FAQ

Stroller Strides

When and where are classes held?

Though we maintain a regular Stroller Strides schedule that includes locations in Canton and Federal Hill, it may change from time to time based on the weather or special events. Please check our schedule found here for the most up-to-date class information!

If I just had a baby, when can I join Stroller Strides?

You may attend your first class after baby once your doctor has cleared you for exercise, and not before six weeks postpartum.

Can I join Stroller Strides if I am pregnant?

Absolutely! We encourage expectant mothers to continue to exercise throughout their pregnancy as long as it has been approved by their physician. Our certified instructors are trained in both pre- and post-natal fitness and follow the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) fitness guidelines. Modified exercises are always available for clients who wish to increase or decrease the intensity of their workout

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
  • Post-delivery recovery time

Do I have to have a jogging stroller?

No. Just about any kind of stroller will work as long as it is not prone to tipping (umbrella strollers are not suggested for this reason).

What do I need to bring to class?

  • Plenty of water
  • Towel or Yoga Mat for ground/floor exercises and stretching
  • A hat and/or sunscreen (for outdoor classes)
  • Baby essentials including snacks and/or toys for your little one(s)
  • Comfortable walking/running shoes and appropriate exercise attire
  • Any kind of stroller, as long as it is not prone to tipping (no umbrella strollers)
  • Resistance bands (included in purchases that require a registration fee)

My baby isn't a fan of the stroller, now what?

At Stroller Strides, your children are our priority, so don't worry if yours is fussy! Our classes are designed to keep the kids moving. We engage them by incorporating songs into our exercise moves and use props to keep them entertained. With that being said, if you need to change your baby, nurse, or console them, then please do so. Remember, you are in good company! Kids will have good and not-so-good days, and we completely understand! We assure you they will get used to "Mommy's hour" before long. The example you are setting for them by seeing Mommy exercise is priceless! You are impacting their lives via fitness at an early age, and you should be proud to do so.

Can I still join if I have non-stroller aged kids?

YES! Stroller Strides works for women in ANY stage of motherhood! You don't need to have a kiddo present to get in a great workout alongside other awesome mamas!

How will I know if the class location has changed due to weather?

Follow us on Facebook, and check for updates by 8:15am. Even if you do not use Facebook, you can still see the posts on our public page.

Body Back

What is high intensity interval training (HIIT)?

The workouts vary each week and involve a variety of equipment or bodyweight exercises. Workouts are designed by our certified Body Back instructors to work your total body, promote maximum metabolic burn, and build strength and skill.

What if I am completely out of shape?

We deliver a workout appropriate to any fitness level, using high-intensity interval training. Commitment and positivity are all you need to challenge the body you bring to class, while always takes place in a judgment-free zone.

Can I participate in Body Back if I am pregnant?

This workout is not intended for pre-natal exercise and we do not recommend following the meal plans during pregnancy. If you become pregnant during the course of your Body Back session, please notify your instructor. We offer Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby as appropriate pre-natal exercise programs.

How long after giving birth can I participate in this program?

New moms must be at least 6 months postpartum and must have received permission from their doctors to participate in any of our fitness programs. Body Back is a higher intensity workout. If you are interested in a workout that provides more modifications for newly postpartum mamas, please check out Stroller Strides! You can also email rachelwagner@fit4mom.com with any questions.

Is Body Back® for everyone?

No, Body Back is not recommended for pregnant clients or people with injuries or contraindications that would prevent them from exercising at a high intensity. But it is for any mom who wants to reach to her full physical potential and is willing to reach out of her comfort zone.

What do I bring to class?

You will need a positive attitude, yoga mat or towel, and plenty of water. We will provide you with a red resistance band on the first night that you should bring to subsequent classes as well.

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In the craziness that is motherhood and business ownership -- and all those other parts of life as I know it -- sometimes I like to sit back, quiet my mind, and just remember what brought me to this crazy beautiful happy place. I remember when I tried my first class and made my first neighborhood mom friends. When I first met the mom down the street who would later become my business partner. I remember the moms who came, who saw, who conquered; those who have been with me since the start and those who have moved away. All that remembering leads me right back to today. I thought I'd share some of these moments through pictures and a little story-telling.

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