A steady stream of new fitness and health options continues to flow into Brookfield.
The latest addition to the wide variety of ways for residents of Brookfield and the surrounding area is FIT4MOM.
FIT4MOM is a national company based out of San Marcos, California, that focuses on classes and training regimens for mothers while also accommodating young children.
Brookfield FIT4MOM owner and instructor Tracy Joynt says that the idea first appealed to her after she had her own child last year.
"For me, I have always been passionate about working out. When I became a first-time mom last December it became an either/or thing," Joynt said. "I had heard about stroller workouts in other areas and mommy and me workouts, but we had nothing like that in Wisconsin and Milwaukee and Brookfield."
Joynt took a trip down to Chicago to explore the idea and decided to bring it back up north with her.
"It's a workout where moms are getting a good workout in while also getting to bring their babies," Joynt said. "The kids are sitting in their strollers the entire time, so maybe while the moms are working out we're also playing games with the babies."
FIT4MOM opened Nov. 11. Its classes take place at Studio VIA, 14685 W. Capitol Drive. The first class offered is Stroller Strides.
"It's a full body workout. It's a 60-minute workout and we incorporate different cardio bursts and different strength training moves," Joynt said.
In the future, Joynt plans to begin offering Stroller Barre.
Classes are currently available on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings; Joynt hopes to expand to evening classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Workouts can be done at varying levels of intensity to accommodate mothers who are at different levels of fitness.
"I will give a high-intensity option and a low-intensity option for every move that I show," Joynt said. "I really want it to be a broad spectrum. I want everyone who has been working out for years and everyone who hasn't worked out in a long time to be able to do it and feel welcome."
For now, Joynt is limiting her classes to 10 to 20 people because she has limited space, but she hopes to be able to accommodate many more when the weather warms up and classes can be held outdoors.
FIT4MOM originated in California 15 years ago, according to Joynt and it is just now beginning to get popular in the Midwest.
"It kind of bridges the gap between a moms' group, a workout class and a play group," Joynt said. "Moms are having fun, feeling better about themselves and they're still able to spend time with their babies so they're not having mom-guilt. And they're not having to pay a sitter. It's really the best of both worlds."
Joynt says that children of a variety of ages are welcome to join their mothers at FIT4MOM classes, although regardless of age, they must remain in their strollers throughout the 60 minutes.
"If you have a 6-year-old that doesn't mind sitting in a stroller for an hour, that's fine," Joynt said
For more information, go to brookfield.fit4mom.com or email Tracy Joynt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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