In Part 4 of our continuing series on DTP’s offspring, meet Renee Crichlow, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer from Barbados, whose REAC Fitness business includes Mum-me 2 B Fitness Series (prenatal), After Baby Fitness Series (postnatal) and 6 week Jumpstart Body Transformation Program (general female population).
Renee (left) leads her moms-to-be in a well-rounded program that includes some cool moves in her aerobic dancing section!
The adventures of one of her students is featured in a recent series of articles in Barbados Today.
DTP: When did you begin working with DTP?
Renee: I started studying in March 2012 and I completed the practicum in May 2012.
DTP: Describe the focus or mission of your work.
Renee: I am a women’s fitness specialist, targeting all stages of a woman’s life cycle from adolescent, child bearing years, prenatal, postnatal to menopause. I design various exercise programmes to help women get into shape. As a trainer, friend and coach, I am committed to guiding, motivating and educating women to exceed their fitness goals and to permanently adopt healthy lifestyles.
Renee: The good feeling associated with knowing that I am helping women to positively change their lives through exercise.
DTP: What is the most important or interesting thing you have learned from working with moms, moms-to-be, or other women clients?
Renee: I have learned that we are connected and not separate from each other. Sharing our challenges and triumphs enable each of us to grow and have a sense of belonging like a sisterhood. The baby and pregnancy stories always amaze me and I learn a lot considering I don’t have children of my own. I am also fascinated by the fact that as the pregnant mummies bellies grow, they are still moving with lots of energy and I feed off of that energy. I just love working with pregnant ladies and mothers.
DTP: What are your future plans for your program?
Renee: Starting in May, I will be adding an informational workshop to cover various topics and an outdoor stroller class.
DTP: What is the feedback you have had about your program?
Renee: They really enjoy the class and interaction with each other. Please see the testimonials below:
I’m Latoya and I’ve been participating in the class for the past 4 months. It is very exciting, energizing and fun. During the work out, we participate in various stretches, breathing techniques, and even a little zumba session. I never thought exercising during pregnancy could be so much fun. The exercises are simple to do, so anyone who is pregnant and still wants to look well toned, loves to dance or just want to learn to what to expect during labour and what techniques can be used to help, this is the class for you. I can guarantee you, that after one workout with Renee, u will feel sexier than ever. Try it and you’ll see. I’ve already spoken to her regarding post-natal classes, that’s how excited I am.
Janalee Harris – Patient of Dr. Tracy Archer
Being part of the Mum-me 2 B Fitness Series is incredible! Whilst at the doctor, I was introduced to Renee and decided to join the program and never once regretted it. The exercises are wonderful, they help expecting mummies stay in shape, one thing I thought, was pregnant women had to take it easy and exercise very slow; that I realized was not true especially with the aerobics session.
We do various exercises: strengthening, breathing, relaxation, stretching, cardiovascular… when combined helps you stay in great shape. I feel healthy and overall better about myself and thank God for the opportunity to be able to exercise during pregnancy. I would encourage any woman who is pregnant to join the class, it’s a wonderful experience! A great program to follow when expecting and I am sure benefits will be achieved and goals will be reached in order to maintain a good weight throughout pregnancy
Toni Moore – Patient of Dr. James Boyce
I joined the Mum-me 2 B class in my 20th week of pregnancy. I have found them to be very useful; not only in preparing me mentally and physically for welcoming my baby into this world but also in informing me of safe exercises that I can do on my own. Renee is very professional and makes the time to check-in on her preggers outside of class times: diet, doctor’s visits etc. I would recommend it to anyone; I would further recommend that you commence the classes earlier.
Contact info: Renee Crichlow (246) 242-2850, email@example.com