FAQ

Stroller Strides® FAQ

Is this just a group of moms who get together and walk?

Absolutely NOT! These classes are no walk in the park. In 60 minutes you will have completed a total body workout and will feel re-energized. Classes are designed for ALL fitness levels and are taught by certified instructors who are also moms.

What do I need to bring to class?

Other than you, your baby, and 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 and toys for the ride too!

How long are the Stroller Strides workouts?

The workouts are 60 minutes 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 bursts and body toning stations. The last 10 minutes is for abs and stretching.

What should I expect during a Stroller Strides® class?

Stroller Strides® is a total fitness program that moms can do WITH their babies. It includes power walking/jogging (whatever calls to you that day- you can even run) and intervals of strength and body toning exercise using exercise tubing, your stroller, and the environment. Taught by certified fitness instructors with specialty training in the pre and post natal woman, it is a great workout for ANY level of exerciser. All of our instructors abide by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ recommendations for exercises. Stroller Strides instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to engage and entertain baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as Mom.

What do I do if my baby gets fussy during class?

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

Can I join Stroller Strides if I am pregnant?

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:

  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Muscular strength/endurance
  • Energy levels
  • Higher fatigue threshold
  • Posture and biomechanics
  • Circulation
  • Self-esteem, sense of well-being
  • Recovery time

I just had a baby. When can I start Stroller Strides® classes?

CONGRATS! Wait 6-8 weeks before you resume exercise (or until you have a doctor’s clearance).

Many internal healing processes are taking place and with increased exertion, a woman returning to too much physical activity too soon may see an increase in lochia which could signal delayed healing due to overexertion.

Resuming exercise (approximately 6-8 weeks postpartum):

The intensity of the exercises performed once the woman resumes activity is dependent on her fitness level before and during pregnancy. Taking a month or two (months 3-5 postpartum) to ease back into the intensity of your previous fitness routine is suggested.

Relaxin can stay in your body for as little as 5 months post-childbirth and up to twelve months post breastfeeding (which could be a lot longer). Make sure you are avoiding quick direction changes in load bearing exercises on unfamiliar/uneven surfaces during this time. Carpal tunnel syndrome is also a risk when relaxin is present so be careful of wrists and the load they take.

Do I have to have a jogging stroller to take Stroller Strides® classes?

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. You can even take a class without a stroller, if you're fortnuate enough to have an hour without kids in-tow.

What should I look for in a jogging stroller?

You can use any sturdy stroller for Stroller Strides classes but if you're looking to buy a new stroller, here are some things you might want consider when looking for a jogging stroller:

  • · Larger, inflatable wheels (this will make the stroller glide easier on several different terrains)
  • · Adjustable handlebar if you are taller or shorter than average
  • · Durable/washable fabric
  • · Good air flow for baby
  • · Adequate shade cover for baby
  • · Large stride clearance (this is the distance between the ground and the back axle of the stroller; if you have a large stride, a small clearance may result in hitting this bar when you run).
  • · Front wheel that can swivel and become fixed
  • · Caddy/storage areas
  • · Shock absorbers
  • · Can accommodate your baby for a large age range (6 weeks- 3+ years)
  • · When purchasing a double stroller, consider the size of your car and doorways

I want to try a class before I commit to signing up. Can I do that?

Yes! Your first class is always FREE.

How do I enroll?

Click on "ENROLL." Select the location where you would like to attend. 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.

What if I am enrolled and didn't make it to 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.

What if the weather is bad?

We will only cancel outdoor classes in extreme weather conditions. Please check your email and our Facebook page for weather related schedule changes.

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