A St. Vital mother is building a fitness community for expecting and new moms in the south end of the city.
Cosette Dorge Bott, who lives in old St. Vital, is the owner of Fit 4 Two Winnipeg-East. She instructs fitness classes for moms who are expecting or already have little bundles of joy.
Dorge Bott has always been involved in fitness. In 2008, she entered a fitness competition and was featured in a Canadian fitness magazine. But in 2010 she discovered exercise was different, even difficult, as an expectant mom.
"I was having some trouble with my old routines and all of the changes and modifications," Dorge Bott says.
She attended a Fit 4 Two class and loved connecting with the other parents. Then she found out there was a franchise opportunity in her area.
Dorge Bott completed all of the courses and designations necessary and started her own business.
"The response has been incredible," Dorge Bott says. "Moms get to be outside connecting with other parents while staying close to their babies."
There are varying levels of classes. Dorge Bott incorporates techniques she’s learned in CrossFit, boot camps, aerobics, Muay Thai kickboxing, yoga and pilates. French is her first language and she offers bilingual classes in her community as well.
Dorge Bott’s background in communications is also helping her with the other aspects of the business. She’s a graduate of the Creative Communications program at Red River College and Fit 4 Two is now her full-time job.
In St. Vital she offers prenatal fitness outdoor classes along with stroller fitness and stroller boot camp classes for new moms. As the warmer weather rolls in, classes are now being offered at St. Vital Park.
Dorge Bott says the program "offers the benefit of physical activity and fresh air. More importantly it offers women the opportunity to meet other moms and moms-to-be in their community so they can support each other, share resources and build lasting friendships."
All instructors at Fit 4 Two are pre- and postnatal fitness specialists and all franchisees are moms, including Dorge Bott. Her son, Noah, is now two-and-a-half years old.
For more information visit www.fit4two.ca/area/winnipeg-east or email Cosette Dorge Bott directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Some south St. Vital residents may have noticed that trees are being cut down on St. Michael Road, just north of Bishop Grandin Boulevard. The Schubert chokecherry trees are infected with black knot, a disease which looks like black, burnt rope. It is usually located on tree branches or as black, blister-like openings on the trunk.
Thousands of trees across the city are infected with black knot but only heavily infested trees will be removed.
The trees typically perform poorly, eventually die, and require replacement. The city’s contractor plans to remove about 60 trees.
Krystalle Ramlahkhan is a community correspondent for St. Vital. She can be reached at email@example.com