Karen McMillin Stroller Strides/Body Back Instructor and Administrative Membership Manager
Kiddos: Liam (November 2011) and Molly (May 2013)
Hi Strong Mamas! I am the mom to 2 amazing kids and I love FIT4MOM and everything it has brought to my life!
I have participated in some type of physical fitness, my entire life. So when I found out I was pregnant, I was determined to have a healthy active pregnancy. I was able to run, hike and do daily power yoga classes throughout my pregnancy. Having a newborn provided some challenges, but with my first baby (Liam), I was still able to attend the classes I loved prior to becoming a mom. 18 months after having Liam, Molly was born and EVERYTHING changed!
Molly would not tolerate being with anyone but me! I tried several gyms with childcare, only to be called out 10 minutes into class. I knew I had to find something that worked for us all, and after a little research, I discovered FIT4MOM. I am so thankful everyday that I did!
Suddenly, I was able to work out with 2 small kids and no one judged me if they were yelling, crying, shrieking, etc! The workouts were amazing and best of all, I was setting a great example for my kids! They could see that exercise is important and Mommy's health is a priority! But Fit4Mom is so much more than the workout! It's a community of moms that "get it", and are there for one another through this crazy, amazing journey of motherhood!
I became a Stroller Strides instructor in January of 2014 and a Body Back instructor in March 2014. It has been the most rewarding experience of my life! I love being able to welcome new moms into this fantastic tribe of strong women and let them know they aren't alone. And I LOVE helping moms gain the “strength for motherhood”!
Liz Dietrich, Stroller Strides/Fit4Baby Instructor and Marketing Coordinator
Kiddo: Maggie (July 2013)
NOTHING can prepare you for parenthood! It’s so unbelievably challenging and exhausting!! By the time my daughter, Maggie, was 12 months I was completely overwhelmed! Parenthood truly seemed to be “all of the joy, none of the fun.” But then I took my first Stroller Strides class and I was running through a park with a stroller, singing silly songs and laughing with other mommies! It was SO MUCH FUN!! Eventually my daughter, Maggie, got use to our new class routine and she was having tons of fun! My husband joined us on family Sundays and he was having fun! Stroller Strides brought us “all of the joy, and tons of the fun!!”
1 year later I became an instructor and I’m still having fun. I am forever grateful to Karin and the FIT4MOM Village. The workout, itself is quite challenging and I’m lighter and more toned than I’ve ever been. The songs and activities during class provide a very entertaining hour for the kiddos and Maggie has made lots of friends. I have found wonderful friends myself who have provided such amazing support through the motherhood journey. It takes a village couldn’t be more true. Actually, it takes a FIT4MOM Village! And that is the true magic of this program….. Whether it's Body Back, Stroller Strides or FIT4BABY, you’ll find your village of mommy friends and their families which is crucial to surviving the journey of parenthood!more