When you are looking for a gym that you need to stay Motivated and Inspired – that is exactly what Alyssa and Burn Boot Camp is all about! Not only is it an amazing workout, in and out in 45 mins, 14 day FREE trial, but daycare is included in the price. Two claps for BURN BOOTCAMP!!!
Where are you originally from and how long have you been in the area?
Born & raised in CT.. grew up in Weston been living in Fairfield for 19 years!
All girls Toni, 17 Gracie 15 & Olivia 10
One thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I’m pretty open about myself, I believe to let people see you for who you are. But I think people are surprised to hear how I struggled with anxiety for a few years and had trouble speaking in front of large groups but also just walking out onto the workout floor. (For those who know me now know I don’t struggle with that anymore!)
One thing you wish someone would have told you about motherhood?
To take the help that was offered, don’t try to do it all by yourself. It’s going to be hard, it’s not going to be pretty and you’re going to feel like your not a good mom… but YOU ARE!!
Favorite local things to do in Fairfield?
There is so much always going on…music on the green, movies on the beach, the most amazing restaurants! The school & churches carnival fundraisers are always a hit with the kids too!
What’s your favorite thing about raising a family in Fairfield?
Fairfield is the best place to raise kids.. but my favorite part by far is our community!
Do you have a favorite family friendly restaurant? Date night?
Favorite family restaurant would be a close tie between Flipside & Colony!!
Most date nights we are at Little Pub or Ole Dog!
What is your go-to activity for your family? For yourself?
Our weekends are filled with the kids sports we love to go as a family to cheer each other on! When we have quiet weekends, we will curl up on the couch and watch movies together!
Me!? The majority of time is with my family but I always try to make time for myself. I love to spend time with my Burnsisters!! The women I have met thru Burn have changed my life. The true blessing is I went into it to change their lives but in return it has changed mine. Weekend trips, brunch or dinner dates!
Funniest part that you’ve learned about parenthood?
Haha… not everything works out the way you plan! You gave to learn to just go with it. It’s not always going to be pretty… but we love each other, everyone is safe, doing what we need to and wouldn’t change it for anything in the world!
Best mom hack that makes your life easier?
Catering!!! Ever since becoming a working mom, I have less time to prepare & cook. I order catering from Fred’s on Black Rock once or twice a week to assure we are eating healthy delicious food and sitting together at our own dinner table!
Name one thing you regret when learning the ropes of parenthood and what you learned from it?
Wow… I have to pick just one!?
I regret ever trying to parent my children in the same way. They are each completely different individuals and have to be parented that way. I learned I could say the exact same thing to one and then to the other and get completely different reactions/outcomes.
Tell us about your business, Burn Boot Camp, when & why you started, and the reason you opened it:
Burn Boot Camp is a boutique gym who’s mission is create an environment where women feel supported, accepted, empowered all the while transforming themselves mentally and physically. My husband Michael and I opened Burn Boot camp January 2018 after a year of trying to find the prefect fit for us. Michael had been in the fitness Industry for over 20 years and I felt like our kids were old enough for me to go back to work.. I want to do something that I loved. I come from a fitness focused family, I have always loved everything fitness and nutrition and I wanted to make an impact.
Do you recommend this workout if pregnant or post baby?
Yes!! Our workouts are for anybody and everybody! We have had members who worked out through their entire pregnancy all the way up until their due date! Of course we have to modify them to keep them in the baby safe, but we are always prepared for it! Post baby… Of course you want to wait until you are cleared by your ob to get back to the gym but once you are, we are ready to help get your body back! Of course our free childcare helps you find the time!
How do you market your company and how did you learn how to grow your company?
All of our marketing is through social media and word-of-mouth! I was trained on all things Burn related.. training, nutrition, marketing etc down at Burn Headquarters in North Carolina.
If you hadn’t started this business, what do you think you would be doing today?
If it wasn’t Burn Boot Camp, I would be working somewhere in the fitness industry. Training, managing, owning… something! I think it’s so important for my daughters see me be a strong leader and equal role in our home.
Was it hard to start building a brand while you had children?
Yes!! I have missed many big days… I’m not home every morning to see them off to school. I have had to sacrifice a lot of my mommy moments for Burn. They have been so understanding… they know Burn and all the ladies at Burn are our family now too, so they share! It’s been almost 2 years, we finally have an amazing support team at Burn that I won’t have to continue to miss out.
Best advice for moms who experience the inevitable MOM GUILT handling a career and a family?
I get it!! You are not alone!! I know it’s hard. But just remember, your kids are watching you… they see how hard you work. They may not understand when they are little but when they look back, and tell their kids about you… they’ll remember how strong and dedicated you were to your family!
Who has most influenced you to be the mother that you are today?
My mother. I was blessed to have the most amazing mom. She has been by my side through my whole life.. an amazing grandmother to my girls.
What advice would you share with a new mom or other?
Sleep when you can!!!
To take the help offered, don’t try to do it all by yourself. It’s going to be hard, it’s not going to be pretty and you’re going to feel like your not a good mom… but YOU ARE!!
Best advice on trying to build a brand and raising a family?
Have your family involved in the process.. make them feel like it is all of yours! We had pizza sitting on plywood while building our floating floor at Burn. We wrote our names under the carpet… Burn is all of us! Our daughters even work the front desk now too!