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Stroller Strides has made strides in Brentwood for last five years

It's an amazing sight to see 30 or so moms with strollers exercising together in Brentwood's parks.

For Brentwood Home Page

It’s 9:30 on a rare August morning when the thermometer hasn’t yet reached 90 degrees. Slowly but surely, the minivans, crossovers and SUVs pull up to Cool Springs’ Aspen Grove Park, and the women driving them begin unloading their pop-up strollers and unhooking the straps of the car seats that secure their most beloved possessions -- their babies and toddlers.

Lately the classes have been taught indoors because of the heat, but this day, the moms armed with water bottles and snacks can enjoy their Stroller Strides workout in the great outdoors.

Free Stroller Strides Celebration Event

When: Wednesday, August 25 at Brentwood’s River Park at 9:15

What: free class, refreshments, goody bags to the first 50 participants, prizes, and vendors. Prizes will include a Joovy Zoom jogging stroller from USA Baby, a party package from Peek-a-Boo playtown, and other prizes from Fleet Feet, Ergobaby, Thirty-One, Mary Kay, Jennie Pyfferoen Photography, Bluestem Boutique and MORE! There will also be bounce houses and other activities.

For more information:  Deena Prichard at 800-682-0420 or deena@strollerstrides.net.

Stroller Strides of Nashville, a franchise of Stroller Strides, will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Aug. 25 at Brentwood’s River Park. Stroller Strides is a national fitness training program for mothers and their babies. The local franchise has regular classes on nearly each day of the week. (Check their website for a complete schedule.)

The free anniversary celebration kicks off next Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. with a free class, refreshments, vendors and prizes like a Joovy Zoom jogging stroller and a Peek-a-Boo playtown party package.

Deena Prichard, owner of Stroller Strides of Nashville, advises moms to get there early to register. It’s important “to get the word out, to get the point across that it’s not just a walk in the park,” she said.

The program includes power walking on park paths and slight hills as well as body toning using the stroller, exercise tubing, steps and even a yoga mat for the abs portion of the workout. The 60-minute total body workout, which is taught by nationally trained instructors, is designed not just to help with weight loss, but to improve cardiovascular endurance, strength and flexibility. 

“It’s a great opportunity for me to meet my fitness goals and help other moms meet their fitness goals and not feel like they have to give up their time with their child,” said Prichard, a former special education teacher.

The first class is free, and children from 6 weeks to 5 years old are welcome as long as they are comfortable in their strollers. To register, visit StrollerStrides.com.

It’s evident from their giggles and smiles that the children love the ride, the tickles and the fun songs their moms sing as they whip their bodies into shape and increase their energy levels.

Sara Greear, one of the moms in attendance this day, has been a Stroller Strides member for a month. She likes that Stroller Strides provides the structure she needs as well as inspiration from other moms to keep active and motivated and to reach higher levels of fitness.

Watching the transformation is just as rewarding for Prichard as it is for the mothers.

“I can see changes in moms, not just physically, but I can see that they are more comfortable in motherhood and more confident in their ability to raise healthy and happy children,” Prichard said.

As the women power-walk their little ones down the park path, they also connect with each other about everything from finding the just-right sports bra for breasts that may be larger than they were pre-baby to more challenging issues that come with being a mother.

Stephanie Scott is pregnant with her second child, and has been bringing her daughter, Lola, to Stroller Strides for the last two months since her husband was deployed to Iraq in June.

“I like it because I’m doing two great things at once, and it’s something I can take Lola to,” said Scott, who plans on continuing the program throughout her pregnancy before taking six weeks off. She’ll return after the new baby is born.  “I’m actually going to miss it,” she said.

The support of other mothers helps the Stroller Strides members become healthy role models for each other and for their children.

“And I think that’s powerful,” said Prichard, who has experienced the support and confidence boosts firsthand.

“I’ve become physically stronger,” she said. “I’ve become more confident in myself, and I’ve learned how to run a business. Stroller Strides has taught me how to become a mom-preneur, the ins and outs of the business.”


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