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Renton fitness group moves moms, babies

Moms work off baby weight and entertain their wee ones in this Renton-area fitness class. - Tracey Compton, Renton Reporter
Moms work off baby weight and entertain their wee ones in this Renton-area fitness class.
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Moving from fitness group member to owner of Fit4Mom Renton, Lauren Hatcher said she doesn’t know what she would have done without the fitness group for new moms.

“I just love it,” Hatcher said of the program that lets mothers incorporate their child in their workout. “Like I said, I’ve been with it for almost six years now and it’s been wonderful. To go from a client to being an instructor was just the right fit for me.”

Hatcher is a certified instructor for three components of Fit4Mom, a fitness program that offers pre- and post-natal classes for moms. She just took ownership of the Renton franchise and leads Stroller Strides, Body Back and Fit4Baby classes.

Stroller Strides, which kicked off at the Renton Community Center Monday, allows moms to bring their strollers with kids in tow. The strollers are used for resistance and weight in workouts. Exercises focus on power walking and body toning, while moms sing out counting songs and nursery rhymes to entertain their children.

“So it’s a full-body workout,” said Hatcher. “We incorporate cardio and we incorporate strength training, so we use resistance bands a lot. And then we also just use our environment.”

During the fall and winter, Stroller Strides classes are held in a gym. The group takes their workouts to the streets in the spring and summer, with classes at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park.

“I’ve found really good friends for myself and my daughter,” said Kelly Taylor of Renton.

She heard about the class from a friend who did it in California and wanting a moms’ group, decided to check it out.

“It’s just a nice social group and playdates,” Taylor said. “And it’s been a good workout for me as well, losing baby weight and all that.”

The appeal of a motivating circle of friends and exercise are what hooked Hatcher, the instructor for the course, and what keeps many women coming back to the program.

“To find a group of moms who you could go hang out with, who were going through the same things you were and dealing with the same things you were dealing with - I think it saved me almost,” Hatcher said.

After the birth of her first born, Hatcher said she grew tired of going to the gym to work out and spending time alone at home.

“I look back now and I think I was going through a little postpartum depression,” she said. “I’m pretty sure that’s what it was and if I wouldn’t have found that group, I don’t know what would have happened.”

Not having to find daycare and push herself to go to the gyn, were added bonuses of discovering the Stroller Strides classes, Hatcher said.

“That was the biggest draw,” she said. “I can go work out and I can bring my kids with me. And the other thing was just getting out of the house.”

Stroller Strides is being offered from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through March at the Renton Community Center.

Registration for Body Back and Fit4Baby is also open. For more information, visit http://renton.fit4mom.com.

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