Stroller Strides/Stroller Barre FAQ

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

I love this question. The answer is NO! 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 looking 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!

Can I join Stroller Strides and/or Stroller Barre if I am pregnant?

YES, YES, 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

What do I need to bring to class?

Other than you, your baby, and our stroller... We suggest wearing comfortable moisture wicking clothes and athletic shoes. Please bring a towel or mat for our ground exercises and plenty of water! For outdoor classes please bring a hat and/or sunblock. Don't forget to pack baby some snacks for the ride too!

Do I need a jogger stroller?

NO! While we are BOB jogger fanatics, just about any stroller will do so long as it's not prone to tipping; we don't recommend umbrella strollers since they are not very maneuverable. Our mommies have mastered classes with snap-n-go's and other travel systems!

How long are the Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre workouts?

The workouts are 1-hour unless otherwise noted. The class is usually set up with a 5-minute warm up followed by a 45-minute full body workout with the stroller that includes power walking or running, cardio blasts and body toning stations. The last 10 minutes is for abs and stretching.

How old does my baby have to be?

Always obtain your physician's approval before beginning any exercise routine! Unless you have a medical condition that limits you, your physician will typically give the thumbs up at 6 weeks postpartum. As long as your child is still enjoying the ride and can remain safely buckled in the stroller, they can take classes up to any age... our oldest workout buddy so far has been 6 years old!

What do I do if my baby gets fussy during class?

Our first priority during Stroller Strides classes is the happiness of your baby. Tend to your baby first. We stop every few minutes for body toning, so you can always catch up with us if you get behind and someone will always stay with you to keep you company. Our instructors will do their very best to make the class enjoyable for both you and your baby!

What do I do if I have older children who are no longer in a stroller?

At FIT4MOM we are proud of the level of safety we provide for our clients and little ones in the strollers and we understand there are moms who have older children home for school breaks and vacations. Our standing policy for school aged children is as followed:

  • We at FIT4MOM are not liable for any children who are not within the stroller so parents and/or guardians of school-aged children are solely responsible for them.
  • School age children who will be with their parents may walk along side their parents. They may choose to bring a bike or a scooter but FIT4MOM is not responsible or liable for any actions based on this decision. Parents are responsible and liable.
  • School age children may not contribute or participate in any of the exercises during class
  • School age child may not touch any of the equipment during class

We welcome all moms and completely understand the complexity of this situation. Here are some solutions for moms to consider:

  • Ask other moms with school age children to co-op during class so each parent has the opportunity to exercise while older children are supervised on the playground.
  • Invite a babysitter for the hour and each mom with a school age child contributes to the payment
  • Attend one of our programs that are kid free: BODY BACK

Again, we understand this situation (because all of our instructors have school age children as well as stroller children) so please ask if you have any questions or would like to be connected with other moms who are working through this throughout the summer months.

What if I enrolled and didn’t make it to class?

Class attendance is recorded by the instructor at each class and even if you enrolled, unless you are present you will not be counted. This means that if you are a class pass holder, you will not be charged for that class.

Are your classes peanut free?

We ask that everyone attending class refrain from bringing snacks or other food items that contain peanuts.

What is Stroller Barre?

Stroller Barre® is a unique blend of ballet, Pilates, barre, yoga and stroller-based exercises designed to help moms build strength and muscle tone and improve posture. Created by a mom who was formerly a professional ballerina, this class incorporates prenatal and postnatal training and yields amazing results in an exciting, fun format. Postpartum women tend to have tight and weak pectoral (chest), abdominal and quadriceps muscles. In addition, the back and hamstrings muscles become stretched and weak. This occurs due to hunched posture from breast or bottle feeding, excessive spinal curves while carrying baby in utero and after birth, and repeatedly picking their new (and rapidly growing) baby up. Stroller Barre® focuses on strengthening and creating an ideal length/tension relationship in all the postural muscles, creating a taller, leaner-looking mommy! Stroller Barre® classes are included in all FIT4MOM® membership options.

Stroller Barre is offered twice a month with FIT4MOM as an added bonus to Stroller Strides members.

Click here to watch a video to see more about this program.

Body Back: Fusion Olympia
302 Columbia St NE
Olympia, WA 98501

Stroller Strides (Late Spring-Fall): Pioneer Park
5801 Henderson Blvd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501

Stroller Strides (Late Winter-Spring): NW High Intensity Training Center
1202 Black Lake Blvd Suite E
Olympia, WA 98502

Fit4Baby: Babies'R Us
1000 Cooper Point Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98502