FMWR launches a baby-friendly fitness program

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments
Army spouse Hannah Tennimon shares a nutrition tip at the end of the BYOBootcamp fitness session, while 10-month-old son Wyatt looks on. Tennimon, newly arrived at Schofield Barracks, said she is finding the BYOB program a good way to make new friends and contacts and adjust to life in Hawaii.

Army spouse Hannah Tennimon shares a nutrition tip at the end of the BYOBootcamp fitness session, while 10-month-old son Wyatt looks on. Tennimon, newly arrived at Schofield Barracks, said she is finding the BYOB program a good way to make new friends and contacts and adjust to life in Hawaii.

 

 

Story and photos by
Jack Wiers
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Bring Your Own Baby, or BYOBootcamp, was in full swing, or body movement, if you prefer, on Tuesday morning at Ralston Field, here.

The outdoor program was designed to offer new parents a workout option in a supportive setting and was meeting the goals of its clients — new mothers.

For Hannah Tennimon’s session, this event meant balancing her full body resistance training exercises while tending to her occasionally restless 10-month-old son Wyatt, who remained within arms’ length during the hourlong workout.

Tennimon arrived three weeks ago with her family on their first Army permanent change of station, or PCS move. For her, the outdoor workout served more than one purpose.

“It’s just hard when you have a newborn or infant getting out of the house, and it’s such a challenge,” said Tennimon. “So, I have a tendency to just stay at home with him (son Wyatt). But I love working out and feel so much better after a workout, so it’s so great to have something to get me out of the house.”

Army spouses share favorite exercise and nutrition tips during the BYOB one-hour exercise program. The FMWR outdoor fitness program is geared for young parents who are able to bring their young children along to the supervised workouts.

Army spouses share favorite exercise and nutrition tips during the BYOB one-hour exercise program. The FMWR outdoor fitness program is geared for young parents who are able to bring their young children along to the supervised workouts.

Newly Designed Program
The new six-week Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program also fits the lifestyle of instructor Gina Phillips. The certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor is also the new mother of a 3-month-old baby, who slept quietly during the session.

“I taught at the gym, and after I had the baby, teaching and working out is hard to do indoors (because of child access restrictions),” Phillips said. “I think you have to call three weeks in advance for hourly child care, and it fills up quickly.

“Does this fill a need? I think so,” added Phillips.

“BYOB” Origins
The new program found eager support even before the first session was held.

An FMWR Facebook online contest resulted in the name BYOBootcamp. The new program title is a play on the familiar acronym BYOB or ”bring your own bottle.”

In this case, “baby” is substituted for “bottle” in the title.

The one-hour workout is comprised of full body resistance training and a few cardio intervals to maximize your calorie burn. It’s designed for participants of varying fitness abilities.

“We have one spouse who is seven months pregnant,” said Angie Crane, a military spouse of 10 years who home-schools her 9-year-old son Ace.

“We have some people who are training for marathons. Everybody does what they can do, and it’s very supportive and noncompetitive.”

Each hourly session ends with all participants sharing exercise and health strategies.

Several new members to the Schofield community noted afterwards that the program was an important step forward in assimilating to their new PCS home.

“This has been a really great experience,” Tennimon said.

“I’ve been meeting so many new people and really great women … not that we wouldn’t welcome men (to the workout),” Tennimon added.

BYOBootcamp
What: Twice weekly full body resistance training and cardio intervals designed to maximize calorie-burn.
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Where: Ralston Field, Schofield Barracks
Cost: $7 for individual sessions, $60 for six-week package
Visit: www.himwr.com/special-events/family-and-mwr-calendar#/?i=4.

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