About

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Hello! I’m Alexis and I care deeply about your pelvic floor. Weird thing to have a passion for, I know, but hear me out.

I was never an athletic kid. In high school I played flute in the marching band and gym class was my absolute worst nightmare. I also hated children and thought all things related to pregnancy and childbirth were gross.

So obviously it was a very clear and well-defined path to being a fitness instructor who specializes in working with pregnant and postpartum women.

Hah.

There’s a really, really long version to my story that’s best told over a glass of wine while our husbands and partners are watching our kids (or you can read about it here!), but the (slightly) shorter version is that after my first daughter, Natalie, was born, I felt isolated. I was out of shape. It was cold and the days were short and I needed to do something.

I joined a stroller fitness class, and it changed my life. I made friends. I got out of the house. I got stronger and my self-confidence soared.

Natalie and me on our first day of class.

Natalie and me on our first day of class.

My grandfather and me, circa 1987. Photographic proof that I’ve been preparing for a career in fitness from a very young age.

My grandfather and me, circa 1987. Photographic proof that I’ve been preparing for a career in fitness from a very young age.

Then my husband and I decided to move from Boston to Knoxville to be closer to my family, and I knew I’d be losing my tribe of mamas.

So I decided to start my own. I took my group fitness instructor certification test at 28 weeks pregnant with my second daughter, Olivia (I can’t say that I really recommend it, but I thought — correctly!– that it would be easier pregnant than with a nursing newborn).

I read everything I could get my hands on about fitness during pregnancy and after having a baby. I took classes, joined forums and Facebook groups, and read some more. And more. And more.

And now I’m thrilled to bring what I’ve learned to the Knoxville community. My goal is to teach women how to move, stretch, and strengthen their bodies in a way that’s respectful of the staggering work their bodies are currently going through, whether they’re growing a baby or already have that baby in their arms.

One of the key components of that goal is to provide workouts that strengthen your core and pelvic floor so you can do, well, anything you want!

  • Chase your toddler and have crazy jumping dance parties without worrying about leaking.
  • Lift grocery bags and gallons of milk out of the car like a boss.
  • Run a 5k.
  • Lug around that infant bucket seat pain-free. (Could they make those things any less ergonomic??)

I love programming workouts that are fun, scalable to all levels, and, most importantly, SAFE for expectant and new moms. I don’t yell and I don’t want you to be so sore you can’t walk or pick up your kid the next day. I’m not a drill sergeant; I’m your fitness partner who’s here to motivate, encourage, and teach you what you need to know so you can feel your absolute best.

I hope you’ll join us. I’d love to hear your story, too!

Questions? Email me at info@fiercemamafitness.com.