(Reuters) – Jessica Hopkins shows off her new baby to friends.
She says the exercise helps her both physically and mentally.
“You have to work through it to get through it even though it’s hard, you know that at the end your body can do it and you’re pushing yourself to get through the events and at the end you feel like, proud of yourself that you really were able to do that, which is awesome.”
Its competitions involve lifting, dragging or throwing tremendously-heavy weights.
A new rule change could help keep women in the organization. It will allow women who have competed at higher levels to drop back to the novice level after giving birth. That will make the both the organization stronger, and the moms, says gym owner Stephanie Tropea.
STEFANIE TROPEA, OWNER OF PUNCH KETTLEBELL GYM,
“With the new ‘StrongMom’ rule, I think it’s going to alleviate some of that postpartum depression and anxiety. It will sort of take the pressure off women who were so used to competing at a certain level.”
The new rule is a gift for new moms-just in time for Mother’s Day.