After establishing the FIT4MOM franchise in McKinney, Allen and Prosper, Leslie Cuevas has now extended the maternal workout class to Little Elm.
FIT4MOM is a program based out of California designed to give new mothers an outlet to exercise without having to leave their children, as well as to meet other mothers. Cuevas said the Little Elm location currently only offers Stroller Strides, a 60-minute total body workout for all fitness levels.
“Stroller Strides is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones,” the program website wrote. “It's a great way to get in shape, meet other moms, and have fun with your baby all at the same time. Each 60-minute total body workout incorporates power walking, jogging, strength, toning, and fun for kids. The classes are set up for all different fitness levels and are taught by certified instructors who are also moms.”
The prime reason for establishing FIT4MOM in several metroplex suburbs was personal, Cuevas said. She explained the impact the classes made on her when she was living in California, away from her Texas friends, and under significant stress following the birth of her son.
“After my first son was born, I had postpartum depression,” Cuevas wrote on her website. “I was anxious, scared and needed an outlet. Thankfully, I found Stroller Strides and it changed my life. Not only did I start to feel better, but it was so nice to have the support from other moms who knew exactly what I was going through as a new mom. When we moved to McKinney, I just knew that I had to start my own franchise so that I could give other moms in the area the same opportunity that I had. The past eight years with FIT4MOM has been so awesome and I have loved every minute of it.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 600,000 women experience postpartum depression each year. The CDC website wrote that symptoms include: trouble sleeping when your baby sleeps, feeling numb or disconnected from your baby, excess worrying for your baby’s safety, and feeling guilty or ashamed of your mothering skills.
Cuevas said FIT4MOMS helped her develop more accountability, make more friends and find ways to maintain her health.
“I think it was a combination of all those things that helped me so much,” Cuevas said. “There’s a village of moms that like to take care of each other.”
There was a need to establish this program in Little Elm, Cuevas said, because there wasn’t anything else like it offered there. She said she is trying to ‘broaden her reach’ to as many moms as possible.
Other nearby locations offer ballet, yoga and Pilates-based Stroller Barre, a prenatal course called FIT4BABY and Body Back, which does not include children and is designed to help moms get in shape over an eight week span.
Dads are also welcome to come for free with the moms, Cuevas said. Some dads like to come for the special classes on holidays, she said, like Independence Day, Labor Day and Memorial Day.
For those curious about FIT4MOMS, Cuevas said the first class is free. Each class will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Monday and Friday classes will be held at McCord Park, and Wednesday classes will be held at Little Elm Park.
For more information, visit mckinney.fit4mom.com.