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Muscles and diapers: Fit4Mom has found a home in Loudoun

Times-Mirror/Sophie Scheps
Christina Gerberick discovered Fit4Mom when her son Lucas was 11 months old. After spending several months participating in an exercise classes geared toward moms and their children, she became an instructor and eventually purchased the franchise in 2015.

Based out of San Diego, Calif., the Fit4Mom movement has been expanding across the country for over a decade. Lisa Druxman started the program in 2001 in an effort to combine her love of fitness with her new family.

Gerberick is just one of over 1,500 instructors working at the 200-plus locations nationwide. Here in Loudoun County, she organizes classes each week in Ashburn and Leesburg with her three other instructors.

“We have a whole network online to ask questions. It's set up so there is no lack of support,” she said.

With her son now 3 years old, coming to class is something he looks forward to, she said.

“A big component is keeping it fun for the babies. Whether it's bubbles, counting or singing it keeps them engaged.”

Fit4Mom's most popular class is Stroller Strides, where children in their strollers are interacted with while their mothers perform wall sits, stretches and power walk between different stations.

The older children pick up songs and lessons learned in class and act them out at home. Even with the younger ones, sometimes as little as 6 weeks, the group is more than accommodating.

“The kids get used to it. When I first started I spent half the class standing beside the stroller with him and everyone totally understands,” said Gerberick. “As instructors, we have been known to hold an infant while teaching. This is the mom's time to get their hour out of the house and socialize.”

Rachel Himes has been participating in the classes for a year now after learning about it from a friend. Now with two children, finding time to workout is challenging.

“I thought it wasn’t going be a real work out but I tried it and it’s been great,” she said. “My kids have a great time and I don’t feel guilty leaving [my daughter Madeline] behind.”

Jessica Siemer became an instructor in January after joining the class last spring. As a new stay-at-home mom, she was eager to find a way to balance her fitness lifestyle and spend time with her baby. Now with Fit4Mom, she teaches several times a week.

Gerberick provides more than just workouts for her community of moms. Playgroups and other child-centered activities are held monthly as well as Mom’s Night Out events. Quarterly, she hosts Moms on a Mission service projects and has donated to organizations like March of Dimes.

Ultimately, her goal is aligned with the mission of Fit4MOM, to help mothers reach their ultimate potential, inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle and offer support inside and outside of class.

“Moms come for the workout but stay for the support, socialization for themselves and their kids and the community feel.”

Gerberick has new mothers joining her classes each week. Their class schedule is posted weekly at http://www.ashburn.fit4mom.com.

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