We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Russler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I spent most of my life as an athlete. From soccer to basketball, volleyball to track, I never stopped. As with many women, after having children my body changed, my goals changed, and my priorities changed. In 2012 I gave birth to two very healthy, very good-sized twin babies. After the birth of my twins my body seemed to fall back into shape again, but I began to suffer severe lower back pain and struggled getting back into fitness. I found very few resources to help, and soon found that many other women around me struggled with the same issues that I was having. After some time and research, I was soon certified as a personal trainer and a prenatal and postpartum fitness specialist. I was positively overwhelmed with so much new information and I couldn’t help but shout it all from the rooftops. My friends, my family, and even my acquaintances were all deeply informed about pelvic and core health in fitness. It became an ever-growing passion. I desire to help women find a safe exercise plan, while pushing their fitness boundaries and creating strong physical bodies because our children need strong, resilient mothers that will be an active part of their lives for as long as possible. I want to help build a community of women who help other women, support other women, and encourage other women.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Fit Functional Motherhood focuses on creating a space for women to engage in exercise in an atmosphere where community trumps competition. Whether you prefer group fitness or a more individualized approach, we offer both formats. It also serves as a place to strengthen the body during pregnancy and prepare for labor and delivery, while also helping to transition during the postpartum season back into fitness at your own pace. Starting a small business is anything but easy, as I’m sure many small business owners would agree. The fitness community can be highly competitive, and understandably so. Additionally, pregnancy and postpartum can be a highly exciting and stressful time. My hope is that this space complements many of wonderful fitness facilities within our community, and helps women find resources and professionals in the community that can help them navigate pregnancy and postpartum both in fitness and outside of it as well.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love this question! Some top food spots would definitely be Cheflavor, the Cookhouse at Vail Headquarters, Goat and Vine, and Bottega Italia. We would have a drink at 1909 or the Daisy bar. For some night time fun we would head kid-free to the Coin Op or a little after hour fun at Thompson & Twain which is a speakeasy in Old Town. We would definitely find ourselves at the Spa at Primally Pure for a facial or treatment. To get outside we would take a walk around Harveston Lake or head up to Dripping Springs to get some fresh air. Finally, it’s only fair we hit a couple of the wineries; my favorites being Ponte and Bottaia.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my husband Aaron who constantly supports and pushes me to be excellent in business and motherhood. To my family and friends who have served as guinea pigs and idea boards. To Jessie Mundell, who’s program sparked my love for core and pelvic health in fitness.
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