We had the good fortune of connecting with Caitlin Wimberley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Caitlin, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
When I became a mom, I struggled. Not just in the normal, everyday sense of trying to keep another human alive, but I battled severe postpartum depression and went from being in front of hordes of people a day (I was a high school English teacher) to then being alone with just an infant. Through this time, I learned very quickly that what I needed most is community and movement. I found a local stroller fitness group, joined, and that became the catalyst to where I am now. I discovered very quickly that I was not the only one silently struggling through postpartum depression and anxiety, and because it’s not necessarily something that is discussed openly and without stigma, so many moms were isolating themselves in their battle. My business is centered on the principle that moms need cheerleaders, too. My goal is to help women who are struggling find strength and community in nutrition, movement, and running. Maybe it isn’t a massive impact, but I think the impact of moms being seen and understood by others in similar situations helps their family impact and their overall quality of life.

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?
I have deemed myself as a Mama Coach and Hype girl, but truly my focus is on prenatal and postpartum fitness and nutrition. My programs have some aspect of community to them, because I feel that one of the most beautiful things of motherhood is the other moms. I love seeing the support, encouragement, and transparency that happen in a safe space of mamas who want to achieve more, be amazing moms, and also find a sense of balance. The hardest thing for me was taking the leap of faith that I can switch from a career in education and working with teenagers to then specializing in women’s fitness and nutrition. I think we all feel like we need to pick one thing, excel, and then that’s what you do for life. This was a big pivot for me that I never would have imagined six years ago before my oldest was born. At the end of the day, my purpose in teaching teenagers to now supporting moms has been to help people achieve, feel like they have someone who believes in them, and then cheer the loudest when they cross that finish line. I had a mentor tell me once that he may never be rich or what the world deems as “successful” but he hopes at the end of the day people will say that he believed in them when no one else would. I took that on as my goal, too, long before I graduated from college and grad school and that has been my drive.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well the best way to explore any place is on feet, and my favorite way is to run. So we would head to Monday Night Garage, run the Beltline, and then imbibe after. We could also hop over to Cultured South for Kombucha, Best End Brewery, or any number of the spots right there. We’d also have to go to the Iberian Pig for tapas, head up outside the perimeter (I know, I know, sorry ITP folks) to The Rotisserie Shop. It’s an amazing little eatery with the most delicious food. We would spend time at the Dekalb Farmer’s Market, buying any and everything from baked goods, fresh meat, to coffee. Donut Brunch at BeetleCat is also a necessity for anyone visiting. Depending on the time of year, we could catch a Braves game (my daughter is a huge baseball fan) and spend time around the Battery. Hopefully there would be time to head to Grant Park where we would meet up with my friend Erin who is my local tour guide and I live here, ha! We could do the Grant Farmer’s Market and walk around with coffee and brioche rolls and enjoy the vibe. They may need a whole month to experience this city.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Alison Marie and FIT4Mom played a huge role in helping me see what my passions are, reinventing myself, and gaining confidence to move forward in this space. It was a huge leap for me to move from a stay-at-home mom with two young kids to a stroller fitness instructor and run coach, but my husband has always been along for the ride and supported every endeavor. My friends Zaira and Laura encouraged me, poured into me, and are a big part of the reason I am where I am now. Another mentor, Jessica Maurer, has consistently poured into me on a professional level, reminding me to invest in myself with education and to always be green and growing. Her attitude of discovery has influenced how I approach coaching, I don’t look at my programs as a one-size-fits-all, but each client is a multi-faceted human who has thousands of things vying for her attention. My daughters were also my first co-instructors as they were in the stroller for every class, every run, and now have a deep love for movement and community. Honestly as I’m writing this, I’m realizing how fortunate I am to have so many people to move through the world with and to help carry burdens. My siblings and parents have always moved the bar for me to aim higher and higher and their consistent and quiet belief that I can tackle whatever I want has given me far more confidence than any human should have, but I hope my girls feel the same about me when they’re grown. And finally, my dear friend Kelly has walked alongside this journey and has been a sounding board, cheerleader, and what I need the most, a voice of reason.

Website: www.caitlinwimberley.com

Instagram: instagram.com/cwfitness_nutrition

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaitlinFitnessAndNutrition

Image Credits
Bretagne Isler, Tags Photography

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