FIT4MOM instructors are an important part of the new mom’s journey. We are here to help guide and encourage our new moms to be patient with your weight loss and fitness goals post-birth. Getting back in shape after baby must be approached one step at a time; skipping steps or progressing too quickly will not make it happen any faster. In fact, an accelerated and aggressive approach is likely to result in setbacks and potential injury. Exercise should always be pain-free and effective in decreasing fatigue, increasing energy and enhancing her performance. FIT4MOM instructors are integral in helping moms understand and take a safe approach to fitness.
Rachel Lily Campbell grew up in sunny, fit and health obsessed California, so an active lifestyle has always been important to her. After spending over 10 years in the beauty industry, and considering fitness to be a "hobby," she found herself more and more intrigued with how fitness made her feel. An avid runner and spin class aficionado, Rachel remained active through 42 weeks of pregnancy and ran a tough mudder just 3 weeks post partum.
"Pregnancy is not a disease, it's a condition where your body has the ability to work like a machine," Rachel says. Rachel found FIT4MOM and Stroller Strides accidentally, and was hooked on the workouts, but fell in love with the camaraderie of the other moms she met. Months later, while Campbell was amidst a divorce, and trying to redefine herself as a single mother, looking to support her son, she made the decision to purchase a FIT4MOM franchise with her savings. "I knew I wanted to show my son that women are strong, healthy and successful...I was nervous to use my financial safety net, but what is life without risks? I was ready to do something AMAZING!"
FIT4MOM and Stroller Strides is a way to keep women active, little ones engaged, and moms connected. It's so much more than a workout class! Campbell is known for her tough workouts and endless energy among her peers and clients.
Rachel, resides in the 78704 with her son Deuce and considers Kombucha tea and dark chocolate to be her favorite pleasures.
Alia Solarz expressed interest in joining our instructor team after realizing how Stroller Strides had made such a positive impact in her life. She found herself wanting to cultivate her same experience with other moms.
In August 2016 she was six weeks postpartum with her youngest child and at the invitation of a friend, she came to Stroller Strides and got hooked on regular workouts.
“Within a couple of short months, I started seeing major changes. Not only physically, but I had more energy, and I'd met other women who were going through the same things I was. It was so much easier and more motivating to workout when I was doing it alongside moms who were similarly showing up after three hours of sleep or a teething baby, and still had a positive attitude.”
Raised in the Midwest, Alia and her husband Chris moved to Texas in 2012 and have fell in love with the active community they have found near their home in south Austin. Alia is Mom to Eliana, Sloane, and Levon. Her kids keep her plenty busy, but in her (limited) spare time she enjoys hiking, binge-watching British TV dramas, and cooking for her family of five.
Alia brings a warm and motivating energy to those around her and we are so excited to have her on our team.
Motherhood can present a whole new set of challenges beyond just keeping another human alive :). It can be challenging as moms for us to find ways to nurture ourselves and to find time to take care of our bodies.
After secretly scoping out the Stroller Strides group in my neighborhood park, I jumped in and joined. I quickly realized that Stroller Strides is not just a group of moms working out together. Its a group of moms sharing the journey of motherhood together with all of its ups and downs. Our children also form friendships and learn by example that moms are strong and that health and fitness are important. Stroller Strides gives me time to focus on my body and health while also spending valuable time with my kids.
Stroller Strides is an amazing tribe of women. I can not imagine my life without them not just for the workouts, but also for the friendships that we have grown. I am so excited to be a Stroller Strides instructor so that I can help moms feel healthy, energized and balanced :)!
We love Sarah's silliness, relaxed approach to motherhood and are so thrilled she is on our team.
Shanna has been a member of Stroller Strides for almost two years. She started with the program 6 months after the birth of her daughter Kahli.
"Before you become a mom you really don't know what to expect. Sure, you can read about it but it's a whole other thing to live it."
Shanna originally grew up in Minnesota and before having Kahli moved quite frequently for her husbands work. "The constant moving didn't really allow for much socializing and friends. Being so far away from home made it tough, especially after becoming a new Mommy. Stroller Strides is what helped me find my place in this crazy world of parenting."
Shanna joined Stroller Strides while living in Fort Worth, TX and has now been a member of the Sunset Valley Fit4Mom for 10 months since moving to Austin. "I have always loved coordinating events and brain storming for crafts, so when the opportunity arose for a activities coordinator I couldn't wait to jump on the position. I feel so lucky to be able to share this experience with so many wonderful and inspiring Moms!"
Shanna is a stay at home mom. She lives with her husband Cannon and daughter Kahli in south Austin.
We are OBSESSED with Shannas creativity with all of our monthly crafts and activities.
I was a First Grade teacher for 10 years before I became a SAHM. My son Luca is about to be 1 year old.
I love Stroller Strides for so many reasons! First of all, I would have a much more difficult time working out if I couldn't bring my baby along. I love having a group to exercise with. Everyone is very supportive of each other. I love our social activities. I loved the fact that there are weekly play dates or activities for our kiddos, and there are monthly mommy activities like Mom's Night Out and salad jar parties. I really thought our friends would be very involved with our son, but I recently noticed that while he sees them every now and then he doesn't really know them and takes a while to be himself. The people he recognizes and interacts with most are our stroller friends. I met some really wonderful people when I joined and I am so thankful that I am a part of the leadership team and get to plan and host baby activities!
We love Theresas calm spirit and amaizing and innovative ideas that she brings to our group!