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Monday, June 20, 2011

Review of Stroll ‘n Tone By: Jeanette

Throw a tantrum, play patty-cake, and a mini skirt walk are just a few of the moves, Karlie, from Stroll ‘n Tone will have you doing in her classes. These classes are designed with a mom in mind. Karlie is the owner and instructor who also is a personal trainer and a mom of a one year old. As a mom, she knows how hard it is to find time for fitness in our busy lives, so she designed this class to allow moms to bring their stroller riding aged kids along for the workout.

The class meets right outside Custom Fitness in Prospect, KY. It meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9am and on Saturdays at 10am. I recommend getting there 5-10min early as I was running late by the time I got my boys in the stroller. We started with a warm-up walk followed by variations of walking with strollers to get our heart rates up. Then we set up a ‘mobile station’ where we park the strollers in a circle so the kids could see each other while we did jumping jacks, squats, and other exercises for a few minutes. Then we went back to pushing the stroller in different ways and repeated the mobile stations. The mobile stations are perfect for moms that need to tend to the kids for a snack, drink etc. Near the end of the class, Karlie leads additional strength and core exercises. The classes are outside, but can be moved inside Custom Fitness to finish off if the weather is too hot or too wet.

The classes are very affordable – especially for being taught by a personal trainer who knows first-hand the aches and pains of being a new mom and trying to get back in to pre-baby shape. You don’t have to be a member or pay monthly dues. A single class is $12 for 50min or you can buy push cards where a class can be as cheap as $8. You do need to register to attend because the classes are limited in size to ensure no overcrowding. When you are done, there’s a playground in the Norton Commons area or take a short drive north to Henry’s Ark like we did and feed some carrots to the animals.

The class was great. Not only do you get to bring your kids along, but also you get some cardio, core, and strength training in with fellow moms. Karlie was encouraging and easy to follow. She was great with both my kids when the youngest was fussy or the oldest was whining. The classes are early enough in the day that you can still do another fun activity with the kids before lunchtime.

So what do you need? Preferably a jogging stroller or non-umbrella stroller, snacks and drinks for your kids (or other entertainment books etc), drink for yourself, sunglasses, suntan lotion, and a towel or blanket. That is it. You probably already have the gear! What are you waiting for? The first class is FREE! Visit the website and sign-up to check it out for yourself. You can also "like" the Stroll 'n Tone Facebook page to stay updates on class schedules and changes. 

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