If you thought Curves and Lady’s Fitness were as niche as the workout industry was going to get, think again. Stroller Strides
At 8:45 a.m., the moms begin to arrive at the Thomas Jefferson Center. Jackets, gloves and hats are shed, children are strapped into strollers, and at 9 a.m., theyâ€™re off for a power walk around the gym.
They start with a 5-minute warm-up. During their
45-minute routine, the students will go through three body-toning exercises as well as stretches, lunges and an accelerated power-stride pushing their strollers. A 10-minute abs, stretch and cool down finishes the class.
Blended into the exercise routines are nursery rhymes, the chicken dance and singing of childhood favorites such as â€œFarmer in the Dell,â€ â€œTwinkle, Twinkle, Little Starâ€ and â€œHead and Shoulders, Knees and Toes.â€
As mothers breeze by drinking from their water bottles, the babies in the strollers have started enjoying their bottles of breast milk and water, too. One woman breaks from the crowd, rushes to the bleachers, and digs through a diaper bag to retrieve a small package of crackers for her teething baby.
Physical fitness aside, one of the fun parts of Stroller Strides is the social aspect of it, Ashley said.
â€œWhile youâ€™re at home caring for your children, you can feel a little isolated,â€ she said.
As a result of that, Ashley has incorporated Luna Moms Club to seamlessly following the fitness class. The club includes a built-in play group that meets on Wednesdays at 10 a.m., monthly community projects and Mommy Time, which offers discussions about books, music, craft projects and an occasional night out for dinner or a movie.