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Meet Sarah Russler of Temecula

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Russler.

Hi Sarah, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I spent most of my life as an athlete. From soccer to basketball, volleyball to track, I never stopped. I enjoyed exercise and running, but felt like every pregnancy was an excuse to take a year off. During my second pregnancy with my daughter, I was taking a Pilates class and the exercise we were doing was causing me pain in my round ligaments. The instructor told me this was totally normal and to just keep going. I never went back to that class.

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 felt extremely weak. I tried going back to the gym, and while I was getting stronger I was experiencing symptoms such as leaking when I ran, and my core felt so incredibly weak. The back pain persisted.

It wasn’t until five years after the birth of my twins that a friend of mine, while discussing my symptoms, asked me, “Well, have you ever checked yourself for diastasis recti?” My life from there was forever changed. I began down a rabbit hole of information on DRA, what it was, how to “heal” from it, and how to get my body back, etc. It was overwhelming. There was SO much information and 90% of it contradicted itself. Some said you could heal, some said you couldn’t ever heal. I felt very confused and very lost.

It was in 2018 that I stumbled across Jessie Mundell’s Core Restore program and decided I would take her Postnatal Fitness Academy program. 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. It became an ever-growing passion.

I was able to go through pelvic floor physical therapy, while simultaneously inviting friends to come and work out with me in my garage. I would walk them through exercises that had helped me, and generally began guiding others through strength training.

Over the last few years my business has taken off. 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 moms 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 talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Definitely not a smooth road, and if anyone has had one, let the rest of us know your secret!

Running a small business where your first clients are your friends and even family can create a challenge because you are mixing business and relationships. Add the world of fitness into the mix, where you have time management and injuries to deal with. And finally, working solely with women (mostly mothers), means we are navigating schedules, kids illnesses, etc.

Regardless, I wouldn’t change my journey in any way. I have the best community of people around me who cheer me on, even when things get tough.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a personal trainer through NASM, a Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism coach, a certified Postnatal Fitness Specialist, and a Level 1 participant in The Female Athlete: Core & Pelvic Floor.

Pregnancy, from the beginning stages through the fourth trimester, can create an extreme physical strain on your body. At Fit Functional Motherhood, my goal is to help you train in functional movement patterns, with a focus on reconnecting with your core and pelvic floor muscles.

Keeping in mind that everybody is a unique one, I enjoy taking an individualistic approach to training. What one body needs, another may not. Looking at the individual in front of me, that day, that moment is what sets me apart from others.

We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Something that may be surprising is that I went into the niche of pregnancy and postpartum fitness because I personally have experienced so many pelvic floor and core dysfunction symptoms since having children. Honestly, I think I have experienced all at some point.

Some people believe you need to be “perfect” to coach, but I believe you need to be willing to learn and adjust to be a great coach and trainer. I still deal with postpartum issues myself, and if anything I think it makes me even more qualified for this population because I can empathize with what they are going through.

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