She breastfeeds and does crunches at the same time.
By Ashley Ross
May 4, 2017
Courtney Schofield was waiting for her husband to meet her at the playground when she decided to join her children in their playtime.
Her 5-year-old daughter was enjoying the playground and her soon-to-be 1-year-old was sitting happily in the grass, so Courtney set up her phone to capture what was about to happen and jumped on the playground equipment.
“My son got fussy while my daughter played, and I was doing pullups but I wasn’t going to let him sit there and cry,” she says. “He wanted to eat and I wanted to keep my heart rate up so I was, like, what can I do while he’s eating?”
Crunches and flutterkicks, it seems.
The video wasn’t meant to capture this, but Courtney soon realized it was inspiring to other moms and friends who reached out to her with gratitude for her inspiration. Some people are even asking her for workout plans they can do with their children.
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“It was cool, the power of women is so amazing because we can do so many things,” she says. “He doesn’t care what position he or I am in, as long as he’s eating!”
Courtney is a 28-year-old paramedic in Panama City Beach, FL, where she lives with her husband, who is in the Army, on a naval base. The only gym she had access to when she first moved there was on the base, where she couldn’t get the best workout in.
“I was not trying to fight with Navy and Army guys for equipment, but I felt uncomfortable because some would look at me like I didn’t know what I was doing, and I think that’s a feeling every mom gets,” she says. “So I had to find other ways to work out and the playground workouts, though they’re recent, are fun and the kids love them.”
To keep her kids in the loop on health and wellness, Courtney tells them what she’s doing and why, but her daughter is mostly interested in stretching.
“She really likes to do yoga in her room, so we’ll put on a yoga Pandora playlist and we’ll read this book called Goodnight Yoga and we’ll do poses together,” she says.
While Courtney’s playground workouts are new, her focus on staying fit isn’t. She was a competitive gymnast and cheerleader for 15 years, but she worked out to get stronger for her sports, not to stay in shape. As a mom, her body goals have definitely changed.
“I gained 50 pounds with my first pregnancy, and I’m not a big person to begin with,” she says. “So my main thing was to get off the excess weight I gained, which meant a lot of HIIT training on the treadmill, like sprinting for 30 seconds, then resting for 30 for as long as I could.” (The Slim, Sexy, Strong Workout DVD is the fast, flexible workout you’ve been waiting for!)
She kept her weight gain minimal for her second pregnancy, though, eating a healthier diet she says consisted of ditching things like high fructose corn syrup and genetically modified foods (even though Reese’s peanut butter cups will get her every time).
Now, though, Courtney focuses on staying fit and healthy rather than worrying about losing weight or how she looks, which includes finding new ways to work out with her kids (or while one is napping).
“Staying in shape after having children takes time,” she says. “Your body goes through nine months of growing another human baby, your body needs time to heal, so I keep my exercises from being too strenuous and focus on core work and breathing rather than lifting weights.”
She can certainly do that on the playground, as evidenced in her Instagram videos.
“It’s fun because my husband and I are playing and engaging with them,” she says. “We’re showing them that staying healthy and playtime can be one in the same.”