Annapolis Stroller Strides helps moms loose baby weight

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Karen Davis By Betsy Stein

Karen Davis of Arnold started attending Stroller Strides classes when her 3-year-old son was an infant. It helped her start to lose the baby weight. She loved it so much, she recently bought her local Annapolis franchise and is now teaching classes.

"It went up for sale, and I wondered what I would do without it, so I had to buy it," says Davis, now a mother of two. "It's a fantastic way to lose the baby weight and take the kids with you to exercise class."

Stroller Strides, a class now part of the newly named Fit4MOM program, gives moms an opportunity to get in shape through walking and other exercises with their child in a stroller. It also allows them to meet other moms and have fun with their babies.

"It's a way to work out — it helped me lose my baby weight, and it's also a support group of moms," Davis says. "I made some of the best friends I have in Stroller Strides classes."


StrollerStrides2Good for moms, fun for tots

Stroller Strides classes are for moms with children age 6 weeks to 4 to 5 years — or as long as they are willing to sit in the stroller for an hour. Entertaining the babies is incorporated into the workout, Davis explains.

"We sing songs, do little activities, read books and blow bubbles," she says. "If the babies are happy, the moms can work out. It's a balancing act."

Davis' Fit4MOM Annapolis offers Stroller Strides classes at Broadneck Park on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  The first class is free and after that, moms can pay per class ($15) or by the month ($55) or purchase a block of classes (10 for $110). There is a one-time registration fee of $75 for the monthly membership. Davis will also be offering classes at a second location beginning Aug. 20 on the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium Perimeter Trail with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. A Grand Opening celebration of the new location will begin that day at 9 a.m. and will include a free preview Stroller Strides class, a kid's activity run by My Gym, raffle prizes and refreshments. Fro details visit the Fit4Mom Annapolis website. Davis hopes to expand offerings even more to include not only more Stroller Strides classes but also other fitness classes for moms.

Other Fit4Mom locations

Other Fit4MOM franchises in the area include:

  • Fit4MOM Severn, which meets at Arundel Mills and Piney Orchard
  • Fit4MOM Howard County, which meets at Centennial Park
  • Fit4MOM Montgomery County, which meets at White Flint Mall
  • Fit4MOM Baltimore City, which meets at Federal Hill Park

For more details on classes and times, visit the Fit4Mom website.

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