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'Stroller Fit' Helps Moms Shed Extra Baby Weight

Posted April 24, 2008 7:02 a.m. EDT

— Getting in shape after having a baby can be tough, but some moms have found a way to lose the extra pounds.

The workout is called Stroller Fit, and classes are held across the country. WRAL Reporter (and mother) Kim Dean brought her 13-month-old daughter, Lola Zelle, to a class in Wake Forest to see what the workout was all about.

Stroller Fit Instructor Mary Allison Creech motivates the moms, while the kids can lounge or have a snack. The moms get a total body workout targeting all those areas that baby may have left bulging.

“The moms here say it’s a win-win. You get to exercise, but you also get to spend time with your baby,” Creech said. “They want to do something with their children and bond with them. That’s what’s so neat about this class. We engage the children.”

In one exercise, the moms do lunges across the room and then kiss their babies. In another, the women sing while doing resistance work – which is harder than some might think.

“I’m exhausted, and we just warmed up,” Dean said. “These moms are hardcore.”

Kristy Roten comes six days a week, and the results are easy to see. She gained almost 80 pounds while pregnant with her son, Lucas.

“I lost a lot of weight, because I gained way too much, and Lucas and I have a place to go every morning together,” she said.

Tina Rodosta said she is in the best shape of her life. Another bonus is that her son, Carter, benefits, too.

“He is starting to do the exercises. He’s learning a fitness program. He’s learning that exercise is fun,” she said.

Next, Reporter Kim Dean visits a spa that caters exclusively to young girls and teens. Watch her story Friday on WRAL’s Morning News at 6.