BEAVERTON, Ore. -- They meet most mornings at 9:30 am at the Tualatin Hills Recreation Center in Beaverton.
“I love this,” says Michelle Simantel, a mother and Baby Boot Camper. “I’m so thankful I found baby boot camp. It’s really, really fun, for me and for the kids.”
Yes, they’re a team and although it’s fun, it’s a challenge, designed to help mom’s get fit, with their kids.
“It’s a really good work out,” says Simantel, adding “that’s a question I get sometimes from people. Baby Boot Camp, you’re just like singing to the kids? No, it’s tough.”
Amelia Murray is an instructor and agrees with Michelle.
“It’s a boot camp workout,” says Murray. “So lots of cardio, lots of strength training, lots of running, it’s great. It’s a pretty intense workout, but there are options for moms that are just getting into it. It’s also challenging for the mom’s that are really fit and pretty strong.”
Kylan Pimley’s the franchise owner of Baby Boot Camp and lead Instructor.
“It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” says Pimley, laughing. “It’s not even a job.”
Kylan says normally they have 15 to 20 moms in class, however it’s more this time of year.
“Busy season is right now,” says Pimley. “Everyone wants to get ready for summer and we’re in the middle of a fitness challenge. We’ve got about 20 to 25 moms in class.”
There is exercise and camaraderie. Many of the members are adjusting to a new life as mothers, including Jennifer Demetre.
“You get to ask a lot of questions with the moms,” says Demetre. “Everyone’s very understanding with what you’re going through with parenting, so it actually makes it a lot easier.”
And the kids are along for the ride.
“When they’re in the strollers for the workout most of them are good," says Simantel. "There’s a few who have a harder time, but we try to move them around a bunch, which helps. They know they get to get out and play in the end.”
Pimley says Baby Boot Camp is $65 per month, but the first lesson is free.