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Instructor Highlight - Nicole Kelly

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 - who is now 4 years old. I have since added 2 more children to our family (Hannah & Mason) and we all continue to benefit from FIT4MOM programs physically, emotionally, and socially. Becoming a Stroller Strides Instructor and Run Club coach 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.

1. What are your 3 favorite foods? Mama’s cooking, boudin, and whiskey.

2. If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be?

“Keep on keepin’ on!” – Joe Dirt. Wisest words ever spoken.

3. What item that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?

The endurance of Mo Farah and the legs of Beyonce.

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