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 Northern Virginia and have a background in performing arts and nonprofit administration. My husband's job took us to Gaithersburg, MD when I was 36 weeks pregnant with my first son so it was the perfect time to transition into being a stay-at-home mom. Living in a new town with a newborn was very isolating, especially when I dealing with a colicky baby at home by myself. My friend recommended I look to see if there were any stroller strides classes in my area so I could get out and about with my son in a baby-friendly environment. I remember being so nervous about going to my first class... what if I wasn't fit enough to keep up? What if my son started crying and disrupts the class? What if I needed to feed him in the middle of class? Luckily, I faced my fears and ended up finding a wonderful community of welcoming moms, instructors, and kiddos.
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