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They Can Do It All: Sweaty Betty's Most Inspirational Mothers
The saying that some women can simply 'do it all' is never more true than when applied to the Sweaty Betty ambassadors. Not only are these three women inspirational in fitness, but each of them is also a fantastic mother. With the UK's Mothers Day just around the corner (30th March) and the US celebration coming up on 11th May, we checked in with the ambassadors to find out how they combine motherhood with sport.
Chepstow Road Ambassador
As well as being an Advanced Personal Trainer, Yoga and Pilates instructor and Nutrition Advisor, our inspirational Chepstow Road ambassador Rachel is also a keen cyclist, so it was only natural for her son to develop a similar affiliation for the sport. Deciding that cycling would be a great mother-and-son activity, Rachel removed the training wheels of six-year-old Xavi's bike, and encouraged him to pedal on two wheels. Within a day, he was so excited to be cycling on his own, and has since built up to join his super fit mum on regular evening bike rides. When not out cycling, Rachel and her son spend time together practicing yoga and transcendental meditation for children. Xavi is also interested in taking up his mother's favourite workout of kickboxing (which she follows with 90 minutes of Kundalini Yoga), so the duo have recently begun going running and training on their at-home boxing bag together. Rachel is currently gearing up to introduce Xavi to inline skating this summer.
Personal Trainer, spin instructor and ultra-marathon runner Annie has a passion for dance, athletics and netball, and qualifications in Sports Psychology, Anatomy & Physiology, Nutrition & Weight Management, and many more. This incredible athlete has had to cope with a number of setbacks with regard to her son's health, which inspired her to become a Charity Ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The mother to two boys aged eight and thirteen, Annie has the challenge of finding sports that her sons can agree on. Thankfully, both have inherited their mother's love of being active, and enjoy playing cricket, going swimming and regularly join Annie for Sunday morning training runs. While their mother is often competing in full and half marathons, each year both of Annie's boys take part in the 5K 'Race For The Kids' run in London's Battersea Park.
St Albans Ambassador
Sweaty Betty Ambassador, Triathlete, Entrepreneur and Mother – these are the four sides of Victoria that she juggles on a daily basis. Only three years ago, her biggest sporting achievement was completing a 10km run and she was a stay-at-home Mum; it was her love of cycling and desire to be her own boss that prompted her to found Beatbike Studios, an indoor and outdoor bike fitness company based in St Albans. Victoria has passed on her love of fitness to her children, regularly going out cycling with her son, and racking up lengths in the pool alongside her county swimmer daughter. Just last year, while Victoria adhered to a strict training schedule ahead of the gruelling 2013 London Triathlon, she was simultaneously helping her children prepare for their first SuperTri Children's, Youth & Junior Open Water Triathlon.
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