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Courtney Celani - June 2023

Introduce us to your family!

Hi! I'm Courtney. I married my high school sweetheart and speech team partner, Marc and we have two daughters, Chiara and Cora. We also have a sweet, senior Labrador retriever named Oreo. We will be welcoming a baby boy to our family this December.

How long have you been a member of F4M Naperville? What made you come to your first class and which classes have you participated in?

I joined F4M in April of 2021. We had moved to Naperville when we were pregnant with our first child, just months before quarantine in 2019. As the quarantine was lifted and Covid was becoming more under control, I was looking for ways to meet and socialize with new moms with similar interests in the area and possibly find playmates for my daughter. I went to local groups on social media websites looking for suggestions on the best ways to go about that. A mom who happened to live just a few blocks from us recommended I try out fit4mom. That was followed by many others also expressing emphatically that I needed to check it out. I decided to take the leap and try a free class. I was immediately hooked. Everyone was so kind and welcoming. I looked forward to the fun events that they had planned for moms and kids that summer. Since then, I have participated in every class but yoga including Fit4baby, Run Club, and Body Well programs.

What are your favorite things to do with your family?

As a family, we love going for walks along the riverwalk and trying new restaurants in the area. At home we love a good movie or game night!

What would you say to a mom considering joining our village?

I have met some of my closest friends in Naperville in F4M and have found my own village when I needed one the most. The thick of motherhood is no joke and this group has given me the tools that I needed to get through my toughest moments. Friends to lean on and support in return, amazing workouts that leave me with an accomplished feeling that I can take on anything, and activities and social events for me and my daughters. It truly fills every cup and I implore anyone remotely considering trying out a class to not hesitate. There is a reason why so many moms hype this community!

What has been your biggest gain since joining FIT4MOM Naperville?

I have seen many gains through the Body Well and Body boost programs physically but the greatest gain I've made is a network of knowledgeable, kind, and insanely fun women who I know I can go to for advice, compassion, and always a good time!