Mari's Moments

February 21, 2011

Taking strides to get fit or how not to look like a fat pig

The popular Stroller Strides program allows moms to get in shape and get out of the house without having to hire a babysitter.

Mari's Moments

Making my way through motherhood, one moment at a time

It's been 8 months since I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, and I feel like a pig.

Actually, I feel like I look like a pig. When I was nursing, I was able to lose most of the additional baby weight, but now I'm right back to where I was pre-pregnancy -- feeling bloated and tired.

So, I took a shot at a trial class from the popular Stroller Strides program. The California-based momcentric company has more than 1,200 locations in the United States.  The stroller-based workouts have been popular fitness classes for moms since 2001.

Would this be the right fit for me?

I packed up my 8-month-old and headed to Parr Park in Grapevine for my initiation into the world of strollerobics. Once I arrived, it wasn't hard to spot who was in the group. There were more than a dozen moms with better strollers than mine, better workout outfits, and yes, better bodies than me. In my mind, I was thinking: "Don't be intimidated." And honestly, I started feeling not-so-cute. 

As soon as all of the moms signed in, exercise began immediately with some jogging-in-place behind our strollers.This I could do. After a few warm-up type moves, we were off with our strollers to the first of several stations around the park where we would get another set of exercises. It dawned on me right away how unfit I was. I was pushing my stroller with baby inside and it felt like I was walking in quicksand. I was last in the class getting to the first station.

After a couple of stations, I got more confident and I jogged half-way to the next station. Even though I was still in the back of the pack, I felt pretty energized. Then, the inevitable happened. My baby began to get fussy. In-between exercises, I tried everything to appease him. I took off his jacket (the sun was out, after all). I have him a pacifier. I gave him some milk to drink. But around the 45-minute mark, he was not having any of it. So, I took him out of the stroller, held him and decided to modify the squats with baby in my arms. The instructor, Farrah, noticed my modification and instructed me how to do the squats better. Her instruction was not only a nod to my persistence, but a welcome motivation during a frazzled moment.

At the end of the hour, I was able to take my baby out of the stroller for good and give him some mommy time at the park. It was good bonding experience for him and a great way for his mom to get some fitness in.

Maybe, this little piggy will stroll again.

About Stroller Strides 
Stroller Strides offers 3 different workout programs. Here's the rundown:

Stroller Strides: The namesake program is one that moms can do with babies in tow. The hour-long, outdoor workout includes power walking, strength and body toning exercises. The suggested age for kids is 6 weeks and older.
What to bring: Baby, stroller, athletic shoes, a towel or mat for ground exercises and plenty of water. For outdoor classes, don't forget a hat and/or sunblock.

Fit4Baby: Fit4Baby is designed for women in all stages of pregnancy and various fitness levels. The 60-minute class, for moms only, includes cardio, strength, flexibility and balance training.
What to bring: Athletic shoes, a towel or mat for ground exercises, plenty of water, hat and/or sunblock.

Body Back: This is the newest program from Stroller Strides' founder Lisa Druxman. The two-month program, for moms only, includes two high-intesity workouts per week in a small group format, food journal and diary, fitness assessments and measurements, online coaching and support and weekly weigh-ins.
What to bring: You! (and athletic shoes)

For more information on these programs, go to

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