We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Vaillancourt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I help mothers. Once women get pregnant they see a shift in their world, fitness can be part of that shift. There is a lot of false information out there so I am around to help support mothers without all the false information. I specialize in pelvic floor health and fitness aka showing women it’s common but not normal to pee your pants. Once their baby comes, I guide them through accepting the changes in their body and help them learn how to understand how to work with those changes. Having strong, confident mothers lead to healthy, happy homes. Mothers need support and guidance especially post birth and I love being able to help answer some questions. I also work with active duty mothers helping them return to duty. These mothers are a special bunch because they do have timelines to get back to work and goals to meet, I teach periodized progressions to get them back to defending our freedom. Supporting that community is very important because pelvic health information is usually very much lacking so I happily fill in the blanks for those who need it.
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 been doing CrossFit for 11 years. I became a coach 10 years ago. Being a military spouse we were always moving and meeting new populations of people that always needed guidance in one way or another, shaping me into the coach I am today. Once I got pregnant I saw there wasn’t many answers to what I could and couldn’t do, doctors didn’t even have the answers. I decided to become what I needed. In 2017 I started my journey to become a pre-&postnatal coach. I learned problems to look for and techniques to use through my pregnancy and postpartum and then decided I needed to share it with the world. I always kept learning and even changing my practices to go along with new research. Always having an open mind and always growing with new information is crucial. I think all professionals should always strive to learn more and stay current. It has been a long road getting where I am and learning all that I have but it has been so worth it to know what I do and help this special population like I do.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would for sure head our to Bisbee to do the stairs and see the sights through the town. We would stop by screaming banshee pizza and for sure go to Santiagos for some good Mexican food. Heading over to tombstone we would go over to the OK carrol for a gun fight and some history and then walk down the Mario’s for some more pizza and some cookies. Also, head to the landmark Cafe for breakfast in Sierra Vista.
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?
I have worked with Dr. Robert Osborne at Crossfit Sierra Vista. He has made me into the coach I am today. He showed me how to program correctly for all populations as well as being a caring and understanding coach. Also, Brianna Battles for all the work she has done in the pregnancy and postpartum world. She is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to pelvic health and fitness. She empowers women and that is an amazing thing.