This Mom: Katie Magid
Mom to: Max (3.5 years old), Margot (4 months)
Member since: July 2017
Interesting fact about Katie, in her own words: I played college tennis for UC San Diego and was an instructor for kids' summer camps. It has been so fun to start teaching my son Max and playing with him.
Why Katie loves Stroller Strides and Body Back, in her own words: I feel so fortunate to have tried Stroller Strides when I moved to Davis. The instructors create a wonderfully fun and supportive environment and lead awesome workouts. I have never felt stronger than after completing Body Back last year and it definitely helped me feel prepared going into my second pregnancy while running after a toddler. My favorite thing about Stroller Strides and Body Back has been the community, advice, and inspiration I have gained from all of the other amazing moms (seriously, you all rock!). It has helped me not only laugh more during the stressful moments of being a mom, but has made me love, embrace, and appreciate the highs and lows of motherhood.
This Mom: Cristina Buss
Mom to: Adara (3.5 years old), Nash (1.5 years old)
Member since: March 2017
Interesting fact about Cristina, in her own words: My husband and I met in the nerd dorm (honors program) at UC Davis in 2001. Our nerdiness branched into playing ultimate frisbee, and my team won the national championship in 2004.
Why Cristina loves Body Back, in her own words: Body Back gives me time with inspiring moms who consistently prioritize their own health. I love the evening session because we talk "too much," and it's a great place to share mom-hood while also getting exercise AND not being on-duty for the bedtime routine! ;) Seeing other real women making good food choices, doing plank challenges, and taking care of themselves and their families is a great reminder that it CAN be done. I really value the community and realness.
This Mom: Jessica Corwin
Mom to: Emery (4), Ava (1.5)
Member since: January 2017
Interesting fact about Jessica, in her own words: I feel very fortunate to have a thriving career as a local dermatologist but also the flexibility to be available to my girls and family and think I am close to finding the elusive work-life balance (does that really exist?!). I love living in Davis and accessing all it has to offer- the local activities and community, but also taking advantage of the proximity to hiking in Marin, hiking in Tahoe, trips to the coast and heading out into the country for a run.
Why Jessica loves Fit4Mom Davis, in her own words: I love Stroller Strides and Body Back because it is such a welcoming community of moms who are focused on being outdoors with our kids, working towards our fitness goals together and supporting each other in this phase of motherhood. I love that there are so many options available to meet the needs of busy moms. Emily, Kristen and Christina are amazingly thoughtful in their workouts and approach to their promotion of all of our health. I just love it!
Jessica Guerrieri, Fit4Mom Davis member and mom blogger of Wit and Spit Up (http://www.witandspitup.com/).
Fit4Mom Davis is holding a special donation-based Stroller Strides family class and potluck for one of our members, Allison (Allie) Olson, on Saturday, September 15th at 9:15am with a suggested donation of $30 per family. All proceeds from the class will go directly towards funding “June’s Journey Home”.
Allison Olson and her family have a passion for people with special needs. It all began with her brother, Andrew, who is developmentally delayed and continues to be a shining bright light in their lives today. While most newlyweds enjoy a year or two or three on their own, Allie and her husband welcomed two best friends with special needs to live with them to help foster a successful environment for independent living. They met these inspirational gentlemen when they began volunteering as the track and field coaches for Team Davis, a non-profit organization that helps enrich the lives of children and adults with developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities. They have continued as coaches for more than 10 years now. Three years ago, Allie’s sister and her husband adopted a 2-year-old from Bulgaria with Down Syndrome and now Allie and Rob are following in their loving footsteps by adopting June, a beautiful 7-year-old girl with Down Syndrome from China. International adoption has come with its challenges, including China issuing new rulings that have delayed the adoption process for well over two years now. Every step brought more paperwork, roadblocks, and of course more financial expenses. When asked why they chose a foreign adoption instead of a domestic one; Allie explained that the conditions at orphanages in China can be harrowing and children with special needs are evicted from Chinese orphanages as young as 14 to fend for themselves alone without any support or resources. Allie and Rob have the ability to provide a wonderful life for June in a loving home with their two sons, Rowan, 4, and Liam, 3.
The Olsons’ still have $15,000 left to raise before they head to China this fall to open their home and their hearts to June. This event for the Olsons’ is another example of how Our Village and local community support such a worthy family on their selfless journey to finally bring their daughter home.
RSVP for the event here.
This Mom: Elise Cobb
Mom to: Patrick (5), Valerie (3)
Member since: August 2017
Interesting fact about Elise, in her own words: I grew up playing soccer but turned into a runner later in life and once finished 11th in a New York City half marathon.
Why Elise loves Stroller Strides, in her own words: Now that I have kids, I don’t have time to run six miles a day for fun so Stroller Strides is a perfect way to get in a long workout with my kids. I also love the community that Stroller Strides provides - being surrounded by other mamas who are focused on their own health and wellness goals but still devoted to their kids. It really is an amazing village. Should I have more kids so I don’t have to leave?? (Kidding!!)
