Sunny spring days are here, which means many of us are getting inspired to get outside, get in shape and PLAY in this spectacular PNW wonderland we love and call home. Of course, for Vibist Jill Sinkula of Belly Up Fitness, everyday is a great day to get moving, especially if you're a mama.
Sound impossible? Not if you ask this entrepreneur. With two tiny humans by her side, Jill infuses her days with an educated balance as she runs her health-driven business from the same Kingston address where she dedicates herself as wife and mommy, illustrating the power of our modern day super moms and proving that exercise can always find a place amidst family life.
As if that were not cool enough, Jill has recently teamed up with fellow Vibe member Raquel Pappas of Kitsap Hot Yoga to host a special FREE workshop for moms on how to protect your core and pelvic floor. Did someone say passionate business leaders meeting at Vibe and going on to do rad things together? **Swoon.**
Vibe: You’ve been active professionally within the fitness industry for a long time. What was that ‘ah-ha’ moment when you knew that this was an area of work that you felt passionate about?
JS: I worked with a prenatal fitness instructor when I was pregnant with my son. The work I did with her was empowering. I wanted to support women in the same capacity. That’s where my “third baby” Belly Up, came from.
Vibe: What’s your favorite thing about being a certified prenatal and postpartum coach?
JS: Working with amazing women and empowering them to take control of their fitness journey.
Vibe: For those who aren’t familiar, what are some of the benefits of maternal fitness?
JS: Women who exercise during and after pregnancy are at a lower risk of developing depression. Other benefits include; decreased risk of developing gestational diabetes, increases brain activity and maturity of brain function in baby, and women are %75 less likely to need medical intervention during delivery.
Vibe: Talk to us about the clients you serve. Are there any favorite stories you can share?
JS: I witness a lot of tears and laughter with my clients. Not necessarily because of the workout, but because of the overwhelming nature of parenthood. I can’t say I have “one” favorite story. But having someone tell you “you” were the best part of their day, assures me I’m doing something right.
Vibe: If you could offer one piece of advice to expecting or new moms regarding their physical health and wellness, what would it be?
JS: Most importantly, allow your body to rest and recover. If something is uncomfortable don’t push through, either modify it or cut it out entirely.
Vibe: What’s one problem you see within your industry or day-to-day work that you wish there were a solution for?
JS: I wish insurance companies would see the value in the type of work I do. Everyone should have access to programs that improve their health and well-being.
Vibe: Talk to us about this free event you have coming up that we’re so excited about, co-hosted in collaboration with Vibe member Raquel Pappas, of Kitsap Hot Yoga (KHY).
JS: I’m thrilled to partner with KHY for the upcoming Belly Up Fitness workshop. I understand working with a personal trainer isn’t in everyone's budget; this is a way for me to share important information with women who need it most, mamas!
Vibe: Some people might be surprised that a fitness coach is a member of a coworking space. Talk to us about why you decided to join Vibe, and what you love about being here.
JS: I believe ideas grow from “good” to “great” when bounced off of others. Sharing a space with individuals working in different fields is the best way to improve your ideas or come up with new ones.
Vibe: We’ve seen a lot of young families moving to this area lately, and know that you have a strong network with events, activities and services that cater to them. What’s one piece of advice that you would offer to new families moving to Kitsap?
JS: I was born in Tacoma, graduated from Gig Harbor high school and spent a year working in Australia as an au pair before settling in Seattle for university. In December 2016, my family and I moved across the pond, ready to escape the chaos that comes with city life, and have easier access to all things outdoors. We love it here!
Before my husband and I closed on our house I created several Facebook posts inquiring about schools, events, and running groups. I even created a FB group named Kingston Parents. I learned a ton of great information and felt like a member of the community before we even arrived. For anyone new moving to the area like we did, my advice would absolutely be to show up to local events or create your own!
Vibe: What are you passionate about, beyond work?
JS: Living an active life, and empowering women!
Vibe: Final question: you’ve been talking about how fun it would be to have a Vibe running club. Are you going to help get that kicked off? (We'd LOVE that!)
Vibe: Anything else you’d like to get off your chest?
JS: Circling back to fitness. Don’t skip working out because the baby is crying, and your toddler is jumping all over you. Instead, strap on the baby and involve your toddler in your workout. Not only will you feel better afterward, but you will teach your children the importance of exercise and self-care.