Click above to buy a three-class Stroller Strides pass at Windy City Fieldhouse. Classes meet outdoors beginning May 1 at Lincoln Park (Diversey Harbor) or Lakeview (Montrose Harbor).
Buy here to buy a three-class Stroller Strides pass at UIC's Physical Education Building. Classes meet outdoors beginning May 1 at University Village (Roosevelt & Halsted), West Loop (Adams & Racine), or downtown (Roosevelt & Michigan).
Pram up slacking muscles with today's side deal: for $20, you get a three-class pass at Stroller Strides, the fitness program for new mothers. Choose one location from either the Windy City Fieldhouse or the UIC Physical Education Building. Beginning May 1, classes currently at the Fieldhouse will move outdoors to Montrose and Diversey harbors, and UIC's classes will move to locations in University Village, the West Loop, and downtown. View the Fieldhouse and UIC schedules for more information on the summer schedules. Classes move back indoors in case of rain or extreme heat. First-time Stroller Strides moms will also receive a complimentary first class.
Getting in shape after giving birth can be as difficult as staging a dramatic reading of a Kenan & Kel episode with professional actors. Taking care of the baby takes a lot of time, leaving bodies weary and sapped of leftover energy. Stroller Strides understands these common struggles and has designed an exercise regimen with new mothers in mind. All you need to get started is you, your baby, and a stroller. The classes, taught by specially trained instructors, usually take place outdoors and consist of a warm-up, a buggy-bandying power walk, and interval stations where participants do a variety of body-toning exercises. Instructors provide everyone with exercise tubing and, in the event of a fussy baby episode, will show you exercises you can do with your baby. Indoor classes make use of sheltered venues but apply the same principles as the outdoor sessions.
In addition to providing a fun exercise regimen that takes babies into consideration, Stroller Strides is a venue for new mothers to interact and socialize. Commiserate over shared difficulties and take joy in each other's successes. A positive environment that encourages returns is a key factor in sticking to a physical-fitness routine. Surrounded by friendly instructors, mom peers, and a teeming hoard of adorable babies, a Stroller Strides class creates a positive, encouraging environment for re-obtaining a pre-baby physique. Parking is provided at both locations.
Stroller Strides recommends waiting until a newborn is at least six weeks old before beginning classes. New mothers should get a doctor's permission before beginning any exercise program.
- Programs and classes are designed to help moms lose pregnancy weight and achieve their individual mental/physical potential, while bringing moms and kids together for fun, friendship and fitness. The group also offers help to moms experiencing post partum depression through exercise and social interaction. – Sharon Hlapcich, Orange County Register
- It's said to be the largest and fastest growing mom and baby workout program in the country with workouts for moms, songs and entertainment for babies, along with a playgroup and community service activities. – Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, WRAL