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!
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:
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Here in Norfolk, weather can be very unpredictable! If weather seems to be severe and/or unsafe (pouring rain, high winds, extreme heat), class will move indoors to MacArthur Center mall in downtown Norfolk. We meet on the 2nd floor to the right of H&M. Class is at 9:15a.m. when held inside at MacArthur Center.
Class will still be held outside at its regular time in light drizzle if the sidewalks are safe to walk and push a stroller on. Please be sure to dress the kids warmly, and bring a rain shield for your stroller. Please check our Facebook page for up to date info on class status. You can also opt in for text alerts by texting "@fit4mom" to 81010.
Click on "LOCATIONS". Click on the date that you would like to attend and click "Enroll". You will be redirected to a registration page.
If you have not enrolled prior to class or signed the class waiver electronically, you will be able to do so on location before 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.
It is more economical to have a monthly membership rather than a 10 block pass if you attend classes more than once/week. The 10 block pass costs you $9/class and at $55/month once you attend 6 classes in a month then the membership is more economical. If unsure which pass is best for you, consult with any of our instructors and they can help you decide. You can buy the passes online or from any of our instructors at class.