Bay Area fitness class gives parents and kids a place to work out together
APOLLO BEACH, Florida. – Pregnant mothers and parents with young children train together at the Waterset Club at Apollo Beach.
Families participate in the iStroll mommy and me program. This is high intensity interval training for pregnant women, parents and children.
“I wanted to be able to stay fit and also be outdoors and have my son outdoors with me,” said Katy Crews, owner and instructor of iStroll South Hillsborough. “And it’s a good mix of all that.”
It’s a good mix for Crews, who started the fitness initiative about three weeks ago.
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“There’s the practice part. There’s a social component not only for the parents, but also for the kids. The kids can’t wait to see each other here and play with each other,” she explained. .
Ashley Cox just moved from Seattle to the Bay Area and is six months pregnant.
“Now that I’m in my second trimester, I’m trying to stay more active and prepare my body for a better birth. Health and fitness,” Cox explained.
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Not only are classes good for conditioning and endurance, but they also provide a positive environment for the mother and her children.
“I’ve noticed how kids imitate their parents. They see mommy working hard and sweating, and they get excited about it too. They’ll gain a bit of weight and they’ll kind of imitate mommy’s example, let you know. know it or not, for your little one,” she said.
It’s an example that Crews hopes will change the lives of participants.
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“I hope everyone feels a sense of community when they come here together. I hope they have effective training so that when they leave here they feel good and are on the path to a healthier life or a healthier lifestyle. And hopefully that’s good for their kids,” Crews explained.
I hope it creates a stronger bond between moms and their children.
Classes are held three times a week.
LINK: Learn more about Istroll here.