Meet Our Instructor of the Month: Stefanie Cohen!
Hometown: Deerfield, IL (although, I was born in Livingston, NJ and lived there for a month!)
Mom to: Lainie, 13 months
How did you first get introduced to Fit4Mom/Stroller Strides?
When Lainie was about 8 weeks old, I started to get a little stir crazy at home. I had been a runner for nearly a decade and I was feeling like it was time to get back into shape. I started different exercise classes for moms in Chicago. I knew I wanted to spend time with Lainie during the day, so I decided to try this outdoor class called Stroller Strides. Jackie Stuut was the instructor, and she honestly made me feel so welcome to the class and she introduced me to all the other clients. I left the class that day feeling like this could be the community of moms that I'd been searching for and I could get a killer workout in too! Jackie followed up with me the next day asking how I was feeling, and since then I've been absolutely hooked!
What made you want to become an instructor?
When my husband Danny and I found a house in Highland Park, I was immediately scared, nervous and super sad. I absolutely had loved living in the city for seven years and I had no idea what living in the suburbs would be like for me. Soon after purchasing our house, I realized the only thing I missed terribly was my Fit4Mom/Stroller Strides mamas! Coincidentally Jackie Dorris had been wanting to start a location in the northern suburbs, and now here I was anxiously wanting the amazing community of moms I had in the city. I love being an instructor, and I'm thrilled to grow the Highland Park Stroller Strides community.
What did you do before becoming an instructor?
Before becoming an instructor, I was a 5th grade teacher for four years. I absolutely loved being a teacher and I do miss my students often! I'm actually hoping to do some substitute teaching on the days I'm not instructing for Stroller Strides. Before teaching, I worked as a magazine editor at Beverage Industry Magazine. Journalism to Teaching to Fitness Instructing!
What is your favorite part of instructing?
My favorite part of instructing is at the very end of each workout. I absolutely love the smiles and comments about how I gave the moms an incredible workout. It's very humbling to know that I can be such a motivator for my amazing mama clients!
What's your favorite workout song?
You can find Stefanie at Congregation Solel, Highland Park Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 am!