Washington Family Magazine : April 2016
18 April 2016 washingtonFAMILY.com Ihad the pleasure of attending both a Stroller Strides and Body Back class at FIT4MOM-Lorton- Springfield-Burke-LakeRidge. Owner Shannon Link personally welcomed me and my sons to the Stroller Strides class. Shannon has created a welcoming, judgment-free environment and community for moms. Regardless of your fitness level, you can feel comfortable and challenged while exercising. FIT4MOMS also hosts a weekly playgroup and monthly Moms Night Out. Stroller Strides is a 60-minute, total body class taught by certified instructors who specialize in pre- and post-natal fitness. The class incorporates resistance tubing, your stroller and your body weight, and is broken up into different stations, with power walking between stations. Stroller Strides focuses on the muscles and the movements we often use in our daily lives so we can move through motherhood with the physical strength we need. I brought my 5-year-old and 1-year-old sons with me to classs. My 5-year-old sang along to Ring Around the Rosie while everyone in class squat shuffled around the circle of strollers. My kids both laughed and giggled when I tickled them in between squats. With my boys being four years apart, there aren’t many activities they can do together, so it was fantastic to have an activity they both enjoyed. Stroller Strides is a great way to exercise alongside your kids. I definitely broke into a sweat, and felt great the rest of the day. I had more patience with my kids TEXT CAITLIN SHARP mom review: FIT4MOM and felt more energized. Body Back is a child-free, eight-week program that includes nutrition education and high intensity interval training workouts in an intimate setting. Classes are capped to 10 participants, which allows the instructor to give everyone personal one-on-one time, either during or after the classes. Body Back was a much more intense workout than Stroller Strides. I was more physically challenged during the class, and throughout the workout Shannon encouraged us that “we are strong moms” and “you can do this.” The last 10 minutes of class were guided meditations, which were fantastic. This time allowed me to relax and let the stress melt away. It was really refreshing to have an hour all to myself where I could focus on me. Many of the moms who have attended Body Back classes have experienced physical and emotional transformations, and you can see their personal testimonials on the FIT4MOM website (lortonspringfield.fit4mom.com). I enjoyed both the Stroller Strides and Body Back programs. I appreciate that there are options to workout with or without my kids. Most of all, I enjoyed that they are mom-centered fitness classes focused on giving you strength for motherhood, regardless of your kids’ ages. FIT4MOM-Lorton-Springfield-Burke- LakeRidge lortonspringfield.fit4mom.com 757-897-5724 firstname.lastname@example.org Caitlin Sharp is the owner of The Tiny Human (TheTinyHuman.com). She is a work-at-home mother of two boys. She loves being active with her boys on runs, hikes and bike rides, and also enjoys fashion, design, social media and DIY projects.