*** Editor’s Note: Stroller Strides is now Fit4Mom ***
Today, we are meeting Kristen Dowd of Stroller Strides.
Stroller Strides is a total fitness program for moms to do with their children. There is power walking/running and intervals of strength and body toning. Certified fitness instructors use exercise tubes, strollers, and the environment to teach their classes. Each 60 minute class is a great workout for any level of exerciser.
The Stroller Strides of Lake County franchise is owned by Kristen Dowd. Kristen has been a Lake County resident for about a year. She is originally from Orange County, California, but was living in Lincoln Park before moving moving to her current residence. She worked as a pharmaceutical representative before becoming a mom to her now 22 month old daughter.
When Kristen moved to Lake County, she needed an outlet to make friends and found Stroller Strides. She loved the experience and had asked the owner more about the franchise. It turned out that the owner was looking to sell the franchise and Kristen was looking for a way to work but still be with her daughter. After going through extensive training, Kristen became the proud owner of her own franchise.
Even before becoming a Stroller Strides franchise owner, I loved that I was able to meet friends in the same stage of life as myself. I was the first of my friends to have a baby, and we had just moved to Lake County, so it has been wonderful meeting these moms. As an owner, I love that I now have business cards. In the past, I would take my daughter to a playground, have a great chat with a mom, then never see her again. Now I can hand out my business card and the mom will have my number!
Running a business has been much more challenging and time consuming than I had originally anticipated. At first I felt bad because I had to spend so much time on the computer. During the first few weeks I was spending 6-10 hours a day on the computer completing web training, setting up billing, and setting up insurance. I spend less time on the computer now, usually in the mornings updating the websites for the different locations, and my daughter has adapted.
Keeping the classes fun and interesting has also been a challenge. Since we have a lot of the same people attending classes, I don’t want them to get bored with the workout.
My husband and I love to golf. We also love to travel- some of our favorite places are Hilton Head and Lake Delavan, WI.
Stroller Strides is a great community of moms who love to get together and do something healthy and active. We not only take care of ourselves, but we set a good example for our children about integrating exercise into their lives.
More information about Stroller Strides of Lake County can be found here. Morning classes are held outside at Independence Grove, Century Park, and Willow Stream Park. In inclement weather, classes are held at the Libertyville Sports Complex. First class is FREE! Mention Little Lake County blog and receive $25 off your registration fee when you sign up as a monthly member (that’s 1/3 off!) or off of a 10 class pass (that’s 1/4 off!).
One lucky Little Lake County reader will receive a FREE 5 class pass ($50 value) for Stroller Strides.
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