Meet Irina - February Mom of the Month!

Child(ren) name and age: Nicholas(8), Alisa(6) and baby Brandon who just turned 1!

Where are you from: I am originally from Belarus, but have lived in the Chicago area for the past 17 years

Favorite Thing/Memory about Fit4Mom: Brandon’s first army crawl happened on the floor of the gym after the Stroller Strides class and he learned to clap during the “Hello” song!

Favorite Exercise: I have a love-hate relationship with wall-sits. I hate the burn, but love how strong my legs feel afterwards.

Favorite Mom-me time of the day: When everyone is tucked in their beds at night and my washing machine’s complete cycle signal hasn’t gone off yet, I love to sit down on the couch, put my feet up and watch my favorite Masterpiece show on PBS.

What motivates you to exercise: Stroller Strides Glenview has an awesome group of moms. Seeing them in class every time, makes me want to come too. Also, watching my kids mimic my every move when I work out reminds me that I am someone’s role model every minute of every day. If my kids grow up wanting to be healthy and exercise regularly just because they saw me sweat in Stroller Strides, I say half of my job as a mom is done!

How has FIT4MOM changed your life?

I feel so much stronger now and it definitely boosts my self confidence!

Piece of advice for new moms: I would say follow your gut. You and your husband know your children best. And try to enjoy your baby as much as you can. Even though the days may seem to go slowly now, the years will fly by before you know it!