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Elisabeth Akinwale

Building a Stronger Chicago | Enjoying Motherhood | Co-Founder of @13thflow | @underarmour
30 W Garfield Blvd Chicago, Illinois

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Taking a moment in the sun while I wait for my son. Thinking about what balance is in life right now. I’ve accepted over the years that balance at any given point is actually quite imbalanced if you look at it as distributing resources equally. Balance is what’s working best for everyone’s well-being. Different needs at different phases. When Asa was a baby, I noticed that as soon as we got into a rhythm, something would shift and that rhythm would have to change. 12 years later and between my own life and his various stages, it still holds true. Surrendering to that is powerful. Keep moving, keep adjusting, keep growing.

@13thflow ・・・ Fave moves: 90 Degree Turn-ups, performed by @eakinwale ______________________________ The solution to joint pain isn’t to avoid movement or mask the pain with medication. We need to address strength imbalances, range of motion limitations, and re-train movement patterns to support healthy joint functioning. Our FAST program offers the opportunity to systematically approach these needs and stay ahead of the curve, allowing participants to be prepared for all the activities they pursue inside & outside the gym. Building integrated, connected, balanced bodies @13thflow.

When you’re supposed to be cleaning, but you decide to play first.

How we go on dates right now. Grind mode with trying to get this gym going means making quality time out of anything we can. I see Kevin every day, but I still miss him because we’re always running in separate directions trying to get it done. We love a good workout together.

4 FAST at @13thflow, part of my daily routine that I LOVE ❤️ 🖤💛💚

Working through a tough 24:00 AMRAP of: 300m Run 15 Push Jerks 300m Run 15 Front Squats 300m Run 15 Toes to Bar

Happy remembering when I paused in the entry way of @powwowgroundscoffee to take this photo, and @southside.asa read it & made the simple observation, “that’s true.”

Clips from working out in our classes this morning...there’s more footage over on the @13thflow IG story. I love how well our 4Function, 4FAST, and FAST Forward class options compliment each other, allowing everyone to get the best training FOR THEM, while still reaping the benefits of training in a group setting and getting great coaching.

Some clips from Kevin’s birthday workout yesterday. Celebrating 48 years, born 8/29/71. _________________________ 48 Box Jumps 8 Muscle UPS 29 Rope Climbs 71 Power Cleans 48 Push Jerks 8 Wheel Barrow 29 Burpees over the Barbell 71 GHD Sit-ups _________________________ This isn’t the type of workout I would program on many occasions. I wouldn’t call this smart programming because it’s not a specific part of a progressive program, which is what I promote for training. This is a relatively random selection of movements I wanted us to do, in a rep scheme corresponding to Kevin’s birthday. __________________________ The way we train on a day to day basis is not random. A program is progressive and requires specific inputs to yield predictable outcomes. I love that our daily program prepares us to do random workouts at times, and though legitimate training is not random it should leave space for play, exploration and fun! ___________________________

Happy 48th to my incredibly loving, selfless, and supportive partner @brattrains. He has been, and continues to be an amazing mentor and leader to so many people. Celebrating him today and every day.

The more things change the more they stay the same. _________________________________ I’m feeling some type of way about school starting next week, and seeing all the back to school pics. It’s so precious, but also these little people grow up too fast 😢😭😳. Something lovely about watching Asa grow up is, as much as he develops and evolves there’s an essential part of him that doesn’t change. From infancy until now, entering 7th grade, there’s been consistency through all the change. 💜💕

Strength training as cardio. 5 sets: 10 heavy wallballs, 15 GHD sit-ups, 10 Steps walking lunges. 60 seconds rest between wounds. @13thflow __________________________ Starting or re-starting a fitness routine is hard. There ain’t nothing to it but to do it. The way to get started is to start. You don’t have to somehow get fitter before you start. You don’t have to lose weight before you start. Making negative judgements about yourself and where you are makes the difficulty in starting substantially worse. Turn the judgment off and start moving. Flood your thoughts with positivity and encouragement, even if you don’t fully believe what you’re saying when you begin 😊

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