I'm Melissa, and I'm a co-owner and instructor in Greeley and Windsor. My FIT4MOM journey began when I was pregnant with my third baby and too tired to make it to my 5:00 am boot camp classes. I found Laura and the Greeley Stroller Strides moms at the mall, and I was so excited to have a reason to get out of the house every day with my twin daughters and to learn about pregnancy and exercise. When I heard about a job opening as a substitute instructor in Greeley and a running coach, I couldn't apply fast enough. I drew from my college fitness instructing experience, my past marathon and half marathon training experience and my 6 years as an elementary teacher to start a new career with FIT4MOM.
I have three beautiful daughters: Harper, Julia and Kate, and I love having them with me when I'm teaching Stroller Strides. I coach our half marathon training program and the Windsor Body Back program, and helping moms feel strong, empowered, confident, supported and encouraged is something I do passionately. I have run three full marathons, several half marathons and more 5Ks than I can count. (Those free t-shirts get me every time!). My husband Dustin and I have been living in Greeley for 9 years after moving from our home state of Texas. When I'm not leading a run training or teaching a class, I enjoy reading, running on my own, and spending time outside with my family. I am so thankful for the village I have found through FIT4MOM, and I want to share it with as many moms as possible!
Hi y'all!! I joined stroller strides in 2014 when we moved to Fort Collins from Dallas Texas as a way to meet other mamas. I have two wonderful energetic sons Jackson (3.5) and Charlie (9 months) who keep me laughing and doing laundry. My husband Zach and I met in elementary school. We are born raised Texan, but are loving this new adventure of life in Colorado! I love dance and any exercising that incorporates music. I was the captain of my drill team and a TCU Showgirl for 4 years. Before staying home with my boys, I taught PPCD for children with special needs and I hope to return to the classroom one day. For now I am soaking up these sweet years of staying home, park playing, and stroller striding with my boys!more
I would be lost without my F4M Village! I started Stroller Strides in 2012 when my youngest daughter was 2 months old. When we decided to move to Colorado in 2015 I immediately looked to see if FoCo offered Stroller Strides. Having lived here less than I week I went to my first class and was happy to find a new village of mothers and kiddos. In the Fall of 2015 I decided to become a F4M instructor and started teaching class in November 2015. In 2016 I got my Body Back certification. I feel so very lucky to help women as they navigate their fitness pre & post pregnancy. Being active and setting a healthy example for my children is something I strive to do daily. I love being able to help others meet their fitness goals.more
I tracked down a Stroller Strides group after the birth of my fourth child. All of my other kids were in school already and I was desperate to be able to exercise, but I wasn't willing to put my little in gym childcare. I found a group in Windsor and joined. I realized that Stroller Strides was what I was looking forward to and was the reason I was willing to get dressed and get out of the house in the morning. After I had been in Stroller Strides classes for awhile, I joined the 10k run training group. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could run 6.2 miles (especially while nursing an infant!), but I did it!! I did it because of the support and encouragement I found in our Fit4Mom village. When an opportunity came up for me to become an instructor, I jumped at it! I've been teaching Stroller Strides now since September 2016 and I am loving it! I feel so grateful to be able to spend my mornings with a group of Mommas that care about fitness and building each other up. I am blessed beyond belief that my little girl can come with me to "work" and she and I are both building friendships that enrich our lives daily.more
I don't know what I would do without my Fit4Mom village! I found myself locked in my house for a year with my 3 year old daughter, Lana, and 1 year old twin boys, Grady and Berg. I needed out, grown up conversation, fresh air, and I knew my kids needed it too. I jumped into my fitness journey with a Half Marathon training, the farthest distance I ran prior to this training was a 5k. I loved having a new group of ladies in my life that had similar lifestyles and the long group runs became my favorite part of my week. I live in Windsor so the Greeley and Fort Collins Stoller Stride classes were difficult for me to go to. So when the Windsor Stroller Strides started, I was so excited. And then one round of Body Back changed my life for good, I was hooked. I was eating healthier and finally able to fit into pre-twin pregnancy clothes and even jeans I wore in college. Fast forward 1 year, countless play dates, Mom's Night Outs, friendships and lots of time at Boardwalk Park, F4M was looking for new instructors. I never thought this was the path I would be taking in my life, but I jumped on the opportunity and haven't looked back once. Before I became a stay at home mom, I taught kindergarten for 7 years. I love teaching, my students are just now my peers while I entertain their precious children. F4M has so much to offer, it's not just a gym membership. Join us for a free class and discover what our village can do for you!more