How soon after I give birth can I join a class?

If you had a healthy pregnancy and a normal vaginal delivery, you should be able to start exercising again soon after the baby is born. Usually, it is safe to begin exercising a few days after giving birth—or as soon as you feel ready. If you had a cesarean delivery or other complications, ask your health care provider when it is safe to begin exercising again. - ACOG, June 2015

Is this just an exercise group of moms that get together to walk?

These classes are no walk in the park. In just one hour you will get a complete head to toe workout that will have you feeling energized and feeling fit! Classes are designed for ALL different fitness levels and are taught by certified instructors who are also moms. During our stations, we use resistance bands, open fields for drills or obstacles, benches or steps and anything in the environment to give you a great workout! Don't be surprised if you find yourself saying words like "burpee" or "plank" before long!

What should I bring to class?

All you need is a stroller, water, a mat/towel for ground work, and yourself. Our instructors always carry extra resistance bands, and you will receive your own set when you sign up as a member.

We also recommend that you bring toys, books, and snacks for your kiddos.

Is it ok to join Stroller Strides if I am pregnant?

YES! We encourage expectant moms to continue to exercise through their pregnancy as long as everything has been approved by their physician. Instructors are trained in both pre and post natal fitness and follow the ACOG guidelines. We can modify any exercise that poses an issue as you progress through your pregnancy. Stroller Strides does require a Doctors approval prior to beginning Stroller Strides if pregnant and that form can be emailed to you, so you are ready to go on your first day! Exercise during pregnancy helps improve or increase:

  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Muscular strength/endurance
  • Energy levels
  • Higher fatigue threshold
  • Posture and biomechanics
  • Circulation
  • Self-esteem, sense of well-being
  • Recovery time

Why do the kids need to stay in the stroller for the entire class?

The biggest reason is safety. We move quickly from place to place and most little feet cannot keep up. To be courteous to other members, it is best to keep all kids who are not in carriers in the stroller. Once one is out, they all want to get out. All kids must be seated and strapped into their strollers during class, in accordance to our insurance policies.

What should I do if my child is crying?

If your child is crying or misbehaving, know that you aren't alone. From time to time all children get restless during class. Your instructors will try to maintain a fun atmosphere for your children with songs, games, and movement. Remember, this is an atmosphere where children are WELCOME (even crying children)! Tend to your child, help them and hop back into the workout as soon as you are ready!

What if I am late for class?

If there is one thing that we understand, it is that you have KIDS! And for some reason, that often makes us late! We do our best to make sure that all classes start on time and would appreciate your best efforts to be there on time as well. If that isn't possible, you can look around each of our park locations and join us when you are able. There are those days and we understand that. Being on time is important because we want to make sure that your muscles are properly warmed up. But things happen from time to time.

What can I expect at Stroller Strides Class?

  • Intros and Warm Up - Please arrive 15 minutes before class begins. Participants must have signed a waiver of liability before taking part in class. We start with an ice breaker and introductions of ourselves and kiddos. Warm up is between 5-8 minutes long.
  • Power Walk or Jog With Stroller - Stroller Strides offers varying levels of intensity for your workout. The level of intensity you want to push yourself is up to YOU. We will power walk from station to station and if you want to push yourself to the next level you are welcome to kick it up to a jog.
  • Kids in the Stroller - For safety and liability reasons, children must remain secure in the stroller for the duration of the class. Feel free to step away to nurse or otherwise comfort your child and catch up to us when you can! You are welcome to bring along a baby carrier if the need to wear your baby arises. We are all mothers and understand that a child's needs and moods can vary from minute to minute.
  • Body Toning, Abs & Interval Training - In between our power walking we will train target areas of the body with the goal of providing a balanced and full-body workout every class!
  • Sing Songs With Your Kids - What makes the Stroller Strides program unique is or dedication to incorporating our kids into our workouts. As the kids tag along in the strollers, we will be singing songs, blowing bubbles, tickling, and otherwise engaging our sweet babes and making them an integral part of our fitness routine.
  • Stretch & Cool Down - At the last station our focus is abs and cooling down. We'll work on the core and then bring the heart rate back down and finish with our most important stretch of the day your S M I L E!!
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