Stroller Strides/Fit4Baby Certified
I was born and raised here in VA beach and I'm a stay at home mom to my beautiful daughter Everly (1). A good friend of mine had asked me to join her for a Stroller Strides class about a year ago. I was completely terrified, but the instructor (Molly Vaughn) was welcoming and made my daughter and I feel like part of the tribe by the time warm ups were done. This was something that I really needed as a first time mama and within the first week I became addicted. Within the first month I knew I wanted to be involved in someway.
This village has helped me come out of my shell and grow as a person inside and out. The love and strength from all the Mama’s is extremely refreshing, really let’s you know that you're not alone on this journey of motherhood. Everly and I are forever grateful for the friendships that we have made and continue to make along the way.more
I am from a tiny town in Kansas that is a lot like an old country song singing about the kind of place that people never leave. So when I married the military, I mean my husband, back in 2012 and moved to Denver, saying it was a big change is an understatement. A year later we made an even bigger move out to Virginia Beach! I didn't know a soul when we moved here, I happened to be 32 weeks pregnant with our second child and had put on more weight than doctors "suggested." A few weeks later I had our beautiful daughter Adalynn but felt extremely trapped in my own home. I am normally a very outgoing person that loves the company of others, but I was struggling to find friends. So when a neighbor asked me to go with her to a class called Stroller Strides I couldn't have been happier!
I grew up playing sports; basketball, cheerleading, and track were my favorites. I assumed Stroller Strides would be a breeze compared to my many years of practice, but boy was I wrong and hooked! I started making friends quickly and after a few months I was already starting to notice changes in my body. It was a win win! I was and am inspired daily my such strong moms that surround me. And now I am excited to give back and help to inspire more moms.
I was told after having my daughter that I would never have my body back and to just enjoy my kids. But with low energy and low self confidence I knew something had to give. Well after lots of hard work and one more baby I can confidently tell you that I love my body now more than I ever have, and I want to get you there too!!!more
ACSM Personal Trainer, AFPA Prenatal/Postnatal Exercise Specialist, AFPA
Group Exercise Instructor, FIT4MOM Certified Running Coach, Stroller Strides Certified
Fitness and exercise have always been big parts of my life. I am an avid distance runner, soccer player and former gymnast. After earning my Bachelors in Health from the University of New Orleans, I worked with postoperative athletes in orthopedic physical therapy. I also did one-on-one personal training and taught small group strengthening exercise classes. In April 2015, I proudly added “Mom” to my resume!
Being new to Virginia, I was overwhelmed with the idea of having a newborn in a new place with no friends or family. I attended my first Stroller Strides class when I was eight months pregnant. I was immediately impressed with the community and I knew it would be a great fit for me and my son, Colin. I began attending classes regularly after Colin was born. Becoming a Stroller Strides Instructor helps me combine two of the most important things in my life – motherhood and fitness. Having focused much of my training education on Prenatal and Postnatal Exercise, I’m honored and excited to help other moms reach their fitness goals while having fun and spending time with their children.
Stroller Strides Certified/ ACE Certified Personal Trainer
I served in the US Navy for 8 years flying in the F/A-18F Super Hornet. What an incredible adventure! After separating from the Navy and getting married to a handsome fighter pilot, I had time to pursue other interests. I completed several half marathons and attended Barre, Power Conditioning and TRX classes daily. I became A.C.E. certified knowing my passion for fitness would make for an exciting second career.
Shortly after moving to Virginia Beach, we were thrilled to find out we were expecting just as my husband prepared for deployment. I knew I wanted to get back into my fitness routine but didn’t want to put my precious little baby, Ella, in daycare. That’s when I found Stroller Strides and never looked back! Stroller Strides is much more than an excellent workout. It’s a positive way for Ella and I to start each day and spend time with AMAZING mothers and their kiddos. They have become my friends, my cheerleaders, my counselors in all things “baby” and my shoulders to lean on. I’m proud to be part of this Village and look forward to each and every class.
I am so excited to join the team as a Stroller Strides instructor and help other women on their fitness and motherhood journey!more
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