I've been connected with this week's crush, Suzanne, for a few years now. I think we initially connected through an Original Strength Workshop and then through other continuing education events. She has always placed a large emphasis on education and taking time to learn... and she's also one of those people that seems to just help bring people together. Don't you just love people like that?
I've loved watching her journey and seeing Suzanne find her passion over the last few years, especially after the birth of her beautiful daughter, Gabby Mac.... oh, and I enjoyed salivating over her seriously delicious looking food pics (she's totally a foodie and was in one of the best cities for it - Chicago 😍).
Anyways, Suzanne is on a mission to help strengthen, educate, and support women, especially those suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction and I love it. She puts out and shares some great stuff on social media that we could all learn from.
Do yourself a favor and get connected with Suzanne!
What do you do?
I'm a personal trainer and coach that strives to help my clients improve the quality of their lives through movement. I specialize in working with the prenatal and postpartum population. I want to be their advocate during the most important stages of their lives.
What else do you do?
I'm passionate about pelvic floor health, movement for babies and moms, and helping everyone be the best they can be. I educate through various workshops to bring further awareness on these topics.
How do you define the word 'strength'?
Overcoming your worst fears and obstacles to be the best version of yourself.
How did you discover your passion?
After the birth of my daughter Gaby Mac. She was born with a condition found at birth called a venous lymphatic malformation (located at her right clavicle and neck). Movement was the only form of therapy that helped her to overcome it.
Then, at 14 months postpartum, I found out I had pelvic organ prolapse of the bladder. I was devastated and felt let down. I sought out more education so that I could be the advocate for other women. Teaching about pelvic floor health has also helped me to heal.
How do you incorporate movement into your daily lifestyle?
As a mom, finding time for movement has been an ongoing challenge. I try to incorporate movement by playing with my daughter, using her as my weight, or focus on getting up and down from the floor with minimal assistance.
What do you recommend for someone starting out?
Start with just a few minutes a day or pick one movement to do each day. You just have to start and try not to over-complicate it. You don't have to go to the gym to get movement in. It can happen anywhere.
How do you define 'fitness'?
I define fitness as improving one's overall lifestyle.
Where do you see the future of fitness?
I see the methods of fitness changing as many are seeking ways to move with minimal equipment and limited space.
Does movement increase your self-confidence? If yes, how?
Absolutely! I feel better when I move. Not only does it improve my physical strength, but my mental strength.
What motivates the crap out of you?
Words and music are powerful motivators for me. Certain songs will help me to get through the toughest training session, so much so that I tune out the distractions around me.
What advice do you wish you could have given your former self?
To ask more questions and not accept that there is only a certain way to do things.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Many women have reached out to me via social media, after I shared my experience on how I healed my prolapse. It has given many women hope and the courage to openly talk about a topic that deserves our attention.
Pelvic floor dysfunction should not be accepted as par for the course as as a mom. There are strategies that are sustainable. Women need to know there is support.