Meet our Instructor of the Month -
Teaches: Stroller Strides in Vernon Hills
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Mom to: Patrick-6 and Laynie-3
How did you first get introduced to Fit4Mom? After I had my first child, I decided not to go back to work full-time. But I loved the fitness field, and wanted to stay in it! I looked for a way I could do that as a mom. I found Fit4Mom, and it was a perfect fit. I started as the instructor of Fit4Baby in Chicago in 2012 and was the first Stroller Barre instructor in the city. I took a break from teaching after having my second child, then came back last summer instructing the lovely ladies in Arlington Heights, and now as of March 2017, am happy to be the Stroller Strides Instructor in Vernon Hills!
What made you want to become an instructor? My degree is in Exercise Science, and I truly enjoy the field. The body is an amazing thing-it is meant to move, and I feel lucky that I help people do that. At the core of my love for fitness is my desire to help people, and exercise helps people in so many ways.
What did you do before becoming an instructor? I was the Wellness Program Director for the American Medical Association. It was my job to motivate our employees to make healthy choices.
What is your favorite part of instructing? I love helping moms feel strong, and watching them do things they didn't think they could. I feel honored to help cultivate bonds between moms and help friendships grow through exercising together.
Favorite exercise/song that you do? I love singing our welcome song to the kiddos because of the cute faces they make when we sing to them. "Hi Laynie how are you (3x), Glad you're here today".
What is your favorite non-kid workout song that gets you moving?
"Gotta get through this" by Daniel Bedingfield