This Mom: Anais (Ana) Foley-Kennedy
Mom to: Jackson (2 years old)
Member since: September 2016
Interesting fact about Ana, in her own words: I'm a beauty junkie and yoga enthusiast—it’s all about balance, right? Currently enrolled in an Amba (Women’s Embodiment Yoga) Teacher Training, I am always looking for ways to share my passions with others; sometimes it’s teaching how to apply eyeliner or guiding someone to relax in Shavasana. I enjoy spending time gardening, exploring with my son & escaping to attend Fit4Mom Body Back classes with fellow mamas.
Why Ana loves Fit4Mom Davis, in her own words: Body Back/Strides has helped me regain my confidence, meet amazing women & squeeze into clothes pre bebe. I am ever grateful for all of you & of course Christina, Emily & Kristen. Cheers!
This Mom: Eve Hightower
Mom to: Paige (15 months)
Member since: June 2017
Interesting fact about Eve, in her own words: My husband and I set a goal of summiting the five tallest mountains in California after climbing the tallest, Mount Whitney (elevation: 14,505 feet, tallest mountain in the contiguous U.S.), having never hiked or climbed a “14er” before. Since then, we’ve summited White Mountain and Mount Shasta, and attempted the rugged and elusive Mount Williamson twice.
Why Eve loves Body Back, in her own words: I love that I’m able to workout while playing with and singing to my daughter. It’s such a rich community for moms and little ones.
"I absolutely love Stroller Strides! I love getting outside with other wonderful mommies and babies, and I feel so much stronger than I have in years! I'm so grateful to be part of this community." - Molly Desantis, mom to Stanley, Weldon and Parker
"Stroller Strides is a dream come true for me – I get to be active, outside, with my daughter, all while meeting other wonderful moms. It truly feels like a judgment free time, and I love the tradition of hanging out at the park after class." - Caitlin Boulware, mom to Andilyn and Lyric
"I honestly cannot say enough good things about Fit4Mom Davis! Stroller Strides is a wonderful way to bond with your children, build a community all while getting fit!" - Jessica Guerrieri, mom to Charlotte and Madeleine
"Stroller Strides with Emily is the best workout I've gotten since having my kids. I thought I was in decent shape because I run several days a week, but Emily kicked my butt from the very first class and I loved it! I keep coming back for more! I would highly recommend this class to any mommy!!" - Allison Olson, mom to Rowan and Liam
"I joined Stroller Strides as a way to get back into shape after the birth of my son. Not only am I now under my pre-pregnancy weight, but I'm developing muscle tone that I haven't seen since I was a high school athlete! I love that I get to work out with a wonderful group of smart, motivated, and supportive women, and I know I'm setting a good example for my son, too." - Devon Scheitrum, mom to Wolfgang and Gretchen
"Stroller Strides is a wonderful gift to the Davis area. It's a non-judgmental workout. My daughter who is 21 months just loves the days we go. It took her a while to open up but now she sings along to the songs we sing as we workout. She talks about stroller strides all the time. I am very grateful that I am setting a great example to her at an early age. She is starting to mimic stretches, lunges, tries to skip, push ups and such. I can't even put into words fully how this group has positively impacted my life." - Ashley Curtis, mom to Maya
"I love coming to Stroller Strides each week because there's a community of women who hold me accountable--if I had a gym membership, I'd never go or I'd get stuck doing the same weekly routine and seeing few results. Emily does a great job of diversifying the workouts. I'm in better shape than I was before I was pregnant and I have more fun exercising too. But I think the most rewarding part is watching my 22-month-old run around the house, yelling "Push-ups!" and "Jumping-jacks!" - Lindsey Douros, mom to Alida and Aurelia
"I love Stroller Strides because it’s efficient and effective. Exercise. check. Hawk gets to hang out with kids his age. check. I get to converse with other women. check. I feel like I've accomplished so much by 10am!" - Emilie Hamilton, mom to Harlow and Hawk
"On top of the fun, varied and HARD workouts, I love getting to hang out with other moms and get all of the benefits that come with a moms group- great advice, tips, and lots of laughs. On top of that, Lachlan gets some quality outdoor time and loves watching the older kids (and moms) play- he's always exhausted after class and takes a nice long nap so I can get some work done!" - Sara Kross, mom to Lachlan
This Mom: Kari Fisher
Mom to: Andrew (5) and Elizabeth (2)
Member since: March 2017
Interesting fact about Kari, in her own words: I’m a NorCal native who earned a degree in Environmental Science and uses it while practicing law. I love the mountains and hiking with my husband (and kids), especially around Lake Tahoe.
Why Kari loves Body Back, in her own words: I love Body Back not only because of the fabulous workouts and instructors, but because of the sense of community, friendship, and daily support given and received, not only as it relates to working out and leading a healthy lifestyle, but also as it relates to the journey of motherhood and life! The Body Back community is truly a place where “everyone knows your name and is glad you came!”