going to have to buy my own.
I was super fit before kids, I had very fast births (like 1 hour labour). I never thought this would be a problem.
But it was, until Barre.
5) What can you do now that used to make you wee your pants a little?
Where do I begin...bounce, cough, sneeze, laugh, skip. I can do more physical things with my kids. On a fun note, if I am feeling lazy, my gym clothes can last 2 days without a wash.
Seriously – it is about getting to be active with a lot more confidence knowing it will not turn into a potentially embarrassing situation.
6) Any idea what has been the main change that has helped?
The ONLY thing different in my routine is Aleenta BARRE. I attend several (normally 4) classes per week, I try and vary the classes each week. It is the only difference.
7) What do other women/mums at school/ friends say about this topic?
If I don’t make a joke about it – NOBODY SAYS A THING. I know many women have the same issue – especially after children - it just isn’t spoken about.
The funny thing is, once you do bring it up in a safe environment, many women can relate to my experiences and then talk because their experiences are similar. My answer to them … go to Aleenta BARRE.
Written by Kylie - Aleenta BARRE Mermaid Waters Student