About The Instructor, Bethany Learn

Beth Learn, founder of Fit2B TummySafe Fitness at fit2b.comHi, I’m the founder of Fit2B Studio, and I absolutely love changing lives one tummy at a time and helping women become stronger contributors to their families, communities, and our world.

Click HERE to see my full curriculum vitae (CV)

I became interested in fitness at age 16 when I showed up to my first step class wearing a dress! I had no idea what to expect, but I was instantly hooked on moving to music and how it made my body feel!

At just 18 years of age, I certified as a group fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and headed off to college at Oregon State University, graduating with my bachelor of science with honors in Exercise and Sport Science & Pre Physical Therapy in 2001.

I used my group fitness certification to pay my way through school, teaching up to 14 classes per week! I remember studying at the club on a recumbent bike in between classes! My knees and linea alba would pay the price of all my overexercising later…

I maintained my AFAA certification for 16 years with a wide variety of courses and workshops and personal research adding up to 15 CEC’s every two years. That education included but definitely wasn’t limited to:

  • Pre & Postnatal Fitness
  • Personal Fitness Trainer online preparatory course (through eAFAA)
  • Telexercise Resistance Training (through eAFAA)
  • Tai Chi fundamentals (through 24-hour Fitness)
  • Yoga Essentials I & II (through eAFAA)
  • Spin Cycling workshops (through 24-hour Fitness)
  • Aqua aerobics training
  • Senior Fitness
  • Body Composition & Weight Management
  • Kickboxing

After graduation, I was hired as a full-time assistant manager at a federal fitness facility. My job responsibilities for “Club Fed” – yes, that’s what it was called – included all aspects of management and customer service as well as personal training, designing and leading exercise classes for all demographics, writing and editing the club’s newsletter, speaking at group luncheons, designing and implementing new group fitness formats, and creating member retention programs.

 

On the set of filming some office workouts - Fit2B.com
On the set of filming some office workouts

“Yay! I’m so excited! I had an appt with my physiotherapist today and my diastasis has gone from 2.5 to 1.5 fingers!! Thank-you so very much, Beth Learn!!” -Fit2B in Ontario, Canada, Christine G.

Throughout my fitness career, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching just about everything: step aerobics, cycling, water aerobics, group weight lifting, senior fitness, pre/post-natal exercise, and dance aerobics as well as Pilates and Yoga. My love for choreography and rhythm contribute to my unique and flowing, joyful style in all the content that you will find on this site. You will discover that I enjoy sharing and learning any technique that improves your desire and ability to move more, not just during your “workout” but throughout your everyday, walking around life! Thus, my diverse approaches to teaching create great variety. My radically different brand – Fit2B – is also known for its diastasis friendly workouts!

Bethany recording a workout for Fit2B StudiosI believe I am “fit to be” the founder of Fit2B Studio because I never stop learning {there’s no way to record all the countless hours I’ve spent reading, talking to colleagues around the world, sitting in on lectures, picking the brains of trainers and physical therapists, shadowing mentors, and all the things} plus – and most importantly – I have a real passion for making fitness accessible to everyday people, especially those who find even the simplest movements daunting. Because this really isn’t about my fitness, is it? It’s about yours! My goal is getting you “fit to be” chasing your kids, your dreams, your goals. Nothing much makes me happier than seeing someone who was afraid to move START moving! Most of all, I love helping busy parents and those with limiting diseases and disabilities approach exercise with confidence and enthusiasm.

How Motherhood Changed Me…

Bethany Learn - Founder and Instructor for Fit2B StudiosOnce I became a mother, I began lessening my workload outside the home, focusing on my children, not going crazy, and relearning my body’s new landscape. My niche in the fitness field shifted from trying to make everyone sore to helping people regain their confidence and strength from their deepest core outward. I developed a heart for true beginners and people starting over.

As a mother myself, I felt like I was starting over – reclaiming territory, if you will – and I could deeply relate to others trying to find their fitness groove again in bodies that feel unfamiliar.

My diastasis-aware workouts are designed to help women {and a lot of men} connect with and use their bodies at a higher level and unmuddle their middle without ripping their bodies apart. You will love my soothing voice, down-to-earth analogies, and the heart I have for YOU as my client and member of Fit2B.

“I’ve been working out with your Totally Transverse exercises for 2 weeks now and I have to say WOW!! At first I couldn’t really feel my muscle working, but as of today I can control and feel it from my pubic bone all the way up to my ribs and its actually started moving around from my spine as well. I am really feeling great finding so much control with it. Also have shaved 2 whole inches off my belly as well. Thank you! I cannot wait to start moving into other workouts while keeping these as a daily staple.” -Fit2B in Kansas, Christine J.

Qualifications

2001 – Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science (fitness program management & pre-physical therapy) from Oregon State University. Go Beavs!

Group Fitness Certification, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) 1997 – 2013 (Personal Note: I allowed this to expire because their training doesn’t align with current research on the the core and pelvic floor in my humble opinion, and sadly they continue to fail to respond to my queries and feedback on these topics)

Recent Coursework:

Beth Learn of Fit2B is a Burrell Education Graduate & Proud 3rd Age Woman Instructor!2012 – Beyond Kegels: Understanding the Pelvic Floor with Katy Bowman

2013 – Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga (audited through Holy Yoga)

2013 – Birth Boot Camp (audited for diastasis awareness)

2013 & 2014 – The Importance of Core Strength for the Prenatal and Postnatal Client- Practical Application for Labor and Delivery Professionals with Kelly Dean of The Tummy Team (brag: she’s my personal mentor and helped me close my diastasis recti!)

2015 – Fascia in Movement by Anatomy Trains + Reading {almost} all of Katy Bowman’s work.

2016 – 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher training with Epidavros Yoga School (they asked me to submit and teach the section on abdominal training, so the whole course is diastasis-aware, and I completed myvisit my family fitness course at schoolhouseteachers.comcertification while at it)

2016 – Floor Of Your Core with The Tummy Team

2017 – Diastasis Recti Symposium – Speaker and attender

2018 – 3rd Age Woman & Optimal Health After Hysterectomy with Burrell Education

2019 – I’ll be traveling to Santa Cruz in February for a “Dynamic Aging” course specifically catering to people with joint replacements, led by Jill Miller & Katy Bowman. I’ll also be speaking and teaching fitness at Woman On Fire 2019 in England!

Click HERE to see my full professional curriculum vitae (CV)

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