Why do I need my doctor’s approval to exercise if I am pregnant?

Your doctor can best advise you about your individual medical concerns and decide if exercise is right for you during your pregnancy. You need to consult with them first prior to beginning our exercise program if you are pregnant. We can provide you with a written authorization form.

Do I need a jogging stroller?

No, but it helps to have one that is easily maneuvered and not likely to tip over. Inexpensive umbrella strollers are not well suited for class.

How can I keep my child(ren) occupied during class?

One of the main reasons we try to be outside for as much of the year as possible is to provide curious children an environment full of cool things to see! During their trip in the stroller, the may see boats, trains, water, mountains, wildlife and lots of other kids. There is much to see and talk about when we are outside and this is enough for some kids. For others, they may need a small electronic device or small toy. We sing songs and act silly for their entertainment. Kids are active participants in our classes but they must stay in the stroller during your workout unless they are in a carrier. When we are inside, we work extra hard to keep them happy with brightly colored letters, games, stroller activities, singing and rewards for staying in the stroller.

Do you cancel if it rains or the weather is bad?

If it is raining, we do not cancel class. There are many shelters in our park to keep the kiddos warm and dry while mom exercises. You may move out of the shelter so you should dress appropriately. If it is extremely cold or hot, icy or otherwise unsafe, we will post last minute changes on our facebook page – facebook.com/strollerstridesrenton.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a yoga mat, your exercise bands, and water. If you are new to class, you can usually borrow exercise bands and a yoga mat your first time. Please wear safe and supportive footwear appropriate for exercise. We travel on uneven surfaces, concrete, grass and sometimes sand! You may also need a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses for you and your child.

What kind of exercise do you do?

All of our programs use exercise tubing, body weight and the environment to give you an excellent all over workout. Some of our classes will use small equipment that will be provided. For each class, we warm up then combine intervals of power walking/running and strengthening followed by a cool down and stretching.

Aren’t you just walking in the park?

No! Our programs are designed to give you a great workout regardless of your fitness level. They can be as challenging as you need and modified when necessary to give you an appropriate and effective workout. We have many surprised first timers and dads who had no idea what a great workout they would get!

Are men allowed?

For Fit4Baby classes, you need to be pregnant. Body Back is designed for moms of all ages. Stroller Strides is appropriate for moms, dads, caregivers, cousins…just contact your instructor if you would like to bring family member or friend with you!

Do I have to bring my child?

Nope. If you want a day off to exercise without them, feel free to leave them in the capable hands of someone else.

Why do the kids need to stay in the stroller until the instructor says “the most important stretch is your smile”?

The biggest reason is safety. We move quickly from place to place and most little feet cannot keep up. To be courteous to other members, it is best to keep all kids who are not in carriers in the stroller. Once one is out, they all want to get out. They learn to stay in the stroller until the cue “smile".

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