Erin Allen Stroller Strides/Stroller Barre Instructor
Kiddos: Claire (March 2010) and Elise (October 2011)
I started my FIT4MOM journey in the spring of 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. I had recently left my friends and support network of 11 years in Baltimore and was doing it all, working full time as a Speech-Language Pathologist and taking care of two little ones while my hubby finished his cardiac surgery training. Needless to say working out was the last thing on my mind! Then I met a friend who said, “you need to try Saturday Stroller Strides because they are a great group of ladies.” I went to my first class and was instantly addicted to the workout and vibe at the class. I went every Saturday and was amazed how suddenly I loved exercise (previously I only ran when being chased). I then begged the owner to start an evening Wednesday class and I was officially hooked!
Then it was time to leave Philadelphia and we were headed back home to California. I immediately went online and looked for the closest Fit4Mom franchise to San Francisco where we would live the first year while we house hunted in Marin. We arrived in California and I started commuting over the Golden Gate to attend Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre classes in Mill Valley. I loved that I immediately felt at home with the group of women that I had just met. Unfortunately, the commute was taking its toll and I had to stop coming to class but I knew that I would be back.
In the summer of 2015 we bought our house and moved to Mill Valley and I immediately came back to class. I loved seeing the familiar faces from a year ago and meet new people in my new hometown. I was the mom that came to class with an empty stroller as both of my kiddos are in school. I loved the workout and the community that I felt I didn’t get at the kid free studios. After a few months an opportunity to teach came up and I grabbed it getting certified in Stroller Strides, FIT4BABY, and Stroller Barre in January 2016. Now instead of teaching in a classroom or therapy room, I get to teach outdoors.
For the first time in my life I feel healthy and happy and that is my “why!” I want to be an example for my daughters by showing that exercise is important and being strong is the best kind of beautiful. I love seeing the excitement in my daughters’ faces when I tell them I am teaching on a Sunday when they get to come and cheer me on. I am forever grateful for being part of the FIT4MOM village!